CLE Speakers

Continuing Legal Education: Defending the Family from CPS - 6.0 MCLE Hours - Fort Worth Texas, December 5, 2014 - Dallas Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club

2014 Speakers

Tim Lambert, President of Texas Home School Coalition, has headed the state support organization for home educators since 1990. He has testified on behalf of the family in court cases and before legislative committees numerous times. Mr. Lambert was appointed by Governor Perry to serve on the former CPS Parental Advisory Committee that was tasked with the responsibility of advising the Department of Family and Protective Services on policies affecting the rights of parents to direct the care, control and upbringing of their children.

Peter Johnston, J.D., M.B.A., is president of the Joseph Group, which provides consulting services in law, business, and public policy. He formerly served as president of Texas Center for Family Rights, founded to promote, protect, and preserve the fundamental rights of parents in CPS cases. In that capacity he addressed state legislative committees, organized press conferences, was interviewed on “CNN Sunday Night,” and co-authored two complaints submitted on CPS judges to the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Chris Branson is a solo-practice attorney who has fought Child Protective Services (CPS) in the trenches—and won. He has taken the experience gained in those battles and prepared a presentation designed to arm attorneys—and their clients—with the information they need to keep CPS away from their children.

Cecilia Wood is an attorney in private practice in Austin.  She has been practicing law since October of 1986 with Family Law as her main focus, including defending families against CPS.  Cecilia is currently serving on the Governor’s Parental Rights Advisory Panel and remains committed to fighting to uphold the rights of parents and families against unlawful attacks.

Johana Scot is co-founder and executive director of Parent Guidance Center (PGC) in Austin, Texas, an organization that helps parents with the child welfare system. After becoming a certified Court-Appointed Special Advocate, Scot realized that something was wrong with the system. During her first cases, she saw it was nearly impossible for parents to work their service plans. Parents were “forgotten stakeholders” and largely ignored. In 2004, Scot founded PGC to provide parents with education and resources.