Complex Issues in Juvenile Court Practice XII


12th Annual Complex Issues in Juvenile Court Practice
Friday, November 1, 2019
Warde Conference Center | College of Saint Mary
7000 Mercy Road, Omaha, Nebraska

Co-sponsored by The Guardian ad Litem Project, Inc.
and CASA for Douglas County

Now in its 12th year, this seminar addresses more advanced areas of juvenile court practice. We are honored to have Dannette Smith, CEO of NDHHS, present on the new "Family First" initiative. This year's seminar also features a presentation by therapist Sue Miller-Harsin, CMSW, MA, LMHP, on the effectiveness of equine therapy. A panel of experienced juvenile court litigators will discuss issues impacting the State's duty of "reasonable efforts." The seminar will also include a unique presentation illustrating the ethical duties of guardians ad litem.


8:15 am - 8:40 amRegistration
8:40 am - 8:45 amWelcome

Hon. Vernon C.R. Daniels
Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County
8:45 am - 9:45 amCASA...Your New Favorite Four-Letter Word

Kimberly Thomas
Executive Director, CASA for Douglas County
9:45 am - 10:45 amKeeping Families First in Collaboration with Juvenile Courts

Dannette Smith
CEO, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
10:45 am - 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am - 12:00 pmRaising Reasonable Efforts: A Panel Presentation

Chris Costantakos, J.D.
Matthew P. Saathoff, J.D.
Mary "Peg" Stevens, J.D.
12:00 pm - 12:45 pmLunch
12:45 pm - 2:00 pmEthical Duties & Role of the Guardian ad Litem

Leslie Christensen, J.D.
Mary Pat Coe, J.D.
Chris Costantakos, J.D.
Monica Kruger, J.D.
Candice Novak, J.D.
Mary "Peg" Stevens, J.D.
Shannon Prosoki, J.D.
Janine Ucchino, J.D.
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmInitial Impressions: SDM, IDI, Psy.D., etc. (What Do All These Letters Mean?)

Chris Costantakos, J.D.
2:30 pm - 2:45 pmBreak
2:45 pm - 3:45 pmKeep It Stable: Equine Therapy

Sue Miller-Harsin, CMSW, MA, LMHP
Brittany Thomas-Pleskac, Certified Equine Therapy Assistant
3:45 pm - 4:45 pmI Want Candy: Bow-wow-wow and a Survey of the Law!

B. Gail Steen, J.D.


$85, Advance Registration - Must be received by October 25, 2019
$95, Registration - After October 25, 2019

A buffet lunch will be provided. The seminar will be at the Warde Conference Center located in Mercy Hall, on the south side of campus at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha. Please enter the campus from the 71st and Mercy Road entrance. Ample parking is available on the south side of campus, just east of Mercy Hall.

For a limited time, from October 28th through November 8, 2019, seminar attendees may obtain the 2019-2020 edition of Juvenile Court Law & Practice by Christine P. Constantakos at a 20% discount by purchasing directly from the publisher, Thomson-Reuters. The discount offer code will be included in your registration confirmation email.

Continuing Legal Education Credit

Nebraska has approved this seminar for 6.75 hours of CLE credit.
Iowa has approved this seminar for 6.75 hours of CLE credit.
Both include 1.25 hours of Professional Responsibility/Ethics credit.
Credit may also be requested from the Administrative Office of the Nebraska Supreme Court to meet the 3-hour annual Guardian ad Litem Training Requirement.

Activity Codes for Submission of CLE Credit
Nebraska: 180343
Iowa: 333476


Please contact Kimberly Thomas at or 402-932-5683, ext. 101.