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Testifying in Juvenile Court
Friday, June 10, 2022, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CDT
Category: Training

More and more often, child welfare professionals are having to take the stand and be questioned in open court. Remembering everything that has happened in a case, while trying to make sure you accurately recite facts while questions are being hurled at you can feel like you’ve drifted into oncoming traffic. This training will focus on best practices for professionals testifying in court, common problems to avoid, and how to keep a good working relationship with your families while answering questions that might make them feel uncomfortable.

Drake University Legal Clinic
2400 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Annie von Gillern - Annie is trained as both a clinical social worker and a collaborative attorney. She primarily practices in collaborative law, mediation, and juvenile law. Annie graduated from Iowa State University in 2004 with a BS in Psychology and a music minor. She received her Master's of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she specialized in child welfare. After graduation from Mizzou, Annie was an individual trauma therapist at the Family Violence Center in Des Moines. Annie has focused her training and professional work in domestic violence, child welfare, and trauma practices. Annie is a licensed independent social worker (LISW) and has worked at the Middleton Center for Children’s Rights in the Drake Legal Clinic when she first started practicing after graduate school.
Cole Mayer - Cole is licensed in State court as well as in the Southern District of Iowa for Federal Court. He represent clients in any criminal matter, including OWI's, assaults, thefts, drug possession and trafficking cases, probation violations, sexual assaults, weapons charges, suspended or revoked driving licenses, and white collar crimes. Cole has represented parents and kids in Juvenile Court Child in Need of Assistance proceedings, and Termination of Parental Rights proceedings. Cole also rpresents children in Juvenile Delinquency proceedings for any level of crime they are charged with.
Judge Lynn PoschnerJudge Poschner was appointed to the bench in May 2018. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2003 and her J.D. from Drake Law School in 2007 with High Honors. Her past experience includes private practice law.  She is a member of C. Edwin Inn of Court, Iowa State Bar Association, and the Iowa Judges Association.
**please note: absolutely NO food or drink is allowed in the room, with the exception of a refillable water bottle**

Registration will begin at 8:30 AM. Training will start promptly at 9:00 AM. Lunch is on your own. This training is scheduled until 4:30pm.

Please note: Priority seating is provided to staff working within one of the current DHS child welfare service contracts, including: Family Centered Services (FCS); Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) / Group Foster Care; Child Welfare Emergency Services (CWES): Aftercare Services; Supervised Apartment Living (SAL); Recruitment, Retention, Training and Support Services (RRTS); Parent Partners; Foster Care Youth Council. If you do not work within one of the current DHS child welfare services contract, you may be bumped from the course and placed on a wait list.

At each training, participants will receive a certificate of completion based on the hours attended. For more information, please click here.

If you have questions regarding seating for the training or if you are unable to participate for any reason, please contact Katie Henry ([email protected]).


Contact: For more information contact Katie Henry, [email protected]