Family law under microscopeThe Clatsop County Family Law Advisory Committee, in cooperation with Clatsop Community College, announces a statewide conference to be held in Astoria Friday.

The luncheon speaker will be introduced by Wallace Carson, Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.

The conference was initiated locally in response to budget reductions at the state level, after it was determined the Oregon Judicial Department would be unable to host the annual event.

The Clatsop County FLAC Chairwoman, Judge Paula Brownhill, and conference chairman Hugh McIsaac, have invited people from all around Oregon to attend. McIsaac, is the former editor of Family Courts Review and previously served as the director of Family Court Services in Multnomah and Los Angeles counties.

The workshop will open with a presentation by Stephen Adams, attorney and legal trainer. His topic, "The Changing Oregon Family: Back to the Future or Forward to the Past," will be followed by a legislative update, presented by BeaLisa Sydlik, Oregon Judicial Department Family Law policy analyst.

Panelists for a discussion on "Vision and Innovations," lead by Clatsop County Community Corrections Director Danny Jordan, include: Multnomah County Presiding Judge Dale Koch, Ramona Foley, assistant director of the Department of Human Services, and Joanne Fuller, director of Multnomah County Department of Community Justice.

Chief Justice Carson will introduce lunch speaker William Howe, who will discuss "The Future of Family Law in Oregon." Howe is the chairman of the Oregon Task Force on Family Law.

Participants may choose from six afternoon workshops:

• Permanency Planning for Older Children and Planned Permanent Living Arrangements;

• Nonadversarial Collaborative Parenting Plan Evaluations in the Courts;

• Working with High Conflict - Dysfunctional Families;

• Parent Education and Facilitator Roundtable;

• Interface Between Family and Juvenile Courts;

• Mediation: Creative Applications - Dependency, Victim-Offender, Parent-Child, Probate and Eldercare.

Cost for the conference is $50 and includes lunch and materials. For registration information, contact Joy Brewer, public safety education coordinator, at 325-0608 or through the college's Continuing Education Office at 338-2408.

Clatsop Community College, the Oregon State Bar, and the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers have certified the conference for continuing education credit. Training registration is available through the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.