[IN-PERSON] CLE | Caught in the Crossfire: Representing Clients When Criminal Accusations Come with CPS Investigation


This Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation will delve into the intersection of criminal defense and the law & policy governing the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). With a focus on charges such as Injury to a Child and Abandoning/Endangering a Child, this CLE will equip defense attorneys with essential strategies and insights to effectively represent their clients.

Key Topics:

  1. Preparing Your Client for Interaction with Child Welfare Investigators: Learn crucial techniques for guiding clients through the complexities of engaging with child welfare authorities, ensuring their rights are protected while cooperating with investigations.
  2. Suppressing Statements Made to Child Welfare Investigators: Understand the nuances of suppressing statements obtained during child welfare investigations, including legal precedents and procedural strategies for safeguarding your client's interests.
  3. Expanding Civil Law into Criminal Litigation: Explore how civil law principles intersect with criminal litigation in cases involving child welfare issues, enabling defense attorneys to leverage civil precedents and statutes for strategic advantage.
  4. Ethical Considerations and Best Practices: Examine ethical dilemmas and professional responsibilities unique to defending clients facing charges related to child welfare, with practical guidance on navigating ethical gray areas while zealously advocating for your client's rights.

Join us for an insightful exploration of the challenges and opportunities inherent in defending vulnerable clients caught in the crossfire of criminal accusations and DFPS Investigations. "Defending the Defenseless" promises to empower attorneys with the knowledge and tools needed to provide effective representation in this critical legal arena. Second opinion act, closure letters


Christine Umeh is an Assistant Public Defender with the Holistic Division, where she provides advice and counsel to clients facing DFPS interventions. Christine's extensive experience includes criminal defense and parent defense in state-initiated custody proceedings. She is recognized nationally for her zealous defense of families through parent representation.

Christine frequently presents on parent defense issues. Her recent presentation, "Intersecting the 4th Amendment, 5th Amendment, and Miranda Jurisprudence with CPS Investigatory Practices," was featured at the American Bar Association's 2024 Parent Representation Conference.

Christine Umeh holds a JD from Duke University School of Law and is a member of the Texas Association of Family Defense Attorneys.