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Introduction to Juvenile Transfer Hearings and Franklin Hearings for Evaluators and Attorneys

Laura Arnold, JD
Amy Ashvanian, JD
Christopher Hawthorne, JD
Carolyn Murphy, PhD
Norbert Ralph, PhD, MPH
Marisa Sacks, JD

October 9, 2017 - Berkeley
October 30, 2017 - Long Beach

What legal questions do evaluators need to answer regarding Juvenile Transfer Hearings and Franklin Hearings? What do judges and attorneys need to know? Which assessment methods yield the most relevant information? How can attorneys ensure that their evaluators address the heart of the issue? With expertise from defense and prosecuting attorneys and forensic psychologists, this training will answer your questions about these hearings.

There is a wave of hearings in California courts as a result of the passing of Proposition 57 and the case of People v. Franklin, both occurring in 2016.  

Prop 57 eliminates the authority of prosecutors to directly file petitions in criminal (i.e., adult) court and requires the juvenile court hold a hearing to determine if a transfer to criminal court is appropriate. 

Per the Franklin ruling, individuals who were under 23 years old when they committed a crime for which the punishment may be life in prison must be afforded adequate opportunity to make a record of mitigating evidence tied to their youth, such as cognitive ability, character, and social and family background. Such information may include evaluations and testimony and will be relevant in their eventual youth offender parole hearings, at which point any subsequent growth and increased maturity shall also be considered. The right to have a record of this information applies to current cases, as well as those previously adjudicated. 

Evaluators are being asked to weigh in on the above matters and provide psychological profiles to the Court, but where to begin? This training will include presentations on the neurodevelopmental foundation of moral and prosocial development during adolescence, the legal background of Franklin and transfer hearings, and the perspectives of defense and prosecuting attorneys regarding the necessary elements of evaluations for these hearings. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, giving attendees ample time to ask questions.

6 units for professional licenses: BBS, BRN, CPA, and MCLE

CEU Statements: FMHAC is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. FMHAC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Provider #FOR005
Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. through the California Psychological Association.
State Bar of California MCLE Provider #15388.

- Attendees will be able to describe changes in the law that led to the current requirements of juvenile transfer hearings and Franklin hearings.
- Attendees will be able to identify the specific legal questions that must be answered in forensic reports written for the purposes of juvenile transfer hearings and Franklin hearings.
- Attendees will be able to identify means of gathering relevant information to answer the specific relevant legal questions.
- Attendees will be able to describe basic neuropsychological differences between juveniles and adults.
- Attendees will be able to describe two changes in prosocial reasoning that occur during adolescence.
- Attendees will be able to explain changes to WIC 707 made by SB 382 and proposition 57.
- Attendees will be able to analyze and describe application of criteria/factors relating to WIC 707 in real life practical terms.

Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. 
$50 cancellation fee if request is received 8+ days prior to event;
Cancellations are not refunded starting 7 days prior to event.
Complaints regarding instructors and/or presentation content can be sent to the FMHAC Executive Director at molly@fmhac.net and will be addressed in conjunction with the Director of Education within 14 days.



BERKELEY - October 9, 2017

LONG BEACH - October 30, 2017

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