The Parental Defense Alliance

The Parental Defense Alliance of Utah is a non-profit organization created to provide continuing education and support opportunities for attorneys who represent parents in child welfare proceedings. From removal to reunification, at termination of parental rights, parental defense attorneys are committed, dedicated advocates, well-versed in the laws and practice of child welfare law in the juvenile courts. We are proud to serve them.

Want to stay up to date with the PDA?

One of the best ways to stay up to date with the Parental Defense Alliance and other Child Welfare Matters is to check out our blog.  Here we post items of interest to parental defenders including CLE opportunities, practice suggestions and cases.  Just click HERE or at the top of the page.  Another way is to get on our mailing list.  If you would like to be added let us know by clicking on the Contact Us Page.

Multi-hour CLE Opportunity: Juvenile Court Boot Camp

We are excited to announce that our fall mult-hour CLE opportunity, Juvenile Court Boot Camp, will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 11am-1pm in the Jury Selection Room of the Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City. We are hosting this event in cooperation with the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar. Members of the PDA Board of Directors will be giving a skills-based training for those newer to the practice of parental defense (or those just wanting a refresher), from shelter through permanency hearings. You can register here, or click the link above. We hope to see many of you there, invcluding our seasoned veterans, to add your wisdom and expertise to this hands-on training event!.

Please Update Your Membership Records!

It has come to our attention that some of our members may not be getting all of our emails. We want to make sure you are all aware of the various training opportunities and resources we make available to our members. Please take a moment to make sure your membership records are updated by clicking on the "Membership Login" button on the upper right hand side of this screen. Once you have signed in and double checked that your information is correct, please also take a moment to submit a renewal for your membership. There is no cost to do this, and it should not effect whether or not you receive our emails, but we would rather err on the side of caution!