CHIPs Parent Attorney Roster
When county boards or commissions contract with, or when judges appoint, attorneys to represent parents in Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS) matters, the attorneys must meet the minimum qualifications established by the Legislature and the Judicial Council unless an authorized exception exists. The attorneys listed on the CHIPS Parents' Attorneys Roster (PAR) meet the qualifications established by the Legislature and the Judicial Council.
Roster of Qualified CHIPS Parents' Attorneys (for use by judges and county commissioners):
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Minn. Stat. § 260C.163, subd. 3(g), states: “Counsel retained by the county [to represent parents in juvenile protection matters] must meet the qualifications established by the Judicial Council in at least one of the following: (1) has a minimum of two years of experience handling child protection cases; (2) has training in handling child protection cases from a course or courses approved by the Judicial Council; or (3) is supervised by an attorney who meets the minimum qualifications under clause (1) or (2).”
Minn. Stat. 260C.163, subd. 3(f), states: “If the county has contracted with counsel meeting qualifications under paragraph (g), the court shall appoint the counsel retained by the county, unless a conflict of interest exists. If a conflict exists, after consulting with the chief judge of the judicial district or the judge's designee, the county shall contract with competent counsel to provide the necessary representation.” If the court has made diligent efforts to obtain a qualified attorney and found none to be available, the court may appoint another attorney who the judge determines is otherwise competent.”
Consistent with the legislation, Judicial Branch “Policy 604 - Qualifications for Attorneys Appointed by the Court to Represent Parents, Guardians, and Legal Custodians in Juvenile Protection Matters” provides that attorneys appointed by the court to represent parents, guardians, or custodians in juvenile protection matters must submit to the State Court Administrator proof that they meet one of the following minimum qualifications:
A. Experience: The attorney has represented at least 10 parties or participants during the two years immediately preceding the date the attorney submits the request for qualification.
B. Training: The attorney has completed at least 18 hours of training specific to parent representation in Minnesota juvenile protection matters offered or approved by the State Court Administrator during the two years immediately preceding the date the attorney submits the request for qualification. The attorney must complete:
- a six-hour core skills course prior to being appointed to serve on the first juvenile protection matter. Proof of completion of this core course authorizes the State Court Administrator to list the attorney on the roster of approved attorneys in a conditionally-approved status; and
- the remaining 12 hours of skills training within 120 days of the attorney’s request for qualification. Proof of completion of the remaining hours of training authorizes the State Court Administrator to list the attorney on the roster of approved attorneys in a fully-approved capacity.
C. Supervision: The attorney is supervised by another attorney who is qualified based on experience or training. The supervision may be either by virtue of employment or by written supervision agreement. If by written agreement, a copy of the agreement must be submitted with the attorney’s attestation establishing qualifications by supervision. An attorney providing supervision under this policy has the ethical obligations of Rule 5.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Supervision must include all juvenile protection matters on which the attorney is appointed through county contract or otherwise retained at county expense and shall, at a minimum, mean there is:
D. Continuing Education Requirement
- regular and routine access by the attorney to the supervisor for consultation on case-related legal issues and strategies and review of the progress of each juvenile protection matter handled by the attorney while under supervision; and
- in-person observation by the supervisor of the attorney’s representation of a parent client at least twice during the period of supervision, including observing the attorney in court and in a client interview or counseling session.
: To be maintained on the roster of qualified attorneys, each attorney must annually submit to the State Court Administrator proof of completion of a minimum of three hours of continuing legal education related to juvenile protection matters.