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Resume MSU law 4-15

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  1. 1. Carol A. Siemon 1522 Hitching Post Road East Lansing, Michigan 48823 (517) 333-0687 carolsiemon@comcast.net EDUCATION SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL Boston, Massachusetts J.D. degree: June 1981 Dean’s List: 1979-1980 MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY East Lansing, Michigan B.A. degree: June 1978, High Honor James Madison College, Honors College Dean’s List; Phi Beta Kappa EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE June 2011- PUBLIC POLICY ASSOCIATES, INC., Lansing, Michigan, Senior Policy June 2012 Consultant: Collaboratively worked on project teams to support various juvenile justice projects, the Michigan Race Equity Coalition, and county level projects to reduce disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems; researched and drafted the March 2010 Juvenile Crime Analysis Report for the Michigan Department of Human Services; and made presentations to clients, external stakeholders, and the public on topics related to Public Policy Associates, Inc.’s research and evaluation efforts.
  2. 2. June 2008- MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES-CHILD WELFARE June 2011 TRAINING INSTITUTE, Lansing, Michigan, Director: Supervised staff in the development of curricula, technical assistance, evaluation, “train- the-trainer” programs, and on-going program support; reported regarding the quality of training; monitored budgets and spending plans; assisted local DHS offices and private agency directors with on-going training programs; participated on committees, workgroups, and task forces for collaborative training efforts; spoke for the department on state, regional, and national training issues; and worked with the courts, universities, professional organizations, and other stakeholders to increase and improve training opportunities. December 2005- MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT-STATE COURT ADMINISTRATIVE June 2008 OFFICE-CHILD WELFARE SERVICES, Lansing, Michigan, Training and Development Manager: Developed and implemented curriculum, trainings, conferences, publications, and other resources for child welfare professionals, including judges, lawyers, Department of Human Services and private agency caseworkers, and other related professionals; developed and monitored training budget involving several funding sources; developed training evaluation and performance outcomes to determine the efficacy of training programs; worked collaboratively with child welfare stakeholders to maximize child welfare training funding; wrote federal grant applications and submitted detailed annual reports; served as State Court Administrative Office liaison to workgroups, and committees with agencies and organizations that developed and implemented policies and protocols related to child welfare; supervised administrative staff and law clerks; participated in state and national efforts to improve the child welfare system. April 2004- OFFICE OF CHILDREN’S OMBUDSMAN, Lansing, Michigan,
  3. 3. December 2005 Investigator and Legal Specialist: Investigated the actions of Department of Human Services, adoption agencies, and child placing agencies in child abuse and neglect cases to ensure compliance with laws, rules, and policies pertaining to Children’s Protective Services, foster care, and adoption; served as a resource for interpreting law and legal practice matters relevant to cases being investigated by the Office of Children’s Ombudsman; presented on child welfare topics at conferences and in- service trainings; worked with key Michigan agencies and organizations in child welfare to develop statewide child welfare conferences. November 2002- LEGISLATIVE SERVICE BUREAU, Lansing, Michigan, Legal Counsel: April 2004 Drafted legislation and reintroductions of prior legislation; wrote legal memoranda; performed necessary research to determine impact July 1999- of proposed legislation on existing laws; researched statutes of other August 2001 states; attended and gave counsel at legislative committee meetings and to members on the House and Senate floor. September 2001- CHANCE AT CHILDHOOD PROGRAM, MICHIGAN STATE November 2002 UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK AND DETROIT COLLEGE OF LAW, East Lansing, Michigan, Resource Center Coordinator (Visiting Assistant Professor): Developed and maintained oversight of the resource center; provided child welfare materials to professionals; developed and implemented training; provided outreach and consultation to professionals and the public; collaborated on training and projects with the law school (currently the MSU College of Law), school of social work, the Michigan Judicial Institute, and the Department of Human Services. February 1995- PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN, August 1998 Lansing, Michigan, Child Abuse Training Coordinator: Developed and administered training programs for prosecutors, law enforcement officials, Children's Protective Services workers, and medical
  4. 4. and mental health personnel about child abuse investigation and prosecution; provided technical assistance to counties to develop or refine child abuse protocols and investigative child abuse teams; provided technical assistance to prosecutors on a variety of legal issues; reviewed and analyzed legislation; supervised staff. April 1991- INGHAM COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, February 1995 Lansing, Michigan, Principal Attorney/Chief of the Juvenile Division: Supervised attorneys, interns, and support staff; developed policies; oversaw docket management; served as legal consultant to the Department of Social Services; prepared and tried cases in Probate Court; provided training for caseworkers, attorneys, medical students, school personnel, and other professionals on child abuse and other legal issues. November 1983- INGHAM COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, April 1991 Lansing, Michigan, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney: Analyzed, prepared and tried cases in District Court, Circuit Court, and Probate Court; reviewed and authorized criminal warrants, search warrants, and extradition documentation; conducted legal research; wrote trial and appeal briefs; and lectured at schools and colleges. June 1982- INGHAM COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, Lansing, Michigan, Judicial Law November 1983 Clerk: Conducted legal research; prepared memoranda and draft opinions for Judge James R. Giddings; provided courtroom security; supervised jurors; supervised law students who assisted in research and writing; and worked with court staff, attorneys, and community stakeholders on a variety of issues in the judge’s discretion. TRAINING AND PUBLICATIONS
  5. 5. TRAINING UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK Keynote presenter for the annual Fauri Memorial Lecture: “Credentials and Competencies for Child Welfare Best Practices.” The keynote presentation addressed the transformation of Michigan's child welfare workforce, the national debate about whether a social work degree is the appropriate degree for a child welfare worker, and perspectives on how universities can best prepare students for a career as a child welfare worker (2009). STATE COURT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE- CHILD WELFARE SERVICES: Co-developed curricula for Department of Human Services and private agency caseworkers; collaborated with the Department of Human Services and the University of Michigan Law School to offer training; developed a “Thursday Luncheon Webcast Series” that featured topics including “Court-Agency Collaboration in Child and Family Services Reviews”; chaired planning committees and partnered with other entities to provide trainings on topics including, “Addressing the Developmental Needs of Infants and Young Children in the Court System,” and “Substance-Affected Children in the Court System;” chaired planning committee and organized annual cross professional child welfare issues conference for 500-person audiences; developed topical forums on “Children Missing From Care,” “Striving to Make Permanency Permanent,” and the Indian Child Welfare Act; developed and implemented a “Summer Series on Child Welfare Issues”; and developed other profession-specific and cross professional child welfare training. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MEDICAL SCHOOL ANNUAL CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT CONFERENCE: Member of conference planning committee for 2007 and 2008 cross professional child abuse and neglect conferences. CHANCE AT CHILDHOOD PROGRAM, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK AND DETROIT COLLEGE OF LAW: Faculty, 2002 Kinship Care Conference; developed and implemented trainings including “Lawyers Are From Mars and Social Workers are From Venus” and “Reducing the Trauma to Children During Removal and Placement” (2002).
  6. 6. PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN: Developed and implemented basic and specialized child abuse and neglect training for cross professional child welfare professionals on topics including child death investigation/child death prevention and specialized child interviewing techniques; developed curricula for two-day “Basic Child Abuse Training,” and “Forensic Interviewing: Training the Trainers,” and developed and presented regional technical assistance trainings on child abuse investigation protocols mandated by the Child Protection Law (1995-1998); faculty, Juvenile Law Seminar (1990, 1991, 1993). INSTITUTE OF CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (ICLE): Faculty, “Termination of Parental Rights” seminar, Grand Rapids and Southfield (1991). MICHIGAN JUDICIAL INSTITUTE (MJI): Faculty, Juvenile Court Referee training, Big Rapids (November, 1991). PUBLICATIONS INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT OF 1978: A COURT RESOURCE GUIDE: Member of a Michigan Court Improvement Program workgroup that created an Indian Child Welfare Act resource guide (September 2008-September 2009). SUBSTANCE ABUSE/CHILD WELFARE CORE TEAM: Member of workgroup of state agency representatives that created a protocol entitled Screening, Assessment, and Family Engagement for Retention and Recovery and developed a technical assistance event for tribal courts, social services, and substance abuse treatment providers (June 2006-June 2008). ABSENT PARENT PROTOCOL WORKGROUP: Facilitator of workgroup created to revise the 2005 State Court Administrative Office Absent Parent Protocol; worked closely with the Department of Human Services to refine the protocol to address deficiencies noted in the 2002 Child and Family Services Review; actively involved with Department of Human Services personnel to develop the Power Point presentation and curriculum used by the Child Welfare Training Institute to train Children’s Protective Services and foster care workers. (January 2006-January 2008).
  7. 7. EDUCATION RESOURCE GUIDE WORKGROUP: Member of workgroup and primary editor of a comprehensive resource guide entitled Addressing the Educational Needs of Children in Foster Care in Michigan (April 2005-February 2007). MICHIGAN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY ON THE ABUSE OF CHILDREN (MiPSAC): Authored articles for the MiPSAC newsletter on topics including, “What You Need to Know About Evidence When Testifying in Court,” “How a Prosecutor Assesses a Child Sexual Abuse Case,” “Some Good News for a Change- Family to Family,” “Adoption Law Changes,” and “The Impact of the Crawford U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Admission of a Child’s Statements in Child Abuse Cases” (1999-2009). MICHIGAN CHILD WELFARE LEGAL RESOURCE GUIDE: Oversaw compilation of and edited resource guide containing relevant Michigan and federal statutes, Michigan Court Rules, and other legal resources for child welfare practitioners (2006). CHILDREN’S LAW JOURNAL (STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN, CHILDREN’S LAW SECTION): Authored and edited Legal Update, a summary of recent court cases, statutes, and court rule changes, published by the Children’s Law Section of the Michigan State Bar in its Children’s Law Journal and also distributed to Children’s Protective Services workers and other child welfare professionals (1997-1998); served on the Children’s Law Journal editorial board (2007-2014). ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS COURT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM ADVISORY STATEWIDE TASK FORCE: Appointed by the State Court Administrative Office to serve on a collaborative cross- professional statewide task force to implement programs in accordance with the 1997 Michigan Court Improvement Program Assessment of Probate Court’s Handling of Child Abuse and Neglect Cases and the 2005 reassessment (1998-1999 and 2005-present).
  8. 8. MICHIGAN HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE: Member of statewide task force created to facilitate a collaborative effort to prevent trafficking of persons within the state of Michigan, to pursue prosecution of perpetrators, and to protect and rehabilitate trafficking victims (April 2013- April 2014). CHILD WELFARE IMPROVEMENT TASK FORCE: Appointed member of task force created to examine the child welfare system and determine the best outcomes for vulnerable children and their families and to recommend specific actions for the Department of Human Services and its partners to ensure those outcomes are achieved (May 2008-June 2009). SUBSTANCE ABUSE/CHILD WELFARE STATE TEAM AND CORE TEAM: Member of cross professional statewide group to promote state and local community collaborations among substance abuse treatment providers, child welfare agencies, and the judiciary (January 2006-June 2008). KIDS COUNT IN MICHIGAN STATEWIDE ADVISORY BOARD: Advisory board member for the national and state Kids Count data books (May 2006-May 2008). TRIBAL/STATE PARTNERSHIP: Member of statewide partnership comprised of social services directors and representatives from Michigan’s federally recognized tribes, other tribal organizations and entities, Department of Human Services representatives, and related child welfare professionals to enhance collaboration between the Department of Human Services and Michigan’s tribal social service agencies (August 2006-June 2011). COURT TEAMS WORKGROUP: Cross professional group convened by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura D. Corrigan to evaluate implementation of specialized court programs in Michigan based on the Miami-Dade County infant/toddler model court (May 2006- June 2007).
  9. 9. CHANCE AT CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION LAW AND SOCIAL WORK INITIATIVE (MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY/DETROIT COLLEGE OF LAW): Advisory board member (March 1999-September 2001). COMMITTEE ON JUVENILE JUSTICE: Appointed by Governor Engler in 1994 to the state advisory group to review and recommend funding for delinquency prevention programs under the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Member of the Executive Committee, the Minority Overrepresentation Subcommittee and Jail Removal Subcommittee, chair of the Legislative Subcommittee (March 1994- March 1999). UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN CHILD WELFARE LAW RESOURCE CENTER: Member of advisory committee for University of Michigan Child Welfare Law Resource Center that provided technical assistance and training to judges, attorneys, and other child welfare professionals (1995-1997). MICHIGAN STATE BAR ASSOCIATION: Elected as a Representative Assembly member- representing the 30 th Judicial Circuit (1991-1994). Children’s Law Section Council (2003-2009). CLINTON, EATON, INGHAM COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH BOARD OF DIRECTORS: (1983-1989), Secretary (1984, 1985), Vice-Chair (1988); also chaired the Recipient Rights and Personnel Committees. COUNCIL AGAINST DOMESTIC ASSAULT (CADA): Prepared a handbook on legal rights of battered women (1981); developed a weekly in-shelter workshop on legal rights and remedies for battered women (1982); Legal Referral Coordinator (1984-1986).
  10. 10. CHANCE AT CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION LAW AND SOCIAL WORK INITIATIVE (MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY/DETROIT COLLEGE OF LAW): Advisory board member (March 1999-September 2001). COMMITTEE ON JUVENILE JUSTICE: Appointed by Governor Engler in 1994 to the state advisory group to review and recommend funding for delinquency prevention programs under the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Member of the Executive Committee, the Minority Overrepresentation Subcommittee and Jail Removal Subcommittee, chair of the Legislative Subcommittee (March 1994- March 1999). UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN CHILD WELFARE LAW RESOURCE CENTER: Member of advisory committee for University of Michigan Child Welfare Law Resource Center that provided technical assistance and training to judges, attorneys, and other child welfare professionals (1995-1997). MICHIGAN STATE BAR ASSOCIATION: Elected as a Representative Assembly member- representing the 30 th Judicial Circuit (1991-1994). Children’s Law Section Council (2003-2009). CLINTON, EATON, INGHAM COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH BOARD OF DIRECTORS: (1983-1989), Secretary (1984, 1985), Vice-Chair (1988); also chaired the Recipient Rights and Personnel Committees. COUNCIL AGAINST DOMESTIC ASSAULT (CADA): Prepared a handbook on legal rights of battered women (1981); developed a weekly in-shelter workshop on legal rights and remedies for battered women (1982); Legal Referral Coordinator (1984-1986).

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