Date(s) - 05/24/2018
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Michelle Callejas, Deputy Director of Sacramento County’s Child Protective Services will discuss the role of Child Protective Services in our community, including the CPS referral and response process and the resources available to help families in Sacramento County. Ms. Callejas has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and School Counseling. She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and has over 25 years of experience in the field of social services.
She began her career at Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE), providing services for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Ms. Callejas began working for Sacramento County in 1996 where she served as a Social Worker for Sacramento County Child Protective Services in the Family Reunification Bureau. Since beginning her career with the county, Ms. Callejas has worked in various positions within Child Welfare, Mental Health and the District Attorney’s Victim-Witness program where she worked with family members of homicide victims and victims of hate crimes.
Ms. Callejas has been the CPS Deputy Director for over 6 years and is currently leading implementation of various initiatives and reform efforts intended to improve outcomes for children and families living in Sacramento County.
Judge Laurie Earl will discuss the role of the Superior Court in handling child welfare cases. She was appointed as a Superior Court Judge in February of 2005 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2015 she began presiding in the court’s Juvenile Dependency division, working to ensure the safety and protection of children in Sacramento County. Judge Earl has served on a number of statewide committees most notably she served as Chair of the Judicial Council of California’s Trial Court Presiding Judge Advisory Committee (2012-13), Chair of the Judicial Council of California’s Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee (2012 – September, 2015) and in 2014 she was appointed by the Chief Justice of California to serve as a member of the Commission of the Future of California’s Court System. Judge Earl teaches Criminal Law Procedure and Practice at her alma mater, Lincoln Law School of Sacramento and a one-week civics academy to high school students entitled Democracy in Action at California State University, Sacramento.
Judge Earl has been recognized as Alumnus of the Year by Lincoln Law School of Sacramento in 2005 and 2012, as Judge of the Year by both the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association in 2010 and the Sacramento County Bar Association in 2013. She received the Founders Award from the Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians (SacLegal) Bar Association in 2013. Also in 2013 Judge Earl received the Judicial Council of California’s highest recognition, the Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence, in recognition of her leadership in working with trial court judges and executive officers in developing a methodology that changed the way state trial court funding is allocated to each of the 58 trial courts.