Broadcast Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)


Mandatory reporting laws in the U.S. require human service professionals, lawyers, and other practitioners to report known or suspected cases of child abuse and neglect.  However, mandated reporters are often confronted with myriad of legal and ethical dilemmas rooting from the opposing principles when negotiating the individual rights of children and parents. Thus, it is essential that practitioners have an in-depth understanding of the governing legal and ethical guidelines for the mandated reporting of child abuse cases to avoid red flags.

Join distinguished experts, Deborah A. Ausburn (Taylor English) and Nadeem Bezar (Kline & Specter), as they provide the audience with a comprehensive discussion of child abuse reporting in the U.S. Speakers will dig deeper as they analyze ethical dilemmas in addressing child maltreatment. They will also offer significant practices to prevent risks in this complex legal climate.

This LIVE Webcast will discuss the following:

  • The U.S Child Welfare System
  • Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act – Overview
  • Guidelines for Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse Cases
  • Responsibilities of Mandated Reporters
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations
  • Risk Mitigation Tools and Techniques
  • Best Practices


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of mandatory reporting laws


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Ethics and Professionalism


Total Credits:

1.5 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Deborah A. Ausburn, Partner
Taylor English Duma LLP

Debbie Ausburn has worked with youth-serving organizations for more than 30 years, as a foster parent, social worker, volunteer, criminal prosecutor, and civil litigation attorney. Her practice focuses on defending those organizations, including day care centers, youth camps, mentoring organizations, and private schools. She has volunteered with and defended organizations throughout the United States in matters ranging from minor physical injuries to claims of sexual abuse of children in the organization’s care.

Nadeem Bezar, Partner
Kline & Specter, PC

Nadeem A. Bezar, a partner at Kline & Specter, PC, has won scores of million-dollar-plus verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice cases and litigation in which he represents abused children. Bezar has won verdicts of $11 million, $5.35 million and $4.5 million and many more substantial settlements against foster care and child placement agencies. He also filed the first civil lawsuits under Pennsylvania’s human trafficking statute against motel owners and operators. Bezar earned his undergraduate degree from Bates College, a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Massachusetts and his law degree from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. He teaches law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Bezar is an eight-time marathon runner.


SEGMENT 1: Nadeem Bezar, Partner Kline & Specter, PC

  • Overview: Abuse and Neglect
    • Definition
    • Indicators
  • Mandated Reporter(s)
    • Defined
  • Be careful what you wish for…
    • Sandusky
    • Impact of changes

SEGMENT 2: Deborah A. Ausburn, Partner Taylor English Duma LLP

  • Navigating the requirements and repercussions of mandated reporting
  • Standards for when reports are required
  • How to help client navigate the fall-out when they do make reports

Date & Time:

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Legal Counsel
  • Paralegals
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Deborah A. AusburnPartner
Taylor English Duma LLP
Nadeem BezarPartner
Kline & Specter, PC



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