Broadcast Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)


Child abuse reporting is a complex area of law, compelled with a heavy regulatory interest. Lawyers, having the duty to report any act of maltreatment among children, must comply with the statutory mandate, particularly in terms of confidentiality. Their ethical and legal obligations should always be in line with protecting children from abuse.

Thus, legal practitioners should be well-versed with all the latest legal developments that constitute their professional responsibilities in reporting child abuse to avoid noncompliance.

Listen as experienced professionals in child protection Deborah A. Ausburn and Tom Rawlings of Taylor English Duma LLP provide a comprehensive guide on how lawyers should report child abuse cases. Speakers, among other things, will offer practical tips and compliance strategies with utmost ethical accountability in this ever-changing regulatory landscape.

Key topics include:

  • Ethical Considerations in Child Abuse Reporting
  • Lawyers’ Ethical Duties and Legal Obligations in Child Abuse Reporting
  • The Statutory Mandate Surrounding Child Abuse Reporting Confidentiality
  • Exploring Effective Compliance Strategies
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of child abuse reporting


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Ethics and Professionalism


Total Credits:

2.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Deborah A. Ausburn, Partner
Taylor English Duma LLP

Deborah Ausburn is a member of Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, where she focuses on advising and defending youth-serving organizations. Ms. Ausburn has spent more than 30 years as a social worker, foster parent, criminal prosecutor, and civil trial attorney. Her background has given her unique insights into defending child care centers, camps, schools, and mentoring organizations. She has volunteered with and defended youth-serving organizations throughout the United States in matters as diverse as personal injury cases, intrusive government regulations, libel and slander issues, and claims of sexual abuse. She has conducted numerous investigations of claims of historic child abuse and sexual assault or harassment claims.  She also advises youth-serving organizations about child protection policies, staff screening, conduct standards, cyberbullying, and best practices for protecting the children in their care.

Tom Rawlings, Attorney
Taylor English Duma LLP

Tom Rawlings brings 30 years of legal experience in juvenile justice, child protection, and capacity-building. He has spent more than 20 years representing and serving institutional clients with a focus on vulnerable populations, including children and families, juveniles, and individuals living with poverty, food insecurity, and medical disabilities. Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Rawlings served as the director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. He was previously the director of the Office of the Child Advocate and was the first full-time juvenile court judge in the Middle Judicial Circuit. In addition to his work in the US, Mr. Rawlings has also served as the Guatemala country director for International Justice Mission, where he built and led a team of Guatemalan professionals who worked with government prosecutors and courts to protect and treat child sexual abuse victims, prosecute offenders, and train child abuse professionals. He has trained child welfare, justice, and human rights professionals across the US as well as in Armenia, Romania, and Thailand.


Deborah A. Ausburn, Partner

Taylor English Duma LLP


Tom Rawlings, Attorney

Taylor English Duma LLP

  1. The landscape has changed, illustrated by the SBC and Larry Nassar reports
  2.  Law enforcement is becoming more aggressive about
    • Broadly defining “abuse”, and
    • Charging mandated reporters
  3. Lawyers advising their clients need to take a similarly broad view. When in doubt, report. Need to make sure that you have a consistent reporting structure and also that the structure doesn’t prevent an individual within the organization from making a direct report.
  4. We also need to help our clients respond after the mandated report
    1. No longer enough to wait for law enforcement
    2. We need to help clients plan ahead for crisis response
  5. We no longer can concentrate on defending potential lawsuits, but we have to help our clients with their entire mission of caring for children and families.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Child Abuse Lawyers
  • Child Protection Officers
  • Child Welfare Specialists
  • Child Abuse Investigators
  • Social Workers
  • Child Abuse Workers


Deborah A. AusburnPartner
Taylor English Duma LLP
Tom RawlingsAttorney
Taylor English Duma LLP



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