Responding to Media Attention in High-Profile Cases

November 23, 2016

I was recently invited to speak at the American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) annual conference as part of a panel discussion on Attorneys and High Profile Cases. The panel presented information on how government attorneys can best respond to matters that are receiving extensive media attention, with a focus on issues in children and family services.

Members of the Children’s Committee are often called on for comment in high profile or controversial cases within Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families. In my remarks I addressed the role of legislative committees in responding to high profile cases, highlighting the importance of cooperation between the Children’s Committee and DCF.

When a serious issue within a state department comes to light, the role of the corresponding legislative committee is to help restore public confidence by ensuring that there is accountability. The Children’s Committee has a very good working relationship with DCF, and that allows us respond to concerns quickly and work with them to find solutions.

The American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) is an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association. Its members consist of attorneys employed by state or local departments of health and human services.