Parents Agenda


9:30 AM - Check In & Light Breakfast

10:00 - 10:15 AM - Keynote Speaker

10:20 - 11:05 AM: Don't Be the "Cool" Parent

Think it's cool to host parties for your teenage kids?  What's the harm if they drink in your house as long as there is adult supervision?  Think again.  Recent legislation has imposed civil and criminal penalties for parents who host underage drinking parties.  

Presenter: Maura L. Lynch, Attorney and Principal, Rismiller Law Group, LLC


11:10 - 11:55 AM: Speak Up, Save a Life

Last year police responded to 21 fatal heroin overdoses, including six in Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Kensington and Potomac.  Montgomery County residents are not immune to the young adults that are overdosing on heroin and prescription narcotics.  Discussion includes warning signs and ways to minimize your child’s access to narcotics.

Presenter: Steve Chaikin, former prosecutor with the State’s Attorney’s Office

12:00 - 12:45 PM:  Lunch


1:40 - 2:25 PM: Busting Myths about Police Encounters

What you see on TV and social media may only be part of what actually happens when civilians encounter the police. Topics include police use of force, stops, searches, and the use of body cameras.  Discussion will include suggestions on safe ways to interact with the police during a stop and search.

Presenters: Officer Willie Taft, Montgomery County Police Department, Curt Zeager, Assistant State’s Attorney, State’s Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County; Victor Del Pino, Attorney, McGann Del Pino & Hughes, LLC

1:40 - 2:25 PM: Safety in the Era of Social Media

What happens when revealing too much online goes wrong? Creepers on the internet. Privacy concerns. Sexting. Is this person your friend or frenemy? What does cyberbullying actually mean?  These questions and more will be addressed during the discussion.

Presenters: Sgt. John Reinikka, Montgomery County Police Department, Rexanah Wyse, Assistant State’s Attorney, State’s Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County