Date(s) of Conference:
January 20-21, 2011
University of Dayton School of Law
The event kicks off on January 20 with “The Gilvary Symposium Presents: An Evening with Judge Glenda Hatchett,” featuring Glenda Hatchett, child welfare activist, author, television host, national spokesperson for CASA, and the first African-American chief presiding judge of Atlanta’s Fulton County Juvenile Court. This portion of the program, which is open to the legal community and the general public, will focus on the essential role played by Court Appointed Special Advocates.
The symposium continues on January 21 with a range of panel discussions including: how courts deal with conflicts between children’s preferences and guardian ad litem testimony; whether mediation, collaborative lawyering and other avenues of alternative dispute resolution better comport with children’s interests and perspectives; how lawyering techniques might be tailored to comport with children’s needs and interests; and how courts and lawmakers might balance policy and constitutional concerns such as religious freedom, freedom of movement and combating discrimination with a child’s best interests.