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    Biennial Gilvary Symposium to Explore Child Advocacy Laws

    Dayton Law will examine child custody issues from a child's perspective during the 2011 Gilvary Symposium on Law, Religion & Social Justice. The symposium, "Custody through the Eyes of the Child," will be held Thursday, January 20, and Friday, January 21, 2011, in Keller Hall.

    The symposium is especially timely given the changes recently made to the use of and training required of guardians ad litem in Ohio.

    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.

    Katherine Bartlett, the A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law and former dean of Duke Law School, will serve as the keynote speaker on January 21.

    Other nationally respected scholars scheduled to speak at the symposium include: Professor Barbara Glesner-Fines of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Professor Annette Appell of Washington University Law, and Professor Katherine Hunt Federle of Ohio State's Moritz College of Law.

    The Gilvary Symposium on Law, Religion & Social Justice honors the memory of the late Judge James J. Gilvary, a highly respected leader in the Dayton legal community, a judge on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas and a lifelong UD supporter.

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    For more information, contact Mary Boston at 937-229-3794 or by e-mail.