17th Annual Guardian Ad Litem Certification CLE Seminar

Friday, March 3, 2017

Location: Embassy Suites, Ridgeland, MS


8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Recent Developments and Case Law Update, Plus Commentary on New Developments for GAL Training
Professor David L. Calder, Director of Child Advocacy Clinic and Associate Clinical Professor of Law
University of Mississippi School of Law

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:45a.m. The Investigative and Therapeutic Process – Play Therapy and MORE Helping Children Heal
Jennifer Austin-Main, LPC, RPT
James Strickland, LPC, NCC
Counselor Education Clinic for Outreach and Personal Enrichment
University of Mississippi
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:00 p.m. Developments on Improving Guardian Ad Litem Practice Proposed Changes in Training Requirements, Rules, etc….
William A. Charlton, Esq.
Mississippi Judicial College
University of Mississippi
2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adolescents and Substance Abuse – Changing Every Day
Shane Garrard, MSW, CCS, CADC II
Director, Fairland Center
Tutwiler, Mississippi


4:30 Adjourn

Open Enrollment

Registration is open to all interested parties including attorneys, judges, legal assistants, and law office staff. Walk–ins will be accepted on a space–available basis. If you plan to attend and do not pre-register, please call the UM-CLE office at (662) 915-6738 to determine space availability. Written materials will be given on the day of the seminar.
Pre–registration is encouraged.


Please complete the registration form and return it along with your payment to the address listed on the form. To register by fax, please complete the form and include your Visa or MasterCard number and expiration date. The fax number is (662) 915-5267, or register using our secure online registration. Registrants will receive additional information with their written confirmation from UM-CLE.

CLE Credit

This course offered by UM-CLE has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6.25 CLE credits including one hour of Ethics. Registrants seeking mandatory CLE credit from another state should contact UM-CLE in advance of the seminar.


Refunds will be given as follows:

  • Two business days prior to the seminar, registration fee less a $25 administrative charge.
  • One business day prior to the seminar, materials and registration fee less $75 OR transfer the registration fee to someone else in your firm or to an upcoming CLE seminar.
  • No call, no show will receive materials only, no refunds. In the unlikely event a seminar is canceled, registrants will be notified and issued full refunds.

In the unlikely event a seminar is canceled, registrants will be notified and issued full refunds.

Hotel Accommodations

There is currently no hotel block reserved, but registrants are encouraged to stay at the Embassy Suites, Ridgeland MS. Other suggestions available upon request – contact Renee at moore@olemiss.edu.

Accommodation of Special Needs

If you require special assistance relating to a disability, please contact Renee Moore at (662) 915-6738 prior to the seminar.