20th Annual Guardian Ad Litem Certification CLE Seminar

Friday, March 1, 2018

Location: Embassy Suites, Ridgeland, MS


8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Update on Recent Decisions Involving Guardians Ad Litem
Professor David L. Calder, Director of Child Advocacy Clinic and
Clinical Professor of Law
University of Mississippi School of Law

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The Unique Role of the Guardian ad Litem In Youth Court
Mary Fuller, Youth Court Program Director
Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts
Jackson, MS

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:45a.m.

A View from the Bench – What Judges Need and Expect from Effective Guardians ad Litem
Hon. Dewayne Thomas
Chancery Court
District 5, Hinds County, MS

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00p.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Effect of Substance Abuse on Children and Families
Jerri Avery, PhD
Clinical Director, Oxford Treatment Center
(fmr. Director, MDMH Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services)
Etta, MS

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Ethics for the Guardian Ad Litem
Justice Randy Pierce, (ret.)
Director Mississippi Judicial College
University of Mississippi School of Law

4:15 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 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

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.