Law school conference to address child endangerment and sexual exploitation issues


Friday, January 6, 2017

UGA law school conference to address child endangerment and sexual exploitation issues

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law will host the first annual Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic Conference Jan. 28, 2017.

The daylong conference will bring together legal experts, psychologists and child advocacy leaders from across the country to discuss important issues related to child sexual abuse and those professionals who assist them. Panel discussions will examine the intersection of civil, criminal and juvenile courts in child sexual abuse cases; trauma/compassion fatigue for those representing child sexual abuse survivors; and understanding the psychology of child sexual abuse and using experts effectively.

The keynote address will be delivered by Ross Cheit, a Brown University professor and author of Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children by the Oxford University Press.

Other speakers include: Marlan B. Wilbanks, a 1986 Georgia Law alumnus who provided initial funding for the nation’s first experiential learning opportunity dedicated solely to the assistance of survivors of child sexual abuse; Peter Janci, a partner with the law firm Crew Janci, who will speak on investigating and uncovering institutional abuse drawing upon his experience of representing more than 100 survivors of sexual abuse; and Paul Mones, a nationally recognized advocate for survivors of child abuse who over the course of his 30-plus year career has obtained tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients from entities such as the Boy Scouts of America.

As part of the conference, the documentary film “Off the Record: Justice Denied to Child Sex Abuse Survivors” will have its debut showing, which will be followed by a question and answer session with filmmakers Valerie Gibson and Neil Jaffee.

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit http://cease.law.uga.edu/wilbanks-child-endangerment-and-sexual-exploitation-conference-january-28-2017 before January 24. Registrations will be taken thereafter on a space availability basis only. The cost is $20 and includes a light breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and the documentary premiere dessert reception. For attorneys the cost is $50 and continuing legal education credits are available. Attendance for members of the UGA community is free, but registration is required.


Writer: Heidi M. Murphy, 706-583-5487, hmurphy@uga.edu Contact: Emma Hetherington, 706-369-5788, ehether@uga.edu

UGA School of Law Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s top public law schools, Georgia Law was established in 1859. Its accomplished faculty includes authors of some of the country’s leading legal scholarship. The school offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law – and is home to the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Georgia Law is proud of its long tradition of providing first-rate legal training for future leaders who will serve state and nation in both the public and private sectors. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.