The 3rd Annual Not Your Everyday Custody Case: Advanced Issues Facing Custody Litigators and Guardians ad Litem continuing legal education seminar sponsored by the DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section on October 6, 2017 was another huge success before a sell-out crowd. Topics included international child custody litigation, substance abuse and visitation, child sexual abuse concerns in custody litigation and making effective presentations in court. A panel of judges from three metro Atlanta counties also responded to questions: Judge Christopher Brasher from Fulton Superior Court; Judge Courtney Johnson from DeKalb Superior Court; and Judge Robert D. Leonard from Cobb Superior Court.
Debbie facilitated a panel discussing “Guardian ad Litem Odds and Ends,” and she spoke on Parents With Disabilities, a topic we see few CLE programs cover. Her presentation included discussion on the various obstacles that parents with disabilities face in family courts, pre-conceived misunderstandings and biases about their parenting abilities, and special considerations when serving as a guardian ad litem in a custody case involving parents with disabilities, and when representing the parent.
As Immediate Past Chair of the DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section, Debbie spearheaded and coordinated the first Not Your Everyday Custody Case: Advanced Issues Facing Custody Litigators and Guardians ad Litem Continuing Legal Education seminar in 2015. Debbie served on the planning committee for this year’s seminar.