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ABA New Orleans Midyear Meeting: Free Continuing Legal Education Program
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When: February 3, 2012
8:00 AM

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An initiative of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders with collaboration by the U.S. Dept. of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention & the MN Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

ABA co-sponsors: ABA Commission on Youth at Risk, Center on Children and the Law, Health Law Section, Criminal Justice Section, Commission on Disability Rights, Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, Death Penalty Representation Project, Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice

Friday, February 3rd -- 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (breakfast included)

Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal St., Napoleon Ballroom C1-Third Floor

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This half-day training event brings together national FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) law and justice experts. Exposure to alcohol during pregnancy sometimes causes brain damage resulting in cognitive and behavioral disabilities. It is estimated that in the U.S. 1 child in 100 has some level of this disability. Many such individuals are of borderline intelligence, have poor judgment, weak impulse control, lack an understanding of the consequences of their actions and frequently get in trouble with the law. Effective and ethical representation of these juvenile and adult clients requires recognizing and understanding this disability. Also, a high percentage of adopted children have FASD, with major implications for both adoptive parents and adoption agencies. FASD is also a factor in decisions terminating parental rights, and is more common among children in foster care than in the general population. This is a complementary CLE program.


Melodee Hanes, JD Acting Associate Administrator for Policy, OJJDP, U.S. Department of Justice

What are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Primer for the Legal Community

Kenneth Lyons Jones M.D., Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology /Teratology at the Dept. of Pediatrics at UCSD

Julie Kable, Ph.D. Clinical Child Psychologist, Dept of Pediatrics - Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta

Natalie Novick Brown, Ph.D, Forensic Psychologist, FASD Experts, Seattle

MODERATOR: Sally M. Anderson, Ph.D., Coordinator and Executive Secretary, Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

FASD and Juvenile/Adult Criminal Law

William J. Edwards, J.D., Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County

Terence M. Brennen, J.D., Senior Asst. County Attorney, Jefferson County, New York

Judge Anthony P. Wartnik, Legal Director, FASD Experts, Seattle

MODERATOR: Judge Susan Carlson, Juvenile Justice Center and MOFAS, Minneapolis

FASD and Child/Family Law

Judge Michael Jeffrey, Superior Court, 2nd Judicial District, Barrows, Alaska

Judge Peggy Walker, Juvenile Court Judge, Douglas County, Georgia

Judge Ernestine Gray, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, New Orleans

MODERATOR: Eileen B. Bisgard, J.D., 17th Judicial Court FASD Project, Denver, Colorado

The Right to Counsel and FASD: Overview of National and Tribal Issues

Maha Jweied, JD, Senior Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice Access to Justice Initiative, Washington, DC

FASD and Eligibility for Benefits

Amy Gilbrough, J.D., Social Security Disability Attorney, Seattle

Living with FASD: Family Impact

Linda Wolinsky – Adoptive Parent, FASD Advocate, Isanti, Minnesota

An ABA Initiative Regarding FASD: The Experience of the Canadian Bar Association's Resolution on FASD & How the ABA Can Improve Legal Representation of, and Access to Justice for, Individuals with FASD

Howard Davidson, JD, Director, ABA Center on Children and the Law, Washington, DC

Rod Snow, JD, Canadian Bar Association Past-President, Whitehorse Yukon, Canada

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