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Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Conference January 28, 2017

Georgia Law is excited to announce its first annual Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Conference on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Conference registration includes 5 CLE credits (including 1 ethics hour), a light breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Registration also includes a ticket to the premiere of a short documentary on survivors of child sex abuse and the court system, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and dessert reception.

Schedule of Events
Documentary Screening
Hotel Information


Attorneys:  $50 (registration fee does not include CLEs)

Community Members:  $20

Click here to register. 

UGA Faculty, Staff and Students can register here

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Law firms and other organizations interested in sponsoring the conference will have two sponsorship options:

Gold Level ($1,000)
                Two conference registrations
                Your name on conference materials
                Your brochure or other material in conference packet
                Your name on conference signage
Silver Level ($500)
                One conference registration
                Your name on conference materials
                Your brochure or other material in conference packet

For sponsorship registration, click here

Schedule of Events:


Registration and Breakfast (A & B Concourse)


Welcome Remarks (Classroom A)



Three Courts, One Survivor:  The Intersection of Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Courts in Child Sex Abuse Cases


  • Alan Cook, Director, Prosecutorial Justice Program, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Honorable Robin Shearer, Judge, Clarke County Juvenile Court
  • Ashley Wilcott, Director, Office of the Child Advocate for the Protection of Children


Trauma-Informed Lawyering:  Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue in Representing Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse


  • Brian Bride, Professor and Director of the School of Social Work at Georgia State University 
  • Emma Hetherington, Director, Wilbanks CEASE Clinic, University of Georgia School of Law 


Lunch (Larry Walker Room)


Keynote Speaker

  • Ross Cheit, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science, Brown University, and author of The Witch-Hunt Narrative 

(Larry Walker Room)


Understanding the psychology of child sexual abuse and using experts effectively (Classroom A)



Scout’s Honor:  Investigating and Uncovering Institutional Abuse


Documentary Screening:


“Off the Record:  Justice Denied to Child Sex Abuse Survivors”

Short Documentary Premiere 

Q&A with Filmmakers Valerie Gibson and Neil Jaffee

Ciné Lab 

Includes film screening, 2 drink tickets and dessert reception catered by Big City Bread

Hotel Information:

Conference attendees wishing to stay in Athens for the weekend can book a room at one of two options (Friday and Saturday nights):

Marriott Courtyard Athens Downtown, $139/night

Holiday Inn Athens, $89/night for standard 2 double beds or $99/night for deluxe king

For more information on the conference, contact Emma Hetherington ( or Sarah Ehlers (