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 (