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Call for Papers: University of Dayton Law Symposium on Custody

2011 Gilvary Symposium

Call for Presenters

Custody Through the Eyes of the Child

January 21, 2010,

University of Dayton School of Law

We are proud to announce the 2011 Gilvary Symposium at the University of Dayton School of Law. The topic of this year’s symposium will be

Custody Through the Eyes of the Child

The goal of the symposium is to explore issues pertaining to child custody from a child’s perspective. Planned panels’ topics include: (1) How should courts deal with conflicts between children’s stated preferences or children’s attorneys and Guardian ad Litem testimony?; (2) Do mediation, collaborative lawyering and other avenues of alternative (appropriate) dispute resolution better comport with children’s interests and perspectives?; (3) How do we practically and ethically tailor lawyering techniques to comport with children’s needs and interests?; and (4) How should courts and lawmakers balance policy and constitutional concerns such as religious freedom, freedom of movement and combating discrimination with the best interests of the child? Other presentations on topics focused on custodial issues from a child’s perspective are welcomed.

The keynote address will be given by Prof. Katherine Bartlett of Duke Law School and other featured speakers will include, Prof. Barbara Glesner-Fines, Prof. Annette Appell and Prof. Katherine Hunt Federle.

Publication opportunities for essay length manuscripts exist for those who are interested in a special symposium edition of the University of Dayton Law Review. Presentations based on recently published or publications recently accepted for publication are welcome.

Please email presentation proposals of no more than 500 words by Nov. 1, 2010 to Pamela Laufer-Ukeles at


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