9:00 – 9:55 AM | Compassion Fatigue
As we constantly pour ourselves into our work, the focus is typically on the client, the facts and the law. Rarely do lawyers recognize the cumulative effect that years of conflict and dark subject matter have on us. This session identifies the mental, emotional and physiological effects that family law has on our psyche, and discusses some practical coping mechanisms that can help mitigate those effects.
Speaker: Douglas Fredrick, Law Office of Doug Fredrick, LLC, Springfield
9:55 – 10:46 AM | Teens & GALs - How to Navigate Teens' Wishes v. Their Best Interests
This session provides guidance to GALs navigating the murky waters of when a child's wishes are contradictory to the child's best interest. The speaker examines who the GAL represents and how to comply with the GAL standards, with particular emphasis on relating to young children and teens in foster care, under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.
Speaker: James C. Weyand, 10th Circuit Juvenile Office, Hannibal
10:46 – 11:35 AM | Home Visits – When to Do Them & What to Look For
This Advanced Guardian ad Litem training will discuss home visits in detail. Participants will learn in which cases a home visit should be conducted, discuss announced versus unannounced visits, safety of you and of your client, and how to effectively follow up after a home visit. Common concerns of identifying drugs and drug paraphernalia and the classification of unsanitary conditions will be covered.
Speaker: Melissa Buckman Young, Melissa Buckman Young, Attorney at Law, LLC, Mexico
11:35 AM | Adjourn
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|Home Visits - When to Do Them & What to Look For (546.6 KB)||Available after Purchase|
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Douglas C. Fredrick received both his Bachelors in Business Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While in Kansas City, he had the opportunity to clerk for the Honorable Sherrill Rosen. He later graduated from the United States Army JAG (Judge Advocate General) School in Charlottesville, Virginia, served in the Army Reserves as a JAG officer for seven years, and in 2012 transferred to the Air Force Reserves, where he currently serves as a JAG officer. Mr. Fredrick is a solo practitioner in Springfield and focuses his practice primarily in the areas of family law, business transactions and litigation, and real estate transactions and litigation. He has argued before the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Southern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals. Mr. Fredrick also owns and manages three real estate investment companies and has served on many local community boards and Missouri Bar committees. He is a prolific author and speaker, typically teaching multiple CLE presentations each year. The second edition of his publication, Military Issues in Family Law was published in 2017.
J.C. Weyand is an attorney in Hannibal with significant experience in CA/N Juvenile Cases, as the JO attorney, parents' attorney and GAL. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Hannibal-LaGrange University and has presented variety of different CLEs including breakout sessions at 2019 & 2020 Solo & Small Firm.
Melissa Buckman Young is a solo practitioner in Mexico, Audrain County, Missouri focusing in the areas of juvenile, family, adoption, guardianship, real estate, estate planning, and municipal law. She opened her practice in 2012 after working for The Seigfreid Law Firm, L.L.C. Ms. Young currently serves as the Guardian ad Litem for Audrain County, and also takes frequent appointments in Montgomery County. As Guardian ad Litem for Audrain County, Ms. Young serves as Guardian ad Litem on all juvenile, domestic, and as Attorney for the Respondent in probate cases.
Ms. Young served as the president of the Audrain County Bar Association from 2010- 2017. She is a member of the Juvenile Courts and Laws Legislative Review Subcommittee of the Missouri Bar Association, a member of the Family Law Section of the Missouri Bar Association, a member of the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association and of the Missouri Municipal League. She has served on the 12th Circuit’s Fostering Court Improvement Team since its inception in November 2012. A 2009 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, Ms. Young was certified in the field of Dispute Resolution. She earned a Bachelor Science degree from the University of Missouri in the field of Agricultural Education with a minor in Agricultural Economics.
Active in her community, Ms. Young holds leadership positions with Children’s Therapy and Early Education School Board, Mexico Area Jaycees, Mexico Sustainability Project, Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, Mexico Area Community Foundation, the Hart Career Center / Mexico Education Center Bright Futures, and former positions with the Board for the Mexico Area Family YMCA and the Audrain County United Way campaign. She and her husband Jason stay busy with their two children, Cassie and Alex and they enjoy coaching them in youth cross county, tee-ball, and softball. Their family are members of the St. Brendan Catholic Church in Mexico.
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