Barton Center Presentations

Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy

The Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy is a collaboration between the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children and the Barton Child Law and Policy Center to bring child welfare legal experts to Emory Law for a monthly workshop as Visiting Scholars in Practice. 

The workshop videos and PowerPoint presentations will be archived here. Please bookmark this page and check back periodically for new materials.

If you have difficulty viewing the videos, please contact Michele Papotto by e-mail or by phone 404.712.8367.

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Dissecting a Child Welfare Case panelists

October 28, 2014

Visiting Scholars in Practice

Moderator: Richard Griffiths, Senior Editorial Director, CNN


  • The Honorable Bradley Boyd, Chief Judge, Fulton County Juvenile Court
  • Jeffrey Brown, Director, GA DFCS Central CPS Intake Section
  • Temika J. Bryant, MD, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Valerie Condit, MSW, Roswell High School
  • Ursula M. Davis, MA, LPSC, Director, GA DFCS System of Care Section
  • Diana Rugh Johnson, Esq.,
  • Ashley Willcott, JD, Director, Office of the Child Advocate

View Part 1 of the video (presentation begins at approx. 1:56 mark)»

View Part 2 of the video»

Open Adoptions 2014 panel

September 5, 2014

Visiting Scholars in Practice

Moderator: Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver


  • The Honorable R. Michael Key, Judge, Troup Co. Juvenile Court
  • Deborah Burrus, Permanency Director, Division of Family and Children Services
  • Lila Newberry Bradley, Adoption Attorney, Claiborne & Fox, LLC
  • Leslie Pate MacKinnon, LCSW, Adoption Counselor
  • Susan Gage, Foster/Adoptive Mother

View the video presentation»

The Stigma of Foster Care

July 9, 2014

Visiting Scholars in Practice

Moderator: Terry Walsh, Esq.

Panelists:  EmpowerMEnt Group

  • Lourdes Aguilar
  • Chase Chitwood
  • Brittany Myers
  • Frances Smith-Ross

With Sarah Bess Hudson, EmpowerMEnt Facilitator

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April 24, 2014

Visiting Scholars in Practice

  • The Honorable Lane Bearden, Gordon County Juvenile Court
  • The Honorable Bradley Boyd, Fulton County Juvenile Court
  • The Honorable Deitra Burney-Butler, Clayton County Juvenile Court


Ashley Willcott, JD, CWLA
Director, Office of the Child Advocate for the Protection of Children

View the recorded presentation »

View the slide presentation»

January 31, 2014

Opening Remarks

The Honorable Jason Deal


  • Alan Judd, The Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • Tom Rawlings, Child Welfare Attorney
  • Rachel King, General Counsel, Georgia Department of Human Services


Melissa D. Carter, Executive Director, Barton Child Law and Policy Center.

View the recorded presentation video »

November 13, 2013

Samantha Wolf

This is a special presentation sponsored by the Barton Child Law and Policy Center, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Governor's Office for Children and Families.


  • Joe Vignati, Juvenile Justice Administrator, GOCF
  • The Honorable Steve Teske, Juvenile Court Judge, Clayton County
  • The Honorable Elliott Shoenthal, Juvenile Court Judge, Dekalb County
  • Stephen Reba, Director, Appeal for Youth Clinic, Barton Child Law & Policy Center

View the presentations »

View "GA's Juvenile Reform and Impact on DMC" (PowerPoint Presentation in .pdf format)  »

View "When Did Making Adults Mad Become a Crime?" (PowerPoint Presentation in .pdf format) »

Follow-up Webinar: » No login or subscription is required to view the video.

December 11, 2013

Addressing Disparities presentation speaker

The conversation continues from the November 13th program. Hosted by the Governor's Office for Children and Families (GOCF), in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and Department of Education, the Barton Center is pleased to present the following speakers:

  • Katie Jo Ballard, Executive Director, GOCF
  • The Honorable Tom Rawlings, McMillan & Rawlings, LLP
  • Chris Thomas, Assistant Director, Office of Training, DJJ
  • Aakeem Woodard, Consultant, The Bridge
  • Joe Vignati, Justice Division Administrator, GOCF

View the recorded presentation » (Begins at 3:21 mark)
View Judge Rawlings' slides »
View Chris Thomas' slides »

November 5, 2013

Visiting Scholar In Practice

The Honorable Gerald Bruce
Juvenile Court Judge
Enotah Judicial Circuit

View video presentation »

August 6, 2013

Scholar in Practice:

Professor Randee J. WaldmanBarton Juvenile Defender Center
Emory University School of Law

View Professor Waldman's slides »

View the recorded presentation»

July 24, 2013

Visiting Scholar in Practice

Stephany L. Zaic, Esq.
Special Assistant Attorney General
NACC Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist

View the recorded presentation»

View Ms. Zaic's slides»

May 14, 2013

Visiting Scholars in Practice

  • Jen Carreras, Esq.
    Child Welfare Law Specialist
  • Ashley Wilcott, Esq.
    Child Welfare Law Specialist

View the recorded presentation»

View the slides»

April 16, 2013

Visiting Scholar in Practice:

  • Willie J. Lovett, Jr., JD, LL.M., Dekalb County Juvenile Court Judge, Child Welfare Law Specialist
  • Trenny Stovall, J.D., Director, Dekalb County Child Advocacy Center
  • Aimee E. Stowe, J.D. Appellate Attorney, Dekalb County Child Advocacy Center

View the recorded presentation »

View the slides»

November 30, 2012

Visiting Scholar in Practice:

Professor Paul Milich, JD
Georgia State University
College of Law

View the video presentation»

View an excerpt from Georgia Evidence Essentials in pdf format»