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3.5 CLE, including 1 Trial Practice, and 1 Ethics OR 1 Professionalism

When: 10/21/2014
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Alston & Bird
One Atlantic Center
1201 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, Georgia  30309
United States
Presenter: Truancy Intervention Project
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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3.5 CLE, including 1 Trial Practice hour,
and 1 Ethics hour OR 1 Professionalism hour

Did you know that missing just 10% of the school year in 6th grade is strongly linked to academic course failure and even eventually dropping out of high school? That’s just 18 days — or two to three days per month! The Truancy Intervention Project or “TIP” strives to decrease chronic absenteeism by pairing trained volunteers with children and their families to provide them with the advocacy, resources and services necessary to ensure good attendance and success in school. Originating in Fulton County, TIP provides resources and intervention services to children who are chronically absent from school and, as a result, either become involved with the local juvenile court or are referred for early intervention at the school level.

The Truancy Intevention Project is always seeking new volunteers to help with the prevention of school failure. Volunteers from all walks of life participate in making a difference in the lives of children in urgent need. Volunteers work one on one with children, as advocates both inside and outside the courtroom and as role models to children on the brink of school failure. We hope you will consider joining us!  Find out more at

Registration Fees:
$40 for Attorneys
FREE for Law Students and Non-Attorneys

Student member pricing:
 If you are a newly admitted attorney and/or no longer a law student, you are no longer eligible to register at the student rate.  

All Non-Members Must Register via the Registration Form

Agenda and Speakers

11:00 am - Welcome/Why TIP?
Jessica Pennington, TIP GA, Executive Director

11:15 am - How does Early Intervention Work?
Tonya Malone, Programs Manager, TIP GA

11:30 am - Juvenile Court Process
Caren Cloud, Staff Attorney, TIP GA

12:00 pm - Lunch Break

12:15 pm - Intro: The TIP Volunteer Experience
TIP Staff

12:30 pm - Role of the TIP Volunteer
Glen Fagan, Volunteer, Constangy, Brooks
Erica Harrison, Volunteer, Alston & Bird
Sara Smith, Social Worker, Fulton Schools

1:00 pm - Ethics and Advocacy Breakout Sessions

     Ethics Panel (1 Ethics hour)
     Colin Kelly, TIP Volunteer, Alston & Bird
     Adwoa Seymour, Bryan Cave, LLP
     Becky Hall, State Bar of Georgia

     Advocacy Panel (1 Professionalism hour)
     Michelle Hession, Social Worker, Fulton Schools
     Tonya Malone, TIP Programs Manager
     Katherine Dunn, TIP Volunteer, Southern Education Foundation

2:00 - Mock Hearing: “Almost the Real Thing”

     Judge: Chris Yokom, Intake Attorney, Fulton County Juvenile Court
     Attorney: Colin Kelly, TIP Volunteer, Alston & Bird
     SSW: Sara Smith, School Social Worker, Fulton County Schools
     Child: Kevin Wilson, Staff Attorney, Supreme Court of Georgia
     Parent: Caren Cloud, Staff Attorney, TIP GA
     Probation Officer: Adolphus Graves, Chief Probation Officer, Fulton Juvenile Court

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