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ACEs, Resilience, and Ethics - Free CLE

This 3-hour CLE will include a discussion of the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on the families that we see and serve in child in need of care, juvenile offender and domestic cases and provide tools for attorneys (specifically those in the role of Guardian ad Litem) to better meet the needs of their client/ward and help the child put their best foot forward when dealing with the Court.

We will also view the documentary “Resilience – the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.” This 1-hour documentary delves into the science of ACEs and the birth of a new movement in the treatment and prevention of Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. However, as the experts and practitioners profiled in “Resilience” are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect, and they're using cutting-edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

The 3rd hour of this CLE will examine the Kansas Model Rules of Professional Conduct and provide tools to help the GAL ethically represent the best interests of the child.

The seminar will be held in the Division 6 Courtroom at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.

1:30 – 1:50 Overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – Kerrie Lonard

1:50 – 2:50 Viewing of “Resilience – the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope”

2:50 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 3:20 Discussion of ACEs and “Resilience” – Kerrie Lonard and Judge Bethany Roberts

3:20 – 4:10 Ethical Representation when your “client” is the best interests of a child – Michael Serra

Please RSVP to Heather Krase-Minnick at

(Note: No food is allowed in the courtroom.)