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Guardian Ad Litem Clinic

In this clinic, law students represent children in orders of protection under the supervision of attorneys who are certified by the Missouri Supreme Court as Guardians ad Litem. The program provides students with training qualifying them for this certification.

Topics may include:

  • Adult and child orders of protection
  • Requirements and role of the guardian ad litem
  • Working with social workers and other professionals
  • Best practices in investigation, recommendation and representation

Course will begin with a full-day training session to be attended by attorneys and students together. Several local attorneys have agreed to act as supervising attorneys with students on cases. Students would conduct interviews with pertinent family members, obtain relevant records, obtain information from state agencies, schools, etc.; conduct home visits in appropriate cases, participate in filing pleadings and motions; identify resources and development of parenting plans for negotiated resolutions; and participate in court hearings. Additional meetings and training sessions on advanced topics will be scheduled throughout the semester.


To apply for the program, students should submit a letter of interest and résumé to Professor Mary Kay O’Malley. To be eligible for the workshop, students must have successfully completed civil procedure, evidence and professional responsibility. In order to screen for conflicts of interest, all students must disclose any part-time legal employment (whether paid or volunteer) they are or will be undertaking during the clinic year. Students must consent to a criminal and child abuse background screening. Students must be eligible and apply for Rule 13 certification for law student practice through the dean’s office, which may take up to eight weeks to be approved.


Mary Kay O’Malley
500 E. 52nd Street,
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-235-6298

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