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 inclide:

  • 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.

Current students may obtain more information about this clinic on Roolaw.

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Mary Kay O’Malley

Clinical Professor & Director of the Child and Family Services Clinic Child & Family Services Clinic/ Guardian ad Litem Clinic1-511 LAW
Phone: 816-235-6298
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