NOFAS Justice Task Force Co-Sponsors Mississippi Training

The Mississippi Office of State Public Defender (OSPD) is hosting a training conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) sponsored by NOFAS and Disability Rights Mississippi on March 23, 2018, in Jackson, MS. OSPD is responsible for providing state, county, municipal, and youth court defenders with continuing legal education programs and training on topics such as FASD. Juveniles living with FASD are 19 times more likely to be incarcerated than their peers without an alcohol-related disorder.

The conference features several members of the NOFAS Justice Task Force including its Chair, William Edwards, along with Larry Burd, PhD, Ken Jones, MD, and Tina Chambers, PhD, who will be presenting the following topics:

“What Lawyers Should Know about FASD”
Dr. Kenneth Jones, M.D. and Dr. Christina Chambers, Ph.D.
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Dysmorphology/Teratology, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, La Jolla, California

“Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: What’s New and What You Should Do”
Dr. Larry Burd, Ph.D., Director of the North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Clinic

“Stamping out the Stigma: Investigating and Documenting the Maternal Alcohol History of the Birth Mother”
William J. Edwards, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender, Mental Health Court

“Advocating for Individuals with FASD”
Joi Owens, Managing Attorney, Disability Rights Mississippi

“Won but Not Done!” ~ Panel Discussion
Kathryn Kelly, Project Director, FASD Legal Issues Resource Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Trisha Hinson, Former Mississippi FASD Coordinator (Retired)
Melissa J. Cook, FASD Parent Advocate


Registration forms will be available soon and space is limited.
For more information email Beau Rudder at OSPD.