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Continuing Legal Education
Education for Attorneys Appointed to Represent Children
Education for Attorneys Appointed to Represent Children

Presented by the ISBA Bench & Bar Section, ISBA Child Law Section,
and ISBA Family Law Section


This two-day program is designed to help those attorneys who represent children. Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 906(c)*, attorneys should receive ten hours of education every two years in child development; roles of guardians ad litem and child representatives; ethics in child custody cases; relevant substantive state, federal, and case law in custody and visitation matters; and family dynamics, including substance abuse, domestic abuse, and mental health issues. Topics for this seminar include: the requirements for those representing children in litigation; the challenges facing the next generation of advocates; the issues attorneys may face when dealing with client problems; recent changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act; legislative and case law updates; how to prepare children for litigation; how litigation may impact children; the work of non-attorney professionals in the parental allocation process; establishing parental responsibilities; structuring and scheduling parenting time; the rights of stepparents and grandparents; addressing domestic violence; and more. The roles of attorney, child representative and guardian ad litem are also discussed.



Program Coordinators:

Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, Woodstock

Hon. Andrea M. Schleifer, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago


Program Moderators:

Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, Woodstock

Paulette M. Gray, Gray & Gray LLC, Crystal Lake

Family Law "How To" Series: 01. Order of Protection / Domestic Violence Prosecution
Family Law "How To" Series: 01. Order of Protection / Domestic Violence Prosecution

Presented by the ISBA Family Law Section

Learn the context and meaning of statutory terms used in Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection cases, including:

  • Who can get an order of protection;
  • The differences and similarities between criminal and civil orders of protection;
  • The process for getting a civil order of protection;
  • The different types of orders of protection;
  • The court room process for an Order of Protection hearing; and
  • Much more.


“How To” Series Producer and Coordinator: 

Pamela J. Kuzniar, Kuzniar & Simons, P.C., Chicago


Program Speakers:

Daniel B. Davis, Richard Wilson PC Law Offices, Chicago

Heather M. Hurst, Davis Friedman, Chicago

Sally K. Kolb, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Found, Champaign

Practice Toolbox 10 Hour Package
Practice Toolbox 10 Hour Package

Participants will learn how to run a law practice efficiently, economically, and ethically.  Discussion will explore a wide range of topics from keeping clients happy to persuasive presentations to mastering those technological skills required to successfully operate a law firm today.  Topics include client confidentiality and managing client expectations; avoiding the everyday ethical pitfalls presented whenever using technology in a law office; the basics and legal-specific features of Adobe Acrobat including metadata removal; how to electronically organize documents in a client/matter-centric manner and safely transmit those documents while guarding privacy interests; protecting a firm from catastrophic data loss; creating a technology plan to achieve long-term objectives; managing e-mail interruptions; going paperless; and much more.