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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