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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

Program Information
Program Date:
June 02, 2016
Child Advocacy

Discover what requirements exist for those representing children in litigation, which requirements are mandated, and why we need training in child advocacy with this opening segment. Knowing what is simply good practice (and not required) is also discussed.

Speaker Information
Hon. Diane M. Lagoski  [ view bio ]
The Important Role of an Attorney in the Life of a Child

Learn what expectations the Supreme Court of Illinois has for those representing children in our court system.

Speaker Information
Hon. Lloyd A. Karmeier  [ view bio ]
In Camera Interviews with Children in Visitation and Custody Disputes

Get the information you need on interviewing children during a custody case, including how, when, and why.


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Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.75
Speaker Information
Hon. Brian R. McKillip  [ view bio ]
Emerging Challenges

This segment addresses the challenges that attorneys may face when dealing with their client’s issues.


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Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.50
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.50
Speaker Information
Ari Telisman  [ view bio ]
The Revolution is Here

Do you know what has changed under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act? (Hint: Almost everything!) Don’t miss this comprehensive overview of the recent statutory changes.


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Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.75
Speaker Information
Gunnar J. Gitlin  [ view bio ]
Case Law Update

This presentation surveys a number of cases that were decided over the past year and discusses what is new in cases involving families and children.


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Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.75
Speaker Information
Prof. Jeff Atkinson  [ view bio ]
Preparing Children for Litigation and Life

Learn how to prepare your underage client for what’s to come with this informative segment, including filing, litigation, examinations, and the post-decree world. 


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Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.75
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.75
Speaker Information
Joseph Canevello  [ view bio ]
The Competing Roles of the GAL, Child Representative, and Attorney

This session explores the duty of a guardian ad litem or child representative to investigate what is in a child's best interest. Additional topics include: what should/shouldn’t be included in pleadings and court files, and how to protect mental health records during custodial proceedings.


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Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 1.00
Speaker Information
Vickie L. Pasley  [ view bio ]
Real Life Impact

Gain a better understanding of how litigation can impact children and what litigators can do to make the process easier for the adolescent client.


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Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 1.25
Including Professional Responsibility: 1.25
Speaker Information
Joel J. Levin  [ view bio ]
Howard P. Rosenberg  [ view bio ]
The Work of Professionals (Other than Lawyers) Who Deal With Children

A number of professionals work with children during the parental allocation process, and knowing who is available to do what is helpful toward creating a smoother process. This segment examines the appropriate times for professionals to be involved and what evaluations can or should be done. 


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Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.75
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.75
Speaker Information
Dr. Robert Galatzer-Levy  [ view bio ]
Allocating Parental Responsibilities through Divorce or Parentage

This presentation discusses how parental responsibilities should be allocated and which factors the Courts should consider during the allocation process.


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Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.50
Speaker Information
Margaret A. Bennett  [ view bio ]
Structuring and Scheduling Parenting Time

In this segment, the speaker addresses visitation, including how to structure the order, who should get what time, and how grandparents fit in to the plan. 

Speaker Information
Jacalyn Birnbaum  [ view bio ]
Third-Party Involvement in the Life of a Child

Oftentimes, there are a number of individuals involved in the life a child that extend beyond the biological parents, including stepparents and grandparents. Discover what rights these third-party individuals have in the child’s life. 


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Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.50
Speaker Information
Michael K. Goldberg  [ view bio ]
Addressing Domestic Violence

Gain a better understanding of how to address domestic violence during the parental allocation process. 

Speaker Information
Hon. Mary S. Trew  [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 10.25
Including Professional Responsibility: 4.75
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