Continuing Legal Education

Family Law Update 2015: A French Quarter Festival

March 19, 2015 - March 20, 2015
Thurs: 12:50 - 6:15 p.m.;Fri: 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
12.00 MCLE hours
Presented by Family Law

New Orleans
Hyatt French Quarter Hotel
800 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
(map and directions)


Fly to the French Quarter for a festival of family law fun!

Registration is open to ISBA Members only and limited to the first 100 registrants!!


Don’t miss this highly-popular biennial event featuring two days of premium family law presentations, a complimentary reception to network with friends and colleagues, 12 hours of MCLE credit, and plenty of time to soak in the region’s culture and cuisine. Family law attorneys, general practitioners, and lawyers working in the child law arena will benefit from the information presented throughout this two-day conference. Topics include:

  • Changes in the law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents, couples and their children;
  • Analyzing whether removal is in the best interest of the child;
  • Determining maintenance and child support in marriage dissolution case;
  • The various mistakes that can prevent evidence from being presented during a family law trial or hearing;
  • Third parties who are impacted by dissolution of marriage cases;
  • Identifying child abuse and presenting the evidence;
  • Understanding how alienating behavior can impact family law cases;
  • The various cases and legislative changes that have affected the family law practice;
  • Understanding the issues that can arise when grandparents raise their grandchildren;
  • Arguing for custody of your client’s family dog; and
  • Much more!

Once again, the Hyatt French Quarter Hotel plays headquarters for the Family Law Update Festival and is offering special room rates of $189/night. Be sure to identify yourself as an ISBA member and attendee of the ISBA Family Law Update Festival when making your reservation.

Room reservations at the Hyatt French Quarter Hotel are available at the special room rate of $189/night for attendees who register by Tuesday, February 24th. Book your room online or by calling 504-586-0800.

 

Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Pamela J. Kuzniar, Kuzniar & Simons P.C., Chicago

 

 

Due to limited registration and hotel deadlines, no registration refunds will be given for cancellation requests for this program after Monday, March 9th at 12:00 p.m. (noon).


The ISBA would like to offer a special thanks to this program’s financial supporters for helping to make this opportunity possible:

Platinum
  • James M. Godbout, Sikich LLP, Chicago
Gold
  • Pamela Kuzniar & Mark Simons, Kuzniar & Simons P.C., Chicago
  • Marilyn F. Longwell, Marilyn Longwell and Associates, P.C., St. Charles
  • Rory T. Weiler, Weiler & Lengle, P.C., St. Charles
  • Matthew A. Kirsh, Kirsh & Associates, Ltd.., Chicago
  • David H. Hopkins, Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck, Wheaton
  • Kelli E. Gordon, Feldman, Wasser, Draper & Cox, Springfield
Silver
  • Morris L. Harvey, Law Offices of Morris Lane Harvey, Mt. Vernon
  • Lisa M. Nyuli, Ariano, Hardy, Ritt, Nyuli, Richmond, Lytle & Goettel, P.C., South Elgin
  • Jacalyn Birnbaum, Birnbaum Haddon Gelfman & Arnoux LLC, Chicago
  • Jennifer A. Shaw, The Shaw Law Group, P.C., Edwardsville
  • Sharon R. Mulyk, Mulyk Laho & Mack LLC, Glen Ellyn
Bronze
  • Margaret Bennet, Bennett Law Firm, LLC, Oak Brook
  • Hon. Mark J. Lopez, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
  • Robin R. Miller, Robin R. Miller Attorney, P.C., Wheaton
  • Jon Racklin, Clark & Racklin, Ltd., Olney
  • Curtis Bennett Ross, The Law Office of Curtis Bennett Ross, Chicago
  • Christopher W. Bohlen, Barmann, Bohlen & Jacobi, P.C, Kankakee
  • Hon. Jeanne M. Reynolds, Circuit Court of Cook County, Skokie
  • Anne M. Martinkus, Erwin Martinkus & Cole Ltd., Champaign

 

Agenda


Thursday, March 19, 2015

12:50 – 1:00 p.m.  Welcome and Introductions

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Marriage and Parentage for LGBT Parties and their Children
The recent enactment of the new Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, the fall of Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) under US v Windsor, and recent Illinois court decisions affecting claims of parentage and access to children have each resulted in significant changes in the law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents, couples, and their children. This presentation examines these changes and their significance, as well as the broader implications for parents and parties to marriage and dissolution case in Illinois.
Carol L. Jones, Jill M. Metz & Associates, Chicago
Richard A. Wilson, Grund & Leavitt, Chicago

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Should I Stay or Should I Go? Removal Considerations: The Legal and Psychological Perspective
Examine procedural and legal strategy options for a removal case from the perspective of an experienced family law practitioner and a Clinical Psychologist. Topics include: filing; conducting the hearing; and analyzing whether removal is in the best interest of the child.
Marilyn F. Longwell, Marilyn Longwell & Associates, P.C., Chicago
Dr. Sol R. Rappaport, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Northern Illinois Institute of Forensic Psychology, Libertyville

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.  Myth, Magic or Science: Determining Income from all Sources for Support
It is important that all sources of income are viewed by the bench when determining maintenance and child support in marriage dissolution cases. This segment offers examples of taxable income versus cash flow for owners of a business (Schedule Cs, S-Corps and Partnerships), discusses how the personal expenses in a business should be considered, examines executive compensation plans such as ISOs, NQSOs and restricted share plans, and also explores the concept of double-dipping. The various and relevant factors that are considered during the determination of income when income is not easily determined is also discussed.
James M. Godbout, Sikich LLP, Chicago
Hon. Timothy J. McJoynt, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton
Hon. Brian R. McKillip, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton
Hon. Jeanne M. Reynolds, Circuit Court of Cook County, Skokie
William J. Scott, Jr., Momkus McCluskey, LLC, Lisle

4:45 – 6:15 p.m.  Illinois Discovery and Evidence Rules: A Refresher Course
Learn to avoid the common discovery and disclosure mistakes that prevent relevant evidence from be presented during a family law trial or hearing with this informative judicial panel presentation! Topics include: presenting relevant evidence; the purpose and form of an offer of proof; hearsay and its impact on admissibility; and the proper form of an objection.
Hon. Arnold F. Blockman, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Urbana
Hon. Mark J. Lopez, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Hon. Pamela E. Loza, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

6:15 – 7:30 p.m.  Complementary Networking Reception
Enjoy complementary cocktails and appetizers with fellow attendees as you discuss the seminar and network with your colleagues before savoring an evening in New Orleans on your own!


Friday, March 20, 2015

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  Complementary Breakfast – Beignets and Chicory Coffee

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Third Parties in Dissolution of Marriage Cases
Divorce impacts more than just those getting the divorce and their children – from the parents of those getting the divorce to corporations and other third parties involved in marital assets. This presentation analyzes the usage and restriction of joinder in dissolution of marriage actions, including the possibility of dismissal for nonjoinder and interpleader.
Kelli G. Gordon, Feldman Wasser Draper & Cox, Springfield
William J. Scott, Jr., Momkus McCluskey, LLC, Lisle

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Identifying the Evidence of Physical Child Abuse
One of the most difficult and emotional issues in family law is the allegation of child abuse. Don’t miss this panel discussion on abuse and neglect complaints, assessing the threat of sexual abuse, visitation issues and concerns, child representation, determining what is in the best interest of the child, and presenting the evidence.
Robert Hugh Farley, Farley International, Consultant in Crimes Against Children, Chicago
Hon. Pamela E. Loza, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Alienating Behavior in Family Law Cases: Is There a Solution?Alienation, whether as a fact pattern or a syndrome, routinely impacts family law cases. This comprehensive overview explores the affect of alienating behavior in a family law case, as well as the options that are available according to case law. Effective remediation and/or reunification from a therapeutic perspective are also examined.
Morris Lane Harvey, Law Offices of Morris Lane Harvey, Mt. Vernon
Dr. Sol R. Rappaport, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Northern Illinois Institute of Forensic Psychology, Libertyville

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.  Case Law and Legislative Update
Discover which of the critical cases and legislative changes from the past year have impacted the family law practice the most with this informative segment.
Hon. Arnold F. Blockman, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Urbana
Rory T. Weiler, Weiler & Lengle, P.C., St. Charles

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.  Over the Meadow and Through the Woods… or Grandma Take Me Home?
Grandparents raising grandchildren rarely think about the legal limitations they may face, including whether they are authorized to register the child for school, put them on their health insurance, or have an obligated to pay for the child’s expenses when the parent disappears. Then, years later, when the parent reappears and demands the child’s return, the family becomes divided. Join us for an in-depth look at the competing rights and issues encountered by family members facing this common scenario, as well as a discussion on the potential remedies that are available pursuant to case law or statute.
Matthew A. Kirsh, Kirsh & Associates Ltd., Chicago
Hon. Brian R. McKillip, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  How Much is that Doggie in the Window?
The divorce is almost over – and everything is resolved except who gets to keep the family pet! Enjoy a heated closing argument for possession of a dog in a highly-contested fight where every allegation is made and both parties are pulling out the stops to obtain custody of their beloved companion. Watch as experienced counsel argues for their client’s position by applying statutory and case law to a hypothetical fact pattern. (Supporting briefs are included in the materials.) A judicial panel presiding over the proceedings will determine the outcome, with each member of the bench giving the reason behind their ruling.
Hon. Arnold F. Blockman, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Urbana
David H. Hopkins, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, Wheaton
Hon. Mark J. Lopez, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Hon. Timothy J. McJoynt, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton
Hon. Brian R. McKillip, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton
Angela E. Peters, Buffalo Grove Law Offices, Arlington Heights
Hon. Jeanne M. Reynolds, Circuit Court of Cook County, Skokie