Continuing Legal Education

Attorney Education in Child Custody and Visitation Matters in 2012 and Beyond

November 1, 2012 to November 2, 2012
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.; 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.
10.00 MCLE hours

University of Illinois College of Law
504 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
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This two-day program is designed as an update to the programs that were presented in 2006, 2008 and 2010 to help attorneys who represent children in Illinois courts fulfill the training requirements. Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 906(c), attorneys should receive ten hours of education every two years in child development; roles of guardian 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.

The topics covered throughout this seminar include: legislative and case law updates; evaluations; issues in protecting children; parental custody rights; emergency, interim, and plenary Orders of Protection; understanding how the Confidential Intermediary Service of Illinois helps adopted children obtain information about their biological families; drafting agreements; settlement conferences; preparing children for litigation; establishing the custody rights of parents; scheduling parenting time; jurisdiction issues and removing children from Illinois; and understanding how extra-curricular activities, religion, and social media affect custody and visitation matters. The roles of attorney, child representative and guardian ad litem are also discussed.

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

Program Moderators:
Thursday – Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, Woodstock
Friday – Hon. Ann B. Jorgensen, Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, Wheaton



Thursday, November 1, 2012

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.  Welcome and Introduction to Child Custody and Visitation Issues
This brief introduction sets the stage for the remainder of the seminar by exploring several important questions, including: What requirements exist for those who represent children in litigation? Which requirements are mandated . . . and which are simply good practice?
Hon. Debra B. Walker, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.  Evaluations under Sections 604(b) and 604.5
Gain a better understanding of evaluations, including when they should be ordered, what information they should contain, and how they should be used.
Dr. David Finn, Psy.D., Associates in Human Development Counseling, LLC, Arlington Heights

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.  Emerging Issues in Protecting Children
This segment discusses how courts are handling abuse, neglect, and dependency issues. Additional topics include handling substance abuse cases (especially in light of an evolving list of substances to consider) and contending with parties who present mental health issues during a time of dwindling resources.
Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, Woodstock

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.  Emergency, Interim, and Plenary Orders of Protection
Join us for a presentation that explores the various ways in which courts handle requests for Orders of Protection, No-Contact Orders, No-Stalking Orders, and more.
Hon. Michael P. Kiley, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Shelbyville

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Illinois Adoptees: Obtaining Birth Family Information and Locating/Connecting with Birth Relatives
Whether your client is an adopted person looking for a birth family or a biological parent looking for their adopted child, it is important that you understand how Illinois law assists in helping relatives reconnect. This session explains how the Confidential Intermediary Service of Illinois helps adopted children obtain information about their biological families in Illinois.
Linda Fiore, Midwest Adoption Center, Des Plaines

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Complimentary Networking Reception
Take advantage of this opportunity to network with other lawyers, law students, and program faculty members during this complimentary reception at Pederson Commons.
Sponsored by the Champaign County Bar Association.

Friday, November 2, 2012

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Legislative and Case Law Update
Get the legislative and case law updates you need to effectively advise your clients in family and child law matters.
Prof. Jeff Atkinson, DePaul University College of Law, Wilmette

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  Preparing Children for Litigation and the Hereafter
At the center of any child custody and visitation matter lies the child involved in the case. This segment helps you understand what adolescents bring to the litigation table, as well as how to prepare them for litigation, including filing, examinations, and the post-decree world.
Joseph Canevello, Connections Counseling & Counseling Services, Inc., Crystal Lake

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Engaging Settlement Conferences and Drafting Agreements
This comprehensive overview offers a look at settlement conferences by examining when, where and why settlement conferences should take place, as well as who should participate in them. A discussion on how agreements should be documented is also included.
Sandra Crawford, Law Crawford, P.C. Chicago

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.  Establishing and Modifying the Custody Rights of Parents
Establishing parental custody is an important decision with the biggest impact on a child’s life, and courts facing this issue will base their decision on the best interests of the child. This presentation discusses who has custody rights, how to establish or modify rights, and how far each parental right should reach into the life of the child.
Barry H. Greenburg, Attorney at Law, Chicago

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  Structuring and Scheduling Visitation
Scheduled visitation allows non-custodial parents to spend time with their children and, as such, is an important part of the child-parent relationship. This session discusses structuring the visitation and scheduling parent time, and also explains how grandparents fit in to the visitation schedule.
Michael K. Goldberg, Goldberg Law Group, Chicago

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.  The Removal of Children
Gain a better understanding of how children can be removed from Illinois jurisdiction (and other courts) – as well as how to deal with other jurisdictions – with this informative presentation.
Gunnar J. Gitlin, The Gitlin Law Firm, P.C., Woodstock

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.  Taking on the Role of Attorney, Child Representative, or Guardian Ad Litem
What ethical obligations do attorneys have to their clients or charges who happen to be children? What expectations are required of an attorney taking on the role of child representation or Guardian Ad Litem? This segment addresses these questions and more!
Scott Renfroe, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.  Hot Topics and Evolving Issues
As any child can attest, there is more to life than parental custody and visitation matters – like soccer and cheerleading and church camp. Slumber parties, Facebook, and football. Youth group and guitar lessons. Join us for this comprehensive look at the various roles extra-curricular activities, religion, and social media play – not only in the life of a child – but in custody and visitation matters. Other emerging issues that stand to challenge families in the next two years are also discussed.
Karen J. Bowes, Rinella and Rinella Ltd., Chicago