Continuing Legal Education

Family Law Update 2013: A French Quarter Festival

April 4, 2013 to April 5, 2013
Thurs: 1:00 pm- 6:30 pm; Fri: 9:30 am - 4:45
11.00 MCLE hours, including 6.50 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

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


This program has reached capacity and is now closed for registration.
Please email Jacquie with questions.

After a very successful foray into the French Quarter in 2011, the Illinois State Bar Association is taking its Law Ed back to New Orleans and you are invited! With two days of premium family law presentations, a complimentary reception to network with friends and colleagues, and plenty of free time to soak in the region’s culture and cuisine, this is a can’t-miss opportunity to mix French Quarter fun with ISBA’s top-notch educational programming.

The Hyatt French Quarter Hotel will play headquarters for the Family Law Update Festival and offer special room rates of $169 for attendees. Get the information you need to ensure your success as a family law practitioner with this comprehensive update of current issues facing the family law attorney. Topics include: the courtroom as a venue for domestic abuse; ethical issues when representing children; mental health issues in domestic relations matters; case law update; interviewing children; bankruptcy and divorce; ethics; parentage and custody; maintenance; and more. Family law attorneys, general practitioners, and lawyers working in the child law arena will benefit from the information presented throughout this two day conference.

Room reservations at the Hyatt French Quarter Hotel are available at the special room rate of $169/night.


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Pamela J. Kuzniar, Attorney at Law, Chicago


Due to limited registration, hotel deadlines, and the fact that this is a Law Ed destination pilot program, no registration refunds will be given for cancellation requests for this program after Monday, March 25th 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:

  • James M. Godbout, Stout, Risius, Ross, Inc., Chicago
  • David H. Hopkins, Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck, Wheaton
  • Pamela J. Kuzniar, Attorney at Law, Chicago
  • Rory T. Weiler, Weiler & Lengle, P.C., St. Charles
  • Morris L. Harvey, Law Offices of Morris Lane Harvey, Mt. Vernon
  • Matthew A. Kirsh, Law Offices of Matthew A. Kirsh, Ltd., Chicago
  • David H. Levy, Berger Schatz, Chicago
  • Marilyn Longwell, Marilyn Longwell and Associates, P.C., St. Charles
  • Hon. Robert J. Anderson, 18th Judicial Circuit Court, Wheaton
  • Christopher W. Bohlen, Barmann, Bohlen & Jacobi, P.C., Kankakee
  • Kelli E. Gordon, Feldman, Wasser, Draper & Cox, Springfield
  • Cecilia H. Griffin, Griffin McCarthy & Rice, LLP, Chicago
  • Russell D. Knight, Law Office of Russell D. Knight, Chicago
  • Robin R. Miller, Robin R. Miller Attorney, P.C., Wheaton
  • Lisa M. Nyuli, Ariano, Hardy, Ritt, Nyuli, Richmond, Lytle & Goettel, P.C., South Elgin
  • Treva H. O’Neill, Attorney at Law, Carbondale
  • Angela E. Peters, Buffalo Grove Law Offices, Arlington Heights
  • Susan W. Rogaliner, Attorney at Law, St. Charles
  • Joan C. Scott, Ewing & Scott, Lewistown



Thursday, April 4, 2013

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

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.  The Courtroom as a Venue for Further Domestic Abuse: Clinical and Legal Perspectives*
This comprehensive overview explains how the courts have become a new venue for domestic abuse, and identifies unique points to help attorneys identify hidden abuse, common abusive traits, and early warning signs. Topics include: distinguishing and identifying abuse; understanding the abuser’s motive and intent; clinical reverberations; how abuse affects the victim and family; and the effectiveness of using court as a venue for further abuse. Common scenarios of abuse are reviewed, including abuse against litigants, children, third parties, and pets, as well as the litigation tools used to combat domestic violence in Illinois.
David H. Hopkins, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, LLP, Wheaton
Dr. Susan Weitzman, The Weitzman Center, Chicago

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.  Ethical Conundrums Facing Attorneys Representing Children*
This segment offers an analysis of the various ethical issues facing the family law practitioner when representing children, including court room decorum, mediation, settlement issues, conflicts of interest, and trial responsibilities.
Marilyn F. Longwell, Marilyn Longwell & Associates P.C., Chicago
Lisa M. Nyuli, Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel P.C., South Elgin

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Interviewing Children: The Psychologist and Judicial Perspective*
Join us for an examination and demonstration of effective techniques for interviewing children between the ages of three and seventeen. The various methodologies for interviewing children of differing age groups and in-camera interviews with children are discussed.
Dr. David L. Gates, Marital and Family Therapy, Gurnee
Hon. Pamela E. Loza, Cook Judicial Circuit, Chicago
Dr. Frances Pacheco, The Family Stress Clinic, Libertyville

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.  Lawyers Guide to Mental Health*
This in-depth tutorial provides a better understanding of the mental health classifications used in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition Text Revision, as well as an analysis of the common psychological testing used in domestic relations cases.
Rory T. Weiler, Weiler & Lengle, P.C., St. Charles

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Case Law Update
Master orator, Enrico Mirabelli, presents family law updates in the Big Easy! Insights behind the opinions and current trends of the court are also included.
Enrico J. Mirabelli, Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP, Chicago

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.  Complimentary Reception
Thursday winds down with complimentary cocktails and appetizers, giving you the opportunity to discuss the seminar and network with your colleagues before enjoying an evening on your own in New Orleans!

Friday, April 5, 2013

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Complimentary Breakfast
Join us for a continental breakfast with beignets and coffee.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.   Business Valuations from Farms to Hedge Funds
This presentation examines the key issues and components of certain types of business valuation ranging from farms to medical practices to hedge funds.
James M. Godbout, Stout Risius Ross, Inc., Chicago
Brian Potter, Stout Risius Ross, Inc., Chicago

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.  Cohabitation and Termination of Maintenance
Update your knowledge on the burden of proof requirements for terminating maintenance once the recipient’s living arrangement changes to that of a “resident, continuing, conjugal basis.”
William J. Scott, Jr., Momkus McCluskey, LLC, Lisle

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Divorce, Impaired Clients, Guardianship, and the Code of Professional Responsibility*
Using current case law and the code of professional responsibility as their basis, our judicial panel examines the duties and obligations of the family law practitioner, especially when representing an impaired client, counseling a divorce case, or assisting with a guardianship issue.
Hon. Arnold F. Blockman, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Urbana
Hon. Pamela E. Loza, Cook Judicial Circuit, Chicago
Hon. Timothy J. McJoynt, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton
Hon. Jeanne M. Reynolds, Cook Judicial Circuit, Skokie

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Marriage/Civil Unions and Parentage in Illinois
Gain a better understanding of the current state of relationship recognition in Illinois, as well as how a client’s relationship status can impact custody.
Richard A. Wilson, Grund & Leavitt, P.C., Chicago

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.  Navigating the Minefields of Bankruptcy during Divorce Litigation
In this segment, the speaker addresses the bankruptcy stay and its impact on litigation. Additional topics include: appropriate orders to enter during litigation, knowing which orders will result in the imposition of sanctions, and a strategic analysis of bankruptcy planning during divorce litigation.
Paul A. Osborn, Ward Murray Pace & Johnson, P.C., Sterling

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

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.  Maintenance Boot Camp: Maintenance Mock Closing Argument*
Join us as two seasoned practitioners (with completely different litigation styles) argue for and against a maintenance award. Both practitioners will apply the current factors and standards to a hypothetical fact pattern and offer supporting briefs. Once each practitioner has completed their mock closing argument, the audience will be polled and the Court will rule with each member of the panel giving the reasoning behind their ruling. The final verdict will be determined by a majority vote among the judicial panel presiding over the proceedings.
Hon. Arnold F. Blockman, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Urbana
Morris Lane Harvey, Law Offices of Morris Lane Harvey, Mt. Vernon
Hon. Pamela E. Loza, Cook Judicial Circuit, Chicago
Hon. Timothy J. McJoynt, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton
Robin R. Miller, Robin R. Miller Attorney P.C., Wheaton
Hon. Jeanne M. Reynolds, Cook Judicial Circuit, Skokie