Continuing Legal Education

Practicing in Juvenile Court: What to Expect, What to Do, and How to Help Your Clients

April 12, 2013
8:50 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7.25 MCLE hours, including 7.25 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

NIU – Rockford
8500 E. State Street – Auditorium
(map and directions)

Enhance your juvenile court representation skills with this introductory seminar!

Experienced attorneys working in the juvenile court arena can tell you that the terminology is different and the atmosphere unique – and that representing a delinquent minor or parent accused of abuse or neglect requires a learning curve, to say the least. Don’t miss this introductory program that more experienced practitioners wish had been available to them when they began practicing in juvenile court! Family law attorneys, practitioners representing children, and defense attorneys with basic to intermediate experience who attend this seminar will:

  • Learn how temporary custody issues are addressed;
  • Know who should be present in the courtroom during a trial;
  • Familiarize themselves with the client-interview process;
  • Know how to protect a client’s rights;
  • Understand what does and doesn’t matter to the judge during court;
  • Know what to expect when working with mental health professionals;
  • Recognize the differences in representing a minor vs. a parent;
  • Understand the probationary process;
  • Know how to get help for the client through a variety of available services;
  • Recognize the ethical issues that can arise when representing a client in juvenile delinquency and/or abuse and neglect cases; and
  • Much more!
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.


Program Coordinators/Moderators:
Nancy Z. Hablutzel
, Attorney at Law, Chicago
Karen J. Bowes, Bowes Law, Chicago



8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions
Karen J. Bowes, Bowes Law, Chicago

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.  Overview of Child Protection Hearings*
This comprehensive overview helps you understand the child protection hearing process from start to finish. Learn how a case gets started, the importance of hotline calls, and how temporary custody issues are addressed. Additional topics include timelines, statutes, and who will be present in the courtroom during the hearing.
Carol A. Casey, Office of the Public Guardian, Chicago

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  Representing the Parent Charged with Abuse/Neglect*
Get the information you need to better represent the parent accused of abuse or neglect with this informative presentation. Topic include: interviewing your client; recognizing important information and presenting it to the court; working with others to get your client the services they need; visitation issues; and protecting your client’s rights.
Terra Costa Howard, Attorney at Law, Glen Ellyn

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Services Available to Families and How to Access Them*
There are a number of services available to families who find themselves in the juvenile court system. As an attorney, it is important that you know how to access these services for your client, including services to reunite families and getting help for addiction and mental health issues.
Janet W. Ahern, Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, Chicago

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  What the Judge Wants to Hear from You*
Learn how to present your information to the Court in the most appropriate way, as well as how to arrange the information that you are presenting. Knowing what does and doesn’t matter to the judge (and what might be damaging to your client!) is also discussed.
Hon. Mary Linn Green, 17th Judicial Circuit, Rockford

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch Served (provided)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Working Lunch: Working with Mental Health Professionals*
Gain a better understanding of what to expect when working with mental health professionals. Topics include: requesting an evaluation for your client; sharing information with the professional to help with your client’s evaluation; reading the evaluation report; and discussing your client’s evaluation with the professional.
Joseph T. Monahan, Monahan Law Group, LLC, Chicago
Dr. John Murray, DuPage County Courthouse Diagnostic Services, Wheaton

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Juvenile Delinquency Nuts and Bolts*
As an attorney working in the juvenile delinquency arena, it is important that you understand the appropriate “lingo,” know who will be in the courtroom, and can effectively organize your case to best represent your client. In this segment, the speaker examines each of these issues and also discusses the differences in representing a minor vs. a parent.
Michael W. Raridon, Attorney at Law, Rockford

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Probation 101*
This presentation answers important questions about the probationary process, including, What will the probation officer do? What is SOP? What information should you present to the probation officer? and What can your client do to make his/her period of probation beneficial to him/her?
Patricia Hayden, Department of Probation and Court Services, Wheaton

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

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  The Juvenile Delinquency Case: The Judge’s Perspective*
Examine the juvenile delinquency case from the judge’s perspective with this insightful presentation. Topics include: what the judge wants in terms of organization, presenting your case to the court, and discussing the court’s plans for the minor with the judge – whether the minor is being sent home or to a juvenile facility.
Hon. Janet R. Holmgren, 17th Judicial Circuit, Rockford

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Ethical Problems in Representing Children and Parents in Both Juvenile Delinquency and Abuse/Neglect Cases*
This segment addresses a number of ethical issues that can arise when representing children and parents in juvenile delinquency and/or abuse and neglect cases, including representing two parents in the same case; disagreeing with the minor’s plans or behavior; handling the client that rebels against the judge’s orders or service plan; recognizing a conflict situation; knowing when to withdraw from a case; and much more.
Karen J. Bowes, Bowes Law, Chicago
Nancy Z. Hablutzel, Attorney at Law, Chicago
Michael W. Raridon, Attorney at Law, Rockford