Continuing Legal Education

Attorney Education in Child Custody and Visitation Matters in 2014 and Beyond

May 22, 2014 to May 23, 2014
1:00 – 5:30 p.m.; 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
10.00 MCLE hours, including 2.25 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Co-sponsored by SIU School of Law and The Dispute Resolution Institute

Southern Illinois University School of Law
1150 Douglas Drive – Lesar Law Building
(map and directions)

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: legislative and case law updates; statues and rules; issues in protecting children; child development and how the parents’ behavior impacts the child; parental custody rights; scheduling parenting time; removing children from the home; mediation disputes;  jurisdiction issues; orders of protection; structuring visitations; settlement conferences; and evaluations. The roles of attorney, child representative and guardian ad litem are also discussed. The seminar includes presentations by members of the judiciary and experienced practitioners, along with two panel discussions and ample opportunity for discussion.

Please Note: Prior to the program, registrants will receive a weblink via email giving 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:
Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, Woodstock
Sarah J. Taylor, Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, Carbondale
Alicia Ruiz, Director of Communications & Outreach, SIU School of Law, Carbondale

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



Thursday, May 22, 2014

 1:00 – 1:15 p.m.  Introduction: Requirements for Representing Children
Review the requirements for representing children in litigation, including those mandated by the court, as well as those that are simply good practice.
Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, Woodstock

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.  The Important Role of an Attorney in the Life of a Child
Learn what expectations the Supreme Court of Illinois has for those who represent children in our court system.
Hon. Lloyd A. Karmeier, Supreme Court of Illinois, Nashville

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Legislative and Case Law Update
This segment discusses what’s new for and in cases involving families and children.
Prof. Jeff Atkinson, DePaul University College of Law, Wilmette

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

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  Notice and Administrative Appeals
The Illinois Department of Children & Family Services provides an administrative appeal process for indicated and unfounded reports, as well as a mechanism for families to appeal recommended services or lack thereof, including the removal of children from one out of home placement to another.  This presentation will address the administrative process that attorneys who represent parents and children should become familiar with to protect their client’s rights.
Hon. Michael J. Ruzicka, Administrative Law Judge, Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, E. St. Louis

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.  Emergency, Interim, and Plenary Orders of Protection
Gain a better understanding of how Courts handle requests for Orders of Protection, No-Contact Orders, No-Stalking Orders, and more.
Hon. Michael P. Kiley (ret.), Shelby County Courthouse, Shelbyville

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  Taking on the Role of Attorney, Child Representative, or Guardian Ad Litem*
This presentation explores the ethical obligations attorneys have to their clients or charges who happen to be children.
Treva H. O’Neill, Attorney at Law, Anna
Eugenia C. Hunter, Attorney at Law. Carbondale
Janet C. Proctor, Attorney at Law, Grantsburg

5:30 p.m.  Networking Reception

Friday, May 23, 2014

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Child Representatives, GALs, and Therapists: What CAN WE talk about?
This session explores the duty of a child representative or GAL to investigate what is in a child's best interest, and the right to privacy under HIPPA for medical records and communications. What should and should not be included in pleadings and court files, and what rights exist for the protection of mental health records during custodial proceedings, are discussed.
Jennifer Cunningham Beeler, Law offices of Jennifer Cunningham Beeler, Deerfield

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

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  Children’s Developmental Issues and Divorce
This segment discusses the various issues to be considered when interviewing a child, as well as how the parents’ behaviors may have impacted them.
Dr. Jeffrey S. Kellogg, Psy.D, Carbondale

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Establishing and Modifying the Custody Rights of Parents
Don’t miss this informative discussion on parental custody rights – from who has or should have which rights, to establishing and modifying them.
Hon. Kimberly L. Dahlen, First Judicial Circuit, Murphysboro

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (provided)
Lunch sponsored by CourtCall, LLC

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.  Structuring and Scheduling Visitation Amid a Family Feud
In this segment, the speaker addresses visitation, including how to structure the order, who should get what time, how grandparents fit in to the plan, and what research shows.
Sandra Crawford, Law Crawford, P.C., Chicago

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  Panel Discussion with Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. - Mediating Disputes*
This panel discussion offers an in-depth look at the mediation process – from what must be mediated to what can be mediated, to the best practice tips you should employ.
Sarah J. Taylor, Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, Carbondale (Moderator)
Michael W. Maurizio, Maurizio & Sharpe, Attorneys at Law, Marion
Michael A. Fiello, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, Carbondale
Webb H. Smith, Gilbert, Huffman, Prosser, Hewson & Barke, Ltd., Carbondale
Missy L. Greathouse, Program Administrator, Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. Carbondale

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

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.  The Removal of Children
Learn how children can be removed from Illinois jurisdiction and how to deal with other jurisdictions once removal has taken place.
Gunnar J. Gitlin, The Gitlin Law Firm, P.C., Woodstock

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.  Engaging Settlement Conferences*
Settlement conferences (also known as “pretrials”) are an important part of the child custody and visitation process. Don’t miss this discussion on who should participate and what should be presented to the judge.
Hon. Todd D. Lambert, First Judicial Circuit, Harrisburg


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval
**S.Ct. Rule 906 addresses attorney qualifications and education in child custody and visitation matters