Continuing Legal Education

A Family Law Financial Trial

October 8, 2015 to October 9, 2015
8:20 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. both days
15.00 MCLE hours, including 15.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center
13653 Lodge Boulevard
(map and directions)


Register Early - Space is Limited!

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a family financial trial from start to finish!

Join us as judges, experts, and experienced practitioners come together for this two-day nonstop action mock financial trial regarding maintenance, child support, college support, and asset division. An entire formal trial is conducted, including opening statements, witness examinations, and closing arguments. The witnesses include a business valuation expert and vocational expert whose complete reports are included in the materials. Each witness examination is followed by an interactive discussion in which the Assistant Judges review and comment on the rulings and testimony, along with audience discussion of the witness’s impact and case theory. Breaks and lunches will be set and witness testimony will be held over until court reconvenes as in an actual trial. The Court will rule at the close of the case. Family law attorneys with all levels of practice experience will benefit from the breadth and scope of the lessons demonstrated through this mock trial, including how to analyze trial strategy and the effectiveness of witness testimony.


This program uses the hypothetical fact pattern and business valuation report originally presented in ISBA’s Family Law Financial Litigation CLE seminar on June 25, 2015 and September 18, 2015. Attendees are asked to read/reread these documents, which will be provided to registrants prior to this seminar.
Please Note: Attendance to the previously-related programming is not required.


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



8:20 - 8:30 a.m.  Welcome - Cast Introductions and Comments

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Mock Trial (lunch provided both days)

Program Presenters


Lisa Nyuli, Ariano, Hardy, Ritt, Nyuli, Richmond, Lytle & Goettel, P.C., South Elgin

Lisa Shack – Wife (Petitioner)

Morris Lane Harvey, Law Offices of Morris Lane Harvey, Mt. Vernon

Wife’s Counsel

Tamika Walker, Sreenan & Cain, P.C., Rockford

Wife’s Counsel

Rory Weiler, Weiler & Lengle, P.C., St. Charles

Rory Shack – Husband (Respondent)

Kelli Gordon, Feldman Wasser Draper & Cox, Springfield

Husband’s Counsel

William Scott, Momkus & McCluskey LLC, Lisle

Husband’s Counsel

Jennifer L Stallings, Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel, P.C., South Elgin

Jennifer Snow – Husband’s Executive Assistant and “Significant Other”

Hon. Rodney Equi (Ret.), Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton

Jennifer Snow’s Counsel

James M. Godbout, Sikich LLP, Chicago

James Goodwin –Valuation Expert

Deborah (“Debbie”) Gordon, Vocational Testing, Inc, Northbrook

Debbi Voke – Voke Evaluations LLC, Wife’s Vocational Expert

Jon J. Racklin, Law Office of John Racklin, Olney

Jon Smyth – CRP, Relocation Specialty Brokers, LLC, Real Estate Broker

Hon. Arnold F. Blockman, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Urbana

Trial Judge

Hon. Timothy McJoynt, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton

Alternate Judge

Hon. Donna-Jo R. Vorderstrasse, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Waukegan

Alternate Judge

Hon. Jeanne M. Reynolds, Circuit Court of Cook County, Skokie

Alternate Judge

Hon. Kevin T. Busch, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, Geneva

Alternate Judge

Hon. Richard P. Goldenhersh, Fifth District Illinois Appellate Court, Belleville

Alternate Judge

Pamela Kuzniar , Kuzniar & Simons, P.C., Chicago, Illinois

Sheriff / Moderator

Jon J. Racklin, Law Office of John Racklin, Olney

Understudy for Wife’s Counsel

Marilyn F. Longwell, Marilyn Longwell & Associates, P.C., Chicago

Understudy for Husband’s Counsel