Guardian ad Litem, Child Representative, and Attorney for Minor Child Training - 2017

September 7, 2017 - September 8, 2017
Thurs: 8:15 - 6:10; Fri: 9:00 - 4:00
14.50 MCLE hours, including 13.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Family Law

Chicago
ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)

 

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This two-day program is designed to help those attorneys who represent children. Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 906(c), an attorney should receive ten hours of education every two years in child developments; 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: the role, scope and limitations of representation; the conflicts that will limit the role of the appointment; child development issues, including mental health, milestones, attachment, and parental separation; working with impaired and high-conflict families; restricting parental responsibilities; how to assess and analyze a child’s best interest on a limited budget for testing and evaluation; domestic violence and how it affects children; conducting the child interview and the developmental issues you need to consider beforehand; cultural competency; and more.

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

Program Moderators:
Pamela J. Kuzniar
, Kuzniar & Simons P.C., Chicago
Hon. Timothy J. McJoynt, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton

 

NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nomial fee via the registration page.

 

Agenda


Thursday, September 7, 2017


8:15 – 8:30 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction
Pamela J. Kuzniar
, Kuzniar & Simons P.C., Chicago
Hon. Timothy J. McJoynt, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Role, Scope and Limitations of Representation*
This panel presentation discusses practice techniques, applying the Code of Civil Procedure and Supreme Court Rules to your practice, and identifying conflicts that will limit the role of the appointment. Topics include: ethical conundrums of each role, recognizing conflicts that require action, the manner in which the investigation is conveyed to the court, and due process issues.
Hon. Arnold F. Blockman (ret.), Sixth Judicial Circuit, Champaign
Hon. Mark J. Lopez, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Stacey E. Platt, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago
Mary T. Robinson, Robinson Law Group LLC, Chicago
Susan W. Rogaliner, Attorney at Law, St. Charles

10:30 – 10:40 a.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by Soberlink

10:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.  Child Development, Attachment, and Parenting Plans*
Don’t miss this comprehensive overview of normative infant and child development, including mental health, milestones, assessing attachment, and the impact of parental separation and/or divorce. A discussion on which things to consider when determining the appropriate parenting-time allotment is also included.
Dr. Rocio Munoz, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Oak Park
Dr. Sol R. Rappaport, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Libertyville

12:10 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.  Case Law Updates, Legislative Updates, and Parental Allocation Judgments
Get the case law and legislative updates you need, as well as information regarding judgments allocating parental responsibilities with this informative segment.
Hon. Arnold F. Blockman (ret.), Sixth Judicial Circuit, Champaign

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Strategies for Working with Impaired and High-Conflict Families*
Get the tips and advice you need to successfully work with impaired and high-conflict families with this in-depth presentation. Topics include: defining “high-conflict”; developing strategies to minimize challenges; reviewing empirical and clinical research on the impact of relationship discord; understanding the Illinois statutes regarding drug use; restricting parental responsibilities; assessing when children are emotionally ready to meet a parent’s new partner; and more.
Hon. Mark J. Lopez, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Dr. Rocio Munoz, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Oak Park
Dr. Sol R. Rappaport, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Libertyville

4:30 – 4:40 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

4:40 – 6:10 p.m.  Access to Justice in Family Law Court*
This segment explores the social issues and mindset of the unrepresented, and discusses how to assess and analyze the child’s best interest when there is no money for testing, evaluations, and 215 examinations (but the need for these things exists).
Pamela A. Izvanariu, Attorney at Law, Florida
Sally K. Kolb, Land of Lincoln Assistance Foundation, Champaign
Stacey E. Platt, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago


Friday, September 8, 2017


9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Children and Violence*
Join us for a look at how domestic violence and intimate partner violence affects children, as well as how parenting time and parental allocations impacts their welfare.
Heather M. Hurst, Davis Friedman, Chicago
Sally K. Kolb, Land of Lincoln Assistance Foundation, Champaign
Prof. Robin Fretwell Wilson, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Champaign

11:00 – 11:10 a.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by OurFamilyWizard Website

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.  Interviewing Children*
Gain a better understanding of the important developmental issues you need to consider when planning the child interview and how to delineate some age-appropriate interviewing techniques. Topics include: how to interpret what you’ve seen and heard during the interview; being aware of any biases you may have and not letting them impact the interviewing process; and how to interview children who are victims of crime without influencing the case against the perpetrator.
Marykay Foy, Director of Domestic Violence, Highwood Legal Aid Clinic, Highland Park

12:10 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Cultural Competency in the Practice of Child Advocacy in Family Law*
Learn to identify the socio-political aspects for racism, power, and privilege, while understanding how these issues may impact trust/mistrust and create barriers in the representation of children in family law matters. The discussion includes a look at culture as a dynamic value system of learned elements, with assumptions, conventions, beliefs, and rules that permit members of a group to relate to each other in the world. Discover the components of cultural competence, as well as the conflicts between religious practices and court protocols, the unintended effects of immigration law, and LGBTQ issues that can arise.
Prof. Sacha M. Coupet, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Chicago
Pamela A. Izvanariu, Attorney at Law, Florida

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Networking Reception

 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval