Child Law Section Council To Offer CLE for Family Law/Domestic Relations Guardian ad Litem’s and Child Representatives on October 16-17, 2019

Child Law Section Council To Offer CLE for Family Law/Domestic Relations Guardian ad Litem’s and Child Representatives on October 16-17, 2019

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The Child Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association is very pleased to offer a two-day, 10-plus hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course for family law and domestic relations Guardian Ad Litem/Child Representatives/Attorney for the Child, to take place in Springfield at the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) on October 16 and 17, 2019.        

The Section Council, which has been planning and coordinating the CLE since last year, has had a dedicated subcommittee that set the agenda, secured speakers and coordinated with the Section Council as a whole to ensure that the CLE will be informative, entertaining, relevant and useful.   Robert Ackley, a longtime Council member, CLE Co-Coordinator and member of the Program subcommittee,  said, “We’re expecting a great program with excellent presenters – the participants will be well-informed and well-armed to discharge their duties as GAL’s and child representatives.”

Some topics that will be covered at the comprehensive CLE will include the roles, responsibilities and ethical considerations of the different designations under 750 ILCS 5/506; a case law update and review of relevant Illinois Supreme Court and statutory rules; child development issues relating to domestic relations matters; a DCFS primer on procedures and involvement with family law cases and one panel closing out each day:  one of experienced domestic relations GAL’s/Child Representatives, and a very eclectic mix of family court judges from across the state – with both groups discussing a wide variety of issues as well as fielding several questions from the attendees.

Marc A. Bangser, partner at Bennett & Bangser, LLC, Chair of the Section Council and member of the Program’s subcommittee, said, “We are very excited to put on this CLE for family and domestic relations GAL’s, child representatives and attorneys for children.  This will be a comprehensive and detailed program that will provide useful and necessary information in order to fulfill their duties pursuant to the statute and Supreme Court Rules.   I am very proud of our Section Council, and especially our subcommittee, for going through many iterations of the agenda, spending a lot of time putting together this program, and securing knowledgeable presenters.   It has been an excellent process and a lot has gone into putting this program together, and it’s outstanding that the majority of the presenters will be from within the Section Council itself. “

Also very noteworthy is the acceptance of the CLE by various Judicial Circuits across the state to satisfy Illinois Supreme Court Rule 906 (i.e the mandatory 10-hour training requirements for all attorneys to be appointed as GAL’s, Child Representatives or Attorneys for the Child). This matter was recently discussed by the Conference of Chief Judges and acceptances are rolling in by the day, with the following Judicial Circuits currently being in agreement as of this posting: 1st, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 18th and 21st.

For all those that would like to register for the CLE Program (Note – (seats are limited and filling up quickly!), please click here.

Also, if you would like to submit a question for either the GAL/Child Rep or Judge’s panels, please contact Marc A. Bangser at or the Section Council Listserve at

Remember, for representation on your divorce or family law needs, including pre-decree divorce matters, parentage cases, post-decree modifications, child support, orders of protection or DCFS matters, please visit or call 312-788-2770 and schedule a consultation with one or both of our talented divorce and family law attorneys, Brad Bennett or Marc Bangser offering .