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Schedule and Faculty: GAL Training 2012

 Schedule and Faculty: GAL Training 2012


8:00 a.m. : Registration

8:30 a.m. : Introduction to being GAL- Your First Few Cases

  • Nature and scope of a guardian ad litem
  • Getting appointed
  • Conducting an investigation and obtaining the facts of a case
  • Making recommendations
  • Important information not covered in the statute

Amanda Ramaker

9:20 a.m. : From GAL to Judge – Perspectives from Both Sides

  • Know your audience
  • Let the statutes be your guide
  • Speak softly, because you carry a big stick

W. Andrew Voigt

10:10 a.m. : Break

10:25 a.m. : School Attendance Options and Limitations

  • Residency issues
  • Tuition waivers
  • Open enrollment options and limitations (needing a Plan B)
  • 2011 Wis Act 114
  • Problems with creative solutions

Mary Jo Cleaver

11:15 a.m. : Custody and Working With Schools

  • Gaining access to pupil records
  • Teachers as witnesses and the school in the middle
  • A brief review of school discipline procedures

Matthew Bell

12:05 p.m. : Lunch (on your own)

1:05 p.m. : What GALs Need to Know About Child Developmental Stages

  • Summary of different developmental stages
  • Education for parents and GALs regarding these stages
  • What stalls development
  • What keeps development on track
  • Developmental stages and attachment

Sharon Koski

2:00 p.m. : The Missing Link: Assessing Attachment Quality for Creating Healthy Placement Arrangements for Very Young Children

  • Attachment and how it is measured
  • Outcomes of attachment studies
  • Implications for custody and placement
  • What attachment assessments can provide for guardians ad litem
  • Case study on specific recommendations for placement arrangements.

Lisa Caya, Kip Zirkel

2:55 p.m. : Break

3:10 p.m. : Ethical Concerns for the GAL Representing the Best Interests of a Special Needs Child

  • Ethics and the GAL, Generally
  • Ethical Responsibility to be Diligent
  • Ethical Responsibility to be Competent
  • GAL as Mediator/Advocate

Lauri Roman

4:00 p.m. : Question and Answer

4:15 p.m. : Program Concludes

Following program start time, video and webcast replay schedules will vary from above listed times.


Program Chair

Thomas R. Glowacki
Hill, Glowacki, Jaeger & Hughes, LLP


Matthew W. Bell
Madison Metropolitan School District

Lisa Caya, MS
Department of Psychology - University of WI-La Crosse
La Crosse

Mary Jo Cleaver
Department of Public Instruction

Sharon A. Koski, LMFT
The Psychology Center

Amanda Ramaker
Laitsch & Brantmeier LLC

Lauri Roman
Haus, Roman and Banks LLP

W. Andrew Voigt
Columbia County Circuit Court

Kip Zirkel, Ph.D.
Family and Children's Center
La Crosse