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GAL Training 2022

Product ID: CA3308R
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

Go-to GAL Guidance

Children in need of guardians ad litem (GALs) rely on you to help bring about the best possible outcomes under what can be difficult, emotional circumstances. Are you prepared to make an appropriate recommendation to the court about what’s in the best interests of a child?

Whether you’re hoping to take on your first appointment or you’re an experienced GAL, GAL Training 2022 will give you a deeper understanding of your role, plus arm you with tools you need to help manage expectations while fulfilling your duties.

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Webcast seminar
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Pricing

Member $269.00

Non-Member $349.00

Credits

7.5 CLE, 1 EPR, 7.5 GALF, 7.5 GALMIN

Date and Time

Thursday, May 19, 20228:30 AM - 4:45 PM CT

Add to Calendar 5/19/2022 8:30:00 AM 5/19/2022 4:45:00 PM America/Chicago GAL Training 2022

Go-to GAL Guidance

Children in need of guardians ad litem (GALs) rely on you to help bring about the best possible outcomes under what can be difficult, emotional circumstances. Are you prepared to make an appropriate recommendation to the court about what’s in the best interests of a child?

Whether you’re hoping to take on your first appointment or you’re an experienced GAL, GAL Training 2022 will give you a deeper understanding of your role, plus arm you with tools you need to help manage expectations while fulfilling your duties.

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Go-to GAL Guidance

Children in need of guardians ad litem (GALs) rely on you to help bring about the best possible outcomes under what can be difficult, emotional circumstances. Are you prepared to make an appropriate recommendation to the court about what’s in the best interests of a child?

Whether you’re hoping to take on your first appointment or you’re an experienced GAL, GAL Training 2022 will give you a deeper understanding of your role, plus arm you with tools you need to help manage expectations while fulfilling your duties.

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Program Chair:

Sarah DeKraay
Murphy Desmond, S.C.
Madison

Presenters:

Comm. Barry Boline
Ozaukee County Circuit Court
Port Washington

Michael S. Brandt
Eastbridge Law Group LLP
Madison

Katherine Harrell
Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
Madison

Comm. Kelly Iselin
Walworth County Circuit Court
Elkhorn

Gayle Jebbia
Murphy Desmond, S.C.
Dodgeville

Comm. Thomas Kolpien
Rock County Circuit Court
Janesville

Ryan S. MacGillis
MacGillis Wiemer LLC
Wauwatosa

Katie Pugh
Schuster Family Law
Madison

Liz Schuster
Schuster Family Law
Madison

Comm. Cynthia Vopal
Brown County Circuit Court
Green Bay

Hon. Thomas J. Walsh
Brown County Circuit Court
Green Bay

Carley Windorff
Windorff Law
Kaukauna

Dr. Marc K. Wruble
Psychologist
Platteville

8:00 a.m. : Registration

8:30 a.m. : Court Commissioner Roundtable

  • Appointing a GAL; when and how
  • Expectations of a GAL by Commissioners
  • Withholding placement and ramifications
  • Mediation and the rule
  • Allegations of domestic violence or substance abuse
  • Court Commissioner authority – whether a Commissioner can require treatment
  • Hearings before a Commissioner and the rules of evidence
  • Issues due to Covid- do parents get their missed placement time made up?

Comm. Cynthia Vopal, Comm. Barry Boline, Comm. Thomas Kolpien and Comm. Kelly Iselin

10:30 a.m. : Break

10:45 a.m. : Judge’s Perspective

  • The trial and the GAL
  • Reliance on the GAL recommendation
  • The GAL and their role in the court process
  • Allegations by parents and the GAL’s role to inform the Court

Hon. Thomas J. Walsh

11:45 a.m. : Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. : Mental Health and Children

  • Approach to children in therapy
  • Court ordered therapy and privilege
  • Alienation syndrome- is it a diagnosis?
  • Reunification therapy- Does it work?

Dr. Marc K. Wruble

2:30 p.m. : Break

2:45 p.m. : Guardian ad Litem Roundtable

  • Basics of accepting an appointment
  • Payment Models
  • Making a recommendation and what is taken into consideration
  • Other evidence; interviews and psychological evaluations
  • Current issues:
    • Who makes the decision as to whether a child can be vaccinated?
    • Parents work schedules and placement challenges
  • Guardian’s ad litem and minimizing conflict

Carley Windorff, Michael Brandt, Ryan S. MacGillis, Kathryn Pugh, Gayle Jebbia

3:45 p.m. : Ethical Issues Faced by Guardian ad Litem

  • Eligibility for GAL appointments
  • Payment of the GAL
  • Purpose of GAL
  • SCR  20:3.5
  • Montigny v. de Montigny
  • Acting as a witness is prohibited- why?
  • Communicating to individuals represented by counsel. How can a GAL do that?
  • Discovery and confidentiality rules. SCR  20: 1.6
  • GAL communications with collaterals

Katherine Harrell, Liz Schuster

4:35 p.m. : Question & Answer

4:45 p.m. : Program Concludes

Following program start times, webcast replay schedule may vary slightly from above listed times.

  • Receive guidance from a panel of family court commissioners on what they expect from GALs
  • Understand a mental health expert’s approach to children and therapy in GAL cases
  • Hear a judge’s perspective on what to expect at trial and the GAL’s role to inform the court
  • Get advice from a roundtable of GALs on everything from appointment to current issues like vaccination decisions
  • Understand how to avoid the many ethical pitfalls that a GAL can face in their role
  • Guardians ad litem for minors
  • Those seeking GAL minor appointments
  • Juvenile/children’s attorneys
  • Family lawyers
  • General practitioners

Book Sale – Save 20%

Minor Guardianships of the Person: Wisconsin Children’s Court Practice and Procedure

Save 20% on Minor Guardianships of the Person: Wisconsin Children’s Court Practice and Procedure.* Minor Guardianshipse will give you the history of the law and bring you up-to-speed on the very recent legislative overhaul that moved private guardianships of children from chapter 54 of the Wisconsin Statutes to chapter 48 and created the new Wis. Stat. §48.9795.

Use discount code CA3308 when you order online or by calling (800) 728-7788.

*Discount cannot be applied to previous purchases. Offer valid as long as CLE credit is available for this program.

The Family Law Section is pleased to offer several full tuition scholarships for the GAL Training 2022 live webcast or any webcast replay scheduled before June 30, 2022. (Scholarships apply to webcasts only, not the in-person program or CLE OnDemand.) Find more information, including qualifications and the application, here. Deadline to apply is April 18. 

Questions?Please contact Section Coordinator Jane Corkery.

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