child representative training

Thursday, April 5, 2018

New and Improved Child Representative Training

On April 24, 2018, CVLS will present a live, updated version of our Child Representative Training Seminar. Deputy Director Phil Mohr and Staff Attorney Rob Zielinski will help interested volunteer attorneys learn about and explore the world of serving as a Child Representative and Guardian ad Litem in the Cook County Domestic Relations Division. Following the three-hour training, volunteers will be prepared to take Child Rep cases on a pro bono basis through CVLS.

CVLS is appointed by the Domestic Relations Court to represent the best interests of children in cases where parents cannot afford representation. These cases typically involve contested issues of parental decision-making and parenting time. Our volunteers investigate these issues, negotiate with parties, recommend services when appropriate, and advocate for the child in and out of the courtroom.

Since the creation of the CVLS Child Rep Program in 2014, Illinois family law has undergone substantial changes, including the elimination of the terms “custody” and “visitation.” We encourage new volunteers to attend the April 24 training seminar to learn how these changes in the law affect the role of Child Representative in Domestic Relations cases.

The CVLS Child Rep Program offers an alternative method for attorneys who wish to be included on the Court’s paid Child Representative Roster. Volunteers may be eligible for appointments on fee-generating cases after completing just three cases with CVLS. If you are an attorney interested in volunteering as a Child Representative with CVLS or if you would like more information, please e-mail our Child Rep Coordinator, Marlyse Vieira, at

This new training will take place at 33 N. Dearborn St., Ste. 400 on April 24, 2018, at 1:30pm and will last approximately three hours. Attorneys who have not previously participated in a Child Representative Training Seminar will also be eligible for 2.5 hours of CLE credit.