Live Seminar

What Family Court Judges Want You to Know



Friday, May 04, 2018


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center

1 Lake Front Drive

Zion, IL 60099


$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IL CLE - 6.00

Program Description

Reach A Resolution as Quickly as Possible - With Insight From the Bench

Even experienced family law practitioners encounter emotional family law disputes that can be painful and difficult experiences for clients. As an attorney, you need to be able to plead your client's position in a persuasive manner, yet cover all the bases and give the decision-maker the facts needed to make an informed, fair decision. What if you could find out exactly what the judges need to see in order to find favorably for your client? Now you can - at this one-of-a-kind seminar.

This highly unique forum is your opportunity to interact directly with Family Court Judges and tailor future arguments to adhere to their expectations. The "round table" format includes presentations by - and opportunities for discussion with - the judges, so you can give your clients the absolute best representation possible. Receive practical suggestions for enhancing your courtroom performance and effectively acting on behalf of your clients from Family Court Judges.

  • Get the judges' perspectives on vital topics such as custody and child support matters, finances and property division
  • Successfully commence and defend initial proceedings using the judges' recommendations.
  • Determine the Best Interests of the Children for your client's situation and get familiar with your other options.
  • Learn powerful strategies for dealing with domestic violence.
  • Review the most prominent ethical dilemmas and get compliance and resolution tips from the judges.
  • Include the elements that matter to judges when they make decisions about child support.

Who Should Attend

This unique, intermediate level seminar is designed for domestic and family law attorneys and other professionals who want to advance their knowledge of family law issues and offer their clients the solid, straightforward advice they need during a family law case.

Course Content

  1. Contested Custody Matters
  2. Child Support
  3. In The Best Interest Of The Child
  4. Domestic Violence
  5. Finances and Property Division Issues
  6. Legal Ethics - The Judicial View
  7. Trial Practice Tips In Family Court

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

AM Session 9:00 - 12:00
Panel Members: Hon. Alfred L. Levinson, Hon. D. Christopher Lombardo, Hon. Jeanne Marie Reynolds and Hon. Elizabeth M. Rochford. Moderator: Nancy Chausow Shafer.

    1. Evidence From the Child
    2. Timesharing
    3. Relocation
    4. Guardian ad Litem
    5. Experts: How to Use Them
    1. Child Support Guidelines and Statutes
    2. Child Support and Maintenance Case Law
    3. Support of Children with Special Needs
    1. Best Interests of Children vs. Client's Goals
    2. Client in Need of a Guardian
    3. Client's Actions in Violation of Orders
    1. Acts Which Constitute Domestic Violence
    2. Ex-Parte Orders of Protection
    3. Permanent Orders of Protection
    4. Powers of the Court
    5. Civil Contempt
    6. Impact on Custody/Domestic Cases
    7. Impact on Firearm Ownership

PM Session 1:00 - 4:30
Panel Members:
Hon. Alfred L. Levinson, Hon. D. Christopher Lombardo, Hon. Jeanne Marie Reynolds and Hon. Elizabeth M. Rochford. Moderator: Nancy Chausow Shafer.

    1. Marital Estate Statute: Initial Determination of Estate, Division of Estate, Inherited Property, Pre-Marital Property
    2. Dissipation of Marital Assets
    3. Case Law: Property Included in the Marital Estate, Factors Considered When Including or Excluding Property From the Marital Estate
    1. Best Practices in Communication Between Bench and Bar
    2. Ethical Conduct in the Courtroom
    1. Effective Discovery
    2. Pretrial Procedures
    3. Preparation of Witnesses
    4. Effective Use of Income and Expense Declarations
    5. Effective Use of Disclosure Documents
    6. Effective Presentation of Evidence
    7. Chambers Conferences
    8. Professionalism

HON. ALFRED L. LEVINSON is an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. D. CHRISTOPHER LOMBARDO is an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Lake County.

HON. JEANNE MARIE REYNOLDS is an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. ELIZABETH M. ROCHFORD is an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Lake County.

MODERATOR - NANCY CHAUSOW SHAFER is a principal in the Highland Park, Illinois firm of Chausow Shafer, PC. Since 1980, Ms. Chausow Shafer has concentrated her practice on matrimonial law, including litigation, mediation and collaboration. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ms. Chausow Shafer founded the Center for Collaborative Practice, and is a fellow of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Please refer to Continuing Education Credit FAQ for general information about seeking credit for your participation in one of our continuing education programs.

Additionally, our team of credit specialists are here to answer your specific credit-related questions weekdays 7am - 5pm Central:

Phone: 866-240-1890


Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

IL CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.0 hours of CLE credit, which includes approval for 1.0 hour of legal ethics CLE credit by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

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