Strategic Litigation Issues For Guardiam ad Litem Practice

Fall course from the Center for Advanced Legal Studies

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA

Strategic Littigation Issues for GALs 
Macaronis Institute for Trial and Appellate Advocacy

Sponsored with:
Association of Family & Conciliation Courts
Flaschner Judicial Institute
MA Association of Guardians ad Litem

High conflict custody cases spawn litigation. Guardians ad Litem find themselves on the witness stand, and attorneys must know both how to introduce their specialized testimony and challenge it. This program is designed especially to assist GALs and counsel to navigate the difficult and technical waters of caselaw, evidence and the various standards and guidelines for GALs.

The day-long intensive program will include an overview of the various guidelines and model standards, including the Category E and F standards for GAL investigators and evaluators; a demonstration of effective cross-examination techniques of Guardians ad Litem; tips on report writing dilemmas, such as hearsay, interim recommendations, and ethical considerations; navigating Daubert; and uses and abuses of psychological testing. Also, throughout the day the various panels will address special issues regarding pro se litigants, domestic violence, substance abuse, and will provide tips for effective testimony.

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