Association for Conflict Resolution - Chicago Chapter


  • 28 Apr 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington St., Chicago, IL


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APRIL 28, 2015


LOCATION: Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago Courtroom # 1905


ACR-Chicago brings you this panel presentation featuring four Cook County judges who will offer their perspectives on Parenting Coordination and its role in the spectrum of conflict resolution options available to families. Judge Edward A. Arce, Judge Mark J. Lopez, Judge Timothy P. Murphy, and Judge Raul Vega bring more than 45 years of combined experience presiding over domestic relations matters. Dr. Rocio Muñoz will provide an overview of Parenting Coordination and will moderate the panel.

Please note the following Important information regarding this program:

  • 1.5 hours of MCLE credit will be available for attorneys attending the presentation.
  • Application has been submitted to co-sponsor, M.S. Powers & Associates, and is pending approval for CEU Credit for all Licensed Mental Health Providers.
  • You must sign in at the beginning of the program in order to receive continuing education credit for your attendance.
  • Please time your arrival to allow you to go through building security and to sign in at the ACR-Chicago table.
  • No food or drinks are allowed inside the courtroom.
  • Space for this program will be limited. Please register now at the ACR-Chicago website. On the day of the program we will most likely not be able to accommodate individuals who have not registered in advance.
  • Materials for the program will be sent electronically in advance of the presentation to registered participants.

Rocio Muñoz, Ph.D.

          Dr. Rocio Muñoz is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Oak Park since 2002. After earning her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Kansas, she came to Chicago to complete her clinical psychology residency and post-doctoral work at Rush University Medical Center. She trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia, and received her certification as a Master Trainer in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program from Stanford University. A mediator since 1993, she further trained in conflict resolution through the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, the Mediation Council of Illinois, the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, and the Parenting Coordination Institute. In addition to clinical services, Dr. Muñoz currently provides a broad range of dispute resolution options for families that include mediation, parenting coordination, 604(b) evaluation and child specialty services.


Judge Arce was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Judge in February 2008 and was elected to a full six-year term in November 2008. Judge Arce is assigned to the Domestic Relations Division Calendar 42 and currently sits in the Richard J. Daley Center hearing contested trials, extended hearings, and emergency matters. For approximately six years prior, Judge Arce was assigned to the Sixth Municipal District and heard pre and post decree divorce cases and Independent Civil Orders of Protection.

Judge Arce attended the University of Illinois-Chicago graduating in 1981 and attended IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law graduating in 1985. Judge Arce was admitted to the Illinois bar in November 1985 and joined his longtime partner Leonard S. Whitcup in forming the law firm Whitcup & Arce, P.C. where he practiced prior to Judge Arce’s appointment to the bench. Judge Arce is member of the Illinois Judges Association and the Hispanic Lawyer’s Association of Illinois.


Hon. Mark J. Lopez was appointed as an Associate Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County in 1999. He was assigned to Juvenile Court-Child Protection Division hearing abuse and neglect cases until his transfer to the Domestic Relations Division in August of 2002, where he has served for twelve years. Judge Lopez began his legal career as a prosecutor for the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and also served as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General.  He was also engaged in private practice in Chicago’s Pilsen community as a partner with the Law firm of Honoratus Lopez and Associates. 

          He is a member of the Illinois Family Law Study Committee, the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Domestic Relations Division’s Policy and Procedures Committee, the Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, the West Suburban Bar Association and the Illinois Judges Association.  Judge Lopez is a 1983 graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law, and is married with two adult daughters.


          Judge Timothy P. Murphy is a 1984 graduate of The John Marshall Law School, having previously attended Lewis University for both undergraduate and graduate studies in Business Administration. Judge Murphy was elected Circuit Court Judge in 2004 following twenty years of private practice during which he specialized in Domestic Relations as a trial attorney, counselor, and as a Child’s Representative appointed by the court.

          As a judge, he was initially assigned to the Parentage Division of the Cook County Domestic Relations Division in downtown Chicago, and was then assigned to an Individual Calendar for four years in the Sixth Municipal District Markham Courthouse hearing divorces and Orders of Protection. Returning to the Daley Center in 2011, Judge Murphy has been a trial judge hearing all child-related and property division issues in contested divorce trials. He is active in various charitable organizations, law-related student programs and committees, and speaking engagements to the legal community.


          Raul Vega was elected as a Cook County Circuit Judge in 2002, and was retained in 2008 and recently in 2014. He has been assigned to a Domestic Relations Division Post Decree Calendar for the past 12 years.

          Judge Vega hears all post decree divorce matters ranging from change of custody, modifications of child support, maintenance review, removal of children from Illinois, to petitions for contempt and judgment enforcement. Judge Vega has the opportunity to appoint many Children’s Representative and Guardians for children.  He also appoints and enters orders for many parenting coordinators and 604(b) evaluations. 

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