ACR-CHICAGO SEMINAR – 06-28-16
Topic: Everything You Wanted to Know about the New Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and How It Affects Your Mediation Practice
Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Location: CCR Offices: Center for Conflict Resolution. 11 East Adams, Suite 500. Chicago, IL.
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
We are honored to have as our speakers, the Honorable Grace Dickler, Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and Jacalyn Birnbaum, experienced family attorney, to speak on the changes in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act that went into effect on January 1, 2016. They will discuss what the changes are in the law and what the implications are for parenting agreements reached in mediation.
►Are there new items that mediators should make sure parents discuss with respect to devising a comprehensive parenting agreement?
►What “new language” should be used in parenting agreements (and what “old language” does it replace)?
►What new provisions are there that judges will expect to see covered in parenting agreements from now on?
Please bring your questions for these experts.
The Honorable Grace Dickler, Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County:
An over 25-year veteran of the bench, Judge Dickler served as an associate judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County from 1988 until her election as a circuit judge from the 12th Subcircuit in 2006. From 1988 to 1991, she was assigned to the First Municipal District hearing a variety of matters that included traffic matters, contract disputes and bail setting proceedings. In 1991, she was assigned to the Domestic Relations Division where she presided over all aspects of matrimonial law, first in the Richard J. Daley Center and then later in the Second Municipal District in Skokie.
In 2008, Chief Judge Evans asked Judge Dickler to chair the Circuit Court of Cook County Committee on Domestic Violence Court, and in 2010, he appointed her to serve as the first Presiding Judge of the new Domestic Violence Division.
Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Dickler served as an immigration judge for the United State Immigration Court in Chicago from 1986 to 1988. From 1982 to 1985, she served as an administrative law judge for the Illinois Human Rights Commission. From 1981 to 1982, she was a supervising attorney for the Travelers and Immigrants Aid Society of Chicago.
She was admitted to the bar in 1978 and began her legal career with the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow. From 1979 to 1981, she was a sole practitioner in general litigation.
Judge Dickler was born in Cuba in 1954. She received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1978 and her B.A from DePaul University in 1975.
Jacalyn Birnbaum, Attorney,
Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC
Jacalyn Birnbaum of the law firm of Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC, has practiced in family law for more than 20 years and is frequently appointed child representative and guardian ad litem for children in divorce and family law cases. Jacalyn, a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1998, serves on the Illinois Chapter’s Board of Managers. She has been a member of the Illinois Leading Lawyers Network and an Illinois SuperLawyer each year since 2006.
A member of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council and current co-chair of the Property and Maintenance Subcommittee, Jacalyn has been involved for many years with the drafting, passage and enactment of legislation and has testified before the Judiciary Committees of both the Illinois House and Senate.
Jacalyn received her undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in 1972 and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University Law School in 1992. A member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and American Bar Association, Jacalyn has spoken and written onfamily law topics including child representation rules and responsibilities, the role of parenting coordinators and the duties of guardians ad litem.