Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Virtual Pro Bono Clinic

Many of you have been asking about remote pro bono opportunities during these unprecedented times. We are pleased to announce our upcoming Virtual SIJS Clinic for all interested volunteers.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a pathway to US citizenship for eligible immigrant children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both parents. SIJS cases involve two parts: (1) a state court custody or guardianship case that places the child in the legal care of a parent or guardian, followed by (2) an immigration application for SIJS. For these cases, CVLS and the NIJC seek volunteers willing to represent the parents or guardians in uncontested custody and guardianship cases in Cook, Lake, Kane and Will Counties. Once the state court “predicate order” is obtained, the NIJC will take over the case for the immigration application.

Allocation Judgments

Undoubtedly you will meet with a client, or uninformed attorney, who is unknowingly using antiquated terms. They may tell you they want sole custody, and that they want to limit or restrict the other parent’s visitation. With amendments to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act effective January 1, 2016, we said goodbye to sole custody, joint custody, and visitation and ushered in the era of allocation of significant decision making responsibilities, and allocation of parenting time.

Adoption

There is no more rewarding and enjoyable of a case type to handle for an attorney than an adoption. But despite the often pleasant and cooperative proceedings, the adoption process can be paperwork intensive and complicated. Come hear from Phil Mohr, CVLS’ Deputy Director, and Tiffany Horstein, JEP Attorney, about the Ins and outs of an adoption matter. Bring your questions.

Child Representative Training

Often in contested child custody cases in divorce or parentage court, the court or parties will seek the appointment of a child representative to assist in the custody determination. Learn the court process when a child representative is appointed and the role and duties of the child rep from our distinguished panel of presenters.

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