C06 - Speaking Up for the Voiceless: Advocacy and Guardians Ad Litem (2023CLC-C06)

Monday, June 5, 2023

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

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Presented by the Animal Law and Family Law Sections

About the Program

Advocates speak up for the voiceless. Advocates can be appointed by courts to represent the interests of animals, infants, minors, mentally incompetent persons, and more for the duration of a legal proceeding. Guardians ad litem are an invaluable and crucial part of our justice system affecting several areas of law.

You Will Learn

What goes into being a guardian ad litem and how this applies to different areas of law, including animal law, family law, and elder law
How advocates affect different proceedings and what the benefits are of having an advocate in particular types of cases
About pro bono advocate opportunities with regard to animal law

Who Should Attend

Attorneys interested in the different opportunities for a guardian ad litem.

CLE Credit

CT: 2.0 CLE Credits (General)
NY: 2.0 CLE Credits (AOP)

The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. This program qualifies for newly admitted and experienced attorneys CLE credits. 

Attorneys seeking NY CLE credit who have been admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less must attend the live seminar for skills or ethics credit, a fully interactive videoconference, or simultaneous transmission with synchronous interactivity. Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credits are only available as non-transitional credits. For further information please see the NYCourts.gov page on CLE: http://ww2.nycourts.gov/attorneys/cle/index.shtml.


Tara Cooley Headshot1 Tara Cooley
University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford

Ruth Fortune1 Ruth Fortune
Wiggin and Dana LLP, Stamford

Paige Quilliam Headshot1 Paige S. Quilliam
Gould Larson Bennet & McDonnell PC, Essex

Justine Rakich-Kelly1 Justine Rakich-Kelly
The Children's Law Center of Connecticut, Hartford

J rubin1 Jessica Rubin
University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford


dulepski_cassandra1 Cassandra L. Dulepski
Polinsky Law Group LLC, Hartford