Free

Mandatory Staff and/or Attorney Training

Course description

When presenting evidence and our recommendations to the Court through testimony, we have to be prepared to effectively communicate our information to the Court. 

Key points of discussion: 

  • Importance of preparing the witnesses and knowing the file and the issues before the Court; 
  • Independently gathering facts to help you strengthen and inform your recommendations; 
  • How to make an outline or notes to help refresh your memory; 
  • The difference between evidentiary and non-evidentiary hearings; and 
  • The basic do’s and don’ts such as how to dress and present yourself  in court; and 
  • How to handle objections when made by other parties.

This 1-hour webinar is presented by the Guardian ad Litem Program's Director of Legal Advocacy, Kelly Swartz, Esq. , and Chris Andriacchi, Special Counsel for Advocacy and Litigation for the Guardian ad Litem Program.


The webinar is highly recommended for all staff but it is mandatory for all Child Advocate Managers, Child Advocate Manager IIs, Best Interest Attorneys,  Assistant Directors, Circuit Directors and Senior Attorneys. Volunteers are also welcome and encouraged to attend. 

1 CLE Credit Available

3/21/19-9/30/20

1 Hour In-Service Available 

Select "Staff Development: Testifying in Court" for Optima

 

Reviews (5)

This was the best video I have watched for GAL training so far. It is full of useful information.

by Cathy Christodoulou

by Kathleen Minidis

by Dorothy Norman

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This was the best video I have watched for GAL training so far. It is full of useful information.

by Cathy Christodoulou

by Kathleen Minidis

by Dorothy Norman

by Kellie Gaspa

by Bertram Rounds

Guardian ad Litem  State Office

Guardian ad Litem State Office

Legal Counsel

Guest Presenters: 

  • Kristen Solomon, Esquire - Statewide Director of Operations 
  • Camille Frazer, Esquire - Regional Legal Counsel Southern
  • Kathleen Clendining, Esquire - Managing Attorney, 15th Circuit
  • Brittany Rutan, Esquire - Managing Attorney, 9th Circuit 
Course Contents

1 Video

1 PDF

1.0 hr