Understanding and Maneuvering the Roles of the GAL

Chris Winslow and Erika MacCormac traveled to the University of Richmond’s downtown campus and the Jeannette Lipman Family Law Clinic last Thursday to present ‘Understanding and Maneuvering the Roles of the GAL.”

Guardian ad litems serve many and sometimes conflicting functions in the course of their appointment — from investigating, fact-finding, and reporting to testifying, arguing and recommending.  The presentation focused on tactics and methods to ensure the best possible outcome in any case.

“The Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic is an in-house clinic that provides legal assistance to families and children in the City of Richmond. Law students represent clients under the supervision of Associate Professor of Law and Director Dale Cecka. Areas of representation include abuse and neglect, divorce, custody, child in need of supervision/services (CHINS), public benefits, housing, and domestic violence.

The Clinic is a full-year course for second and third year law students. Students participate in all aspects of legal representation, including in and out-of-court advocacy, client interviewing, drafting and filing court documents, and legal writing and research.” (  http://law.richmond.edu/centers/childrens/family/  )