950 Lawyering Skills: Guardian ad Litem Practice in Wisconsin - §004, Spring 2010

Categories: Family Law Children’s Law Estate Planning/Elder Law

Instructor(s) Viney, Gretchen

Lawyering Skills: Guardian ad Litem Practice in Wisconsin. A guardian ad litem in

Wisconsin is an attorney appointed by the court to represent the best interests of an individual

in court proceedings. Guardians ad litem typically are involved on behalf of children in

protective services proceedings or in custody and placement disputes, and on behalf of adults

in guardianship and protective placement proceedings.
This is a practice-oriented skills

class in which students learn the skills and techniques necessary for competent service as

guardians ad litem in Wisconsin. The course provides a brief overview of the role of the

guardian ad litem in the Wisconsin court system and the requirements for serving as a

guardian ad litem, but the emphasis is on preparing students for hands-on guardian ad litem

practice. The course meets the requirements of Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule 35 (Eligibility

for Appointment as Guardian ad Litem for a Minor) and Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule

36 (Eligibility for Appointment as Guardian ad Litem for an Adult). Students who successfully

complete the course will be eligible, upon admission to the Bar, to accept court appointments

as guardians ad litem for children and adults in Wisconsin.

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