Training for Guardians ad Litem
Approved Education for GAL Training
- Required 6 Hour Training: Beginning April 21, 2014, the initial 6 hour guardian ad litem course which serves to allow an attorney to be listed as an approved GAL is offered through the Supreme Court office of Judicial Branch Education and hosted on its website at http://jbeinstruction.org/. The initial 6 hour requirement can only be met by attending a live course which is based on the approved curriculum, or takng the course hosted on the JBE website. To obtain a username and password to access the course, log into your Attorney Services Account (previously MCLE account) and choose the selection for GAL eduction. Registration for a course will require the on-line payment of $25.00. Your user credentials will be e-mailed to you. For assistances, please call the help desk at (402) 471-3137.
- Annual 3 Hour Education: Every year after taking the initial course, approved Guardians ad Litem must complete 3 additional hours of education to stay on the list of approved Guardians ad Litem. Until the Administrative office of the Courts completes the revamp of GAL education, the additional hourly requirement can be satisfied through attendance at any education dealing with child and adolescent development, children in the courts or issues surrounding abuse and neglect as well as other issues that arise in juvenile court. Attorneys are not limited to any particular organization's training in meeting the additional 3 hour annual requirement. The criteria for what satisfies the 3 hour requirement is liberally construed at this time. Upon completion of the revamp project there will be specific criteria as well as courses designated for GAL education. When you attend classes to satisfy the 3 hour requirement, submit proof of attendance to the MCLE Commission in order to continue to be included on the list of approved GALs. Approval for GAL credit for a selected course is obtained through the MCLE Commission.
Attorneys with questions about the new GAL education requirements should contact Carole McMahon-Boies with the AOC for more information (Carole.Mcmahonfirstname.lastname@example.org, 402.471.3137). For questions about upcoming trainings sponsored by Through the Eyes of the Child, please contact Sarah Frankel (email@example.com).