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​​​October 10, 2023

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Check In & Breakfast provided by OurFamilyWizard
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Featured Speaker: A Firsthand Overview of Child Protective Services
  • Cary Martin Shelby, Professor, IIT Chicago Kent College of Law 
11:00 - 11:45 p.m.
Child Development and the Court System: Recognizing Law as a Developmental Agent
  • Emily Buss, Professor, University of Chicago Law School  
11:45 - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch provided by the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 
Child Abuse Allegations are Made – Now What Happens to the Child?
  • Hon. Robert Balanoff, Presiding Judge of the Cook County Juvenile Court, Child Protection Division
  • William Gomez, AHU Litigation Attorney, Illinois Department of Child & Family Services
  • Rachel Koch, Assistant Public Defender, Law Office of the Public Defender of Cook County Office, Child Protection Conflicts Division 
  • Caidi Mammas Vanderporten, Attorney, Mammas Goldberg Vanderporten
  • Moderator: Erin Wilson, Managing Attorney, The Law Office of Erin M. Wilson LLC 
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Addressing DCFS' Investigations & Results
  • Hon. Levander Smith Jr., Cook County Juvenile Court, Child Protection Division
  • Sara Gilloon, Managing Director of Systemic Justice Division, Ascend Justice​
  • Alyease Jones, Founder and Attorney, Law Office of Alyease Jones 
  • Lori G. Levin, Attorney at Law 
  • Moderator:  Helena Trachtenberg, Attorney, Cooper Trachtenberg Law Group, LLC 

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
A Child's Life After a DCFS Finding: Adoption, Foster Care, & Guardianship
  • Cailee Alderman, Attorney, Kogut & Wilson 
  • Jay Dahlin, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP 
  • Ashley Reed, Attorney, Monahan Law Group, LLC 
  • Moderator: Nicole Onorato, Attorney, Beattie|Onorato 
3:00 p.m.
Symposium Ends

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