Approved for 1.0 non-traditional CLE credit hour in Kansas.
Effective advocacy by GALs in
child in need of care cases requires in-court and out-of-court involvement with
the child and the agency who has her in custody. This session looks to hold the agency to the
reasonable efforts at reintegration standard.
The most effective advocates extend themselves beyond courtroom advocacy
and also impact the case through professional relationships with the agency
staff and decision-makers, continuous contacts with the child’s treatment
providers, and teamwork with other attorneys involved in the case.
Emily A. Hartz, Sloan Law Firm, Lawrence
Primarily working from our Lawrence office, Emily is a native of Illinois who graduated summa cum laude from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois with a bachelor's degree in Marketing. Her coursework at Millikin included entrepreneurship and an intensive honor's project focused on new business start-up. While at Millikin, Emily worked in a variety of capacities in the domestic violence program with Dove, Inc., with duties that included public outreach, grant writing and legal advocacy. Emily then moved to Kansas in 1998 and graduated with Dean's Honors from Washburn School of Law in 2001.
Emily joined the firm with a wealth of experience, having worked for the Shawnee County District Attorney's office prosecuting domestic violence cases during her last year of law school and, upon graduation, having opened a law office focusing on general trial practice, namely family, criminal and juvenile law.
Before Emily joined Sloan Law Firm, she also practiced law in Kansas City, Missouri as national trial counsel defending personal injury and toxic tort cases in a variety of jurisdictions throughout the country. Emily presently focuses her practice in the areas of domestic relations, juvenile law, criminal defense, wills, and small business. Emily is a trained Guardian Ad Litem practicing in both juvenile and domestic courts. She is also a Supreme Court approved domestic relations mediator as well as a domestic relations case manager for high conflict parents.
She is a member of the Kansas Association of Counsel for Children, the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas Women's Attorney's Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Counsel for Children.