Training Information for Attorneys and GALs

Training Information for Attorneys and GALs

Training Information for Attorneys

Training Information for Attorneys
Training Information for Attorneys

Attorneys who participate in a Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative training in person or online can submit the event for MCLE and/or GAL (Gaurdian ad Litem) credit through their MCLE Attorney profile. You are encouraged to first check whether a training has already been approved for credit. If you have questions about applying for creidt, please contact them with specific questions by calling 402.471.3137. Further information on the MCLE credit process can be found on the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education website. 

To find upcoming live training opportunities sponsored by the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, please reference the events page. 

A number of our previous live trainings are available for viewing online. To find a training video, click on the Past Trainings page. Events are listed chronologically. See MCLE rules to determine whether the online training is eligible for MCLE credit. 

If you require a certificate for participating in one of our online training sessions, please download it here.

Please call us at 402.471.2864 with questions. 

Training Information for Guardian ad Litem

Training Information for Guardian ad Litem
Training Information for Guardian ad Litem
  • Required 6 Hour Training: Begininning 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. The initial 6 hour requirement can only be met by attending a live course which is based on the approved curriculum, or taking a 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 education. Registration for a course will require the on-line payment of $25.00. Your user credentials will be e-mailed to you. For assistance, 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 the 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, 402.471.3137, with the AOC for more information.