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The Office of the Public Guardian's annual service project in memory of three colleagues lost in the 2003 fire at the Cook County Administration Building was featured by CBS Chicago and The Columbia Chronicle. Each year since the fire, the OPG selects a service project to honor an interest of one of their three colleagues. For the 12th anniversary project on October 21, 2015, OPG staff made blankets and assembled activity packets for patients at Lurie Children's Hospital.

For the CBS Chicago article, click here

For The Columbia Chronicle article, click here

James R. Burton was featured in the "In the News" column of the May 14, 2015 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for presenting at a seminar for the Elder Justice Center of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Mr. Burton co-presented with Karen A. Yarbrough, the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. Their presentation was entitled "Real Estate Fraud Prevention." Mr. Burton practices in the Adult Guardianship Division's Financial Recovery Unit, and focuses his practice on complex litigation to recover money and property stolen from seniors and people with disabilities.

For full text of the "In the News" column, click here

On February 17, 2015, OPG attorney Nick Youngblood was interviewed by WBEZ for a segment titled "Illinois' child welfare system leaves kids stuck in jail," on the systemic problem of youth under DCFS guardianship waiting in juvenile detention for placement past when the judge has ordered their release. In the interview, Nick noted that larger structural and resource problems need to be addressed to prevent youth from waiting in juvenile detention for DCFS to find them a bed.

To listen to the interview, click here

OPG Adult Guardianship Division Deputy Charles Golbert was profiled in the January/February/March 2015 issue of NAELA [National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys] News for his commitment to committee and publication work with NAELA since 2009. Among other positions, Charles served for two years as Editor-in-Chief of NAELA's law journal. Public Guardian Robert F. Harris is also mentioned in the article.

To read the article in NAELA News, click here

Public Guardian Robert F. Harris was interviewed on WBEZ's Morning Shift on September 29, 2014 for a segment titled, "What happens to older wards of the state?" The segment discussed how Illinois handles older youth under DCFS guardianship, and the responsibilities these youth bear as they enter young adulthood.

To listen to the interview, click here

OPG Supervising Attorney Carol Casey was featured in July 2014 in the "Lawyer Spotlight" section of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism website. In the feature, Carol speaks to the role of civility in child protection cases.

For full text of the feature, click here

In July 2104, OPG Deputy Public Guardian Charles Golbert appeared in a "PILI Alumni Spotlight" on the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) website. Charles was a 1990 PILI fellow, and the piece outlines his work on behalf of people with disabilities and children, as well as his volunteer work outside of the office.

For full text of the profile, click here

Public Guardian Robert F. Harris was interviewed in May 2013 on the PBS Chicago Program "Justice and Law Weekly," sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association. In the interview, Robert discussed the work of the three divisions of the Office of the Public Guardian -- the Juvenile Division, Domestic Relations Division, and Adult Guardianship Division. Robert explained the role of OPG attorneys representing abused and neglected children in child protection cases, as child representative in custody and divorce cases, and as the guardian of elderly wards and individuals with disabilities.

For the full interview, click here

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Staff Accomplishments and Recognitions

OPG Deputy Public Guardian Charles Golbert presented at the National Guardianship Association's annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 27, 2015. The title of Charles' presentation was "The Next Frontier of Guardianship: Locating, Collecting, and Safeguarding Digital Assets."

OPG Supervising Attorney Danielle Gomez presented at the Chicago Bar Association Juvenile Law Committee Meeting on September 24, 2015. The topic of Danielle's presentation was new legislation affecting juvenile practice.

OPG Attorney and Education Coordinator Kishà Jones was invited by the American Bar Association to participate in the July 31, 2015 "Mapping Out Solutions Roundtable," part of the American Bar Association 2015 Annual Meeting. The roundtable focused on developing solutions to break the "school to prison pipeline," generating an action plan for the ABA's future work on this issue. Kishà was one of about 30 professionals invited to attend this small-group dialogue.

On July 29, 2015, OPG Assistant Deputy Public Guardian Alpa Jayanti Patel was inducted as a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC). LGC's list of past Fellows includes the top civic, business, and governmental leaders in the Chicago region and in the country. Alpa recently finished LGC's one-year intensive program that all Fellows must complete studying challenges facing the city, the region, and the country, developing leadership skills, and crafting innovative and effective solutions.

For a list of past Fellows, click here

OPG Deputy Public Guardian Charles Golbert contributed a chapter to the book "International and Comparative Law on the Rights of Older Persons," edited by Ralph Ruebner, Teresa Do, and Amy Taylor (Vandeplas 2015). The chapter focuses on financial exploitation and recovery of stolen money on behalf of people with disabilities and older persons. The chapters in this book reflect presentations various scholars delivered at the 21st Annual Belle R. and Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium: 2014 International Elder Law & Policy Conference.

On June 27, 2015, the Illinois Chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America presented OPG Supervising Attorney Danielle Gomez and OPG Paralegal Jeremy Harvey with the "Foster Care Alumni of America – Illinois Chapter Child Advocate of the Year 2015" award. The awards were given during a ceremony at the group's annual picnic. OPG Attorneys Elizabeth Gresk, Howard Lee, Thomas Mulcrone, and OPG Deputy Public Guardian Yvonne Zehr also volunteered at the event.

In Fall 2014, OPG Deputy Public Guardian Charles Golbert was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Guardianship Association. Charles' three-year term on the Board began in January 2015.

OPG Deputy Public Guardian Charles Golbert authored the introductory essay for the Fall 2014 "Focus on Guardianship" issue of the NAELA Journal. Charles also contributed a book review of "Adult Guardianship Law for the 21st Century: Proceedings of the First World Congress on Adult Guardianship Law" to the issue.

For the "Focus on Guardianship" issue, click here


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