OPG Updates

Staff Accomplishments and Recognitions

In October 2018, Acting Public Guardian Charles Golbert and Celeste Jones, Legal Director of the Adult Guardianship Division, represented the office at the American Bar Association's 2018 National Aging and Law Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference agenda focused on critical issues in Medicare, Medicaid, Long Term Care, Income Security, Elder Justice, Ethics, Health Care Decision Making and Guardianship Reform.

On October 18-19, 2018, Chief Deputy Alpa Jayanti Patel and Supervising Attorney Carol Casey participated in the second annual meeting of the Supreme Court of Illinois Judicial College. Alpa and Carol were appointed to the College's Committee on Guardian ad Litem Education in May 2017.

On October 15, 2018, lead attorney Jeffrey Sterbenc was a part of Fostering Hope, a panel discussion and forum on how people can become more involved in the lives of children in the child welfare system and the community.

On October 9, 2018, attorneys Dawn Lawkowski-Keller and Wendy Cappelletto presented at the IICLE® 14th Annual Elder Law Short Course. Ms. Lawkowski-Keller, Director of the Public Guardian's Financial Recovery Unit, presented "Drafting and Filing Citations and Injunctions to Recover Money and Property for a Person with a Disability." Ms. Cappelletto, Supervising attorney of the Public Guardian's Intake and Benefits Departments, co-presented "Guardianship: Evaluating Less Restrictive Alternatives to Create Greater Self-Empowerment for Adults with Disabilities."


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New Policy and Legislation Cook County Public Guardian Files Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Children Left Languishing in Locked Psychiatric Facilities Read more
New Policy and Legislation Acting Public Guardian Quoted in ProPublic on Issue of Youth Abused in Psychiatric Hospital Read more
New Policy and Legislation Acting Public Guardian Quoted in Chicago Tribune on Issue of Priest Financially Exploiting Parishioner Read more
New Policy and Legislation Cook County Public Guardian Announces First Issue of The Advocate Newsletter Read more
New Policy and Legislation New Policy & Legislation
Recently passed laws of interest to those representing disabled adults and abused & neglected children in Illinois.
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