View the GAL Project's informational brochure.
To become a guardian ad litem for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, attorneys must attend New Guardian ad Litem Training (pre-service training), which the Guardian ad Litem Project offers annually in the fall. The training is offered on the 2nd and 3rd Fridays of November. We hold this training cooperatively with the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court.
The Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court requires GALs to be attorneys in good standing in Ohio, to maintain professional liability insurance, and to comply with Rule 48 of the Rules of Superintendence. Once an attorney completes New Guardian ad Litem Training, the attorney must submit an Attorney Information and Statement of Interest form to the Guardian ad Litem Project. Once the attorney is approved as a guardian ad litem for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, a mentor is assigned to assist the new GAL as they begin accepting GAL appointments.
Judith Layne, Esq., Guardian ad Litem Project Administrator
Guardian ad Litem Project
A Project of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
9300 Quincy Avenue, 3rd Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
For questions about becoming a GAL for the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court, please contact Mark Felber at 216-443-8800.