Juvenile Court Guardian ad Litem Project

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.


12.08.14 - Guardian ad Litem Project Commences CASA Program Planning in Cuyahoga County 

GALA Silent Auction & Raffle

The Guardian ad Litem Project & Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation present the its Annual Holiday GALa Silent Auction and Raffle each December.  The next GALa will be Friday, December 4, 2015.
Net proceeds go toward the GALlop for Children and Books GALore Programs to  provide winter wear, shoes, books, and toys for the holidays for abused,  neglected, dependent, and needy children in Cuyahoga County.  For more than 11 years of the GALlop for Children Program, we have granted every wish of every child and have provided for other needs of the children’s families.  Thank you  for your generous support!

GALlop for Children

The Guardian ad Litem Project and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation also partner in November for the annual GALop for Children. The GALlop raises money for clothing, food, and holiday gifts for needy children and families represented by GALs. The race offers a 5K road race/walk plus a 1/2 mile kids fun run. Race starts at 9 a.m. 
Held the 2nd Sunday in November, the 2015 date will be November 8.

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
Telephone 216-443-3377 

For questions about becoming a GAL for the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court, please contact Mark Felber at 216-443-8800.