Guardians Ad Litem with Jill Plancher

  Jill Plancher describes the role of the guardian ad litem, how and when one is typically appointed and how the guardian conducts his/her fact based inquiry.

Jill Plancher describes the role of the guardian ad litem, how and when one is typically appointed and how the guardian conducts his/her fact based inquiry.

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About Jill Plancher

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Jill Seaman Plancher is a volunteer attorney with Connecticut Legal Services in Stamford, Connecticut. As a volunteer attorney in the family law unit of legal services for the past 20 years, Jill has worked with hundreds of women and children to provide safety, stability and freedom from abusive relationships. In this capacity, Jill works with Domestic Violence programs throughout lower Fairfield County such as the Domestic Abuse Services program of the YWCA in Greenwich and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center of Stamford/Norwalk. For the past 17 years Jill has been appointed by the Stamford Superior Court to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem or Attorney for Minor Children in contested custody matters before the Stamford Superior Court and Regional Family Trial Docket and has handled upwards of 100 separate appointments. In 2011, Jill received the Fairfield County Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award and the Connecticut Law Tribune’s pro bono award. In 2012, Jill received the Connecticut Bar Association’s Charles Parker Legal Services Award for her commitment to access to justice for all persons. She has been a member of the state’s Pro Bono Committee, and is a featured speaker on Connecticut Bar Association panels involving child custody and dissolution of marriage. Jill was a lecturer on the impact of violence on children and families at the Guardian Ad Litem/Attorney for Minor Children Comprehensive Basic Training Program in 2013 and served as a break-out session leader there for several years. Previously, Jill served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana where she managed a diverse caseload and prosecuted health care fraud, corporate fraud, violent crimes, and public corruption. Jill was also an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  As a state prosecutor, Jill handled a variety of cases which ranged from environmental crimes to public corruption. Immediately following her graduation from Harvard Law School, Jill was a Federal law clerk for the Honorable Robert E. Keeton. In addition to her Harvard Law education, Jill holds a degree from the University of Pennsylvania in International Relations.