Jill S. Swope
Jill earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Valparaiso University in 1992. She then attended Valparaiso University School of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society Executive Board, and participated as a team member in national moot court competitions across the county.
Jill began as a law clerk with her now-partner's law firm during her first year of law school in 1993. After graduating cum laude from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1995, she passed the Indiana and Illinois bar exams that same year.
Jill has practiced in the field of family law for most of her career. She successfully completed the rigorous application and testing process to become one of the first Certified Family Law Specialists, as certified by the Family Law Certification Board in the State of Indiana in 2002. She remains one of only a handful of certified specialists in Lake County and now serves as a member of the State Family Law Certification Board.
Jill is also a Registered Family Law Mediator and a trained Parenting Time Coordinator, providing services in high conflict matters. With extensive experience in dissolution of marriage, paternity, child custody, child support, adoption, name changes and appeals, Jill enjoys affecting the lives of her clients by making difficult times less stressful and easier to understand.
Most recently Jill completed extensive training to begin working as a Collaborative Law Professional. Collaborative law allows parties to work with a collaborative group of professionals from multiple disciplines who share their desire to resolve matters outside of the court system. It is less stressful, more holistic, and creative at its core. It is an exciting option that Jill hopes to employ as often as possible.
Jill has been a presenter of continuing legal education seminars in the area of family law and has authored successful appeals in both the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court.
Jill is actively involved in the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts (AFCC), currently serving on the Board of Directors, as Treasurer of the organization, and on the Programming Committee. This involvement has solidified her passion for multi-disciplinary work in which legal professionals, the judiciary and mental health professionals can work together to educate one another and assist high-conflict families.
Jill has volunteered as a speaker for Indiana State Bar Association programs which seek to educate children about the law and civics. She has presented on behalf of the "Why Lincoln Was a Lawyer?" community outreach program and the Indiana Kids' Election Speaker's Bureau, as well as serving as a judge for the We The People program.
- Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
- Honors: cum laude
- Honors: Member of the Moot Court Honor Society Executive Board
- Valparaiso University
- B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1992
- Lake County Bar Association, Member
- Indiana State Bar Association, Member
- Women Lawyers Association, Inc., Member
- Lake County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2002 to 2004
- Women Lawyers Association, Inc., Recording Secretary
- Indiana Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts (AFCC)
- Indiana Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts (AFCC), Board of Directors, Treasurer, Programming Committee
- Family Law Certification Board, Member
- Family Law
- Indiana, 1995
- Illinois, 1995
Certified Legal Specialties
- Certified Family Law Specialist, as certified by the Family Law Certification Board, 2002
- Trained Collaborative Professional
- Certified Domestic Relations Mediator
- Trained Parenting Time Coordinator
- Trained Guardian ad Litem