• a guardian ad litem... GAL is appointed by a court to be a child's advocate during legal proceedings that involve a minor. You don't have to be a lawyer to be trained as a GAL, but you have to have a moral compass and a heart. Which, actually probably renders most lawyers unqualified for the job.

    Jodi Picoult (2009). “My Sister's Keeper - Movie Tie-In: A Novel”, p.108, Simon and Schuster