Friday, January 30, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | New York Hilton Midtown | Beekman Suite, Second Floor

This program will explore recent developments in child protective law and such difficult situations as when the attorney for the child must take the initiative, managing the interconnection with family offense and custody proceedings, complying and coping with Nicholson guidelines on removal of children, involving non-respondent parents and other family resources and pursuing alternatives to foster care placement.

3.5 MCLE Credits; 3.5 Areas of Professional Practice and /or Law Practice Management


8:30-9:00 a.m.      

Welcome and Opening Remarks
George E. Reed, Jr., Esq.
Program Chair

Twenty-First Century Child Protection

• The Effect of Nicholson v. Scoppetta
• Innovations in Emergency Removal Practice
• Other Developments in Child Protection in New York City
Speaker: Honorable Ronald E. Richter

Representing the Parent/Respondent: Beyond the Basics

• Using regulations and state directives
• FCA §255 and other overlooked statutory provisions
• Out of court conferences
• Finding placements that support connection with home community
• Shelving the cookie cutter: obtaining non-formulaic services for the family
• Creative visitation arrangements to fast-track return home
Speaker: Michele Cortese, Esq.

Advanced Child Protective Litigation: A View from the Bench
Speaker: Honorable Kathie E. Davidson

10:20-10:30 Coffee Break

Miscellaneous Petitions and Other Special Topics

• Use of miscellaneous (Z- docket) petitions
• Advocating for kinship guardianship
• Expedited determination of cases
Speaker: Professor Theodor S. Liebmann

Recent Developments and Current Challenges in Child Protective Litigation

• Res ipsa loquitur and other overlooked statutory provisions
• Role of the non-respondent parent
• Advantages and pitfalls of article 6 custody petitions in child protective cases
• Dealing with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
• Contemporary Views on having children in the courtroom
• Child protective law update
Speaker: Gary S. Solomon, Esq.

Panel Discussion Advanced Child Protective Litigation

12:10 Adjournment


Committee Chair
Karen Fisher Gutheil, Esq., Legal Aid Society of New York, New York

Program Chair
George E. Reed, Jr., Esq.
, White Plains

Hon. Kathie E. Davidson, Supervising Judge, Family Court, 9th Judicial District
Honorable Ronald E. Richter, Family Court Judge, Queens County
Professor Theodor Liebmann, Hofstra Child Advocacy Clinic
Michele Cortese, Esq., The Center For Family Representation, Inc.
Gary Solomon, Esq., The Legal Aid Society, NYC

About Robert J. Schack
Robert J. Schack was a founding member of the Committee on Children and the Law and, for many years, Chair of the Legislative
Subcommittee. A supervising attorney at the New York State Attorney General’s Offi ce, Mr. Schack represented the State
in several landmark juvenile justice and child welfare cases. He was a tireless advocate for children’s rights and interests, and
contributed enormously to the Committee’s and Bar Association’s achievements.

New York Hilton Midtown
Beekman Suite, Second Floor
1335 Avenue of the Americas
(between 53rd and 54th Streets)
New York City

Members of the Appellate Division Attorney for the Child (“AFC”) Panels are eligible for a waiver of the registration fee for the 2014 Committee on Children and the Law Annual Meeting program. A limited number of waivers are also available on a first/come first serve basis for assigned counsel for adult Family Court or Family Court appeals who are not currently on an AFC panel.  Waivers for the program are limited to twenty-five (25).  Click here to download the waiver form.

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