Annual Meeting CLE Program Information

Committee on Children and the Law Robert J. Schack Memorial Program | Annual Meeting CLE Program

Robert J. Schack was a founding member of the New York State Bar Association 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 Office, 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.

Each year, the Committee on Children and the Law sponsors a half-day CLE program at the New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York City in his honor.  The program is chaired by Committee Vice-Chair, George E. Reed, Jr., Esq. The Voice of the Children program is always held the Friday of Annual Meeting week from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

New York State Bar Association members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend the program, based on financial hardship. Any member of the Association who has a genuine basis of financial hardship can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. 

Special Note for Attorneys Representing Children and Family Court Assigned Counsel Panel Members:  Attorneys for Children and Family Court (and Family Court appeals) Assigned Counsel panel members who are members of the New York State Bar Association are eligible to apply for a fee waiver for this program. If you qualify, you cannot register online. You must download the waiver form here, attach it to the completed Annual Meeting Registration Form, and fax or mail back the completed forms to the number/address listed. To inquire about these waivers, please contact Kathy Suchocki at (518) 487-5590. All waivers must be received by Friday, January 13, 2017. No waivers can be issued after the cutoff date. Please note that if you are not a member of the New York State Bar Association, the $200 nonmember surcharge cannot be waived.