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 2017 program, The Voice of the Children will be 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.


The Voice of the Children
Friday, January 27, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
New York Hilton Midtown 

The voice of the child has been dramatically strengthened in the past ten years.  The law guardian has been reinvented as the attorney for the child in all cases, and involvement of children in their foster care cases has now been legislated.  Judges and lawyers alike have had to learn a radically new approach to the role of the child in Family Court and family law proceedings.  This program will go beyond the recognized right of children to be represented effectively, and to be heard, to consider what wisdom the children can bring to the proceedings, from their unique knowledge and understanding of their circumstances to the developmental limitations of their age, in both child custody and child welfare cases.  The means of input, from in camera interviews and forensic reports to presentation of their cases by their attorneys, will be critically examined.

Committee Chair:
Betsy R. Ruslander, Esq.
 | Director | Office of Attorneys for Children | Appellate Division | Third Department | Albany

Program Chair:
George E. Reed, Jr., Esq. | Law Offices of George E. Reed , Jr. | White Plains

Program Faculty:
Glenn R. Metsch-Ampel, Esq. 
| General Counsel and Deputy Executive Direction | Lawyers for Children | New York City
Hon. Michelle I. Schauer | Family Court | Westchester County | Yonkers
Elizabeth C. Schockmel, Psy.D. | Private Practice Psychologist | Albany
Gary Solomon, Esq. | The Legal Aid Society | New York City

Click Here to Register! | 2017 Program Agenda