Annual Meeting CLE Program Information

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

Understanding Family Law Judges: Wellness, Bias and Other Perils of the Profession
NYSBA Committee on Children and the Law Annual Meeting Program

Friday, January 26, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
3.5 MCLE Credits

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

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Program Agenda

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

George E. Reed, Jr., Esq.

9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
Family Law Judges:  Managing  and Understanding Stresses of the Position

  • The Constraint of Judicial Correctness
  • The Pressure of Time
  • Anger, Disrespect, Result-Based Complaints and other Hallmarks of Unsuccessful Family Law Litigants
  • Isolation and its Effects
  • Wellness Resources for Judges and Lawyers

Hon. Gerald Lebovits
(1.0 MCLE Credit; 1.0 Professional Practice)

Understanding Bias

9:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Bias from the Perspective of the Bench

  • Recognizing the Role of Bias from the Bench and the Courtroom
  • Guarding Against Bias in Rendering Decisions

Hon. Gayle P. Roberts

10:20 a.m. – 10: 30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:20 p.m.
Obstacles to Fairness: Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat

  • The Role of Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety and other Unconscious Phenomena in Decision-making, including Reviewing Evidence, Recollecting Testimony, and Sentencing Decisions
  • Evidence-Based Strategies to Address these Phenomena to Align Behavior with Values and Promote Fairness in the Courtroom  

Jessica MacFarlane, MPH
(1.5 MCLE Credits; 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Implicit Bias) 

11:20 p.m. – 11:45 a.m. 
Different Paths to the Same Goal

  • Meaningful Work: Working to Improve the Law and the Administration of Justice
  • Improving Communication between Attorneys and Judges
  • Streamlining the Judge’s Work by Simplifying and Standardizing Procedure and Clerical Functions

George E. Reed, Jr., Esq.
(0.5 MCLE Credit: 0.5 in Areas of Professional Practice)

11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. 
Panel Discussion: Understanding Family Law Judges

Hon. Gerald Lebovits
Jessica MacFarlane, MPH
George E. Reed, Jr., Esq.
Hon. Gayle P. Roberts

(0.5 MCLE Credit: 0.5 in Areas of Professional Practice)

12:10 p.m. 

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 George E. Reed, Jr., Esq. The 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. Click here to download the waiver form, 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 Jessica Patterson at (518) 487-5596. All waivers must be received by Friday, January 12, 2018. 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.