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.  Chaired by Committee Vice-Chair, George E. Reed, Jr., Esq. , 2017 program planning is underway.  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 the program. 

The 2016 program was recorded and is available online as an on demand CLE.  Information is posted below.


This program offers practicing attorneys guidance in representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning children in Family Court, including child welfare and other proceedings; consider issues of family acceptance and family intervention; explore the needs of the children and survey the resources available for them; and present the perspectives of a judge, agency and former foster child.  Purchase the program here.

Total Credits: 3.0 Professional Practice

Program Faculty:
Hon. Jacqueline B. Deane, Judge of the Family Court, Kings County
Kimberly Forte, Esq., Legal Aid Society, New York City
Jennifer Gunnell, LCSW, Director of Social Services, SCO Family of Services, New York City
Jarel Melendez, Youth Advocate, Lawyers for Children, New York City
Hon. Ronald E. Richter, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Child Care Association, New York City

View the Program Agenda