Family Law Section

Family Law Section



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Friday, June 1, 2018 | Long Island
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | Albany
Monday, June 11, 2018 | NYC (Live  & Webcast Red
Friday, June 15, 2018 | Buffalo
Friday, June 15, 2018 | Westchester

NYSBA Members: $175 | Family Law Section Members: $135
Non Members: $275

7.0 MCLE Credits: 5.5 Areas of Professional Practice; 1.5 Ethics

Program Planning Chairs

Rosalia Baiamonte, Esq., Gassman Baiamonte Gruner, PC, Garden City
Charles P. Inclima, Esq., Inclima Law Firm, PLLC, Rochester
Peter R. Stambleck, Esq., Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP, New York City
Bruce J. Wagner, Esq., McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C., Albany
Brett S. Ward, Esq., Blank Rome LLP, New York City 

Family Law Section - Learn more about the Section HERE 
Committee on Continuing Legal Education

Family Law Section Chair
Eric A. Tepper, Esq. | Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP, Schenectady 

Not Able to Attend in Person?
A Live Webcast Option is Available: Monday, June 11, 2018*
If you cannot watch the webcast at the scheduled time and date, the recording will be available to you to access after the presentation date for a 60 day period enabling you to watch on your schedule and earn your MCLE credits.*Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the live program in order to earn Skills credits. Newly admitted attorneys are not able to earn Skills credits by viewing the webcast.


The New York State Bar Association’s Family Law Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education are pleased to present Family Court Practical Skills: Custody, Article 10 Proceedings, the Attorney for the Child, and Ethics

Program Description

This full-day practical skills program is designed for all Family Court practitioners, whether newly-admitted or experienced, seeking a fundamental and practical overview of handling of Family Court Practice.  The program will be useful for private practitioners, government attorneys, appointed counsel panel members and public interests organizations alike and will provide important analysis and the latest case law updates relevant to the primary areas of practice in the Family Court.   

Program Agenda

8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.          Registration 

9:00 A.M. – 9:10 A.M.          Introductory Remarks 

9:10 A.M. – 10:25 A.M.      How to Handle a Custody Case, Part I: The Basic Elements

  • Client Consultation
  • Forum Selection: Supreme Court or Family Court
  • Petition Drafting and Filing
  • Forms
  • OCA Website
  • Initial Appearances
  • Temporary Orders
  • Article 6
  • Uniform Court Rules (22 NYCRR Part 205); Local Practices & Customs

10:25 A.M. – 10:35 A.M.      Break 

10:35 A.M. – 11:25 A.M.      The Appointment and Use of the Attorney for the Child

  • The Role of the Attorney for the Child
  • Ethical Considerations as Counsel for a Party and as Attorney for the Child
  • Relationships Among the Court, Counsel and Attorney for the Child
  • AFC Legal Fees

11:25 A.M. – 12:40 P.M.      How to Handle a Custody Case, Part II: Reports & Trial Preparation                                     

  • Forensics
  • Probation Reports
  • Home Studies
  • In Camera Examinations
  • Trial Preparation Tips

12:40 P.M. – 1:40 P.M.        Lunch (on your own) 

1:40 P.M. – 2:55 P.M.          Article 10 Proceedings

  • Overview – Family Court Jurisdiction
  • Pre-Hearing Matters
  • Discovery
  • Evidentiary Considerations
  • Fact-Finding Hearing
  • Dispositional Hearing
  • Orders of Disposition

2:55 P.M. - 3:05 P.M.           Break

3:05 P.M. – 4:20 P.M.           Ethics in Family Law

  • Ex Parte Communications with Court (including AFC Communications with Court and with Parties
  • Attorney for Child Duties to Preserve Confidences of Child as Client
  • Ex Parte Communications with Forensic and Other Experts

4:20 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.            Question & Answer Session 

4:30 P.M.                               Adjournment

Albany Program Faculty

Jennifer Rutkey, Esq., Gordon Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP, Schenectady       
Gerald Leary, Esq., Balzer & Leary, PLLC, Albany 
Amy Knussman, Esq., Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC, Ballston Spa
Hon. Margaret T. Walsh, Albany County Family Court 
Alison M. Coan, Esq.,  Attorney Grievance Committee for the Appellate Division, Third Department, Albany       

Long Island Program Faculty 

Kellie Stabile, Esq., Law Office of Kellie Stablie, Jericho  
Jill C. Stone, Esq., Jill C. Stone P.C., Garden City
Mark Green, Esq., Mark A. Green, P.C., Westbury 
Robert Mangi, Esq., Mangi & Graham, Westbury
Hon. Danielle Peterson, Nassau County Family Court, Westbury  

NYC Program Faculty

Brett S. Ward, Esq., Blank Rome LLP, NYC
Ory Apelboim, Esq., Blank Rome, LLP, NYC
Hon. Adam Silvera, Supreme Court, New York County, NYC
Kara M. Bellew, Esq., Rower LLC, NYC
Tara M. Diamond, Esq., The Law Offices of Diamond & Fee, PLLC, NYC           

Buffalo Program Faculty
Vanessa C. Gabrielle, Esq., Bouvier Law, LLP, Buffalo

NYSBA Members: $175
Family Law Section Members: $135
Attorneys For the Child (AFCs) and Public Sector Employees $100 
Non-Members: $ 275

Interested in registering more than one attorney?
Three or more registrations from the same firm/organization are eligible for our 20% Group Discount.

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Pre-registration Strongly Advised: You can save money and guarantee your seat and course materials by registering early. Registrations received at the door are subject to an additional $15.00 registration fee. Registrations cancelled less than three days from the program date will be assessed a cancellation fee of $25.00.



Issues involving Special Education and related services are impacting a growing number of families and their attorneys. This timely program, featuring well recognized practitioners in Special Education Law, will present valuable information and practical pointers across a broad spectrum of topics.

This practical program will be of great benefit to Special Education Law practitioners and to any attorney representing children and families who become involved in the Special Education system. Attorneys representing school districts and special education teachers will also benefit by attending. School administrators and teachers are also encouraged to attend at a discounted price.


Adrienne Arkontaky, Esq. | Cuddy Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
Tracey Spencer Walsh, Esq. | Spencer Walsh Law, PLLC

To Register:


Earn 7.5 MCLE credits by attending this full-day program.

Monday, June 4, 2018 | Albany | New York State Bar Association
Session Chair: Tara Anne Pleat, Esq. | Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | Buffalo | Classics V Banquet & Conference Center
Session Chair: Professor Melinda Saran | University at Buffalo School of Law

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | New York City & Webcast | CFA Society of New York
Session Chairs: Adrienne Arkontaky, Esq. | Cuddy Law Firm, P.L.L.C. & Tracey Spencer Walsh, Esq. | Spencer Walsh Law, PLLC

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Long Island | Melville Marriott
Session Chair: 


• Endrew F. and its Progeny - An IDEA Caselaw Update
• Representation of a School District Regarding Obligations Under the IDEA
• What Parents of a Struggling Child Should Know - IDEA Basics
• An Analysis of the Fee Shifting Provision and Recovery of Legal Fees/Representing the Underserved Client in IDEA Cases
• IEP Meetings - Best Practices for Districts and Parents
• How Lay Advocates and Special Education Attorneys Can Work Together on Special Education Matters
• An Overview of Special Needs Planning for Families of Loved Ones With Disabilities
• Ethical Dilemmas in the Representation of School Districts and Families

Click Here to view the Brochure 


Albany | Buffalo | NYC & Webcast | Long Island

NYSBA Members: $175 | Co-Sponsoring Section Members: $135 | Non-Members: $275

This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.


Join nearly 5,000 members of the New York State Bar Association from around the state and beyond at the Annual Meeting, sharing insights and experiences. Take advantage of the excellent schedule of events presented by the Association’s sections and committees, network at the member receptions and make connections with the exciting array of exhibitors.  


Starts: January 14, 2019 
Ends: January 19, 2019 


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Be a part of this Section and become a well-informed advocate for the myriad of issues affecting families today. The Section publishes the must-read Family Law Review. Enjoy online access to the Family Law Internet Sampler which encourages Section members to use technology to its greatest advantage. The Section's ever-popular annual summer meeting has become a hot spot for Section networking. Achieve professional recognition through exclusive committee involvement like Family Court and Child Custody, and Special Committees including Legal Representation of Children and Long-Range Planning.

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The Family Law Review features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of family law on various topics. including divorce, equitable distribution, prenuptial agreements, child custody and adoption. Also featured are Selected Cases and Recent Legislation, Decisions, and Trends. The Family Law Review is published by the Family Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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