Family Law Section

  • Family Law Section
    The purpose of this Section shall be to bring together, for the furtherance of their mutual interests, and the public interest, members of the New York State Bar Association who are concerned about matrimonial and family law.
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    Family Law Section Annual Meeting Program January 25
  • Upcoming Events
    • Family Law Section Annual Meeting: January 25, 2018


      Thursday, January 25, 2018 2:00 PM
      2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
      MCLE Credits:  3.0 Total Transitional Credits; 1.0 in Law Practice Management and 2.0 in Professional Practice for all attorneys, both experienced and newly-admitted.  

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      Family Law Section Meeting
      co-sponsored by the Judicial Law Section

      3.0 Total Transitional Credits: 1.0 in Law Practice Management and 2.0 in Professional Practice for all attorneys, both experienced and newly-admitted. 

      Family Law Section Executive Committee Meeting, 9:15 am
      Family Law Section Annual Business Meeting, 11:30 am
      Mercury Ballroom, 3rd Floor

      Reception and Lunch
      12:00 pm to 2:00 pm | Grand Ballroom West and Foyer, 3rd Floor
      Lunch Speaker:  Honorable Eugene M. Fahey, Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals

      MCLE Program
      2:00 pm to 4:40 pm | Grand Ballroom East, 3rd Floor

      Chair’s Offsite Reception
      5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | The Warwick, Murals 54 Room, Avenue of the Americas at 65 West 54th
      Registrants may bring one guest to the reception who must be registered in advance  

      Mitchell Y. Cohen, Esq., Johnson & Cohen LLP, White Plains

      Rosalia Baiamonte, Esq., Gassman Baiamonte Gruner, P.C., Garden City

      Peter R. Stambleck, Esq., Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP, New York City

      2:00 pm to 2:50 pm
      Reducing Stress and Improving Focus, Effectiveness and Productivity through Mindfulness – 
      Lessons for the Bar and Bench

      Harvard-educated lawyer and mindfulness expert, Jon Krop offers a hands-on introduction to “mindfulness”, a simple mental practice that attorneys and judges can use to reduce stress and improve productivity tailored to the challenges faced by those in the legal profession. He will guide participants through short exercises that sharpen focus, calm the mind and cultivate resilience in the face of anxiety and stress. You will not want to miss this lecture. 

      Jon Krop, Esq., Mindfulness for Lawyers, Brooklyn, NY

      2:50 pm to 3:00 pm
      Refreshment Break

      3:00 pm  to 4:40 pm
      Matrimonial Case Update: The Year In Review
      Join us on a walk through 2017’s most interesting cases, the new statute’s affects thus far, and issues on the horizon.

      Bruce J. Wagner, Esq., McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C., Albany, NY

      The Family Law Section Gratefully Acknowledges the Support of Our

      AM18 Family Law Gold Sponsors


      AM18 Family Law Bronze Sponsors Updated


      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 3.0 credit hours (1.0 in Law Practice Management and 2.0 in Professional Practice). This program is transitional and is suitable for MCLE credit for both newly-admitted attorney and experienced attorneys.

      Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 12, 2018. For more details, please contact Catheryn Teeter in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or

      Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:  NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Catheryn Teeter at 518-487-5573 or

      For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association or on the web at The rate will be based on room selection (single/double occupancy) and arrival/departure dates with additional taxes and hotel fees. The discounted rate for January 21st and January 22nd is $179 per night. The discounted rate for January 23rd through January 28th is $229 per night. A rate of $209 will be offered to those with overlapping dates.  Reservations must be made by December 15, 2017. 

      For questions about this specific program, please contact Catheryn Teeter at 518-487-5573. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.

    • Family Law Section Annual Meeting Lunch: January 25, 2018


      Thursday, January 25, 2018 12:00 PM
      12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      Reception in Grand Ballroom West Foyer
      followed by Lunch in Grand Ballroom West

      Keynote Luncheon Speaker:  HON. EUGENE M. FAHEY, Associate Judge , New York Court of Appeals

      Tickets:  $70 Each/Tables of 10 available for Purchase for $700.
      Individual Tickets may be purchased by mail or online.
      To purchase a Table at the Luncheon, download the Luncheon Table Reservation form.

    • Family Law Section Annual Meeting Off-Site Reception: January 25, 2018


      January 25, 2018

      The Warwick New York Hotel
      Avenue of the Americas at 65 West 54th Street
      New York, NY 10019 

      5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

      Pre-registration is required. 

      Click here to register:

    • July 12-15, 2018: The Equinox Resort & Spa, Manchester, VT


      Family Law Section Summer Meeting

      July 12 - 15, 2018
      Live CLE Program

      The Equinox Resort & Spa
      3567 Main Street
      Manchester Village, VT 05245

      Preview of Schedule

      Thursday, July 12, 2018
      Reception at Hildene
      Explore the Lincoln Family Home and enjoy cocktails in the beautiful gardens with a breathtaking view of the mountains. 

      Friday, July 13, 2018
      General Session in the morning with CLE

      Reception at the Southern Vermont Art Center.

      Saturday, July 14, 2018
      General Session in the morning with CLE

      Reception & Lobster Bake held at The Equinox with live music and entertainment by The Lustre Kings

      Thursday &  Friday
      Live music by Rich Ortiz  at The Equinox Dormy Grill

      Additional information to come. 
      Hotel Reservation, Registration and Summer Camp information will be provided at a later date. You will be required to book your hotel accommodations and register for the MCLE program together - Hotel reservations must go through NYSBA and will not be accepted directly with The Equinox Resort. 
      Questions? Contact Adriana Favreau at afavreau@nysba,org 

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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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  • Family Law Review


    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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