Family Court Practical Skills - Support, Custody, Family Offense Proceedings & Diversity


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Friday, March 22, 2019 | Convene Conference Center | NYC 
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | New York State Bar Association | Albany

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | Doubletree by Hilton | Tarrytown
Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Melville Marriott | Melville 

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel | Syracuse 
Monday, April 8, 2019 | Hyatt Place Buffalo Amherst | Amherst

NYSBA Members: $175 | Family Law Section Members: $150
Non Members: $275

7.0 MCLE Credits: 6.0 Skills; 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias 

Program Planning Chairs
Rosalia Baiamonte, Esq., Gassman Baiamonte Gruner, PC, Garden City
Maureen Dunn, Esq., Johnson & Cohen, LLP, Pearl River
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 Video Replay option is available.
If you cannot watch the program at the scheduled time and date, the recording will be available to you to access after the presentation date 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 video replay.


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: Support, Custody, Family Offense Proceedings & Diversity. 

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 support, custody and family offense proceedings in Family Court.  The program will also address diversity in parental relationships and its impact on family law including the changing legal landscape of parental rights in custody matters.  

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. – 10:50 a.m.         How to Litigate a Support Proceeding – Family Court Act Article 4
                                             (2.0 MCLE Credits; 2.0 Skills) 

10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.       Break  

11:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.       Representing a Client in Family Offense Proceedings – Family Court Act Article 8
                                             (2.0 MCLE Credits; 2.0 Skills)

12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.         Lunch

1:40 p.m.– 3:20 p.m.            How to Handle a Custody Case: The Basic Elements
                                             (2.0 MCLE Credits; 2.0 Skills)

3:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.           Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.           Diversity in Parental Relationships and its Impact on Family Law: The Changing Legal Landscape of Custody and Parenting Rights
                                             (1.0 Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias)

4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.           Question & Answer

4:30 p.m.                               Adjournment

Program Faculty

Megan Van Aken, Esq., McNamee Lochner, PC, Albany
Robert Meyer, Esq., Support Magistrate, Albany Family Court, Albany
Lorraine R. Silverman, Esq., Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC, Albany
Hon. Paul Pelagalli, Saratoga County Family Court, Saratoga
Amy Knussman, Esq., Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC, Ballston Spa
Hon. Richard Rivera, Albany County Family Court, Albany
Geri Pomerantz, Esq., Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY, Albany 

Joan Casilio Adams, Esq., J. Adams & Associates, PLLC, Buffalo
Hon.  Brenda Freedman, Erie County Family Court, Buffalo
Justin D. Ginter, Esq., Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP, Buffalo 
Vanessa C. Gabriele, Esq., Bouvier Law, Buffalo 
Lana V. Tupchik, Esq., Tupchik Legal Group, Buffalo
Support Magistrate John S. Wiencek, 
Erie County Family Court, Buffalo

Long Island
Joseph A. DeMarco, Esq., 
Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos, PLLC, Garden City  
Tomasina Mastroianni, Esq., Support Magistrate, Supreme Court, Nassau County
Donna McCabe, Esq., Law Office of Donna McCabe, Westbury
Hon. Cheryl A. Joseph, Supreme Court, Suffolk County
Robert C. Mangi, Esq., Mangi & Graham, Westbury
Susan G. Mintz, Esq., Gervase & Mintz PC, Garden City  

Kara M. Bellew, Esq., Rower LLC, NYC
Meaghan Carey, Esq., Moses Ziegelman Richards & Notaro, LLP, NYC
Hon. Matthew F. Cooper, Supreme Court New York County, NYC
Hon. Lisa Friederwitzer,  Bronx County Family Court, Bronx
Support Magistrate Andrea Hecht-Zaki, Kings County Family Court, Brooklyn
Virginia LoPreto, Esq., LoPreto & Levy, NYC
Eric I. Wrubel, Esq., Warshaw Burstein, LLP, NYC 

Justin Contratto, Esq., Bodnar Milone, LLP, White Plains 
Support Magistrate Keri A. Fiore, Westchester County Family Court, Yonkers 
Alicia A. Gaudio, Esq., Novenstern & Gaudio, LLP, Mt. Kisco 
Hon. Arlene E. Katz, Westchester County Family Court, Yonkers 
Adrienne J. Orbach, Esq., Law Offices of Adrienne J. Orbach, PLLC, White Plains 

To view all faulty biographies please click here. Family Court Faulty Biographies

NYSBA Members: $175

Family Law Section Members: $150
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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