Events and Training


Access to Justice and a Constitutional Convention
Webinar: April 13, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Access to Justice advocates, those who represent low and moderate income New Yorkers, should be concerned about the possibility of a Constitutional Convention in New York.  What are the possible risks and returns of a Constitutional Convention in New York.  What are the possible risks and returns of a Constitutional Convention for low income New Yorkers.  Will Article 17 be at risk?  Could we establish a right to counsel?  What are the possible benefits of court reorganization?  What are the odds of real change benefiting low income New Yorkers through a Constitutional Convention in 2018?  Join us for a discussion of the issues.


President's Pro Bono Service Awards 

May 1, 2017 
2017 President's Pro Bono Service Awards Nomination Form

Additional information to be posted.


Representation in Family Court Proceedings

Friday, June 9, 2017

Registration 9:30am - 10:00am

Program 10:00am - 5:00pm

New York State Bar Association

1 Elk Street

Albany, NY 12207

This program is complimentary and lunch will be served during the biannual awards ceremony for the Outstanding Achievements in Promoting Standards of Excellence in Mandated Representation and the Denison Ray Criminal Defender Awards.

MCLE Credits will be available.

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Leading practitioners knowledgeable about representation in Family Court proceedings will provide an overview of best practices and offer practical advice and strategies.  The day-long CLE will cover the outer boundaries of Article 10, best practices for representing third parties and relatives, provide an overview of defending and prosecuting cases involving domestic violence, cover the UIFSA, UCCJEA, ICWA and the Hague issues.  The CLE will feature a panel of experienced practitioners who will discuss special considerations in Family Court proceedings and offer practical suggestions and strategies for how to best represent your clients.

Speakers for this event:

Amanda McHenry, Esq., Hiscock Legal Aid Society

Gary Solomon, Esq., Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice

Hon. Deborah Kaplan, Statewide Coordinating Judge for Family Violence Matter, NYS Unified Court System

Marguerite A Smith, Esq.

Thomas Gordon, Family Court Support Magistrate

Jeremy Morley, Esq.

Angela Burton, Esq., New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services


Susan Lindenauer, Esq.

Janet Fink, Esq., NYS Unified Court System

Linda Gehron, Esq., Hiscock Legal Aid Society