Focus on Family Court: Holistic & Effective Family Representation

Friday, June 5, 2015
9:30am - 4:45pm

New York State Bar Association
Albany, NY

5.5 Transitional CLE Credits 2.0 Skills, 3.5 Professional Practice
[Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for all attorneys, including newly admitted.]

Sponsored by:

The New York State Bar Association's Committee to Ensure Quality of Mandated Representation

Program Description:

Leading practitioners knowledgeable in the representation of adults in Family Court proceedings will provide an overview of best practices and offer practical advice and strategies. The day-long CLE will cover best practices for working with experts in Article 10, child welfare and related proceedings, how to conduct more effective preliminary hearing preparation and discovery, and how to incorporate social workers and other non-legal professionals into your practice so as to ensure holistic representation for your clients.  Because our clients seldom present with a single, discrete legal issue to be addressed in one forum, the CLE will feature a panel of experienced practitioners who will discuss the unintended legal consequences that may develop for clients and offer practical suggestions and strategies for how to coordinate the representation of a client facing multiple consequences in multiple forums.


  1. Working with Experts in Article 10 and TPR Cases: The Applicable Law
  2. Discovery in Article 10/TPR/Custody Proceedings
  3. Overview and Implementation: NYS ILS Standards of Practice for Parents' Attorneys in Child Protective Proceedings
  4. Integrating Immigration into Family Law: The Pathway to Padilla
  5. Cornerstone Advocacy: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Working with Families


Lauren Shapiro, Esq., Director, Family Defense Practice, Brooklyn Defenders Services
Emma S. Ketteringham, Esq. Managing Attorney, Family Defense Practice, Bronx Defenders
Adele M. Fine, Esq., Special Assistant Public Defender, Monroe County Public Defenders Office
Sophie I. Feal, Esq., Supervising Immigration Attorney, Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc.
Joanne Macri, Esq., Director of Regional Initiatives, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services
Angela Olivia Burton, Esq., Director of Quality Enhancement, Parent Representation, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services
Linda Gehron, Esq., Family Court Supervisor, Family Court Program, Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Anastasia Rivera, Esq., Litigation Supervisor, Center for Family Representation
Erin Browne, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Family Representation
Sara Rivera, LMSW,
Senior Staff Social Worker, Center for Family Representation


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