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Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Family Law

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Family Law:
The Real and the Ideal

This event is an opportunity to engage in a spirited discussion of the current status of interdisciplinary collaboration in family law featuring interactive “Ignite” presentations on what the future holds in store.

5 CLE Credits Available, Including 1.5 Ethics Credits

$150: Hofstra Alumni, AFCC Members, FamilyKind
$250: General Public
Free for Law Students.


Friday, November 10, 2017


Registration and Breakfast

Noon-1:40 p.m.

Introduction and Siben Lecture (2 CLE Credits)

Siben Lecturer:
Forest “Woody” Mosten
Mediator and Collaborative Attorney

  • Commentaries:
    • Dr. Paul Meller, Associate Professor of Psychology, Hofstra University
    • Hon. Jane Pearl, Judge, New York City Family Court, New York County
    • Lawrence Braunstein, Esq., Attorney, Braunstein & Zuckerman Esqs.

1:40-2 p.m.


2-3:15 p.m.

Panel I (1.5 Ethics CLE Credits)

Professor Ellen Yaroshefsky, Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Executive Director of the Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics

  • Panelists:
    • Daniel O’Leary, President, AFCC and Distinguished Professor, Clinical Psychology, Stony Brook University
    • Robert Dobrish, Esq., Senior Partner, Dobrish Michaels Gross LLP
    • Harriet Weinberger, Executive Director Attorney for the Child, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department

3:15-3:30 p.m.


3:30-4:45 p.m.

Panel II (1.5 CLE Credits)

Professor Herbie DiFonzo, Retired Professor of Law, Hofstra Law

  • Presenters:
    • Hon. Rachel Adams, Judge for Matrimonial Matters, Supreme Court, Kings County
    • Matthew Kiernan, Esq., Director of Pilot Projects for the Center for Children, Families and the Law and Managing Editor of Family Court Review, Hofstra Law
    • Lawrence Braunstein, Esq., Attorney, Braunstein & Zuckerman Esqs.
    • Kate Bar-Tur, Director and Founder, New York Center for Divorce & Family Mediation


About the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professorship Lecture in Family Law

The Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professorship was established in 1984 through a generous gift from the law firm of Siben & Siben. Originally designed to recognize accomplishments in tort law, the professorship was expanded in 1986 to allow for recognition in family law and awarded to John DeWitt Gregory, who held the professorship in that field until 2012.