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Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Family Law

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CLE Event

Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Family Law:
The Real and the Ideal

Friday, November 10, 2017 | 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Hofstra Law School

This event will feature spirited dialogue on interdisciplinary collaboration in family law including interactive presentations on shared ethical dilemmas and “Ignite” presentations to spark discussion on what the future holds in store.

Selected Hofstra Law Student Research Posters to be Displayed

Register

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

5 CLE Credits Available, Including 1.5 Ethics Credits

5 NYS CE Credits Available for Social Workers

Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. For more information regarding CE, CLE or financial aid, please contact Shari Bornstein at sbornstein@familykind.org or 860-302-2631.

Space is limited to 200 attendees. CLE approval pending.

This event is dedicated to Professor Herbie DiFonzo.

Schedule and Presenters

Friday, November 10, 2017

10:30-Noon

Registration and Brunch

Noon-1:40 p.m.

Siben & Siben Distinguished Lecture on Family Law “Interdisciplinary Triage and Informed Consent: The Future of Family Law”(2 CLE Credits)

Welcome: 
Judge A. Gail Prudenti, Dean, Hofstra Law

Moderator: 
Professor Andrew Schepard, Siben & Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law and Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law

2017-18 Siben & Siben Distinguished Lecturer: 
Forrest “Woody” Mosten, Esq. Mediator, Collaborative Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law UCLA Law School

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

The Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professorship was established in 1984 through a generous gift from the law firm of Siben & Siben.

1:40-2 p.m.

Break

2-3:15 p.m.

Panel I: When Lawyers and Mental Health Professionals Collaborate: An Interactive Dialogue on Ethical Dilemmas (1.5 Ethics CLE Credits)

Moderator:
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-NY and Distinguished Professor, Clinical Psychology, Stony Brook University
    • Hal Silverman, Director of Litigation, Lawyers for Children, Inc.  
    • Robert Z. Dobrish, Esq., Senior Partner, Dobrish Michaels Gross LLP

3:15-3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30-4:45 p.m.

Panel II: “Igniting” Good Ideas for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Family Law (1.5 CLE Credits)

Moderator: 
Lisa M. Petrocelli, Executive Director/Managing Attorney for the Hofstra Law Access, Access to Justice Incubator

  • Presenters:
    • Hon. Rachel Adams, Judge for Matrimonial Matters, Supreme Court, Kings County – Reigniting Parent Education for the 21st Century
    • Shari Bornstein, Director of FamilyKind Parent Services – Regional Family Trial Docket in Connecticut: Last Chance to Resolve High Conflict Custody Cases with an Interdisciplinary Approach
    • Lawrence Jay Braunstein, Esq., Attorney, Braunstein & Zuckerman Esqs. – Positive Uses For Custody Evaluation Reports
    • Lesley Ann Friedland, Executive Director at FamilyKind – 22nd Century Separation and Divorce: Interdisciplinary Teams to Support Family Reorganization
    • Jonathan Verk, Founder & Partner coParenter.org – Online Dispute Resolution and coParenting Disputes: Expectations, Process & Best Practices

4:45-5 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Professor Andrew Schepard, Siben & Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law and Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law

About

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.