Robin M. Deutsch




Robin M. Deutsch is a psychologist and the Director of Forensic Services of the Children and the Law Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. As a therapist, consultant, custody evaluator, mediator, and parenting coordinator, her work has focused on the application of child development research to children’s adjustment to divorce and parenting issues, the evaluation of families involved in family change and management of high conflict divorce.  Dr. Deutsch has co-authored published articles on the effects of high conflict divorce, the evaluation of domestic violence, management of cases of Munchausen by Proxy, Parenting Coordination, developmentally appropriate parenting plans, and attachment considerations.  She is the co-author of 7 Things Your Teenager Can’t Tell You (and How to Talk About Them Anyway) (Ballantine, 2005).   Dr. Deutsch is the co-chair of the APA-ABA Working Group on Psychological and Legal Interventions with Parents, Children and Families and the APA-ABA Working Group on Alleged Abuse, Neglect, and Endangerment.  She is President-elect of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and the former president of the Massachusetts chapter of AFCC.  She is also a member of the AFCC Task Force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordination (2005), and the Massachusetts task force that wrote “Planning for Shared Parenting:  a Guide for Parents Living Apart”. Dr. Deutsch is the former Chair of the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee (2007) and was a member of the American Bar Association Child Custody Pro Bono Project.   Dr. Deutsch is frequently invited to provide educational and scientific presentations to judges, lawyers, and mental health professionals in the United States and Canada.  She is a 2006 recipient of the American Psychological Association Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy.




Jaclyn J. Jenkins




Jaclyn  Jean Jenkins is a third-year student at Hofstra University School of Law and a Managing Editor of Notes & Comments of the Family Court Review.  Jaclyn graduated cum laude with honors in History, and a minor in English from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. While in college, she interned at the Office of the Corporation Counsel, in their Child Abuse and Neglect division (now the Office of the Attorney General, Child Protection division) in Washington, D.C. Jaclyn is currently a Hofstra Child and Family Advocacy Fellow. She has served as a member of the Domestic Violence Courtroom Advocates, the Black Law Students Association, and has assisted with the New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program (PEACE).  She is currently working to develop a new Streetlaw program specifically aimed at meeting the needs of foster youth.  During the summer of 2006 she interned with Judge Jeff Wallace of the Hermiston Circuit Court in Oregon, participated in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Program regarding child advocacy, and attended the Child Welfare League of America Conference, as well as the Oregon Juvenile Judicial Conference in Bend, Oregon.




Miriam Aroni Krinsky




Miriam Aroni Krinsky is a Special Consultant on Policy, Reform and Legislative Initiatives for the California Judicial Council.  She previously served as the Executive Director of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, a 185 person nonprofit organization that represents over 20,000 abused and neglected youth in Los Angeles.  Ms. Krinsky currently sits on the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care, the ABA Youth at Risk Commission, participates in various other federal, state and local policy groups addressing issues impacting dependent youth, and has testified extensively before legislative, governmental and judicial bodies on issues relating to children at risk.  She served as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (the first lawyer from the public sector to hold that office), on the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, acting as Commission President for three years, and as Co-Chair of the California Bench Bar Coalition.  After law school, Ms. Krinsky practiced at the L.A. firm Hufstedler, Miller, Carlson & Beardsley and served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, acting as Chief of that office's Appellate and General Crimes Sections.  While with DOJ, Ms. Krinsky chaired the Solicitor General’s Advisory Group on Appellate Issues and received Attorney General Janet Reno’s highest national award for appellate work.  Ms. Krinsky has taught law school at the University of Southern California Law Center and Loyola Law School and lectured nationwide on criminal law, child welfare, sentencing, and other legal topics.




George E. Reed, Jr.





Practice:           Family law, appeals, general practice


Firms:               Sole practice and partnership, White Plains, 1986-present

                        (Reed & Neale, 1991-97)

                        Associate, N.Y.C. (litigation and general practice):

                        Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson, 1984-86

                        Moore Berson Lifflander & Mewhinney, 1979-84

                        Wachtel Manheim & Grouf, 1978-79


Education:        Indiana University (Bloomington), J.D./M.B.A., 1978

                        Syracuse University (1st year law school) 1974-75

                        University of Michigan, graduate study in geography, 1971-72

                        Swarthmore College, B.A. 1971


Articles:            “A Protocol for Juvenile Delinquency”, N.Y.L.J., April 26, 1994

                        “Trends in the Case Law of Termination of Parental Rights”,

                            Jan. 8, 2004 (


Prior                 From Red Wing to St. Cloud:  Does the Juvenile Justice System Work?

NYSBA           (2007)

Programs:         Child Support:  Challenges in Complex Custody Cases  (2006)

                        Designing Custody Trials  (2005)

                        Termination of Parental Rights:  Is the Net Too Wide?   (2004)


Cases:              In re Benjamin L., 92 N.Y.2d 660 (1999) (pre-petition delay)

                        In re Neftali D., 85 N.Y.2d 631 (1995) (sufficiency of petition)

                        Appellate Division (various)


Languages:       French, Spanish, Swedish (reading knowledge)


Home:              Westchester County, N.Y.  Married (Joanne, social worker);

                        3 children (ages 22-25).




Andrew  I. Schepard




Andrew Schepard is Professor of Law, Hofstra University School of Law and the Director of Hofstra University’s Center for Children, Families and the Law. He is a 1972 graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review, served as a Law Clerk to former Chief Judge James L. Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Professor Schepard is the editor of the Family Court Review and the author of Children, Courts and Custody: Interdisciplinary Models for Divorcing Families (Cambridge University Press 2004). He has written many law review articles in family law and alternative dispute resolution. Professor Schepard writes the Law and Children column for the New York Law Journal.


Professor Schepard is the Reporter for the Uniform Collaborative Law Act sponsored by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Youth at Risk Commission. He was the Reporter for the Model Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation approved by the American Bar Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Reporter for the American Bar Association’s Leadership Summit on Unified Family Courts. He founded Hofstra Law School’s Child and Family Advocacy Fellowship Program that awards full tuition scholarships and paid externships to students pledged to a career in the field. He is also a founder of Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness (P.E.A.C.E), an education program for divorcing and separating parents on how to manage their conflicts over their children responsibly.

He is the Chair of the Family Law Education Reform Project co-sponsored by Hofstra Law School and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He is an attorney member of the Judicial Conference of the State of New York. Professor Schepard is also Program Director for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s course in Modern Divorce Advocacy and has served as Program Director for NITA’s Child Advocacy, Deposition and Trial Advocacy courses.


Professor Schepard has received numerous awards from the American Bar Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts for his work with families and children in conflict. Professor Schepard is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 




Tamara A. Steckler




Tamara A. Steckler is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society (JRD). Prior to becoming an attorney, Tamara was a special education teacher for two years.  Post law school, Tamara worked as a staff attorney for JRD in the Bronx trial office, then became the Legal Director for Talbot Perkins Foster Care Agency and then continued her work with JRD in the Brooklyn trial office. In 1994, Tamara left Legal Aid to become the Director of the Family Law Unit for a growing not for profit law firm, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG).  While at NYLAG, Tamara started and supervised a full-service family law program in which staff represented thousands of impoverished domestic violence victims and others in Family and Supreme courts.  After several years, Tamara also became the Assistant Executive Director of NYLAG and served as the Development Director for two years. Tamara returned to Legal Aid’s Juvenile Rights Division in 2005 as the Attorney-in-Charge. She currently sits on numerous state and city task forces and advisory committees related to juvenile justice and child welfare issues, is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counsel for Children and is a member of Judge Judith Kaye’s Permanent Judicial Commission on Children, as well as the statewide Task Force on the Future of Probation. 





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