January 26-31, 2009
The Robert J. Schack Memorial
and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members may apply for a discount
or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This
discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under that
policy, any member of the Association who has a genuine basis of financial
hardship can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances.
To apply for a discount or scholarship, please send your request in writing to
the New York State Bar Association, Attn: Catheryn
The role of the attorney for the child has changed greatly. The new model is based on the advocacy function of an attorney for an adult. Functions such as acting as an investigative arm of the court and submitting “law guardian reports” have been banished, and yet the nature of children as dependent and developing human beings, which underlay the older practices, cannot be ignored. This program’s materials will comprehensively cover the role of the attorney for the child. The speakers will cover a range of the most challenging aspects of the newly defined role of the attorney for the child, and a panel discussion will analyze and solve an assortment of representational problems facing the attorney.
9:00 – 9:05 Introduction
George E. Reed, Jr., Esq.
9:05 – 9:55 An In-Depth Look at the Role of the Attorney for the Child
A discussion of recent developments in New York law and practice that require the child’s attorney to advocate for the wishes of children who have decision-making capacity; permit the attorney to make decisions on behalf of children who lack such capacity or children who are at risk of serious harm; require the attorney to provide intensive counseling designed to assist children in making sound decisions; preclude judges from treating the child’s attorney as an investigative arm of the court or as a fact witness; and bar attorneys from communicating with a represented child.
Gary S. Solomon, Esq. (Keynote presentation)
9:55 – 10:55 Panel Presentations on Selected Topics
Moderator: Honorable Jeffrey S. Sunshine
Attorneys for the Child: Oversight, Supervision, Court Rules and Caselaw
John E. Carter, Jr., Esq.
The New Era in Actual Practice: Has the Tiger Really Changed Its Stripes?
Honorable Edwina G. Richardson-Mendelson and Crystal L. Screen, Esq.
What Attorneys Need to Know from the Social Sciences: Incorporating the Knowledge of Other Professionals Into Your Decision-Making.
Lyn K. Slater, Ph.D.
National Trends and Variations in the Function of Attorneys as Advocates for Children
Professor Merril Sobie
(There will be a coffee break from 10:20-10:30)
10:55 – 12:10 Ethical Concerns and Representational Problems Facing Attorneys for Children
The discussion will cover fact patterns reflecting many (but not all) of the following problematic situations:
George E. Reed, Jr., Esq.
Director, Law Guardian Program, Third Department,
Clinical Assistant Professor,
Family Court Supervising Judge, 11th Jud. Dist. (
The Legal Aid
Law Office of
Crystal L. Screen,
Justice, Supreme Court,
About Robert J. Schack
Robert J. Schack was a founding member of the Committee on Children and the Law and, for many years, Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee. A supervising attorney at the New York State Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Schack represented the State in several landmark juvenile justice and child welfare cases. He was a tireless advocate for children’s rights and interests, and contributed enormously to the Committee’s and the NYSBA's achievements.
for Law Guardian and Family Court Assigned Counsel Panel Members: Members of Appellate
Division Law Guardian Panels are eligible to apply for a tuition waiver for
this program. If you qualify for this waiver, you cannot register online. You
must obtain a 2009 Waiver Form from your
Law Guardian Director or download the waiver form at http://www.nysba.org/ChildrenandtheLaw,
attach it to the completed Annual Meeting Registration Form,
and fax or mail back the completed forms to the number/address listed. A
limited number of waivers are available on a ﬁ rst
come/ ﬁ rst serve basis for Family Court or
Family Court Appeals assigned counsel panel members who are not currently on a
law guardian panel. To inquire about these waivers, please call Catheryn Teeter at (518) 487-5621 before January 20,
2009. No waivers can be issued after the cutoff date. Please note that
if you are not a member of the
If you need assistance relating to a disability, please contact the NYSBA Meetings Department sufficiently in advance so that we can make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations.
For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Marriott Marquis at 1-800-843-4898 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. Room rates are $272.00 for single/double occupancy. Reservations must be made by Monday, December 22, 2008.
For questions about this specific program, please contact Katherine Suchocki, Esq. at 518-487-5590. For registration questions only, please call 518-487-5621. Please use 866-680-0946 to fax your registration form.
Friday, January 30, 2009
9:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Majestic Complex (6th Floor)
Committee on Children and the Law Program
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Last Updated January 22, 2009
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