2011 Annual Meeting 



The New York State Bar Association


The Committee on Children and the Law
2011 Robert J. Schack Memorial Program



Teach the Parents Well:

Can We Save Families through Court-Ordered Behavioral Education?


Where and when:


9:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Hilton New York

1335 Avenue of the Americas
(between 53rd and 54th Streets)

New York City


Beekman Suite, 2nd Floor


This seminar features a survey of the programs to which courts refer parties, how the programs function and their effectiveness.  Panelists will provide an overview of the resources courts rely on to accomplish their dispositional goals, including mental health counseling and therapy, drug and alcohol treatment, sex offender treatment, anger management, domestic violence counseling, batterer intervention programs, parenting skills, and supervision of visitation.  Guidelines for representing clients on dispositional issues in child protective, family offense and custody/visitation proceedings will be presented. 

Four psychologists will join a social worker and an attorney to present this program.  The speakers are (in order of speaking):  Drs. Jeffrey P. Wittmann, Claude Schleuderer, Eileen C. Treacy and Peter J. Favaro;  Children’s Aid Society social worker/director Kerry Moles, and attorney Nancy S. Erickson.

Under New York’s MCLE rules, this program has been approved for all attorneys including those newly admitted for a total of 3.5 credit hours in the area of professional practice.





8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.          Registration


9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.          Welcome and Opening Remarks (George E. Reed, Jr., Esq.)


9:05 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.          Mental Health Counseling and Therapy (Jeffrey P. Wittmann, Ph. D.)


9:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.          Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs (Claude Schleuderer, Ph. D.)


9:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.        Sex Offender Treatment Programs

                                          (Eileen C. Treacy, Ph. D.)


10:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.      Coffee Break


10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.    Other Dispositional Programs:  Anger Management, Batterer Intervention, Domestic Violence Counseling, Parenting Skills, Innovations in Therapeutic Parenting Intervention, and Supervision of Visitation (Peter J. Favaro, Ph. D. and Kerry Moles, LMSW)


11:20 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.    Guidelines for Representing Clients on Dispositional Issues in Child Protective, Permanency, Family Offense and Custody/Visitation Proceedings (Nancy S. Erickson, Esq.)


11:45 a.m.                          Panel Discussion


12:10 p.m.                          Adjournment




Committee Chair

Professor Merril Sobie

Pace University School of Law

White Plains


Program Chair

George E. Reed, Jr., Esq.

White Plains


Nancy S. Erickson, Esq.,

M.A., Forensic Psychology


Claude Schleuderer, Ph. D.



Peter J. Favaro, Ph. D.


Port Washington

Eileen C. Treacy, Ph. D.

Executive Director

Consultation Services


Kerry Moles, LMSW

Director, Family Wellness Program,

The Children's Aid Society

New York



Jeffrey P. Wittmann, Ph. D.

Center For Forensic Psychology






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  Bar Association’s achievements.




Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association  members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. 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 Teeter, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or via e-mail cteeter@nysba.org.


Special Note for Attorneys Representing Children and Family Court Assigned Counsel Panel Members: Attorneys for Children and panel members are eligible to apply for a discounted registration fee for this program.  If you qualify, you cannot register online.  You must obtain a 2011 Discounted Registration Fee Form from your Program 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 forms are available on a first come/first serve basis for Family Court or Family Court Appeals assigned counsel panel members who are not currently attorneys for children.  To inquire about these waivers, please call Catheryn Teeter at (518) 487-5621 before Monday, January 10, 2011.  No waivers can be issued after the cutoff date.  Please note that if you are not a member of the New York State Bar Association, the $200 nonmember surcharge cannot be waived.


Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities: NYSBA will make reasonable modifications/accommodations to allow participation in its services, programs, or activities by persons with disabilities. NYSBA will provide auxiliary aids and services upon request. NYSBA will remove architectural barriers and communication barriers that are structural in nature where readily achievable. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Katherine Suchocki at 518-487-5591.


For overnight room accommodations, please call the Hilton New York at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association.  Room rates are $249.00 for single/double occupancy. Reservations must be made by December 22, 2010. You also can reserve your overnight room on the web at www.nysba.org.


For questions about this specific program, please contact Katherine Suchocki at ksuchocki@nysba.org. or  518-487-5590 For registration questions only, please call 518-487-5621. Fax registration form to 866-680-0946.


Table of Contents of Program Book

Registration Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Committee on Children and the Law Program
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Annual Meeting Registration Form

NYSBA General Annual Meeting Information

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2011 Waiver Form for Attorneys for Children


Last Updated January 3, 2011


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