November 23, 2020

2020-2021 Family Law Brown Bag Schedule

All Committee Brown Bags will take place from 1:00-2:00pm ET. There is no fee to participate in Section brown bags; however, you must register to receive the meeting information. The title and description for each brown bag will posted the month prior to the scheduled brown bag. If you register for the brown bag before the title and description are available, you will receive an email when the meeting information is updated. A recording of each brown bag will be available on our website; a link to the recording will be listed below.  

Please note: The content of these programs does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for attending.

September 2020

  • Adoption Committee (September 10, 2020)

    Post Adoption Contact Agreements- Drafting Tips and Trends

    There has been a growing trend among states to allow post adoption contact agreements, or what is currently understood to be “open adoptions.” This Brown Bag assists practitioners with drafting tips to ensure enforceable agreements that help secure the least adversarial termination of parental rights scenarios, while ensuring that the adoptive parents are not unnecessarily inhibited moving forward after adoption. 
  • Trial Practice & Techniques Brown Bag (September 14, 2020)

    The Most Important Quality Needed to Win Your Trial

    Based on chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6, of the late judge Ralph Adam Fine’s “The How to Win Trial Manual” and chapter 3 of Pozner and Dodd, “Cross Examination : Science and Techniques,” we’ll discuss the art of persuasion, theory of the case, and integrity of practice.  Please bring your inquisitiveness, creativity, thoughts on the subject, and war stories.

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  • Alimony Committee (September 24, 2020)

    The Alimony Case in a COVID-19 World

    This brown bag will be an open discussion of the real world impact of COVID-19 on alimony requests and modifications. We hope to discuss a wide range of potential implications, including:

    - How are PPP loans and other government assistance factored into income?

    - How is monthly need or ability to pay analyzed with a decrease is social or public activity or based on the deferral of required payments?

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    - Other special issues practitioners are dealing with during this unprecedented time.

October 2020

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (October 1, 2020)

    How to Move your Mediation Practice Online

    Mediators can have a robust and successful mediation practice where their predominant meeting space is virtual.  Join Melissa Kucinski where she talks about the resources she uses to successfully mediate remotely.

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  • Trial Practice & Techniques Brown Bag (October 5, 2020)

    Eli Uncyk discusses depositions in a family law trial. Topics include what you should cover, "standard stips," how to deal with witnesses, and much more. 

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November 2020

  • Trial Practice & Techniques Brown Bag (November 2, 2020)

    The first 40 seconds: Using the opening statement to communicate a memorable theme and establish credibility for your entire case.

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  • Domestic Violence Committee (November 19, 2020)

    Addressing Access to Justice Issues for Domestic Violence Survivors During COVID-19 Pandemic

    We will discuss unique access to justice issues, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, that domestic violence survivors are now facing. Additionally, we will share creative tips and best practices to resolve some of the common issues.

December 2020

  • Child Support Committee (December 3, 2020)

    Support in a Pandemic

    A discussion of unique pandemic-related support issues, including, but not limited to the bases for modification (e.g. due to a temporary reduction in income or the receipt of economic aid), earning capacity, child care and fluctuating extracurricular expenses.
    Register for Child Support Brown Bag
  • Trial Practice & Techniques Brown Bag (Decemeber 7, 2020)

    Applying Military Strategy to Family Law Litigation
    Register for Trial Practice & Techniques Brown Bag
  • ART Committee (December 10, 2020)

    New York Gestational Surrogacy
    Join us for a review of the new Gestational Surrogacy laws in New York. 
    Register for ART Brown Bag

  • Communications Committee (December 17, 2020)

    Best Practices Tailored for Remote Divorce Lawyering

    During this brown bag we will discuss 5 lessons learned in during the pandemic as a remote family law attorney.
    Register for Communications Brown Bag

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