FL01

Family Law Year in Review

June 15, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Family Law Track

Presented by the Family Law Section

About the Program

Join us for the annual review of cases pertaining to the field of family law. Participants will be provided with richly detailed materials summarizing all relevant and current family law cases. 

You Will Learn

  • About the seminal family law cases from 2020 and 2021 in a candid and lively environment
  • About the new family court procedures 

Who Should Attend

Family law practitioners.

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (General); 2.0 NY (AOP) 

Speakers

Alexander J Cuda Alexander J. Cuda
Needle | Cuda, Westport

Steven R Dembo Steven R. Dembo
Berman Mickelson Dembo & Jacobs LLC, Hartford

Amy C MacNamara Amy Calvo MacNamara
The Law Offices of Amy Calvo MacNamara, Greenwich

David_McGrath David A. McGrath
Louden Katz & McGrath LLC, Hartford

Louise Truax Louise T. Truax
Reich & Truax PLLC, Southport




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FL02

So You Want to Be a (Microsoft) Team Player? - Best Practices for Conducting Virtual Trials and Hearings

June 16, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Family Law Track

Presented by the Family Law Section

About the Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way practitioners conduct court proceedings in a virtual setting, specifically via Microsoft Teams. Preparing for your case with live witnesses and exhibits can be stressful enough but having to conduct a proceeding in a virtual setting presents additional challenges and situations that you may not have encountered in a courtroom. This session will discuss the preparation and handling of virtual hearings and trials and the use of exhibits. The presenters will conduct a mock virtual examination with the use of exhibits. The presenters will also discuss insights obtained and lessons learned during a six-week virtual matrimonial trial, which consisted of multiple live witnesses sitting in different states and numerous exhibits, both documentary and video. 

You Will Learn

  • About the venue, technology, and programs needed for virtual trials
  • Best practices and how to avoid distractions that would not typically occur in a live courtroom 

Who Should Attend

Family law practitioners. 

CLE Credit

1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP) 

Speakers

Christine Chu Christine Chu
Siegel & Kaufman PC, Stamford

Ross Siegel Ross M. Kaufman
Siegel & Kaufman PC, Stamford




FL03

Special Education Considerations in the Practice of Family Law

June 16, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Family Law Track

Presented by the Family Law Section

About the Program

This session is designed to provide insight and helpful information for family law practitioners involved in cases where the children have special education needs. 

You Will Learn

  • About special education requirements and options as well as the process involved
  • How special education considerations may impact custody, parenting plans, and finances in a divorce or custody proceeding 

Who Should Attend

Family law practitioners. 

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (General); 2.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

Andrew Feinstein Andrew A. Feinstein
Feinstein Education Law Group LLC, Mystic

Brette Fitton Brette H. Fitton
Brette Law LLC, Essex

Jillian Griswold Jillian L. Griswold
Feinstein Education Law Group LLC, Mystic

Adrienne Smaller Dr. Adrienne G. Smaller, Ph.D.
Franklin Group for Psychotherapy LLC, Madison




FL04

Family Law Section Concurrent Session

June 17, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Family Law Track

Presented by the Family Law Section

About the Program

A team of collaborative divorce practitioners, including attorneys, a financial neutral, and a mental health professional, will define the practice of collaborative divorce, the training needed to become a collaborative divorce practitioner and the difference between collaborative divorce and other alternative dispute resolution models. 

You Will Learn

  • How to identify the main tenets of collaborative divorce
  • To understand the paradigm shift from positional negotiation
  • About the advantages of the team model
     

Who Should Attend

Any attorney interested in expanding their family law practice to include a non-adversarial model of dispute resolution. 

CLE Credit

1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

Kate Haakonsen Kate W. Haakonsen
Brown Paindiris & Scott LLP, Glastonbury

Karlene Mitchell Karlene Mitchell
Financial Wings LLC, Fairfield

Deborah Noonan Deborah Noonan
Law Office of Deborah Noonan, Norwalk

Elizabeth Thayer Elizabeth S. Thayer, Ph.D.
Beacon Behavioral Services LLC, West Hartford

Paul Tusch Paul T. Tusch
Cacace Tusch & Santagata, Stamford




FL05

The POWER Act: Pro Bono Representation and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence

June 17, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Family Law Track 
 
Presented by the Pro Bono Committee 

About the Program

This session will re-introduce the legal community to the Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018, known as the POWER Act. The act mandates that federal courts hold annual public empowerment events in partnership with domestic violence service providers and volunteer lawyer projects to promote “pro bono legal services as a critical way in which to empower survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to engage citizens in assisting these survivors.”   

The session will bring together lawyers and service providers to shine a spotlight on the critical need for pro bono legal representation of victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking in federal and state courts.  

You Will Learn

  • How to encourage lawyers to provide pro bono resources in an effort to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking as they navigate the legal system
  • How to educate the legal community about the importance of pro bono services and the issues unique to the representation of victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking
  • About legal resources, available survivor assistance programs, training available through the CBA, and how to pledge to provide pro bono services  

Who Should Attend

Lawyers committed to greater access to justice for victims and survivors and to expanding their pro bono practice to include cases involving victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Also invited and important to include are non-lawyers working on the front lines of this issue, including victim-witness advocates, service providers, probation officers, and law enforcement.

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (1.0 General; 1.0 Ethics); 2.0 NY (1.0 AOP; 1.0 Ethics) 

Speakers

Hon. Chase T. Rogers (Ret.)
Day Pitney LLP, Hartford

Hon. Christopher F. Droney (Ret.)
Day Pitney LLP, Hartford

Ines Cenatiempo
US Attorney’s Office, Bridgeport

Pilar Gonzalez
US Attorney’s Office, New Haven

Edward J. Heath
Robinson+Cole, Hartford

Margaret Groban
US Attorney’s Office, District of Maine, Portland, ME

Rhonda Morra
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), Glastonbury

Moderators

Hon. Kari A. Dooley
United States District Court District of Connecticut, Bridgeport

Alina Marquez Reynolds
Grace Farms Foundation, New Canaan




Other Family Law Sessions at the CLC

BL02 Cut the Valuation Knot

June 16, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Business Law Track 

Presented by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section 

About the Program

Valuations lie at the heart of many disputes—the family business that makes up the bulk of an estate's or divorcing couple's assets, the respective shares in a company's buy-sell agreement, the value of a lost business or development in commercial litigation or bankruptcy. If the parties can settle on a value for those assets, the resolution of the rest of the dispute falls into place or, worst case, the litigation can focus on liability, making it less complicated. This session will explore how to reach that agreement.  

You Will Learn

  • How to work through any mediation in reaching small agreements that have a large impact in resolving a dispute
  • How to negotiate, with the assistance of a mediator and experts, seemingly large differences in asset valuations in business
  • How resolution of valuation can help settle estate, family, and commercial disputes
  • How to effectively use experts in settling business disputes 

Who Should Attend

Because asset valuations arise in so many contexts, the session will be useful to neutrals, divorce counsel, commercial and trusts/estates litigators, business lawyers involved with closely held businesses, and restructuring lawyers.

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (General)

Speakers

Andrew Bostian Andrew Bostian
CliftonLarsonAllen, Boston, MA

Elizabeth Ciccone Elizabeth Ciccone
Marcum LLP, New Haven

chris kriesen Christopher P. Kriesen
Kalon Law Firm LLC, Hartford




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