Upcoming Programs & CLE

Networking with Students on Family Law
On Thursday, February 21, from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm, the Family Court and Family Law Committee along with the Law Student Perspectives Committee is holding its annual Family Law: A Student Forum. The program consists of a panel discussion followed by a reception with family law practitioners and judges on practice areas including foster care, custody/visitation, domestic violence, adoption, juvenile justice, and on working for a Family Court Judge. The program provides students a great opportunity to learn about the practice of family law and meet and mingle with family law practitioners. If you are interested in attending please contact

Nominations Sought for the McDonald Awards
The New York City Bar is now accepting nominations for the Kathryn A. McDonald Award for Excellence in Service to Family Court. This award recognizes the vital services of lawyers and non-lawyers who serve the Family Court in New York City. The winners will be honored by the Association at a reception at the City Bar on Monday, May 6.

Nominations can be submitted through the Executive Director's Office. For more information about the nominatation process contact Weintana Abraha at Nominations are due by March 15, 2013.


Online Evidence for Matrimonial Attorneys: Ensuring What You See is What You Get
Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Advanced Divorce Mediation Training (3 day training)
Thursday & Friday May 9th and 10th, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Monday, May 13th, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
All 3 days mandatory

“Marriage Equality” - The 2nd Anniversary: Updates on Case Law & Developments
Friday, June 7, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Missed a CLE Program? You Can Still Benefit! CLE Programs' CDs, DVDs and other course materials can be found on the website.

ADR in Matrimonial Cases
In a joint report, the Committees on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Matrimonial Law and Domestic Violence reviewed the proposal by the Office of Court Administration that would give judges the discretion to order alternative dispute resolution in matrimonial law cases. Though the committees could not reach consensus as to whether the court should have this discretion, they did agree that the proposed rule is insufficiently developed and does not provide adequate guidance regarding its implementation. The report offers a number of suggestions on how the rule could provide greater clarity and facilitate consistent implementation and recommends that any further iteration of the rule be made available for comment.

Committee Involvement--It's Never too Late
Committees are how the City Bar’s work gets done. Working on a committee can give you great experience while opening up a number of career doors, some you may not even anticipate.

A full list of the City Bar committees along with a brief description of each and an application form can be found on the City Bar’s website. As a number of City Bar committees have more applicants than available slots, please consider applying to more than one committee.