CLE | Court Trials in the day of COVID: How Courts and Litigants are Proceeding

WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | COST: $20, Member, $30 Non-Member, $10 Paralegal | MCLE: 1.0 Professional Practice | CLE Fee Waiver information is available here. | Disclaimer: This CLE is not subject to the 6.0 Audio CLE credits OCBA members in good standing receive.

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With a focus on Family/Divorce Court proceedings, this webinar discusses how New York State Courts are handling litigation given their limited ability to allow litigants into Court amid COVID-19 during actual trials and virtual appearances.

  • Practical information on what kinds of programs and applications are needed to appear virtually
  • How documents, evidence, and witnesses will be introduced
  • How each litigant is to conduct themselves appearing virtually before the Court


Maria Morse, Esq. is an Associate in the Syracuse Office of Tully Rinckey, PLLC and practices in the areas of Family & Matrimonial Law, Education Law, Civil Litigation, and FINRA Arbitration.

She has several years of experience representing parents and grandparents in Family Court cases in New York State regarding custody, visitation, and child support matters, adoptions, juvenile delinquency, family offense and domestic violence, as well as child abuse and neglect proceedings. Ms. Morse also handles appeals from Family Court to the Appellate Division. Additionally, she represents parents and educators involved in Office of Children and Family Services investigations, as well as administrative appeals from indicated findings and reports. Ms. Morse also handles martial separation agreements, as well as both contested and uncontested divorce proceedings in New York State Supreme Court.

In addition to her work in Family Court and Supreme Court, Ms. Morse also handles an array of Education Law matters.

Christine Redfield, Esq. is a Senior Associate in the Tully Rinckey Rochester office. She is part of the family and Matrimonial Law group, where she focuses on divorce and child custody cases. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in family and matrimonial matters, working both as a private practitioner and public defender. She is also a member of the Tully Rinckey Trust and Estates group, representing persons with a wide variety of estate planning and directives.

Before joining the firm, Christine spent 10 years as a Court Attorney and Referee to the Hon. Patricia Gallaher, acting state Supreme Court Justice and Family Court Judge in Monroe County. In this position, Christine assisted the court with custody, visitation rights, child support, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency and persons in need of supervision matters, neglect and abuse cases, termination of parental rights cases and other family court mattes, including conferences with attorneys and parties, drafting decisions and legal research to assist the Court in making determinations. Additionally, she assisted in handling adult guardianship, medication and retention matters, and other matrimonial matters.

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