CLE | Family Court Practice & Procedure 2018 Update

WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | TIME: 3 to 5 p.m. | WHERE: CNY Philanthropy Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom, 431 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 | MCLE: 2.0 (1.0 Professional Practice, 1.0 Skills) COST: $40 Member, $60 Non-Member, $20 Paralegal, FREE to Lifetime/Agency/Student | Financial waiver information is available here. | Under NYS rules this CLE has been APPROVED for Experienced and Newly Admitted Attorneys. | Refreshments will be available!

This annual program will provide an overview of Family Court practice and provide updates regarding a variety of areas including:

  • Family Court procedural overview
  • Update on Family Law statutes and decisions
  • Practice tips and protocols
  • Preserving the record for appeal
  • Making substantive objections


Hon. Michael L. Hanuszczak Onondaga County Family Court Judge, Acting Supreme Court Justice, Fifth Judicial District. Judge Hanuszczak received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and obtained his law degree from SUNY at Buffalo School of Law. He spent 10 years in private practice and served for a number of years as a member of the 4th Department’s Attorney for the Child panel – representing children in the full and panoply of Family Law proceedings. Judge Hanuszczak has an extensive public service background, including serving as a member of the Onondaga County Legislature, CNY Regional Office Head of the New York State Attorney General’s Office and Special Counsel to the Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board. He was elected to the Family Court bench in 2000 and currently serves as one of the five Family Court judges in Onondaga County. In 2004, he was designated to serve as an Acting Supreme Court Justice in the Fifth Judicial District. During his judicial career Judge Hanuszczak has heard and resolved thousands of cases and also has presided over the Integrated Domestic Violence Court and the Family Treatment Court. A number of his decisions have been selected for publication in the New York Official Reports and have also been featured in various legal publications.

David M. Primo, Esq., Chief Clerk, Onondaga County Family Court. Mr. Primo received his undergraduate degree from St. John Fisher College in political science and is a law school graduate of the University of Dayton, 1983. He spent five years in the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office moving from Criminal Law Associate to a Senior Assistant District Attorney. David then became a partner in the Primo, Centra & Kirwan Law Firm until 2009. After that time, he served as the Assistant County Attorney.

Linda Gehron, Esq., President & CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society. Ms. Gehron received her law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law. Prior to her appointment to lead HLA, she served as the Supervising Attorney for its Family Court Program. She came to the Society after 30 years in private practice representing parents as an 18-b attorney and children as an Attorney for the Child in the family and criminal courts of Onondaga County. She also served as a Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law in the Juvenile Advocacy Clinic at the Syracuse University College of Law. Linda is a member of the Chief Judge’s Commission on Parental Legal Representation and the Access to Justice Stakeholders. She serves on the NYSBA Committees on Mandated Representation, Families and the Law and Legal Aid. Linda was a recipient of the Dillon Award from the Fourth Department for Law Guardian representation of children. A member of the NYS ILS Parent Representation Standards working group, she also serves on ILS’ Parental Representation Advisory Council. She has written about Family Court for the Onondaga County Bar Reporter and has presented on parent representation topics for the NLADA, NYSBA, NYS Court Child Welfare Court Improvement Project and the NYSDA. Linda has also served on the Onondaga Child Welfare Court Improvement Project Stakeholders Committee and its Legal Issues Subcommittee.

Piotr Banasiak, Esq., Managing Attorney, Criminal and Appeals Program, Hiscock Legal Aid Society. Mr. Banasiak has handled over 100 appeals in New York’s intermediate appellate courts and several cases in the New York Court of Appeals. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law and his B.A. from Rutgers University.

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