Family Court Updates & Issues 2019 – Oswego, NY

WHEN: Friday, September 13, 2019 | TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30, Program starts at 9 a.m.) | LOCATION: Bayshore Grove, 104 Bayshore Drive, Oswego, NY 13126 | MCLE: 7.0 Professional Practice | COST: FREE to Oswego County Assigned Counsel 18b Panelists, $50 Oswego County Bar Association Member, $100 Onondaga County Bar Association Member. Under NYS rules this CLE has been APPROVED for both Newly Admitted and Experienced Attorneys. A copy of the OCBA Tuition Waiver may be reviewed here. No Partial Credit given. If you leave seminar early you will not receive any credit for the time you

Register for this CLE and receive up-to-date information on Family Court issues from Margaret Burt, Esq. Renown for her expertise on a far-ranging number of Family Law topics, Ms. Burt brings her knowledge to the shores of Lake Ontario for this daylong seminar.

Joining Ms. Burt is attorney Sharon Ames who’ll share insight into petitioning the court for Special Immigration Juvenile Status.

Attorney John Spring and Developmental Psychologist Matthew Dykas, Ph.D. present Discerning the Severity of “Unsafe” Parenting Practices: An Attachment Perspective. This program considers when unhealthy parental behaviors cross the threshold from being ordinarily insensitive to being a damaging assault on the child’s needs for attachment and emotional protection. Their program also provides a short primer on attachment theory and concludes with implications for everyday practice in conceptualizing child safety in family court decision making.

If you are an Oswego County Assigned Counsel 18b Panelist you attend this powerhouse seminar for FREE! And if you’re an Oswego County Bar Association member it’s a deal at only $50. Plus, a Continental Breakfast and Lunch are included! What’s not to love!? SIGN UP.

PLEASE NOTE: No partial credit will be given. No refunds given for leaving seminar early.

Margaret A. Burt, Esq. is an attorney in private practice in Rochester, New York. For 36 years she has specialized in the representation of children, adults and child welfare agencies in trial court and appellate practice. A substantial amount of her practice involves consulting and training for lawyers, judges, caseworkers and service providers all around the country in the areas of child abuse and neglect, permanency for foster children, the termination of parental rights, and adoptions. She provides national and local training on such issues as the Adoption and Safe Families Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act, confidentiality, legal ethics in child welfare, the representation of children and trial techniques. She also consults on legislation connected to child welfare issues.

Sharon Ames, Esq. is the Immigration Law Director of the Region 2 Regional Immigration Assistance Center, based in Rome, New York. The RIAC2 provides legal, technical and language access support to both criminal defense and family court practitioners concerning the immigration consequences of any plea bargain or family court disposition for noncitizen clients who qualify for assigned counsel or public defender services. The RIAC also provides free trainings to both attorneys and the judiciary. Region 2 covers sixteen counties in the 5th and 6th judicial districts.

Ms. Ames is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and St. Lawrence University, where she majored in Government and Spanish. She is the sole member of Ames Immigration Law, PLLC, and has had her own law practice in Syracuse since 1984, where she practiced in the areas of criminal defense both in private practice and as an Assistant Public Defender in Cortland County; and in family law, both as assigned counsel and as a Law Guardian.

Sharon has practiced exclusively in Immigration Law since 1999 and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). In the area of Immigration, her practice has centered on “crimmigration,” family- based immigration, citizenship, and Special Immigrant Juveniles. She recently served as Attorney for the Child for six years in Family Court on behalf of unaccompanied minor refugee (URM) children placed with the Onondaga County Division of Child and Family Services.

She is a participating attorney in the Onondaga County Volunteer Lawyers Project for Immigration and the Vera House Monday Night Legal Clinic. Sharon is fluent in Spanish.

John Spring, Jr., Esq. is in private practice based in Phoenix, New York and Instructor of Business Law at SUNY Oswego. A member of the Attorney for the Child panels in Oswego and Onondaga Counties for the past thirteen years, he has devoted a large part of his practice to representing children and young people in Family and Supreme Court matters including child custody, child welfare, juvenile delinquency, family offense and matrimonial proceedings. He served as a member of the Steering Committee for Oswego County as part of the New York State Child Welfare Court Improvement Project and is a past president of the Oswego County Bar Association. John is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin Law School and Syracuse University, and is a native of Liverpool, New York, where he currently resides.

Matthew Dykas, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at SUNY Oswego. He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Maryland in 2006 and completed a National Institutes of Mental Health-funded postdoctoral fellowship in family violence and child maltreatment at the University of New Hampshire. He has published research on attachment and caregiving processes in some of psychology’s most prestigious journals (e.g., Child Development and Psychological Bulletin) and in edited books like Human Bonding: The Science of Affectional Ties. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Dykas provides direct support to community health initiatives. In 2012, he created Prevention Support Partners of Oswego County to assist schools in promoting children’s social and emotional skills. He has also been a committed advocate of Circle of Security Parenting, and has aided professionals from various agencies in learning how to use this tool to assist families in Central New York.

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