Family Law Trials: Bench Trial Basics

Date: Feb 13, 2024 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $145

Non-Member Price: $180

Section Price: $136

Event Code: I131124

Areas of Law: Family

Earn up to 3 credits! (More Information)

Faculty

Keynote

Moderator

LaDonna M. Cousins, Esq.
Williams Law Group, LLC, Short Hills

Presenters

Hon. Lisa F. Chrystal, PJFP (Ret.)
Brach Eichler LLC, Roseland
is counsel to Brach Eichler, LLC in Roseland, New Jersey, where she concentrates her practice in alternative dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration, and discovery management. She is a former Presiding Judge, Family Division, Union County, and sat in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Appointed to the bench in 2000 by Governor Christine Todd Whitman, she also sat in the Civil Division.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Chrystal maintained a solo litigation practice in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. She also served as Assistant Union County Counsel and was a civil litigator for two law firms before opening her own office. Judge Chrystal served on the Supreme Court Model Jury Charge Committee and is a former Co-Chair of the Union County Minority Concerns Committee. A former Trustee of the Union County Bar Association, she is a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, and the Supreme Court Family Practice Committee, where she serves on the FM/FD Subcommittee. Judge Chrystal is a member of the New Jersey State and Union County Bar Associations, and serves on the Executive Committee of the NJSBA Family Law Section. She has also served on the Family Subcommittee on Mentoring of New Judges.

A former Master of the Richard J. Hughes American Inn of Court, Judge Chrystal is a member of the Barry I. Croland American Inn of Court and The Justice Virginia Long Hudson County American Inn of Court. She has trained newly-appointed judges and those transferring to the Family Division in the Comprehensive Judicial Orientation Program (C.J.O.P.) and co-authored the judges’ “Dissolution Manual.” Judge Chrystal has taught CLE classes for the Union County Bar Association and Ethics for Trial Attorneys for ICLE, and was an Adjunct Legal Writing Instructor at Seton Hall Law School. In 2022 she was the recipient of the prestigious William J. McCloud Award bestowed by the Union County Bar Association, which recognizes significant contributions to the administration of justice in the Family Part.

Judge Chrystal is a graduate of Syracuse University and a cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law.
Leonard B. Cohen, Esq.
Dunne, Dunne & Cohen, LLC, Hoboken
W. Lois Kahagi, Esq.
W.Lois Kahagi Family Law Services, Iselin
Nirmalan Nagulendran, Esq.
Miller Meyerson & Corbo, Jersey City
Sarah O'Connor, Esq.
O'Connor Family Law, LLC, Scotch Plains

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Family Law Section

When it comes to trial, an audience is everything. Know your audience, and tailor your presentation. Sign up for this program to hear from experts on how to prepare different family law cases for trial, and honing your skills on the basics of bench trial.

You will learn:
  • Trial Submissions Notice
  • Trial Briefs:
    - Relevant dates
    - Stipulations
    - Issues Settled, Previously Decided, or Withdrawn
    - Unresolved Issues
    - Brief Statement of the Case
    - Legal Argument
    - Custody/Parenting Time
    - Child Support
    - Alimony
    - Equitable Distribution
    - Counsel Fees
  • How to give a persuasive Opening Statement
  • Direct Examination
  • Cross Examination
  • Witness Preparation
  • How to Effectively Use Expert Testimony
  • Marking Exhibits and Moving Exhibits into Evidence

You will learn:

  • Trial Submissions Notice
  • Trial Briefs:
    - Relevant dates
    - Stipulations
    - Issues Settled, Previously Decided, or Withdrawn
    - Unresolved Issues
    - Brief Statement of the Case
    - Legal Argument
    - Custody/Parenting Time
    - Child Support
    - Alimony
    - Equitable Distribution
    - Counsel Fees
  • How to give a persuasive Opening Statement
  • Direct Examination
  • Cross Examination
  • Witness Preparation
  • How to Effectively Use Expert Testimony
  • Marking Exhibits and Moving Exhibits into Evidence

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 3.0).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Transitional: 3.0
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 2.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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