A Discussion of the Governor’s Blue-Ribbon Commission Report on Forensic Custody Evaluations

Michelle Michelle March 11, 2022

In December 2021, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Forensic Custody Evaluations concluded its work and issued a report to the Governor outlining their findings, ongoing questions for consideration, and recommendations.  The Commission’s charge was to develop recommendations to the Governor regarding if and/or how forensic custody evaluations should be used in the New York State court system. Commission members include former judges, academics, attorneys practicing family and matrimonial law, children’s rights experts, domestic violence advocates, psychologists, and parents.  The recommendations in this report, if adopted, have the potential to significantly alter the legal landscape for custody litigation throughout the state.

In this webinar, we will be joined by Commission members Jennifer Friedman, Esq. from NYC’s Sanctuary for Families and Lorraine Silverman, Esq. from Copps DiPaola Silverman PLLC in Albany.  Jennifer and Lorraine will discuss the contents of the report including the process used by the Commission, the 11 formal recommendations offered to the community, as well the ongoing questions for consideration. Amy Schwartz-Wallace, Esq. of Empire Justice Center will moderate this program.  This presentation was recorded on 3/10/2022. All information presented was current at the time of recording.

Materials: Commission Report