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Posted on: Mar 25, 2019

Hone your craft with track programming designed specifically for family law practitioners, and build relationships that’ll benefit you inside and outside of the courtroom with judges, judicial officers and family law colleagues all in attendance. Family-focused programming includes features judges and respected colleagues who will present on topics like compassion fatigue, reunification therapy, personality disorders and more.

Make the best move for your practice by joining us in French Lick this summer. Check out this year's family law-focused programming below, see the full conference agenda here and register now!

IndyBar Bench Bar Conference
June 20-22, 2019 | French Lick Springs Hotel, French Lick, Indiana

Family Law Track Programming:

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This: Recharging When You Are Running on Empty 
Speakers: Hon. Bill Hughes, Hamilton Superior Court; Loretta Olesky, Indiana Judges
and Lawyers Assistance Program; Patricia McKinnon, Attorney at Law 
Anyone who works with people in distress on a regular basis may be at risk of compassion fatigue, a combination of burnout and secondary trauma that can significantly decrease our effectiveness at work and in life. This session will generate discussion of compassion fatigue/burnout and the impact this has on professional conduct, including competence, diligence, and communication, with reference to the corresponding rules.

Participants will learn to recognize when their work is impacting them in ways that reduce effectiveness and will also begin working on a personal plan to increase their resilience and mitigate their risk of developing compassion fatigue. This session will also provide an overview of services available through the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, with special emphasis on Admission and Discipline Rule 31 and JLAP confidentiality.

Reunification Therapy Info Session
Speakers: Dr. Joseph Kowalow; Dr. Victoria Dalton, Indiana Health Group  
More and more of our cases feature a problem that the law is ill-equipped to solve
. . .the resistance-refusal dynamic. We all know from the IPTGL that the kids are not to decide whether they spend time with a parent. Yet more and more children are refusing to participate. Court-ordered reunification therapy is one potential solution to this growing problem. Learn from three central Indiana experts using their skills to repair family relationships.

Personality Disorders and How to Deal 
Speakers: Dr. Bart Ferraro, Meridian Psychological Associates PC; Melanie Reichert, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC 
While the vast majority of family law cases resolve by agreement, there are those pesky few. You know the ones…those that take years to resolve only for new motions to be filed when the ink is barely dry on the last order. Much of that conflict is the result of one or both parties having maladaptive personality traits or disorders. Learn tips to manage the crazy without losing your mind.

What You Need to Know When Handling a Divorce with a Child(ren) with Special Needs
Speakers: Magistrate David Najjar, Hamilton Superior Court; Magistrate Laura Gaskill, Marion Circuit Court, and Cassie Ringlespaugh, Emswiller Williams Noland & Clarke LLC 
During this session, our speakers will share how a child's disability can affect both physical and legal custody. We'll also talk about individualized educational plans (IEPs) and how they can guide a family law case

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