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Hot Topics in Child Custody and Guardianship for New York Practitioners 2016

Author(s): Philip Katz, Monica Shulman
Practice Area: Family Law, Litigation, Pro Bono
Published: May 2016
PLI Item #: 169620
CHB Spine #: 64

Philip Katz, Esq. has been a member of the firm of Fink & Katz, PLLC, a firm that concentrates its practice in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Law and Immigration Law for 20 years.  He is bilingual; serving his clients in both the English and Japanese languages fluently.  He graduated with his JD from Hofstra Law School.  In addition to his work at Fink & Katz, PLLC, attorney Katz has also been a member of the Assigned Counsel Panel in the New York Family Court since 2011, the Part 36 Panel since 2014, sits as a member of the Family Court Advisory Committee for the Appellate Division, First Department, and serves as the current President of the New York Family Court Assigned Counsel Association.  In addition to representing adults, attorney Katz represents children as well in New York County Family Court and Supreme Court.  He is also an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Farmingdale State College.

Ms. Shulman is currently serving in New York County Family Court, as a court Attorney referee in the custody, visitation and order of protection specialty, a position that she has held since 2010. In that capacity she has handled approximately 1200 new filings each year. She is responsible for ensuring that matter appear on her calendar are timely resolved by settlement or trial within the standards and goals set for disposition, while ensuring fair and just resolutions are achieved. Prior to her appointment as a referee, Ms. Shulman worked at the Administration for Children’s  services from 1998 until 2010, handling the most complex child abuse and neglect matters for the City of New York. 

Ms. Shulman is a member of the NY City Bar Association and  serves on the Family Law Committee. She is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association where she is a co-chair of the Children and the Law Committee. She is also a member of the Family Court Advisory Committee, representing Family Court which is group made up of several different agencies, all having business with the family court, designed to make and implement recommendations to the Administrative Judge of the Family Court.

In addition, Ms. Shulman has participated for several years with the NITA program as a faculty member for their series entitled “Training the Lawyer to Represent the Whole Family.” This is a week long class designed to provide attorneys with practical, hands on skills, learned in a courtroom like setting with on the spot feedback to participants from people who are knowledgeable and experienced n the practice of family law.