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2024 Annual Conference and Meeting

Updated: Apr 3

Conference Description:

Join us at the AFCC Ohio Chapter annual educational conference, "Moving From Polarization to Teamwork," where Ohio family law professionals converge to redefine the landscape of their practice. In an era marked by division, this conference seeks to inspire professionals to transcend division and cultivate approaches for working together within the realm of family law. Join us at "From Polarization to Teamwork" and be at the forefront of shaping the future of family law practice in Ohio.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9:25 a.m. 


9:25 – 9:30     Welcome: Bobbie O’Keefe, AFCC Ohio President

9:30 – 11:00   Lessons from the Trenches of Reunification: Jamie Niesen, Wendi Stern, Jennifer Szeghi

11:00 -11:15    Break

11:15 – 12:00  Community Mental Health Resources: Kimberly Blair, Executive Director, MOPS

12:00 – 1:00   Lunch and Annual Meeting

1:00 – 2:45     New Horizons for Dispute Resolution: Marya Kolman, Amy Armstrong

2:45 – 3:00     Break

3:00 – 3:15     Table Talk, Table groups

3:15 – 4:15     Judges Panel and Q&A: Judges Flottman, Martin, Brown, Fuller

Lessons from the Trenches Description:

This presentation will expose the long-term effects of psychological abuse and manipulation from a parent to a child by hearing the true story of an adult who was alienated as a child. With these revelations we will examine the responsibilities we have as professionals to identify the red flags and ensure there are appropriate interventions in order to prevent collateral damage to the innocent bystanders of divorce.

New Horizons for Dispute Resolution Description:

The quest for improved dispute resolution methods has never been more pressing. This presentation delves into the dynamic realm of conflict resolution, exploring innovative strategies and collaborative approaches to foster better outcomes. Understanding the nuances between negotiations in litigation and dispute resolution is paramount. By examining these differences, we can tailor approaches to suit the unique needs of each case, optimizing the chances for an amicable resolution.

A brief Supreme Court update coupled with insightful statistics sheds light on recent developments and trends in family law in Ohio. Additionally, we explore groundbreaking programs across the state, showcasing diverse options beyond traditional mediation. Together, we embark on a journey towards a more just and compassionate legal system.

Click below to view the 2023 Annual Meeting Minutes and 2024 Annual Meeting Agenda.


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