Parental Alienation and Child Custody – A05


Family Law Track
The Family Law Section

Session A: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  

 You Will Learn

      • How to identify what is and is not parental alienation and what to do about it
      • About legal issues and how to resolve cases with parental alienation
      • About custody evaluations and treatment 
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Speakers

Hon. Lynda B. Munro (Ret.), Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport 

Lynda B. Munro, Connecticut Superior Court Judge (Ret.) is a member of the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Family Law practices.  Her ADR practice focuses on resolution of family and civil disputes.  She serves as a mediator, arbitrator, discovery master and private judge in civil matters and financial, custody and parenting disputes involving families and children, pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements.

Former Judge Munro retired in 2014 after 20 years of distinguished service on the Connecticut bench. Most recently, Judge Munro served as a Presiding Judge for the Family Division of the New Haven Superior Court.  She served as Chief Administrative Judge for Family Matters from 2008-2013 and Presiding Judge of the Regional Family Docket for seven years.  She has assisted parties and counsel in resolving hundreds of couples and high-conflict family disputes.  

Judge Munro has extensive experience in the area of civil matters. She has sat on the Complex Litigation Docket, special proceedings, jury and court trials.  She both tried and mediated a wide array of tort and contract cases including  commercial disputes, medical malpractice, legal malpractice and trade secrets matters. Additionally, Judge Munro was an affordable housing judge for many years. Judge Munro also is an American Arbitration Association (AAA)-qualified arbitrator.

Judge Munro is the only active mediator/arbitrator who sat on both the Complex Litigation Docket and the Regional Family Trial Docket in Connecticut.  Because of her years of writing and trying cases to the bench, she is particularly well-suited to our Appellate practice.

During her judicial career, Judge Munro heard cases in the Meriden, New London, New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury, Middlesex and Stamford-Norwalk judicial districts.  Before being sworn in as a Superior Court Judge in 1994, Judge Munro spent 15 years as a private practice attorney representing municipalities, individuals and business entities in municipal, land use, civil and family matters. 

Campbell D. Barrett, Pullman & Comley LLC, Hartford 

Campbell D. Barrett chairs the Family Law practice which in 2017 was named the Connecticut Law Tribune’s “Family Law Department of the Year.”  Campbell focuses primarily on matrimonial and appellate matters.  He has been named a Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyer and a Top 100 New England Super Lawyer multiple times.  He has also been recognized multiple times by Best Lawyers in America in the area of family law.  In 2017, he was named Best Lawyers’  “Family Law Lawyer of the Year for Hartford County.”  Campbell has participated in hundreds of contested proceedings across the state in complex, high income/high net worth cases.  In addition, he has been lead counsel on more than 50 appeals to the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts.

Campbell is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, has lectured and written frequently on appellate practice and family law, and has been a guest family law expert on National Public Radio.  He is the co-author of the book, Same Sex Marriage: the Legal and Psychological Evolution in America, which in 2006 was awarded the American Psychological Association’s “Most Distinguished Book in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Psychology.”  He has also authored chapters in family law treatises on the definition of property and prenuptial agreements.  Campbell was also the 2005 winner of the Hartford County Bar Association’s Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award.

Sue A. Cousineau, Law Office of Sue A. Cousineau, Middletown 

Bruce M. Freedman, PhD, Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group, Bloomfield 

Bruce Freedman is a licensed psychologist who has been in clinical practice in CT for over 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master’s of Science, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Family Psychology from Georgia State University. Since arriving in Connecticut Dr. Freedman has worked at the Village for Children and Families, the Wheeler Clinic, Grove Hill Clinic and Gaylord Hospital Alcohol Treatment Unit before devoting himself to full-time private practice. Bruce has seen adults, couples, children, adolescents and families throughout his clinical practice. Dr. Freedman has provided services within the Connecticut court system for over 25 years. He has performed over two thousand family evaluations, almost exclusively ordered by the court or agreed to by all parties. He has consulted to courts around the state, and has provided mediation and parenting coordination services during and after divorce. He is a trained mediator and collaborative divorce coach, and has worked with many local family law attorneys. Dr. Freedman is past President and member of the Family Study Center of Hartford, a long-standing member of the National Register of Practicing Psychologists, and member of the American Psychological Association and Connecticut Psychological Association. He also belongs to the Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group. Dr. Freedman has presented to professional groups on a variety of topics including: domestic violence, child sexual abuse, parental alienation, and parent-child reunification services.

 

CLE Credit: 2.0 Hours (CT: 2.0 General; NY: 2.0 AOP)