People's Law Series "Family Matters" Seminars continue through GCC's Leisure Learning Program

Collaborative Initiative with GCC's BEST Center and the Genesee County Bar Association

Batavia, NY - "Family Matters" is the theme of a three-part series offered through the "People's Law Series," a collaborative initiative between the Genesee Community College's BEST Center and the Genesee County Bar Association. The upcoming second part in this series “Matrimonial Actions,” will address the difficult and wide ranging legal aspects of divorce.

“Having a good understanding of marital law before or at the start of one’s divorce process is valuable preparation for addressing dependent children, finances and property issues. Any divorce is stressful. Accurate knowledge and forethought can reduce negative effects and ensure a good working relationship with an attorney” Ray Chaya, director of The BEST Center and coordinator of the new Leisure Learning program said.

“Matrimonial Actions” will be held Tuesday, April 17, 7:00-9:00 pm. at Genesee Community College, Batavia Campus., room T102. The seminar will be presented by experienced attorneys Deborah L. Burhans, Esq. and Benjamin J. Bonarigo, Sr., Esq.. Both are members of the Genesee County Bar Association which will be celebrating 100 years of service this Fall.

“Juvenile and Family Offense Matters”, the final seminar in this People’s Law series, will be held Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm also at GCC’s Batavia Campus. Durin B. Rogers Esq., Deputy County Attorney for Genesee County will lead this session. “When the actions and behavior of children result in Family Court proceedings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members and friends are all concerned and need information”, Mr. Rogers notes. Topic will include knowing about the Juvenile Delinquency proceedings, PINS (People in Need of Supervision), and understanding the legal ramifications of truancy, substance abuse, sexting, bullying, fighting, stealing, the destruction of property and the Family Offense proceedings.

It should be noted that the three-part series is provided as a public service for general reference information and is not intended to be legal advice for specific cases. Founded in 1912, the Genesee County Bar Association is a voluntary professional association that pools the collective talents and experiences of approximately 100 member judges, lawyers, and legal professionals across the county to improve the practice of law, advance the goals of the justice system, and benefit the community.

Each seminar fee is $10 and advance registration is required. Register online at or call 585-345-6868.

The BEST Center's Leisure Learning division continues to develop and introduce new programs and you can check an updated list of all courses by visiting:

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