Family Law Section
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At the request of Judge Callahan and Judge Salant, the Family Law Section is distributing links to the newly adopted Child Counsel Appointment Policies & Procedures, as well as the new standard appointment order for child counsel (Best Interest Attorney, Child Advocate Attorney, Child's Privilege Attorney).
LINK TO POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Attorneys who are interested in being considered for the roster of court-approved child counsel, should send an application and resume to email@example.com. Qualifications and instructions on requirements for the position are included in the policies and procedures.
Counsel for Children in Custody Matters: Information, Form Orders, and Approved Attorneys
SECTION MEETING DATES
• March 13, 2014
• April 3, 2014 **5:00pm in Courtroom 1; (Family Law Masters’ Roundtable)
• Law Day Reminder–April 25th
• June 3, 2014 – Practitioner of the Year Wine and Cheese Event
*** Please note that all FL Section Meetings are approximately 1 hour and will take place at 5:30pm in the CLE Classroom except as otherwise noted.
The second Section Meeting of 2014 took place on February 6, 2014, where the Honorable Anne K. Albright discussed the En Banc Review process. Thank you to Judge Albright for her well attended and engaging presentation on the topic.
It was unfortunate, but we had to cancel our section’s Valentine’s Day Happy House on February 13, 2014 because of the inclement weather. We had hoped to see everyone and catch up on how the new year is going. Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day with your loved one and family!
Our first Breakfast CLE was on February 27, 2014, a special thank you to John Lefkowits, PhD; Michelle Sarris, LCSW-C; and Kathi Nardella, LCSW-C, Esquire for discussing the always timely and interesting topic “Presenting and Defending Alienation Cases.” This was a very informative and thought provoking CLE.
Section Meetings and Events:
Our next section meeting is on March 13, 2014, "To Evaluate or Not to Evaluate"..."To Supervise or Not to Supervise"... Come learn all about the Custody Evaluation Services and the newly created Supervised Visitation programs straight from those who know it best. Anne Hurwitz, Senior Court Evaluator and Madeleine Jones, Family Division Services Coordinator, with the Montgomery County Circuit Court, will discuss all the ins and outs of these important programs, when it is appropriate to request the services and how you can equip your clients with the knowledge to navigate these services successfully.
Following our theme of joint presentation with other sections please join us for a joint lunch meeting with the Immigration Section on March 20, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. on the topic of Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions. The presentation will be given by Laura Nally of Kids in Need of Defense.
Topics to be discussed will be:
o Overview of unaccompanied immigrant children and the ORR detention and reunification system
o Working with child clients and interpreters
o Family court and immigration proceedings for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases in Maryland with a focus on Montgomery County Circuit Court practice
o Network with your Family/Immigration counterparts
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
On April 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., the Family Law Section is pleased to announce the annual Family Law Division Master’s roundtable where our Masters will be present to field your questions, as well as to speak as to practice pointers for when you appear before them in the future. Please start thinking about any questions you may have for our Master’s and mark this event on your calendar for this well-attended year end event.
On June 3, 2014, the section will be combining our Annual Wine and Cheese Happy Hour with an opportunity to celebrate our Family law Practitioner of the Year and the award recipients for the past several years. Please mark your calendars for this event, honoring and toasting the best of our section.
Reminders as to our upcoming CLE’s:
On March 19, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. the section is presenting “Modification of Alimony: How Deep is the Proverbial Rabbit Hole?” Our speakers will be Judge Robert A. Greenberg; Kevin G. Hessler, Esquire, Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP; Deborah E. Reiser, Esquire, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; and John S. Weaver, Esquire, Law Office of John S. Weaver. Our Panel will discuss the relevant case law and past and recent reported cases on these issues. They will also provide insight into what, if any, facts or circumstances may be persuasive to a Court in each instance, as well as practice pointers to keep in mind when drafting agreements!
The annual Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training classes will take place on May 6 and May 8, 2014.
The most popular CLE of the year is the Annual Family Law Update on May 14, 2014 from 5:00-8:00pm. Bryan Renehan, Esq. and Paul Reinstein, Esq. will present new family law cases and legislative updates from the past 12 months.
Finally–the Family law section has an exciting Law Day program planned, Divorce Practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia: Practical Advice and Comparisons. Our speakers will be Daniel L. Gray, Esquire, Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC, Anne Marie Jackson, Esquire, Ain & Bank, P.C., Deborah L. Webb, Esquire, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered and Linda Ravdin, Esquire, Pasternak & Fidis, P.C. (Moderator).
Whether you are curious about the differences in divorce laws in your neighboring jurisdictions or need a refresher – this is the course for you. This program will provide a general overview and comparison of divorce laws in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. It will also provide practical advice about practicing in the various jurisdictions. Even if you don’t practice in DC or VA, this program will help you understand key differences between the jurisdictions so you can more effectively advise clients who may have options when filing a lawsuit. You don’t want to miss this program!