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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).  


     Attorneys who are interested in being considered for the roster of court-approved child counsel, should send an application and resume to  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

• ­April 3, 2014 – Family Law Masters’ Roundtable **5:00pm in Courtroom 1
 • April 25th – Law Day
 • May 6 & 8, 2014 – Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training
 • May 14, 2014 – Annual Family Law Update 5:00 p.m. in the CLE Classroom
 • June 3, 2014 – Practitioner of the Year & End-of-Year Celebration

Special Thanks!
     Thank you to Montgomery County Circuit Court’s very own Anne Hurwitz, Senior Court Evaluator and Madeleine Jones, Family Division Services Coordinator, for presenting at our March 13th section meeting on the topic of "To Evaluate or Not to Evaluate and to Supervise or Not to Supervise." These are some of the most important issues in family law cases, so we very much appreciate you sharing your knowledge with us!
     Another big thank you goes out to Judge Robert A. Greenberg; Kevin G. Hessler, Esquire, Deborah E. Reiser, Esquire, and John S. Weaver, Esquire for presenting at our March 19, 2014 CLE on “Modification of Alimony:  How Deep is the Proverbial Rabbit Hole?” This was a very popular and thought-provoking CLE. Thanks very much!

Section Meetings, Events & Upcoming CLE’s:
     Our next section meeting is the Annual Family Masters Roundtable on April 3, 2014 at 5:00PM in Courtroom 1. Please come to welcome Master Bonifant to his first Roundtable as a Master and to hear from all of the other sitting Family Division Masters. Please bring your questions for our panel. This program is always fun, interesting and well-attended every year, so make sure you do not miss out!
     Please be sure to register for the Family Law Section’s exciting Law Day program: “Divorce Practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia:  Practical Advice and Comparisons” presented by Daniel L. Gray, Esquire, Anne Marie Jackson, Esquire, Deborah L. Webb, Esquire, and Linda Ravdin, Esquire (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!
     The annual Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training classes will take place on May 6 and May 8, 2014. Please contact John Weaver, Esquire with any questions.
     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.
     On June 3, 2014, the section will be combining our Annual Wine and Cheese Event with a special dinner to celebrate our previous Family Law Practitioner of the Year Award recipients AND to announce this year’s winner! Please mark your calendars for this event, honoring and toasting the best of our section. Information on time and location will be announced at Law Day, in next month’s newsletter and via the list serve.
     Please also begin thinking of who you would like to nominate for this year’s Family Law Practitioner of the Year. We will be accepting submissions at Law Day this year and you can also send nominations to Donna Van Scoy, Esquire, 50 West Montgomery Avenue, Suite 250, Rockville, MD 20850.


Kristina Badalian
Casey Weinberg Florance
Kathryn S. McDonough


Meeting Dates

April 3, 2014*
April 25, 2014**
June 3, 2014***
*Family Law Maters' Roundtable, to be held at 5PM in Courtroom 1
**Law Day
***Practitioner of the Year & End of Year Celebration

Upcoming CLE Seminars

March 19 - Modification of Alimony: How Deep is the Proverbial Rabbit Hole?

May 6 & May 8 - Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training (2 Days)

May 14 - Annual Family Law Update

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