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Family Law Section

We’d like to start by thanking our February section meeting presenters: Benjamin Marcoux and Annemarie Wall, both with Marcoux & Wall, LLC, who presented on defending against and keeping out written hearsay under the Maryland Rules of Evidence. Thank you Ben and Annemarie!

Another BIG THANK YOU to those who presented at our February CLE on Marital Settlement Agreements: the Honorable Kevin G. Hessler; Brian Pearlstein, Eric Rollinger, and Deborah Webb. Thank you all for the great presentation!

Please SAVE THE DATE for the following:

March 19, 2018 **5:00 p.m. in Courtroom 1; (Family Law Magistrates’ Roundtable)

April 19, 2018 The Honorable Harry Storm and Casey Weinberg Florance, Esq., Partner with Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC, will present on contempt issues and how best to present a contempt case to the Court.

May or June 2018 **Practitioner of the Year Award Dinner (Date, Time and Place TBD)

** Please note that all Family Law Section Meetings are approximately 1 hour long and will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Bar Office, CLE Classroom, except as otherwise noted.  


SAVE THE DATE for our great 2018 CLEs, which include:

March 20: 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Family Law Practice Ethics and Risk Management. Speakers: Lydia E. Lawless, Bar Counsel, Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland; and Erin A. Risch, Eccleston and Wolf, P.C.

March 21, 2018: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast with our new Circuit Court and District Court Judges.

April 23 & 25: 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training. This practical six hour training covers the nuts and bolts of family law, including: (1) Initial Interview/Retainer Agreements; (2) Pleadings & Divorce Grounds, Scheduling Hearings, Uncontested Divorce Hearings;  (3) Discovery, Financial Statements, and Marital Property Statements; (4) Pendente Lite Financial Issues, Obtaining Attorneys’ Fees, Voluntary Impoverishment, Child Support, Taking Exceptions to a Magistrate’s Recommendations; (5) Litigating a Child Custody Case; and (6) Marital Settlement Agreements, and Ethical Considerations. The extensive materials exceed 700 pages and include many sample forms. 

May 22: 5:00-7:45 p.m.: Family Law Update. Speakers: Paul J. Reinstein, Reinstein Glackin Patterson & Herriott, LLC; Bryan Renehan, Brodsky Renehan Pearlstein & Bouquet, Chartered. Location: Courtroom 3E, Circuit Court for Montgomery County .


Mark your calendars for the following social events: 

Spring Happy Hour – March 19, 2018 following the Magistrates’ Roundtable.  Located TBD.

End of Year Dinner/Practitioner of the Year Award – TBD in May or June 2018.


Law Day – Scheduled for May 4, 2018 back at the Marriott location.  Plans are already in the works for a great Family Law Section program.

1) Playing Hard to Get: How to Obtain Privileged and Protected Documents.

  • Medical Records: Nancy Halstead, Senior Associate with Reed Smith, and the Honorable Karen Ferretti.
  • Mental Health Records and CINA Records: The Honorable Steven Salant.
  • Child Protective Services (CPS) Records: Corey Talcott with the Office of the County Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland.
  • Domestic Violence documentation including body camera and 911 recordings: Thomas DeGonia, partner with Ethridge Quinn Kemp McAuliffe Rowan & Hartinger.

2) Family Law Legends: Tales from Trial Table.

  • Four Family Law Legends will each present on a unique issue they have tried in his/her career, the strategy at trial, and the court’s ultimate ruling. Please join us to hear stories from David Driscoll, partner at Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC; Cheryl Hepfer, partner at Offit Kurman; Bryan Renehan, partner at Brodsky Renehan Pearlstein & Bouquet, Chtd; and the Honorable Ann Sundt (retired) to learn unique lessons from their illustrious careers


Emily Gelmann
Pilar Nichols
Heather Sweren



March 19, 2018*
April 19, 2018

*Roundtable; 5PM;
     Courtroom 1; Happy
     Hour Immediately

Section meetings will be held at 5:30PM in the CLE Classroom of the Bar Association building, unless otherwise noted.