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Family Law Section

2015-2016 Section Meeting Dates
April 28, 2016
May 26, 2016 **Practitioner of the Year Award Dinner (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. 

     Don’t miss our upcoming Family Section Meeting/Program on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the CLE classroom, where Morriah Horani will present a program on Grown-ups Supporting Grown-Ups: Adults' Obligations to Support Their Parents and Adult Children in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. This program overviews filial laws and adult disabled child support laws in the Washington DC metro area.  We are very excited to reschedule this informative program which was previously cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.
     Please note the new location and time for our Annual Family Law Update. Due to an overwhelming response, this CLE will now be held in Courtroom 3E, North Tower on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. Bryan Renehan and Paul Reinstein will present new family law cases and legislative updates from the past 12 months. This CLE is always highly informative and usually sells out – don’t miss it!
     Mental Health Issues in Family Law Cases – This two-part program will cover various mental health issues and how they impact your family law practice.  May 12, 2016 5-7:45pm: Identifying and addressing mental health issues in your case. Learn to identify and understand the mental health and substance abuse issues the client/opposing party is facing, and how these issues impact parental functioning and fitness? What resources and treatment services are available and how will such treatment impact your case? Evaluator’s perspective on the role and benefits of evaluations, including psychological testing. Speakers: Paul C. Berman, Ph.D; Rebecca L. Snyder, Psy.D; Heather Hostetter, Esq.; and Donna E. Van Scoy, Esq.; Judges (TBD).  May 17, 2016, 5-7:45pm: Preparing, negotiating, and presenting your case. How a parent’s mental health impacts settlement or litigation, including: impact on custody determinations, parenting plans, and the BIA perspective. Other topics include using your client’s treating professional as a resource in your case; when to name an expert, when to consult with an expert, when to do a custody evaluation, and when to do psychological testing; Tips on how to handle clients with mental health issues. The panel will also address what the court needs to know – presenting evidence related to mental health, and obtaining records, privacy, privilege, ethical issues, and sample contract provisions. Speakers: Heather Hostetter, Esq., Donna E. Van Scoy, Esq., additional attorney and Judges (TBD).

Social Media Committee 
     The Family Law Section is now online! For all section information, upcoming events, presentations, and CLEs please “like” our Facebook page: BAMC Family Law Section which is regularly updated with all the Section’s happenings. Find us at Want to see or post pictures from our great events? Follow us on Instagram @BAMCFamilyLaw. Please join our LinkedIn group to find out more about upcoming CLEs and section presentations, read articles by our esteemed presenters, and join in the conversation about the presentations! You can find our LinkedIn group at:
     Got an exciting upcoming event? Contact the Social Media Sub-Committee Chairs, Emily Gelmann,; and Sara Cimino,, to post it on our social media!

Social Events
End of Year Dinner/Practitioner of the Year Award – Details to be released shortly!

A few notes of thanks….. 
     A big THANK YOU our Family Division Magistrates and Special Magistrate for the informative roundtable in March.  We appreciate your time and expertise! 
     Also, thank you to our section members who joined us for the Family Law Section Spring Happy Hour on March 10 and a special thank you to Amanda Vann and Kathryn Deckert for organizing the event.  It was a great success!


Sandra A. Brooks
Christina M. Hughes
Christopher W. Roberts


Meeting Dates

April 28, 2016
May 26, 2016
*to be held in Courtroom 3E

All meetings will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the CLE Classroom of the Bar Association building, unless otherwise noted.

Social Events

May or June 2016 -- End of Year Dinner

CLE Seminars

Family Law Update