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Family Law Section

January 29, 2015
February 26, 2015
­March 26, 2015 **5:00pm in Courtroom 1; (Family Law Masters’ Roundtable)
April 30, 2015 
*** Please note that all FL Section Meetings are approximately 1 hour long and will take place at 5:30pm in the Bar Office, CLE Classroom, except as otherwise noted. 

 Holiday Party – December 11, 2014 at Delaney McKinney 
 Spring Happy Hour – March 12, 2015, location TBD 
 End of Year Dinner/Practitioner of the Year Award – TBD in May or June 2015

     We will not have a Section Meeting in December in light of our Annual Holiday Party, and the general hustle and bustle of the holiday season. The Annual Holiday Party will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Delaney McKinney.  This is one of the most festive and well-attended events of the year, so be sure to pre-register for the party to guarantee your spot! The cost for attorneys is $45 if your registration is received by December 5th, and $50 if received after December 5th or at the door.  Please contact Linda Lane ( or 301-913-5236) to register or for more information.  
     Start your new year off right by attending our next Family Section Meeting and Program on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bar Office, CLE Classroom.  This program will include a discussion of OPM’s new regulations concerning phased retirement, and how they will impact our negotiating and drafting agreements and COAPs.  Stay tuned for more details in next month’s newsletter regarding the speakers and presentation.   We hope to see you there!     
     Sign up now to attend our second annual full-day CLE entitled, “The International Family,” a full-day Family Law Symposium on Friday, January 30, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Universities at Shady Grove.  The symposium will address issues that affect the international family and focus on the changes and developments globally as they relate to all aspects of custody and divorce litigation that has gone international.  Participants will hear from speakers regarding the analysis and effect of Federal and State Appellate decisions, child support and alimony orders and enforcement, immigration, relocation, abduction, finding and tracing assets, enforcing judgments, international jurisdiction and comity, immigration issues, employee benefits, taxes, and the changes to treaties relating to international custody disputes including the Hague Convention and UCCJEA. We have gathered together speakers from the State Department, World Bank, Judiciary, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Support Enforcement, and of course local practitioners.  This will prove to be an in-depth, interdisciplinary and thought provoking program.  Don’t miss it!   
     Last but certainly not least, we’d like to thank the Honorable Judges David A. Boynton, Sharon V. Burrell, Cynthia Callahan, Richard E. Jordan, and Steven G. Salant who spoke at our November Section Meeting and shared their perspectives from the bench. We’d also like to thank Judge Cynthia Callahan for her informative and helpful presentation, The State of the Family Division, regarding new developments in our Family Law court.


Casey Weinberg Florance
Christopher W. Roberts


Meeting Dates

January 29, 2015
February 26, 2015
March 26, 2015*
April 30, 2015
*to be held in Courtroom 1, Circuit Court building
All meetings will be held on the last Thurday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the CLE Classroom of the Bar Association building, unless otherwise noted.

Social Events

December 11, 2014**
March 12, 2015*
*Happy Hour to be held from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at a Tommy Joe's
**Holiday Party to be held at Delaney McKinney

CLE Seminars

The State of the Family Division

Thursday, November 6