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Family Law Section

We hope you enjoyed your summer!  In the meantime, we have been working hard to plan an exciting upcoming bar year.  Please SAVE THE DATE for the following events, CLE’s, programs, and meetings, which we have scheduled for the coming year for the Family Law Section:  

2017-2018 Section Meeting Dates

Our program chairs, Jessica Blumberg and Inna Loring, are working hard on planning our upcoming section meetings:

 September 28, 2017 (because Rosh Hashana falls on the 3rd Thursday); location TBA

October 26, 2017;  location TBA

 November 16, 2017 **5:00 p.m. in Courtroom 1; (Family Judges’ Roundtable)

 January 18, 2018

 February 15, 2018

 March 15, 2018 **5:00 p.m. in Courtroom 1; (Family Law Magistrates’ Roundtable)

 April 19, 2018

 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.

Please join us for the first Section Meeting and Program of the year on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the Bar Building CLE Classroom.  Program details to follow soon.      


And as we gear up for another great year, please also SAVE THE DATE for the following CLE’s, thanks to our wonderful CLE chairs, John Weaver and Amanda Gratz:

 September 12 or 13 (TBD), 7:30-8:15 a.m. – Breakfast with the newly appointed Circuit Court Judges James Bonifant and Kevin Hessler.

 September 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Military Retirement Benefits, Disability Pay, and Related Issues. Panelists Bruce Avery, Kristina Badalian, and Maureen Glackin will discuss disposable retired pay, waivers to receive disability pay, and the impact of the recent U.S. Supreme Court case Howell v. Howell. The Supreme Court held that a state court may not order a veteran to indemnify a divorced spouse for the loss in the divorced spouse’s portion of the veteran’s retirement pay caused by the veteran’s waiver of retirement pay to receive service-related disability benefits. The panelists will also discuss recent statutory changes and present their thoughts on best practices and how to protect your clients in agreements and court orders. This timely program is essential for any attorney who represents a military service member or member’s spouse.

October 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Elder Law Issues in Family Law Matters. Co-sponsors: Family Law/Elder Law Sections. Panelists: Camilla McRory and Bryan Renehan.

 November 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Addressing Special Educational Needs of Children in Family Law Cases. Co-sponsors: Education Law/Family Law Sections. Panelists will cover a wide range of topics that arise when a child has special needs; to be moderated by Lisa Seltzer Becker. The panel will cover important topics including, What is special education?; The process parents go through to get public services; How do you know if a child has special needs?; What happens when unity in parental decision-making breaks down; Matching needs of a child with a school; and proving special needs, necessary services, and related expenses.  

Social Events

Our new social chairs, Samantha Pollin and Colleen Coffman, are putting together some great events this coming year:

 Fall Happy Hour – Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:30.  It will be Halloween themed.  Location TBD.

 Holiday Party – Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 at Delaney McKinney

 Spring Happy Hour – March 15, 2018 following the Magistrates’ Roundtable.  Located TBD.

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

Other Events

Symposium – We are working on planning another symposium this year, which is tentatively set for Friday, January 12, 2018.  Kristina Badalian has graciously agreed to take the lead on planning this event.  Specific details will follow shortly.

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.

As you can see, we’ve got a great year ahead of us!



Emily Gelmann
Pilar Nichols
Heather Sweren



September 28, 2017
October 26, 2017
November 16, 2017**
December 7, 2017***
January 18, 2018
February 15, 2018
March 15, 2018**
April 19, 2018

*Location TBD
**Roundtable; 5PM;
     Courtroom 1
***Holiday Party at Delaney

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


CLE Seminars

None Currently Scheduled