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Family Law Section


Thank you Judge Callahan, Judge Dugan, Judge Bair, Judge Quirk, Judge Rubin, and Judge Ryon for your wonderful presentation at the Family Judges' Roundtable.  Thank you, also to Heather Collier, Esq., Eric Rollinger, Esq., and Erik Arena, Esq.  for your thoughtful and instructive presentation on “Property Related Tax Issues in Divorce.”  We appreciate you all lending your time and experience!  
Thanks to Kathryn Deckert, Esq. for organizing our Winter Happy Hour – it was great to catch up with everyone after the holidays! 

Please join us on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bar Office, CLE Classroom for a presentation by Linda J. Ravdin, Esq. and Edward Bouquet, Esq. on pre-nuptial agreements.

February 16, 2017

March 16, 2017 **5:00 p.m. in Courtroom 1; (Family Law Magistrates’ Roundtable)
April 20, 2017 
May or June 2017
**Practitioner of the Year Award Dinner (Date, Time and Place TBD)
*** 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. 


Breakfast CLE: Meet and Greet with the New Judges
Monday, February 13, 2017; 
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
BAMC CLE Classroom

Speakers: Judges, Montgomery County Circuit Court: Honorable Jeannie Eun Kyung Cho, and Honorable Debra Dwyer.

Description: As the most recent appointees to the Circuit Court bench in Montgomery County, please join Judge Cho and Judge Dwyer to discuss their most recent Circuit Court experience, and ask any questions you have about practicing before them in the Family Law rotation. It will be a great opportunity to meet and get to know the newest Judges.

Look Both Ways: Practicing at the Intersection of Family Law and Criminal Law
Tuesday, March 7, 2017; 
5:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Montgomery County Circuit Court, N. Tower, Courtroom 3E

Speakers/Panelists: Judges: Montgomery County Circuit Court: Honorable Karla N. Smith, Honorable Jeannie Eun Kyung Cho, and Honorable Debra Dwyer. District Court: Honorable Margaret M. Schweitzer. Attorneys: Thomas DeGonia III – Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger, Christina Hughes – McGann, Del Pino & Hughes, Maura Lynch – Rismiller Law, Pilar Nichols - Tomes, Salter, Nichols & Gomez, and Paul Stein - Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll.

Description: Where family law and criminal law intersect, both matters become more complex, and failure to identify the issues and a strategy with a singular focus that adequately addresses the procedural and evidentiary interplay between the two arenas can have severe consequences for clients. This intermediate level CLE will address significant aspects from the viewpoint of counsel’s table and the bench, including: determining the proper forum for support and access pursuant to a protective order; factors to consider prior to filing (emergency motions, protective orders, criminal charges, contempt, parental abduction, and perjury); identifying the evidentiary hurdles in both arenas (efficiently obtaining evidence, different hearsay exceptions, the effect of the 5th amendment privilege, accounting for res judicata, summary judgment, and collateral estoppel); resources for victims and families; and addressing the collateral effects of criminal history, criminal proceedings, or child welfare services involvement on access and custody. This must-attend CLE will inform you and help sharpen your family law or criminal law practice.

The ABCs of UCCJEA: Interstate & International Application
Wednesday, March 29, 2017; 
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
BAMC CLE Classroom

Moderator: Melissa Kucinski, Esq. of MK Family Law

Speakers: Hadrian N. Hatfield, of Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy Ecker; Sheila J. Kadagathur, of Hostetter Strent LLC; Kelly A. Powers of Miles & Stockbridge P.C.; Honorable Joseph M. Quirk, Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Child custody cases increasingly involve parents who no longer reside in the same state. It’s essential to understand how UCCJEA works so you can confidently advise and effectively represent your client in an interstate child custody matter. Important topics that will be presented include: Establishing an initial child custody order; “Home state” jurisdiction; Communication between courts of different states; Modifying an existing custody order; Temporary emergency jurisdiction; Recognition and Enforcing a custody order; and UCCJEA’s international application. Recent Maryland Court of Special Appeals cases, including Pilkington v. Pilkington (11/29/16); Cabrera v. Mercado (9/28/16); and Garba v. Ndiaye, 227 Md. App. 162 (2016), will be discussed.

Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training
2 Evenings:
Monday, April 24 & Wednesday April 26
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
BAMC CLE Classroom

Speakers: Heather Hostetter, Esq. of Hostetter Strent, LLC; Erin Kopelman, Esq. of Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; Scott Strickler, Esq. of Shulman,Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.; and John Weaver, Esq. of Weaver Law LLC.

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. The class is scheduled for two evenings: Monday, April 24, 2017 & Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the BAMC CLE Classroom.

CLE: Family Law Update
Thursday, May 11, 2017; 
5:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Montgomery County Circuit Court, N. Tower, Courtroom 3E

Speakers: Paul Reinstein, Esq. of Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC; and Bryan Renehan, Esq. of Brodsky, Renehan,  Pearlstein & Bouquet, Chartered.

 Bryan Renehan and Paul Reinstein will present new family law cases and legislative updates from the past 12 months. They will discuss the most recent appellate cases regarding family law practice area, including such topics as divorce, child custody, contempt, child support, alimony, and domestic violence, as well as evidentiary issues. They will also address the impact of recent legislation on the practice of family law. The materials alone are “must have!” This CLE is always highly informative, well-attended, and helps you maintain your edge  – don’t miss it!.


Spring Happy Hour – Thursday, March 16, 2017, following the Magistrate’s Roundtable, location TBD

End of Year Dinner/Practitioner of the Year Award – TBD in May or June 2017



Sandra A. Brooks
Christina M. Hughes
Heather R. Sweren


Meeting Dates

February 16, 2017
March 16, 2017*
April 20, 2017

Meetings are held at 5:30p.m. in the CLE Classroom of the Bar Association building, unless otherwise noted.

Social Events

December 8, 2016 -- Annual Holiday Party (5:30PM - 7:30 PM at Delaney McKinney)
January 12, 2017
-- Fall Happy Hour (following Family Judges' Roundtable, location TBD)
March 16, 2017 -- Spring Happy Hour (following Family Law Magistrate's Roundtable, location TBD)
TBD (May or June 2017) -- End of Year Dinner/Practitioner of the Year Award

CLE Seminars

None Currently Scheduled