2020 is a year determined to challenge us all both professionally and personally. We, your Family Law Section Co-chairs, Inna Loring, Annemarie Wall and I (Maura Lynch), invite you to join us in a discussion as to how we can support you and your practice of family law.
We hope that as a group we can learn new skills and foster a mindset of cooperation and collaboration during these unique times. Pre-COVID, many of us jumped to litigation to resolve conflict. Without the imminent threat of an “Emergency Motion,” many of us have been forced to go back to the drawing board and negotiate.
We would love to hear from you. How are you resolving cases? What are you learning? How is your practice different during these COVID times? What programs would assist you?
To usher us into the fall, we have scheduled a presentation with Dr. Julie Bindeman, Psy-D, and also the founder of Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington, to discuss the psychic toll of the quarantine and working from home, and to share some tips on staying sane.
We are addressing the upcoming changes in the family law landscape: a three-judge panel including the Honorable Cynthia Callahan, the Honorable Kevin Hessler and the Honorable James Bonifant will discuss the mandatory submission of parenting plans. We are also working on an hourlong presentation on the modified child support guidelines. But we are always interested in what else you need to help your practice during these COVID-laden times.
Please write us, we will share comments with your permission and do our best to accommodate your requests. Please address all comments to
Sept. 17, 2020*
Oct. 15, 2020
Nov. 19, 2020
Dec. — Holiday Party — TBD
Jan. 21, 2021
Feb. 18, 2021
Mar. 18, 2021**
Apr. 15, 2021
May 13, 2021
Meetings will be held at 5:30p.m., unless otherwise noted. ALL MEETINGS IN 2020 WILL BE VIA ZOOM.
We are working hard on planning our upcoming section meetings as Zoom webinars:
• Thursday, August 27th, 5:30 p.m., “Parenting Plan,” presented by the Honorable Cynthia Callahan, the Honorable James Bonifant and the Honorable Kevin Hessler. If you have questions you wish to submit to the panel, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Thursday, September 17th, 6 p.m.*, “COVID, Working from Home and Staying Sane,” presentation by Dr. Julie Bindeman. Join us as Dr. Bindeman presents on the challenges we face and possible coping mechanisms. If you have questions you wish to submit to Dr. Binderman, please send them to
*All Family Law Section Meetings are approximately 1 hour long and will take place at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom, unless a different time is specified.
The following CLEs are being planned thanks to our wonderful CLE Chair, John Weaver:
CLE: Islamic Marriage Contracts and Mahr –
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Speakers: Kristina Badalian, Attorney at Law, Brodsky Renehan Pearlstein & Bouquet; Reza Golesorkhi, Esquire, Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA; John Weaver, Esquire, Weaver Law LLC (Moderator); and an expert to be named.
This program will discuss validity and enforcement of Islamic marriage contracts and provisions for payment of mahr ("a sum of money or some other economically valuable asset that a husband must give to a wife") in Maryland under the recent Court of Special Appeals opinion in Nouri v. Dadgar and Ghazirad v. Mojarrad. Important issues to be covered include neutral principles of contract law, First Amendment constitutional concerns, confidential relationship of the contracting parties, burden of proof, and overreaching. Practical insight will be provided on these issues and other aspects such as the mahr and monetary awards, and the interplay between mahr and Islamic divorce. This important program will help you to address issues that may be present in your client’s case.
Rita Rosenkrantz Basic
Family Law Training
2 Evenings: Monday, Oct. 26 & Wednesday, Oct. 28; 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Speakers: Casey W. Florance of Lerch Early Brewer; Christina Hughes of McGann Hughes; Michael Sinay of Paradiso, Taub, Sinay, Owel & Kostecka, PC; Samantha H. Kravitz of Markham Law Firm; Howard Soypher of Webb Soypher McGrath; Scott M. Strickler, Esq. of Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A.; and John S. 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.