We wish everyone a wonderful Holiday season! Please join us at our Holiday Celebration, hosted by Lerch, Early, Brewer, Chtd. A good time shall be had by all, don’t forget to RSVP and mark December 5th on your calendar. We had a wonderful “Networking with Professionals” luncheon. Shout out to everyone who came and to Summerhouse for doing the catering. We sold out, so keep out eye out for our February date and join us for the “Lunch with Judges, Magistrates and Custody Evaluators.”
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Lerch Early & Brewer, Chartered
7600 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 700
RSVP by November 30th at
2019-2020 Section Meeting Dates
Our program chair, Elizabeth Estephan, is working hard on planning our upcoming section meetings:
January 16, 2020 — Topic TBA
February 20, 2020 — presentation on mediation
March 19, 2020* — Annual Judges’ Roundtable
April 16, 2020 — QDRO Roadshow
May 21, 2020 — Topic TBA
*Circuit Court Courtroom 3E
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.
And as we gear up for another great year, please also SAVE THE DATE for the following CLE,s thanks to our wonderful CLE chair, John Weaver:
Tuesday, February 4, 2020; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Your Client’s Brain on Alcohol and Other Drugs: The Mental and Emotional Impact of Substance Use Disorders on Individuals and Families
This is a great CLE for practitioners and the bench on the neurobiology of addiction and recovery. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts why the professional treatment community and most sectors of the recovery community now consider addiction a brain disease that profoundly distorts individuals’ behavior, mood, and judgment. Presenters will address major impacts of psychoactive substances on the brain, as well as interventions most likely to help the brain normalize in recovery, and the expected timelines for meaningful changes to occur. This CLE will discuss what judges and practitioners must consider in order to best protect the interests and safety of affected clients and family members, including children.
Speakers: Barbara L. Wood, Ph.D. APA-CPP Substance Use Disorders, MAC, Licensed Psychologist, Bethesda, Maryland; Beverly Kimpel MD, Emergency Room Physician, Department of Veterans Affairs, Togus, Maine
Moderator: Erin L. Kopelman, Esquire, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered, Bethesda, Maryland
This is an important CLE for practitioners and the bench on the neurobiology of addiction and recovery. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the major impacts of psychoactive substances on the brain, as well as interventions most likely to help the brain normalize in recovery and the expected timelines for meaningful changes to occur.
March 2020, date TBA, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tax Issues in Divorce, a joint CLE between the Family Law and Tax Law Sections. During this three-hour long evening CLE, a panel of speakers will address what to do when the IRS comes after you, key developments in tax law under the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act, and the effects of joint tax debt in a spouse's bankruptcy proceedings.
Please keep an eye out for upcoming Section Happy Hours!