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Family Law Section

September was a busy month, and October will be just as busy.

We began this year, on September 12, 2017, with a breakfast with the newly appointed Circuit Court Judges, James A. Bonifant and Kevin G. Hessler, and District Court Judges, Marina L. Sabett, Rand L Gelber, and Sherri Koch.  This event provided a wonderful opportunity to learn more about these judges and their experiences thus far on the bench.

Our first CLE took place on September 26, 2017 on Military Retirement Benefits, Disability Pay, and Related Issues. Our seasoned panelists, Bruce E.
Avery, Esq., Partner with Avery & Upton; Kristina Badalian, Esq., Partner with Brodsky, Renehan, Pearlstein & Bouquet, Chtd.; and Maureen Glackin, Esq., Partner with Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott LLC, educated our section members regarding recent changes in the law concerning military retirement benefits. 

Lastly, together with the New Practitioner’s Section, on September 28, 2017, P. Lindsay Parvis, Esq., Partner with Dragga, Hannon & Wills, LLP; Anne E. Grover, Esq., Partner with Joseph, Greenwald Laake, PA; and Christopher Roberts, Esq., Principal with Lerch Early & Brewer presented on the Anatomy of a Family Law Case: Process, Planning & Resources.  The presentation provided an excellent step-by-step approach to family law cases for both new practitioners and experienced practitioners looking to branch out into the area of family law. 

Thank you to all of our amazing presenters!  

Please SAVE THE DATE for the following:


Here is what our program co-chairs have planned:

October 26, 2017 in **Courtroom 1Deborah E. Reiser, Principal with Lerch Early & Brewer, will present on negotiation and mediation techniques from the mediator’s perspective.

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

January 18, 2018Vincent M. Wills, Esq., Partner with Dragga, Hannon & Wills, LLP, will present on “other assets” – airline miles, stock options, and how to address these “other assets” in settlement and at trial.

February 15, 2018Benjamin Marcoux, Esq., and Annemarie Wall, Esq., both with Marcoux & Wall, LLC, will present on defending against and keeping out written hearsay under the Maryland Rules of Evidence.

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

April 19, 2018Casey Weinberg Florance, Esq., Partner with Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC, will present on contempt issues and how best to present a contempt case to the Court.

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. 


The section is planning several CLEs this fall, including joint programs with other sections (see the CLE brochure for registration information):  

October 25, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Elder Law Issues in Family Law Matters. Co-sponsors: Family Law/Elder Law Sections. Attorney Speakers include Morris Klein, Esq.; Lili Khozeimeh, Esq., Case Manager with the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland; Richard Neuworth, Esq, Partner with Lebau & Neuworth; Bryan Renehan, Esq., Partner with Brodsky, Renehan, Pearlstein & Bouquet, Chtd.; and Mary Jo Broussard Speier, with The Speier Law Firm, LLC; with additional speakers to be announced. This intermediate level CLE will address significant aspects of family law and elder law practice, including: an overview of Medicaid eligibility rules; the impact of marital status and divorce on Medicaid benefits taking into account spousal refusal and mutual consent divorce; estate and Medicaid planning in the creation of trusts, essential gifting provisions, and protection of the family home; and civil and criminal recourse for elder victims of financial abuse and exploitation.

November 30, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Addressing Special Educational Needs of Children in Family Law Cases. Co-sponsors: Family Law/Education Law Sections. Moderator: Lisa Seltzer Becker, Esq., Of Counsel with McMillan Metro, P.C.  Panelists (TBD) will include an educational psychologist, Best Interest Attorney, educational consultant, and Judge/Magistrate.


Mark your calendars for the following social events: 

Fall Happy Hour – Thursday, October 26, 2017, following the meeting.  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.


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.

Looking forward to a great year!



Emily Gelmann
Pilar Nichols
Heather Sweren



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

*Courtroom 3E
**Courtroom 1
***Roundtable; 5PM;
     Courtroom 1
****Holiday Party at
     Delaney McKinney

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