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Family Law Section

We have so many people to thank for their hard work and dedication to our section this past year.

First, we owe a great deal of gratitude to our Law Day program panelists – the Honorable Anne K. Albright, Montgomery County Circuit Court; the Honorable Cynthia Callahan, Montgomery County Circuit Court; Magistrate James A. Bonifant; Ruth Zitner, Psy.D.; Sue Soler, LCSW-C, LICSW; Anne Hurwitz, Senior Court Evaluator, Montgomery County Circuit Court; and Michael P. Sinay, Esquire, Paradiso, Taub, Sinay, Owel and Kostecka, P.C.  The program was extremely informative and provided great insight on the perspectives of the Court, mental health professionals, and the children’s attorney.  Thank you all so much, and thank you to those in attendance!

We were excited to announce at Law Day that Vincent Wills, Partner at Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, L.L.P., is our section’s Practitioner of the Year.  Vince’s dedication to both the State and Montgomery County Bar are deserving of recognition.  Our congratulations go out again to Vince! 

We also announced at Law Day our incoming section co-chairs.  Heather Sweren (Brodsky, Renehan, Pearlstein & Bouquet, Chartered) will be joined by Pilar Nichols (Tomes Salter Nichols & Gomez, LLC) and Emily Gelmann (Stein Sperling Bennet De Jong Driscoll).  We are sure to have another great year.

Thank you to Bryan Renehan and Paul Reinstein for, once again, presenting the Family Law Update last month.  As always, the program was highly informative and will assist all of us in our practice.  Thank you both so much for your commitment to the section!

Lastly, thank you to all of our committee co-chairs: Jessica Blumberg and Inna Loring as Program Chairs; John Weaver and Amanda Gratz as CLE Chairs; and Kathryn Deckert as Social Chair.  We would never have had such an amazing year without all of your hard work and commitment to the section.

Upcoming Event

Please join the Family Law Section for our End of Year Celebration honoring Vincent Wills.  The celebration will be at Normandie Farm (10710 Falls Road, Potomac, Maryland) on Monday, June 19, 2017.  There will be a Cash Bar from 5:30-6:30, followed by dinner.  Cost is $55.00 per person.  Please contact Donna Van Scoy (301-610-0110 or with any questions regarding this terrific event. We hope to see all of you there!


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


Meeting Dates

None Currently Scheduled

Social Events

June 19, 2017 -- End of Year Dinner/Practitioner of the Year Award

CLE Seminars

None Currently Scheduled