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Family Law Section

­March 26, 2015 **5:00pm in Courtroom 1; (Family Law Masters’ Roundtable)
April 30, 2015 

*** 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. 

     Please join us for our next Section Meeting and Program on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in Courtroom 3E of the North Tower of the Circuit Court (former Courtroom 1), for our annual Family Law Masters’ Roundtable, where our Family Division Masters have graciously agreed to answer some of our common questions.  If you have particular questions that you would like us to ask, please contact Program Chairs: Rob Weinberg at or Sandy Brooks at  

     Our Section is co-sponsoring Breakfast with the Court, on Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m., featuring the newest members of the Circuit Court bench: the Honorable Karla Smith and the Honorable John Maloney, both of whom will be starting out in the family rotation.  The breakfast CLE is held in the Bar Building CLE Classroom, and is $20 per person ($15 for New Practitioners).  
     Please join us for our last monthly Section Meeting and Program of the Bar year, on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bar Building CLE Classroom, which will feature a panel discussion by Stephanie Fink, Esquire; Linda Delaney, Esquire; Dr. Ruth Zitner; and Karen Freed, LCSW-C, LICSW, BCD.  Perhaps the most challenging cases any family law practitioner face involve situations where a client’s children are resisting or refusing to spend time with that parent. From the outset, the decisions and actions of all professionals involved in such cases—especially lawyers—are critical to positive potential outcomes for families experiencing this type of crisis. Our panel will provide their experience and wisdom in helping us help our clients navigate these very challenging circumstances.  
     Be sure to sign up for Law Day on Friday, April 17, 2015 so you can attend our Program: Whose Reputation is it, Anyway? The Identification and Valuation of Personal Goodwill in Divorce.  Our venerable panel of speakers will be David S. De Jong, Esquire; Walter Pennington; Scott Strickler, Esquire; and Alan Zipp, Esquire.  The program will provide an overview of how to define personal and enterprise goodwill; Maryland case law on both; how other states handle these issues; personal and institutional goodwill in the tax arena; and how to break out personal and enterprise goodwill. The lively program will culminate in a debate between our speakers on whether personal goodwill even exists. You won’t want to miss this! Check the Bar website for more information on how to register!   
     Now is the time to submit your nominations for the 2015 Family Law Practitioner of the Year award. Please email your nominations to Donna E. Van Scoy at Also include a brief description of the reason for your nomination. The deadline for nominations is April 14, 2015.  Stay tuned for details about the upcoming Family Section End of Year Dinner and Practitioner of the Year Celebration! 
     Special thanks go out to our Family Magistrates who shared with us their insights, practice pointers and pet peeves at our March Section Meeting.  
     Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training. 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 Master’s Recommendations; (5) Litigating a Child Custody Case; and (6) Marital Settlement Agreements. The extensive materials exceed 500 pages and include many sample forms. The class is scheduled for two evenings: Monday, April 20, 2015 & Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the BAMC CLE Classroom. Scott Strickler, Esquire and John Weaver, Esquire will host the panel of speakers, which includes Deborah L. Webb, Esquire; Casey Weinberg Florance, Esquire; and Heather Q. Hostetter, Esquire. The course is free to attorneys who agree to take a pro bono case at the time of the training.
     Finally, don’t forget to sign up for our annual Family Law Update CLE on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Courtroom 3E, North Tower of the Circuit Court.  Bryan Renehan, Esquire and Paul Reinstein, Esquire will present new family law cases and legislative updates from the past 12 months. They will discuss the most recent cases regarding our practice area, including such topics as divorce, custody, contempt, child support, and domestic violence, as well as evidentiary issues. They will also address the impact of recent legislative updates on the practice of family law. This CLE is always highly informative and usually sells out!.


Casey Weinberg Florance
Christopher W. Roberts


Meeting Dates

March 26, 2015*
April 30, 2015
*to be held in Courtroom 1, Circuit Court building
All meetings will be held on the last Thurday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the CLE Classroom of the Bar Association building, unless otherwise noted.

Social Events

None Currently Scheduled

CLE Seminars

April 20 & April 22 - Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training

May 5 - Family Law Update