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Family Law Section

       We hope you all are savoring these last few weeks of summer … and in the meantime, don’t fret, we have been planning your upcoming bar year!  Please SAVE THE DATE for the following events, CLEs, programs and meetings which we have scheduled for the upcoming year for the Family Law Section: 
Planning Meeting
     Please join us on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. to map out our Section’s plan for the 2015/2016 year.  The meeting will take place in the Bar Building CLE Classroom.

2015-2016 Section Meeting Dates
October 22, 2015
November 19, 2015 **5:00 p.m. in Courtroom 1; (Family Law Judges’ Roundtable)
January 28, 2016
February 25, 2016 
March 24, 2016 **5:00 p.m. in Courtroom 1; (Family Law Magistrates’ Roundtable)
April 28, 2016
May 26, 2016 **Practitioner of the Year Award Dinner (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. 
    Please join us on October 22, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the CLE classroom for a Family Law Section meeting and program to learn about drafting retirement provisions in property settlement agreements.  Jessica Markham, Attorney at Law, will address important issue spotting tips and the right questions to ask prior to execution of a settlement agreement.  Don’t treat the retirement division details as an afterthought!  This program will also prepare you to identify common drafting mistakes and will outline accessible and practical tips to prevent errors in your Property Settlement Agreements.
     We’d like to say thank you to Dr. John Lefkowits and Dr. Michelle New, who spoke at our September Section Meeting on the pros and cons of psychological testing in family law cases.  Thank you again!

 Sign up now to attend our first CLEs of the year.  Breakfast with Magistrate Whittier will be on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. in the Bar Building CLE Classroom.  Come hear some tips for practicing before our newest Magistrate.  
     Also, don’t forget to sign up for a CLE on Adoption!  On Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bar Building CLE Classroom, we will hear from Jennifer Fairfax, Esq., Lili Khozeimeh, Esq., and Peter Wiernicki, Esq.  This course will provide an overview of the adoption process in the State of Maryland for private adoption, agency finalizations, re-adoption and step-parent adoption.  We will cover court filing requirements, often overlooked rules that can delay the adoption process, basic requirements for a Petition and investigations and home studies.  This presentation will also cover what is involved in representing birth parents, adoptive parents and children in an adoption including ethical considerations and the final hearing.

Fall Happy Hour
     Please plan to attend our fall HAPPY HOUR on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Bar Louie, 150 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850. Happy Hour Food & Drink Specials will be offered until 7:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues, we look forward to seeing you there! 

New and Exciting Social Media Committee 
     The Family Law Section is now online! For all section information, upcoming events, presentations, and CLEs please “like” our Facebook page: BAMC Family Law Section which is regularly updated with all the Section’s happenings. Find us at Want to see or post pictures from our great events? Follow us on Instagram @BAMCFamilyLaw. Please join our LinkedIn group to find out more about upcoming CLEs and section presentations, read articles by our esteemed presenters, and join in the conversation about the presentations! You can find our LinkedIn group at:
     Got an exciting upcoming event? Contact the Social Media Sub-Committee Chairs, Emily Gelmann,; and Sara Cimino,, to post it on our social media! We can’t wait to post, follow, #latergram, and discuss all of this year’s great events with you!

Social Events
Holiday Party – Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 at Delaney McKinney 
Spring Happy Hour – Thursday, March 10, 2016, location TBD 
End of Year Dinner/Practitioner of the Year Award TBD in May or June 2016


Sandra A. Brooks
Christina M. Hughes
Christopher W. Roberts


Meeting Dates

October 22, 2015
November 19, 2015
December 17, 2015
January 28, 2016
February 25, 2016
March 24, 2016
April 28, 2016
May 26, 2016
*Section Planning Meeting

All meetings will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the CLE Classroom of the Bar Association building, unless otherwise noted.

Social Events

October 15, 2015 -- Fall Happy Hour @ Bar Louie
December 10, 2015 -- Holiday Party
March 10, 2016 -- Spring Happy Hour
May or June 2016 -- End of Year Dinner

CLE Seminars

None Currently Scheduled