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Family Law Section

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

A big THANK YOU to the judges who joined us for the Family Judges’ Roundtable on November 16, 2017. Judges Albright, Bonifant, Callahan, Cho, Dwyer, and Hessler all shared their wisdom and view from the bench in family cases. It was an educational evening for all!

Another big THANK YOU goes out to all of the presenters at our CLE on Addressing Special Educational Needs of Children in Family Cases, which was co-sponsored by the Education Law Section. Our panelists, Amy L. Griboff, Stuart Skok, Kenneth Stefano, and Richard Weinfeld presented valuable information for representation and involvement in cases that include children with special education needs. Thank you to Lisa Seltzer Becker for moderating this great panel!

Please SAVE THE DATE for the following:


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. 


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: 

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.



Emily Gelmann
Pilar Nichols
Heather Sweren



December 7, 2017**
January 18, 2018
February 15, 2018
March 15, 2018*
April 19, 2018

*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.