Family Law Section
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At the request of Judge Callahan and Judge Salant, the Family Law Section is distributing links to the newly adopted Child Counsel Appointment Policies & Procedures, as well as the new standard appointment order for child counsel (Best Interest Attorney, Child Advocate Attorney, Child's Privilege Attorney).
LINK TO POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Attorneys who are interested in being considered for the roster of court-approved child counsel, should send an application and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualifications and instructions on requirements for the position are included in the policies and procedures.
Counsel for Children in Custody Matters: Information, Form Orders, and Approved Attorneys
SECTION MEETING DATES
• January 9, 2014
• February 6, 2014
• March 13, 2014
• April 3, 2014 **5:00pm in Courtroom 1; (Family Law Masters’ Roundtable)
*** Please note that all FL Section Meetings are approximately 1 hour and will take place at 5:30pm in the CLE Classroom except as otherwise noted.
The Family Law Section hopes that all of you had a joyous and restful holiday season. The annual Holiday Party was a huge hit as always! A special thank you goes out to Delaney McKinney, LLP for hosting and to Samantha Kravitz, Esq. for her efforts in coordinating the event. The food was fantastic, the company dynamic and it definitely served to usher in a wonderful holiday season!
Our first Section Meeting of 2014, on January 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bar Office CLE classroom, will be a great way to kick-start the New Year! Master James A. Bonifant will be joining us to share his perspectives from his first months on the bench, including dos and don’ts, and best practices in his courtroom. He will also answer questions from attendees.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the informative and exciting CLE seminars we have coming up in 2014, and be on the look-out for registration information:
Starting with our Breakfast CLE on February 27, 2014, join us for “Presenting and Defending Alienation Cases.” Our speakers will be none other than John Lefkowits, PhD; Michelle Sarris, LCSW-C; and Kathi Nardella, LCSW-C, Esquire – a very experienced panel of professionals – who will discuss the complicated issues of alienation and estrangement. Please join us as they tackle the issues surrounding some of our most difficult cases!
On March 19, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. the section is presenting “Modification of Alimony: How Deep is the Proverbial Rabbit Hole?” Our speakers will be Judge Robert A. Greenberg; Kevin G. Hessler, Esquire, Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP; Deborah E. Reiser, Esquire, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; and John S. Weaver, Esquire, Law Office of John S. Weaver. Our Panel will discuss the relevant case law and past and recent reported cases on these issues. They will also provide insight into what, if any, facts or circumstances may be persuasive to a Court in each instance, as well as practice pointers to keep in mind when drafting agreements!
The annual Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training classes will take place on May 6 and May 8, 2014, and we also have a great program in the works for the Annual Law Day Meeting in April.
Last, but certainly not least, our most popular CLE of the year is the Annual Family Law Update on May 14, 2014 from 5:00-8:00pm. Bryan Renehan, Esq. and Paul Reinstein, Esq. will present new family law cases and legislative updates from the past 12 months. This CLE is always helpful and it typically sells out!
Also for those of you who were unable to attend “The End of the Federal DOMA and the Effect on the States” – our Section’s first ever full-day CLE Symposium held in October – the video recording is now available online. Cost: $125. Please visit www.montbar.org and Click the CLE tab OR go to this link: http://www.montbar.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=536.
We hope you had a lovely holiday season and we can’t wait to see you in 2014!