32nd Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar: Trial Practice Skills

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Video on Site: Wednesday, May 25 / Abingdon, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Thursday, May 26 / Dulles, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg
  Tuesday, May 31 / Tysons Corner
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Live on Site: April 21 in Richmond


Why Attend?

  • Trial Practice–Focused Discussions and Demonstrations on Opening Statements, Direct, Cross, and Voir Dire of Expert Witnesses, and Closing Arguments in Family Law Cases
  • Annual Legislative Update
  • Bi-annual Case Law Update
  • Family Law–Related Legal Ethics Opinions and Ethical Issues Regarding Family Law Trial Practice
  • A Review of Virginia Law Regarding Expert Witness Testimony
  • Comments from the Bench Concerning Trial Practice Dos and Don’ts in Family Law Cases

Cosponsored with the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

This annual program is a must for all experienced family law attorneys. In addition to the annual legislative update and bi-annual case law update, you will receive information and practical advice on many hot topics in family law practice today.

Don’t miss this prime opportunity to stay on top of your game, network with your colleagues, and interact with judges.


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8:30 Registration
9:00 Bi-annual Case Law Update
Edward D. Barnes

A thorough review of significant family law decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Virginia Supreme Court, and the Virginia Court of Appeals.

10:30 Break
10:45 Annual Legislative Update
Lawrence D. Diehl

An annual, comprehensive summary of the status of recent legislative changes affecting family law in Virginia.

11:15 Opening Statements
Susan M. Butler


A trial practice–focused discussion on the dos and don’ts of crafting effective opening statements in family law cases.

11:35 Virginia Law Regarding Expert Witness Testimony
Steven L. Raynor

A review of Virginia law concerning expert witness testimony.
12:00 Lunch Recess
1:15 Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses
Daniel L. Gray

A demonstration of an effective direct examination of an expert witness in a family law case
1:45 Cross-Examination and Voir Dire of Expert Witnesses
Mary G. Commander

A demonstration of an effective cross-examination of an expert witness in a family law case

2:15 Closing Arguments
Susan Hicks

A trial practice–focused discussion on the dos and don’ts of crafting effective closing arguments in family law cases.

2:35 Break
2:45 Judges Panel
Carl J. Witmeyer II (Moderator), Judge Deborah V. Bryan, Judge Wesley G. Russell, Jr., Judge Richard S. Wallerstein, Jr.

Comments from the bench concerning trial practice dos and don’ts in family law cases.

3:45 Ethics — LEOs and Trial Practice
Bernard J. DiMuro

A discussion of family law–related LEOs and ethical issues regarding family law trial practice.

4:45 Adjourn



Hon. Deborah V. Bryan, Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court / Virginia Beach
Hon. Wesley G. Russell, Jr., Court of Appeals of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Richard S. Wallerstein, Jr., Henrico Circuit Court / Henrico
Edward D. Barnes, Barnes & Diehl / Chesterfield
Susan M. Butler, ShounBach / Fairfax
Mary G. Commander, Commander & Carlson/ Norfolk
Lawrence D. Diehl, Barnes & Diehl / Chesterfield
Bernard J. DiMuro, DiMuroGinsberg / Alexandria
Daniel L. Gray, Cooper Ginsberg Gray / Fairfax
Susan Hicks, The Susan Hicks Group / Fairfax
Steven L. Raynor, Raynor & Farmer, P.C. / Charlottesville
Carl J. Witmeyer, The Witmeyer Law Firm / Ashland


Susan M. Butler, ShounBach / Fairfax
Steven L. Raynor, Raynor & Farmer, P.C. / Charlottesville


Charles E. Powers, Batzli Stiles Butler PC / Richmond

Locations, Dates and Fees

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included).
(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$195* regular registration (without printed materials).
$225 regular registration plus printed materials.
$180* preregistering VSB Family Law Section member (without printed materials).
$210 preregistering VSB Family Law Section member plus printed materials.
$240 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program



Abingdon: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College (I-81 exit 14), 1 Partnership Circle  (276) 619-4300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Parking validated for parking deck adjacent to center only) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Dulles: Holiday Inn Washington Dulles International Airport, 45425 Holiday Drive (703) 471-7411 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Fredericksburg: Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center (formerly the Holiday Inn Select), 2801 Plank Road (540) 786-8321 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Harrisonburg: Courtyard by Marriott, 1890 Evelyn Byrd Avenue (540) 432-3031 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Tysons Corner: Courtyard by Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map)

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