VADER 2014: Training and Related Family Law Updates (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 8/31/2017


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of one session from the September 2014 webcast, VADER 2014: Training and Related Family Law Updates.

VADER 2014 (the Virginia Attorneys' Divorce Electronic Reference) was released in June of this year by Sensei Enterprises, Inc. Our presenters, Dick Byrd and Dan Gray, provided the legal analysis and software expertise for the new edition. Both are veteran Virginia domestic relations attorneys and lecturers on VADER, which contains an extensive compendium of automatically calculating workbooks, including support and support-related worksheets, equitable distribution workbooks, and case tracking worksheets. VADER is designed to help an attorney prepare a divorce case in Virginia by making it easier to calculate the increasingly complex financial requirements of a divorce under Virginia law, and to generate attractive, informative documents to present to others.

Most importantly, 2014 changes in the law with respect to child support guideline calculations mandated a new VADER edition and made it necessary for all attorneys to come up to speed on those changes. VADER incorporates all statutory changes to Virginia Child Support, Spousal Support, Custody, and Equitable Distribution laws effective in Virginia as of July 1, 2014. This CLE will focus on the use of VADER itself, but will also discuss the finer nuances of the support and equitable distribution laws of Virginia.

This course is a “MUST” for all Virginia family law practitioners!


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Richard J. Byrd / Mirror Lake, NH
Richard Byrd earned a degree in Electronics Engineering from George Washington University, and had a career in satellite communications and computer science before entering law school in 1969.  He attended the GWU National Law Center and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1972, Magna Cum Laude, graduating first in his class.  He practiced law in Fairfax from 1972 until his retirement in 2006.  His major practice specialty was domestic relations law.

With his wife, Nancy Byrd, Mr. Byrd developed the VADER software system for Virginia domestic relations attorneys in 1988, and they continued to upgrade this software until his retirement in 2006.  The Byrds still contribute to the development of the VADER software, now owned by Sensei Enterprises, Inc.
Mr. Byrd has worked on support guidelines in Virginia since 1981 and is the principal drafter of the current Virginia spousal support guidelines.  He has participated in the design and drafting of most child support legislation in Virginia and much of the equitable distribution legislation in the past 20 years.  He was an active participant in the panels that drafted the original shared custody statute in 1992, the rehabilitative alimony statute in 1997, the cohabitation amendment in 1998, and the changes to shared custody support enacted in 1999, 2000 and 2001.  Mr. Byrd was awarded the Kassabian Memorial Award by the Fairfax Bar Association, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar in 2005.

Professional Activities Include:
•Chairman, Family Law Section of the Fairfax Bar Assn.
•Commissioner in Chancery for Fairfax Circuit Court
•Neutral evaluator for divorce cases for Fairfax Circuit Court
•Virginia Child Support Quadrennial Review Panel, 2005
•VBA Coalition for Family Law Legislation
•Board of Governors of the Family Law Section, Virginia State Bar


Daniel L. Gray, Cooper Ginsberg Gray / Fairfax
Daniel L. Gray was born and raised in Northern Virginia. Since he began practicing law in 1997, he has focused his practice solely on domestic relations matters. He favors a reasonable, thoughtful, and respectful approach to resolving client issues, no matter how difficult the circumstances or parties involved. He is experienced in the negotiation and litigation of financially complex family law matters involving closely held corporations and other business entities; and has negotiated and litigated custody, spousal support, child support, property, and other domestic relations issues. He is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, but generally confines his active practice to Northern Virginia jurisdictions.
Mr. Gray has been recognized by the Washingtonian Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Super Lawyers as a top divorce lawyer.
Mr. Gray received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1993. He earned his law degree from the George Mason University School of Law in 1996, where he was an editor of the Law Review and a Dean's Scholar Writing Instructor.
After his admission to the Virginia State Bar in 1996, Mr. Gray served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Howe Brown, Jr. of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. He has served as chairman of the Fairfax County Bar Association's Family Law Section for several years, and has served on other Fairfax Bar committees such as the Annual Meeting, Circuit Court, and Judicial Screening committees. He received the Bar's President's Award for his service in 2011. He is an active member of the Virginia State Bar, currently serving on the faculty of the Bar's Mandatory Professionalism Course, and as an arbitrator/mediator for the Fee Dispute Resolution Program. He is former president of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, and served as an ex officio member of Bar Council. Mr. Gray lectures extensively on family law issues for organizations such as the Virginia State Bar, the Fairfax Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and several paralegal organizations.

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