35th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar 2019

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Video on Site: Wednesday, May 22 / Abingdon, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Dulles, Fredericksburg,
Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Thursday, May 23 / Harrisonburg, Tysons, Warrenton, Winchester
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0; GAL Child: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Live on Site: April 11 in Richmond


Why Attend?

Hear expert analysis on advanced family law topics, including:

  • An overview on vocational evaluations—what is generally considered by an evaluator, what is the purpose of the evaluation, what is helpful in presenting information to the court, and how these evaluations are usually attacked on cross-examination
  • An introduction to the new “limited scope appearance” allowed under Rule 1:5
  • A look at how retirement can now be a material change of circumstances supporting a modification of a prior spousal support award
  • A practical discussion of issues related to determining income of owners of pass-through income tax entities and approaches to locating undisclosed income
  • An ethics discussion on reducing hostility and focusing on professionalism

Plus the Annual Legislative and Case Law Updates

Cosponsored with the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

GAL for Children Continuing Credit Hours: 2.0

GAL Information

The Region’s Premier Advanced Family Law Program!

Comments from the 2018 seminar:

“Best CLE around for me as a family law attorney.”

“It is an excellent way to acquire knowledge regarding recent changes in the law.”

“Excellent quality and value.”

2019 Video-on-Site Access Pass First-Year Coupons New Virginia Lawyers Government Employees Virginia Legal Aid Attorneys Group Rates

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8:30 Registration
9:00 Update on Virginia Family Law
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.
10:15 Break
10:15 Legislative Update: 2019 General Assembly Session
Lawrence D. Diehl

An annual, comprehensive summary of the status of recent legislative changes affecting family law in Virginia.
11:15 Vocational Rehabilitation Experts
Anthony K. Bird

This presentation will cover how to discover adversaries’ social media use and put it to good use in discovery and at trial, and how to shield your own clients from negatively impacting their own cases with social media use. There will be advanced discussions regarding investigative techniques and forensic recovery of social media and associated metadata.       
12:00 Lunch Recess
1:15 Limited Scope Representation—A New Option for Virginia Practitioners
John E. Whitfield

An introduction to the new “limited scope appearance” allowed under Rule 1:5 since January 1, 2019, covering its background, purpose, and potential uses for the family law practitioner in Virginia.  Model pleadings will be shared.    

2:00 Retirement Can Now Be a Material Change of Circumstances! Quick Tips for Working with the New Changes
Julie Hottle Day, Eva N. Juncker

The new changes to Sections 20-107.1 and 20-109 of the Code mean that reaching retirement age can be a material change of circumstances supporting a modification of a prior spousal support award. This session will provide quick tips for practicing under the new statutory regime.

2:30 Break
2:45 Calculating Income of the Closely Held Business Owner for Purposes of Support Determination
Robert R. Raymond

A practical discussion of issues related to determining income of owners of pass-through income tax entities and approaches to locating undisclosed income.

3:45 Old School Ethics and a Return to Civility in Family Law Cases: An Ethics-Based Approach to Reducing Hostility and Focusing on Professionalism for Family Law Practitioners
Bretta Z. Lewis

An examination of the ethical rules that are not necessarily in the forefront of the average practitioner’s mind such as “Candor Toward the Tribunal,” “Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel,” and the dreaded “Reporting Misconduct” and catch-all “misconduct” Rules, 8.3 and 8.4. This session will examine the idea that strict loyalty to these somewhat forgotten rules may be the key to increased collegiality and greater job satisfaction among family law attorneys. 
4:45 Adjourn



Edward D. Barnes, Barnes & Diehl, P.C. / Richmond
Anthony K. Bird, Anthony Bird & Associates / McLean
Julie Hottle Day, Culin, Sharp, Autry & Day, P.L.C. / Fairfax
Lawrence D. Diehl, Barnes & Diehl, P.C. / Richmond
Eva N. Juncker, Paley Rothman / Falls Church
Bretta Z. Lewis, Zimmer & Lewis / Virginia Beach
Robert R. Raymond, Robert R. Raymond & Associates, LLP / Richmond
John E. Whitfield, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc. / Harrisonburg


Mary G. Commander, Commander Law / Norfolk


Robert E. Henley III, Batzli Stiles Butler  PC / Richmond
Besianne Tavss Maiden, Tavss Fletcher / Norfolk
Richard B. Orsino, The Orsino Law Firm / Fairfax
Melanie E. Peters, Weaver Law Firm, P.C. / Roanoke

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. Printed materials are not available for the video replays.)

$225 regular registration.
$210 preregistering VSB Family Law Section member.
$240 on-site registration (if space is available).



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) Metro accessible!
Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Dulles: Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles International Airport, 45425 Holiday Drive (703) 471-7411 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Fredericksburg: Courtyard Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District, 620 Caroline Street (540) 786-8321 (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)


Harrisonburg: Courtyard Marriott, 1890 Evelyn Byrd Avenue (540) 432-3031 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map) Metro accessible!
Warrenton: Holiday Inn Express Warrenton, 410 Holiday Court (540) 341-3461 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Winchester: Wingate by Wyndham Hotel Winchester, 150 Wingate Drive (540) 678-4283 (Venue Website / Google Map)

Click here if you wish to register three or more people from the same firm.

A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar. 

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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