38th Annual Family Law Seminar 2019

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Live on Site: Thursday, October 3 / Virginia Beach
  Tuesday, October 8 / Richmond (Glen Allen) (RICHMOND SOLD OUT)
  Thursday, October 10 / Fairfax
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
GAL for Children CE Credit: 5.5 (GAL Information)
CME (non-Ethics) Credit: 6.25 (CME Information)
Video on Site Options


Why Attend?

  • Earn 6 hours of MCLE credit, including 5.5 hours of GAL for Children CE credit
  • Enjoy this year’s wonderfully diverse and informative lineup of topics and receive valuable written materials
  • Don’t miss the bi-annual case law and legislative updates
  • Network with your colleagues and meet some new family law practitioners in your area

The Richmond location on October 8 has filled to capacity. Space is still available for Virginia Beach (October 3) and Fairfax (October 10), and for video replays (Richmond on October 22). As cancellations may come in, to be placed on a waiting list for the October 8 program in Richmond, please email Tanya Morris at tmorris@vacle.org.

Cosponsored with the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

For nearly four decades, this annual event has brought together family law attorneys from across Virginia for an indispensable educational and networking opportunity. As usual, the seminar offers six hours of CLE credit for attorneys, ranging from annual legislative and case law updates to specific programs on the most pressing family law matters.

This year's topics include:

  • Bi-annual Case Law and Legislative Updates
  • An exploration of the psychological and legal aspects of a child resisting or refusing to go on court-ordered visitation with a parent
  • Tips, strategies, and advice regarding mediation
  • An exploration of the implications of technology in domestic violence and family court cases
  • Everything you wanted to know about bar complaints and the Virginia disciplinary process
Ways to Save

Can't Attend?
Attend one of the 9 video replays offered statewide in October.
E-mail distance_ed@vacle.org to be notified when/if this program is made available as an online or USB seminar.
E-mail publications@vacle.org to be notified when/if this program's seminar materials are made available for sale.



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

A thorough review of significant family law cases affecting Virginia attorneys from the past six months.  

9:50 Bi-annual Legislative Update
Lawrence D. Diehl (Virginia Beach and Richmond)
Craig W. Sampson (Fairfax)

A comprehensive summary of the status of recent legislative changes affecting family law in Virginia.

10:30 Break
10:45 Resist/Refuse Custody Cases: When Children Won’t Go with a Parent
Edward D. Farber, Brian M. Hirsch (Richmond and Fairfax)
Suzanne M. Baldwin, Brian M. Hirsch (Virginia Beach)

An exploration of the psychological and legal aspects of a child resisting or refusing to go on court-ordered visitation with a parent, both in terms of the theory and practice in approaching this complex problem. A panel discussion will follow the presentation.

12:15 Lunch (provided at live programs only)
1:15 So Your Client Wants to Mediate:  Tips, Strategies, and Advice
David L. Ginsberg, Nathan J. Olson

A discussion on mediation, to include:  the role and responsibilities of the mediator; preparing your client for mediation; different mediation styles; how to determine if a case is appropriate for mediation; and what to look for when choosing a mediator.
2:15 Break

The Implications of Technology and Social Media in Family Law Matters
Kevin Dorsey

An interactive session exploring the implications of technology in Domestic Violence and Family Court cases. Attorneys will learn how batterers use phone technology, social networking, and GPS to circumvent injunctions for protection, supervised visitation, and child custody.


Understanding Bar Complaints:  What Is “Worthy” of One, and What to Do if You Receive One
Prescott L. Prince

Ever wonder what type of conduct or what action will generate a Bar Complaint from the Virginia State Bar?  Do you know what to do if you are the subject of a complaint?  This session, taught by a VSB Bar Counsel, will discuss the Virginia Disciplinary Process and highlight some of Virginia’s Rules of Professional Conduct that are often implicated in Bar Complaints, as well as discuss RPC 8.1(c) regarding complying with the Bar’s demand for information.

4:30 Adjourn



Suzanne M. Baldwin, Ph.D., Baldwin Counseling / Virginia Beach
Edward D. Barnes, Barnes & Diehl, PC / Richmond
Lawrence D. Diehl, Barnes & Diehl, PC / Richmond
Kevin Dorsey, Our Family Wizard / Minneapolis, MN
Edward D. Farber, Ph.D., Reston Psychological Center / Reston
David L.  Ginsberg, Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC / Fairfax
Brian M. Hirsch, Hirsch & Ehlenberger, PC / Reston
Nathan J. Olson, Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC / Fairfax
Prescott L. Prince, Virginia State Bar / Richmond
Craig W. Sampson, Barnes & Diehl, PC / Richmond


Patrick L. Maurer, Pender & Coward / Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach)
Richard B. Orsino, The Orsino Law Firm / Fairfax (Fairfax)
Melanie E. Peters, Weaver Law Firm, PC / Roanoke (Richmond)

Locations, Dates and Fees

(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$289* regular registration (without printed materials).
$319 regular registration plus printed materials.
$269* discounted registration for preregistering VSB Family Law Section members (without printed materials).
$299 discounted registration plus printed materials for preregistering VSB Family Law Section members.
$339 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program


VIRGINIA BEACH / Thursday, October 3
The Founders Inn and Spa (Venue Website / Google Map)
5641 Indian River Road
(757) 424-5511

RICHMOND (Glen Allen) / Tuesday, October 8 (FULL)
The Place at Innsbrook (Venue Website / Google Map)
4036-C Cox Road
(804) 346-2100

As cancellations may come in, to be placed on a waiting list for the October 8 program in Richmond, please email Tanya Morris at tmorris@vacle.org.

FAIRFAX / Thursday, October 10
Waterford at Fair Oaks (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200

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.

Lower Registration Fee and Greater Functionality with Downloadable E-Book Seminar Materials

ALL seminar registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. E-book materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use.

When registering, please be sure to provide a legible, valid e-mail address to which Virginia CLE® can send a link to the e-book materials.

Registrants who elect a registration option that includes downloadable e-book seminar materials only and not the printed materials will receive, at the seminar, a short, printed seminar outline with space to take notes.

Printed Materials: You still have the option of receiving a complete set of printed materials for a higher registration fee. Registrants who choose this option will receive printed materials at the program.


To receive access to the downloadable e-book materials BEFORE the seminar AND register for the lower fee, your registration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar.  A link to the downloadable e-book materials will be e-mailed to you two business days before the seminar.  Once you download the materials, you can review them and print the portions you want to bring with you to the seminar.

After 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar, only the registration options that include printed materials will be available.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar.  You will, however, be charged $90 for the materials if you cancel your registration for the seminar, or transfer registration to a different seminar, after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

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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