38th Annual Family Law Seminar 2019

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Video on Site: Monday, October 21 / Charlottesville
  Tuesday, October 22 / Abingdon, Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Wednesday, October 23 / Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Tysons
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
GAL for Children CE Credit: 5.5 (GAL Information)
CME (non-Ethics) Credit: 6.25 (CME Information)
Live on Site: October 3 in Virginia Beach, October 8 in Richmond, and October 10 in Fairfax


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

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
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 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 Recess
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

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.)

$249 regular registration.
$229 discounted registration for preregistering VSB Family Law Section members.
$269 on-site registration (if space is available).



Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)


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)
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) (Validated parking is available in the Gainsboro Garage only, which is on Center Avenue and adjacent to the RHEC.  Please bring the parking ticket that you receive at the gate to the Virginia CLE staff member for validation.)


Fredericksburg: Courtyard Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District, 620 Caroline Street (540) 373-8300 (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)

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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