36th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar 2020

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Live on Site: Thursday, April 16 / Richmond
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0 Pending)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
GAL for Children CE Credit: 2.0 (GAL Information)
Video on Site Options


Why Attend?

Hear expert analysis on advanced family law topics, including:

  • A discussion of the best practices (and frequent pitfalls) when drafting prenuptial agreements
  • A panel discussion highlighting the use of financial experts in family law cases
  • A session on how to manage the division of retirement benefits for civilian federal employees and annuitants
  • An ethics presentation exploring several difficult topics that occur throughout an attorney’s career for which there never seems to be a satisfactory answer

Plus the always popular Annual Legislative and Case Law Updates

Cosponsored with the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

The Region’s Premier Advanced Family Law Program!

For over three decades this seminar, held at the beautiful and historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, has been the destination of choice for family law practitioners in Virginia.

Comments from the 2019 seminar:

“Always informative.  High quality presenters.  Relevant topics.”

“Great venue. Nothing better than The Jefferson.”

“Always a winner and the must attend seminar in family law each year.”

Ways to Save

Can't Attend?
Attend one of the 10 video replays offered statewide in May.
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 Case Law 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
10:30 Legislative Update: 2020 General Assembly Session
Lawrence D. Diehl

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

11:15 Drafting, Defending, and Challenging Prenuptial Agreements in Virginia
Sarah E. Mancinelli

A discussion of the best practices (and frequent pitfalls) when drafting prenuptial agreements; the guidance provided by the Code of Virginia and case law; and when a prenuptial agreement warrants a challenge, and when it does not.

12:00 Presentation of Awards (live program only)
12:15 Lunch (provided at live program only)
1:15 The Use of Financial Experts in Family Law Cases

Julie Hottle Day, David D. Masterman

H. Gray Broughton—Vocational Expert and Rehabilitation Counselor
Ethan H.R. Hitchcock—Forensic Accountant
Harold G. Martin—Business Valuator
Alex J. Uminski—Real Estate Appraiser

A panel discussion highlighting what these experts can provide, and considerations such as:  (1) when to retain an expert; (2) how to communicate and share information with your expert; (3) what opinions you should seek; (4) what form the final report should take; (5) when and how to use your expert in court; and (6) what the expert services might cost.

2:30 Break
2:45 Division of Federal Civilian Retirement Benefits in Divorce
Dan Jamison

A session on how to manage the division of retirement benefits for civilian federal employees and annuitants, including: (1) understanding what benefits can be divided; (2) devising settlement agreement language; (3) preparing division orders; and (4) what to expect from the federal agencies involved.
3:45 Ethics in the Margins: If There’s No Right Answer, Then Why Do I Feel I’m Getting It Wrong?
Daniel L. Gray

An exploration of difficult topics (and a review of the pertinent Virginia Rules of Professional Responsibility) that occur throughout an attorney’s career for which there never seems to be a satisfactory answer.  Topics include: When, if ever, may a lawyer withhold information from a client? (including RPC 1.4)  Are “lawyer to lawyer” conversations okay? (including RPC 1.6)  Is it ever appropriate to put the best interests of a child above the best interests of a client?  How far do you push a client to accept a settlement proposal?  Is civility worth pursuing anymore? (including RPC 3.3 and 3.4)
4:45 Adjourn



Edward D. Barnes, Barnes & Diehl, PC / Richmond
H. Gray Broughton, Broughton Associates, Inc. / Richmond
Julie Hottle Day, Culin, Sharp, Autry & Day, PLC / Fairfax
Lawrence D. Diehl, Barnes & Diehl, PC / Richmond
Daniel L. Gray, Cooper Ginsberg Gray / Fairfax
Ethan H.R. Hitchcock, Keiter / Glen Allen
Dan Jamison, FERSGUIDE, LLC / Richmond
Sarah Mancinelli, Ain and Bank PC / Washington, DC
Harold G. Martin, Jr., Keiter / Glen Allen
David D. Masterman, Masterman Krogmann PC / McLean
Alex J. Uminski, MGMiller Valuations Inc. / Richmond


Susan M. Butler, ShounBach / Fairfax

Locations, Dates and Fees

LIVE REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch included) (All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. Printed materials are at an additional cost at the Live seminar only.)

$299* regular registration (without printed materials).
$339 regular registration plus printed materials.
$279* preregistering VSB Family Law Section member (without printed materials).
$319 preregistering VSB Family Law Section member plus printed materials.
$359 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program


RICHMOND / Thursday, April 16
The Jefferson Hotel (Venue Website / Google Map)
Franklin & Adams Streets
(804) 788-8000

Please note there will be 200 free parking spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis for self-parking in the Jefferson’s Main Street parking lot.  An attendant will be there to assist you.  Valet parking is also available for a fee.

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. 3 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. 3 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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