36th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar 2020

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Video on Site: Monday, May 18 / Warrenton
  Tuesday, May 19 / Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Wednesday, May 20 / Charlottesville, Dulles, Harrisonburg
  Thursday, May 21 / Fredericksburg, Tysons
  Wednesday, May 27 / Richmond
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
GAL for Children CE Credit: 2.0 (GAL Information)
Live Webcast and Telephone: April 16


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

ALL video-on-site replays have now been cancelled. On Thursday, April 16, however, the seminar will be presented as a live webcast/telephone seminar (click here), carrying Virginia LIVE-INTERACTIVE CREDIT.

Cosponsored with the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

The Region’s Premier Advanced Family Law Program!

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8:30 Registration
9:00 Case Law Update on Virginia Family Law
Craig W. Sampson

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 Lunch Recess
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



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
Harold G. Martin, Jr., Keiter / Glen Allen
David D. Masterman, Masterman Krogmann PC / McLean
Steven L. Raynor, Raynor and Farmer, PC / Charlottesville
Craig W. Sampson, Barnes & Diehl, PC / Richmond
Alex J. Uminski, MGMiller Valuations Inc. / Richmond


Susan M. Butler, ShounBach / Fairfax


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, PC / 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.)

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



Warrenton: CANCELLED


Alexandria: CANCELLED


Charlottesville: CANCELLED
Harrisonburg: CANCELLED


Fredericksburg: CANCELLED



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

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Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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