39th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar 2023 (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 6.0 Divorce and Family Law, 1.0 Ethics
(Designations Information)
GAL for Incapacitated
Persons CE Credit
1.0 (GAL Information)
GAL for Children CE Credit: 4.0 (GAL Information)
Price: $309 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 01/31/2024


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay from the April 2023 live seminar, 39th Annual Advanced Family Law.

Cosponsored with the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

For nearly four decades this seminar has been the choice for family law practitioners in Virginia seeking updates and analysis on advanced topics from a faculty comprising judges and experienced practitioners.

Topics covered this year include:

  • The always popular annual legislative and case law updates
  • Judges panel discussion of complex issues in equitable distribution cases
  • An overview of new appellate rules and procedures
  • The intersection of family law and elder law and what you need to know for your cases
  • An ethics discussion on self-care and resources for troubled colleagues
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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.
Legislative Update: 2023 General Assembly Session
Daniel L. Gray

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

New Appellate Practice Rules and Procedure
Lawrence D. Diehl

Effective January 1, 2022, the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals was greatly expanded to include most civil cases as a matter of right. This session will review in depth the new or amended Supreme Court Rules and statutes applicable to appeals in family law matters, including a review of the current controversial issue of possible appeals of pendente lite orders. This CLE is a must for practitioners handling family law appeals as well as those handling trial matters that might lead to an appeal.

The Intersection of Family Law and Elder Law
Elizabeth L. Gray, Virginia C. Haizlip

Practical advice for family law practitioners dealing with elder law issues in their cases, including issues of capacity, guardianships, child support, and custody.
“Burdensome” Issues in Equitable Distribution and Judges Panel
Hon. Daniel E. Ortiz, Hon. J. William Watson, Jr., Cassandra Chin, Brian M. Hirsch (moderator)

An in-depth lecture on burdens of proof in equitable distribution cases, followed by a panel discussion with judges and lawyers on the practical aspects of trying such cases.
The Ethical Duty of Self-Care and Resources for Troubled Colleagues
Barry J. Waldman, Barbara Mardigian

A discussion of the ethical implications of ensuring that we, as lawyers, pay attention to our own wellbeing. This session will review the applicable ethical standards that encourage self-care, explore examples of the impact of failing to pay attention to our own wellbeing, and provide some guidance on resources to maintain wellbeing and for those seeking assistance.



Hon. Daniel E. Ortiz, Court of Appeals of Virginia / Fairfax
Hon. J. William Watson, Jr., 10th Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia
Cassandra Chin, Nichols Zauzig / Woodbridge
Lawrence D. Diehl, Barnes & Diehl, PC / Richmond
Daniel L. Gray, Cooper Ginsberg Gray PLLC / Fairfax
Elizabeth L. Gray, McCandlish Lillard / Fairfax
Virginia C. Haizlip, McCandlish Lillard / Fairfax
Brian M. Hirsch, Hirsch & Ehlenberger / Reston
Barbara Mardigian, Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program / Richmond
Craig W. Sampson, Barnes & Diehl, PC / Richmond
Barry J. Waldman, Waldman & Associates PLLC / Fredericksburg


Robert E. Henley, III, Stiles Ewing Powers PC / Richmond


Hon. Daniel E. Ortiz, Court of Appeals of Virginia / Fairfax
Susan G. Andrews, Hawthorne & Hawthorne PC / Farmville
Jennifer Fuschetti, Garriott Mauer, PLLC / Virginia Beach
Sarah Knapp, ShounBach / Fairfax
Kristen L. Kugel, Cooper Ginsberg Gray PLLC / Fairfax
Barry J. Waldman, Waldman & Associates PLLC / Fredericksburg

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