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April 25, 2008

Northern Virginia Attorney Wins Family Law Service Award

Carol J. Schrier-Polak, a family lawyer and partner with the firm Bean, Kinney & Korman in Arlington, has been named the 2008 recipient of the Family Law Service Award presented by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section.

The award recognizes people and organizations that have improved family, domestic relations, or juvenile law in Virginia. It will be presented during the section’s annual Family Law Seminar on April 25, 2008, in Richmond.

Schrier-Polak led efforts to persuade the Virginia General Assembly to repeal Virginia Code Section 20-124.3:1, which limits the admissibility of testimony by mental health professionals in domestic relations cases. The repeal by the 2008 General Assembly is awaiting Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s signature.

Schrier-Polak holds an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, a master’s in social work from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a law degree from Temple University.

She is a former president of the Fairfax Bar Association and immediate past president of the Virginia chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is a fellow of the American Academy and International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is a member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Joint Coalition on Family Law, the Virginia State Bar’s governing council, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Fairfax Law Foundation. She formerly served on the board of directors of Legal Services of Northern Virginia.

“Carol exemplifies the very best of our profession … the family lawyer whose emphasis is really on ‘the family,’” wrote attorney Betty Moore Sandler of Woodbridge in a nomination letter.

Updated: May 19, 2008