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Family Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Chair’s Message

My friend and colleague has agreed to “retire” as Newsletter Editor for our Section at the end of this year.  This will be his last Issue.

Dick began practicing family law full time in the early 1980s. He previously served four years as a lawyer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  He worked for 13 years as a legal writer and editor for The Criminal Law Reporter and U. S. Law Week, and then became the first editor of BNA’s Family Law Reporter.

During those years, Dick also maintained a law practice focused on criminal law and civil liberties. But his most noteworthy achievements have been in the practice of family law.  His efforts as a family law expert and practitioner helped the Commonwealth of Virginia develop emerging topics such as child custody jurisdiction and international child abduction laws.  He worked closely with military and diplomatic families on specialized family law matters. In addition to serving as a regional bar Disciplinary Panel member and chairman, he has served as an expert witness in lawyer ethics and malpractice cases.  He has been a board member and officer of The Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section and the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. For the past 24 years he has edited the State Bar Family Law Section newsletter and has published books on law and on Virginia history.

When I approached Dick in September about the end of his duties as Editor and indicated to him that I wanted to state with excitement all of the efforts Dick has made for the Board and the State Bar, he of course, as I knew he would, indicated that he did not want me to make a big deal about his work nor for anyone else to do so.

However, this issue is dedicated to Dick Crouch and his family, including his wife Mary and his son John, for all of the efforts that each of them has made to support his efforts.  I know of no one who has provided more personal effort to advance family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and we hereby dedicate this last issue edited by Dick Crouch in his honor.  All of the Section Members and frankly the entire Virginia State Bar owe a great deal for the past 24 years that he has served as our Editor and as leader of this endeavor.   Thank you Dick for everything you have done for all of us.

Best wishes.

Your friend,
Carl Witmyer, II
Chair