Virginia State Bar

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Family Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Chair’s Message

Larry Vance, Esquire

It has been a very active season in the Virginia General Assembly and in the United States Congress. The net result are changes coming to laws that we use every day in our practice that will dramatically affect the way that we try and/or settle cases. I encourage everybody to take the opportunity to join the Family Law Section at our Advanced Family Law CLE in April in Richmond to learn more about these changes.

Thank you to the various guardians ad litem who have reached out to me over the last few months concerning the role of the Board and its cooperative effort with the Virginia Supreme Court to improve performance and compliance with the standards. We recognize that many of our Section members serve as both counsel for parents and as Guardian ad litem. Your voice is important and I encourage you to become actively involved in the conversation about how the Court can make improvements to the GAL system prior to the next legislative session.

Finally, I would like to remind the Section members of the role of the Section’s Board of Governors. As a part of the Virginia Supreme Court, this Board does not lobby for statutory changes or proposed legislation. It is also not the role of this organization to comment upon any pending legislation before the legislature. Less apparent, but just as true, is that the Board is not permitted to comment or make specific recommendations to the Supreme Court despite the impact that any of this may have on our members .

What the Board does do is publish the Virginia Family Law Quarterly, put together our continuing legal education programs, develop publications for the general public, and present awards to deserving members of the Bar for their works to improve the quality of family law practice in Virginia. Speaking of which, our two awa rd honorees this year have definitely left their mark on Virginia family law and I congratulate and thank both the Betty A. Thomson Lifetime Achievement award winner, J. Patrick McConnell, and the Family Law Service Award Winner, Mitch Broudy, for their service.

Larry Vance, Chair
Family Law Section