This morning as I was putting my youngest child on the bus for her first day of kindergarten, I began to reflect on all the times of transition we undergo in our lives. The transition from pre-school to elementary school, high school to college, law school to work, etc. Once again, the State Bar Family Law Section is at that point where we transition from one Board to another and one year to another.
As we transition into a new year for the Section, we are looking forward to having an exciting year. Along with the usual CLE offerings, our Annual Fall Family Law CLE which will be held in Fairfax, Richmond and Norfolk in October, focusing on negotiating and drafting marital agreements and our Annual Advanced Family Law CLE which will be held on April 23, 2015 at the Jefferson in Richmond, we hope to continue to build on the success we have had last year culminating in the showcase Marriage Equality CLE which was held at the Annual Meeting in June at the Hilton in Virginia Beach.
Additionally, John Huntington will continue the work he began with Nan Joseph last year on the use of guidelines in establishing spousal support throughout the Commonwealth. This year we will also be focusing on the state and quality of Guardians ad litem for children. Pete Chiusano will be circulating an online questionnaire regarding these issues later this fall. With the results of these surveys, we will continue to direct our educational opportunities to help improve the quality of the Family Law Bar throughout the Commonwealth.
It is our mission as the Family Law Section Board of Governors to do all we can to promote the education of family law lawyers in Virginia as well as encourage the highest standards for practice and ethics within the bar. With that in mind, please remember that the Board is here to work for you. We publish the names and contact information of every member in every Virginia Family Law Quarterly as well as list them on the State Bar website. Please feel free to contact any member of the Board if you have any questions, concerns or especially ideas for CLE’s or other projects the Family Law Section can take on. With that in mind, I am just as excited about the upcoming 2014-2015 bar year as my kindergartner is about starting the 2014-2015 elementary school year.
Richard E. Garriott, Jr. (Rich)