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Family Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Chair’s Message

Larry Vance, EsquireIt is my great pleasure to be elected as the Family Law Section Chair for this year, and I look forward to continuing the work of the Board in the upcoming year.  Special thanks to the immediate past chair, Dan Gray.  Dan chaired the Board through a very successful year, and closed the book on some very contentious issues, making the prospects for my year that much brighter.  I look forward to his continued assistance.

I want to express appreciation to Chris Malinowski and John Huntington, our former Board members who completed their terms in June.  Chris made a tremendous time commitment for several years as part of the group that put together our CLE programs.  John consistently reminded the Board of our responsibilities to our Section members and to improve the focus of the Board on alternative dispute resolution.  As members leave, new ones arrive, and I extend a warm welcome to our newest Board members, Bob Henley, Rich Orsino, and Melanie Peters.  We look forward their contributions to improving the Section.

In the upcoming year the Board will continue to strive to provide the Section with high quality CLE programs, relevant resources through the Section’s webpage, and continue to produce this wonderfully insightful and useful publication.

In response to the Guardian ad litem survey this Section complete d a few years ago, the Court Improvement Committee of the Virginia Supreme Court has initiated a workgroup consisting of current and former Board members, judges from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, practicing Guardians ad litem and other stakeholders.  In the most recent survey published by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Virginia Supreme Court, the input from the members of this Section greatly aided in these efforts.  Many good things are in the works, and we look forward to possible changes to address concerns of our Section members.  Hopefully, a more uniform performance from our Guardians ad litem is on the horizon.

Please feel free to reach out to any of the members of the Board, or directly through the Section webpage with any concerns you may have or suggestions for improving, not only the section, but also the practice of family law in Virginia.

Larry Vance, Chair
Family Law Section