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Family Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Chair’s Message

Dan Gray, EsquireI am delighted to be addressing you as the newly-installed chair of the VSB’s Family Law Section Board of Governors. It’s a privilege to be working with the talented and hardworking Board on behalf of family law practitioners in the Commonwealth.

I want to acknowledge and thank outgoing Board members Charles Powers, now our Immediate Past Chair; Richard Garriott, 2016’s Immediate Past Chair, and Board Member Peter Chiusano, who worked so assiduously on our guardian ad litem survey. I also want to welcome incoming Board Members Michelle Jones of Winchester, Brian Jones of Richmond, and Patrick Maurer of Virginia Beach. I’m looking forward to working you – uh, that is, working with you – this year.

Over the course of this bar year we will continue our work with the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) on the issues raised by last bar year’s guardian ad litem survey. We’ll also continue to discuss family law issues brought to the attention of the Board directly, or through the following Board Committees:

  • ADR Committee (John Huntington, Chair)
  • Awards & Nominations (Charles Powers, Chair)
  • Booklet Committee (The Honorable Ricky Wallerstein, Susan Butler, Co-Chairs)
  • CLE Committee (Susan Butler, Steven Raynor, Co-Chairs)
  • Current Family Law Cases & Legislative Update Committee (Christopher Malinowski, Chair)
  • Children’s Issues Committee (The Honorable Deborah Bryan, Chair)
  • Law School Committee (Lynne Kohm, Chair)
  • Planning Committee (Lawrence Vance, Chair)• Publications Committee (Brian Hirsch, Chair)
  • Spare the Child Subcommittee (Lynne Kohm, Chair)
  • Website Committee (Steven Raynor, Chair)
  • Membership Committee (Brian Jones, Chair)
  • Administration of Family Law Cases/Local Bar Committee (John Huntington, Chair)

I hope you won’t hesitate to contact me with any issues or questions that you’d like the Board to consider:

I also urge you to submit articles to the Virginia Family Law Quarterly. I know that it’s difficult to set aside the time to do the research and draft an informative piece. But I’ll tell you from personal experience that people read your work. Many months ago, when our legislature updated the child support guidelines for the first time in decades, our intrepid editor, Brian Hirsch, asked me to draft an article on retroactive application of the guideline changes. Because Brian knows where I live and work, I agreed. I received countless notes and e-mails thanking me for the article, and I’m sure I got a case or two out of it.

Let me urge our newer members in particular to invest the time in authoring an article. You’re probably better able to research than many of us, and there is no better way to contribute to the bar or your reputation than by teaching other lawyers.

I’ll look forward to reading your work in these pages, and to hearing from you this year.

Dan Gray, Chair
Family Law Section