Family Law

Susan M. Butler, Chair


The Virginia State Bar Family Law Section had a strong year, despite the challenges of a global pandemic.  

The FLS continued to produce and distribute the Virginia Family Law Quarterly to our section members.  This publication has become a must-read among practitioners and judges throughout Virginia.  

The Advanced Family Law Seminar was held on April 16, 2020. Due to COVID-19-related issues, it was presented in an audio-only format, with live questions for the presenters.  The program lived up to its “advanced” billing and had a record number of over 400 attendees.  The Annual Family Law CLE was presented at three locations in October, 2019.

The Section planned two CLE’s for the 2020 VSB Annual Meeting.  A program on the intersection of Family and Estate Planning issues with the Trusts & Estates Section and a program on Civility with the Young Lawyers, Senior Lawyer and Education of Lawyers Sections were planned. Due to cancellation of the Annual Meeting, neither program has been presented to date.

The FLS worked with our YLC Liaison, Ra Hee Jeon, in developing a mentoring program.  Ms. Jeon put a great deal of work into developing protocols, terms and conditions of use for this program. 

The Section presented the Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award to David Masterman of McLean and the Family Law Section Service Award was presented to Brian Hirsch of Reston.  We appreciate the nominations that we received for both of these awards and thank our section members for their thoughtful submissions. 

The Section currently has 1,970 members and provides a complimentary first year of membership to interested new Virginia State Bar admittees.  

Steven L. Raynor will be Section Chair for 2020-21 Bar Year.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan M. Butler, Section Chair

Updated: Jul 16, 2020