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March 17, 2015

Betty Moore Sandler Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Family Law

Betty M. Sandler, a principal of Nichols Zauzig Sandler PC in Woodbridge, has been named the 2015 winner of the Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section.

The award recognizes and honors an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the practice and administration of family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It will be presented at the Annual Family Law Seminar April 24 at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

Sandler has practiced family law since 1986, primarily in Northern Virginia. She has been active in the Prince William County Bar Association, the Arlington Bar Association, and was instrumental to starting the Prince William Family Law Section. She also served as chair for the Prince William Bar Association Committee on Professionalism.

Sandler has been a board member and vice chair of the Family Law Section of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and a board member and officer of the VSB Family Law Section. She also is past president of the Virginian chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

She is a past president of the McLean Bar Association and was the founding president of the Prince William County Bar Foundation.  Sandler also serves as a substitute judge in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts of Virginia. She has authored many articles on family law matters for the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Trial Lawyers Association publications and she regularly participates as a panelist and moderator for Continuing Legal Education seminars on domestic relations and ethics.

In his letter nominating Sandler for the award, attorney Carl J. Witmeyer II said, “No one I know has been more active and involved in family law related matters than Betty Moore Sandler.”

Sandler is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Updated: Mar 17, 2015