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Family Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Section News and Information

October 6, 2021

Chair’s Message

Patrick Maurer

It is an honor to have been elected as the Chair of the Family Law Section for the 2021-2022 term. I look forward to following in the footsteps of those Chairs I have served under since joining the Board. Specifically, I want to thank Steve Raynor, the immediate past Chair, for his work during the 2020- 2021 term. The challenges he faced were unprec- edented and undoubtedly daunting. His penchant for organization and his leadership allowed the Board to continue functioning while the Bar offices remained closed, and the Board met virtually. I will be relying on his wisdom and counsel during my turn at the helm.

Congratulations to Bob Henley who is now the Vice Chair and Regina Amick who will be serving as Secretary who will both ensure quality leader- ship for the Board in years to come. I want to thank Richard B. Orsino and Melanie E. Peters, who rotat- ed off the Board. Rich and Melanie were very active serving on both the CLE and Awards committees. Their dedication and hard work during their tenure allowed us to assist Virginia CLE to produce some of the most attended Advanced Family Law semi- nars in recent memory.

I would like to welcome our newest members, Susan G. Andrews, Kristen L. Kugel, and Barry J. Waldman to the Board. Bringing in new members from different parts of the Commonwealth has always been one of the Board’s strengths. Diversity in its many forms creates one of the pillars upon which this organization relies to stay relevant and accessible to the Section, the Bar, and the public. Great things are expected from our new members, and I am sure they will rise to the occasion.

In the 2021-2022 term, the Board will con- tinue to adapt to the challenges we face in light of COVID closures and limitations. We are commit- ted to continue providing members with valuable resources including an updated website, updated publications, exceptional CLE programs, and the burgeoning Mentor/Mentee program envisioned by our YLC liaison, Ra Hee Jeon. Moreover, Brian Hirsch will continue compiling top notch content for the Family Law Quarterly which has become the Section’s flagship publication and an invaluable resource for the Virginia Family Law practitioner.

I look forward to seeing new and familiar faces at the upcoming events. Please feel free to reach out if you have any suggestions, questions, or com- ments. My doors is always open.

Patrick Maurer
Chair