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Family Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Chair’s Message

Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

With this message, I end my term as Chair of the Family Law Section. Despite my presence at the helm, the Section increased membership, remained within its budget, produced truly fabulous CLEs, and worked hard to better the practice of Family Law in Virginia. Susan Butler, the incoming Chair, undoubtedly will do her usual great job and we all will benefit from her leadership.

In parting, I want to thank all the members of the Board. They have been excellent. I especially want to thank Dolly Shaffner of the Virginia State Bar. She is the true brain of the operation and keeps everything running. All with a smile on her face!

This year has provided me a wonderful opportunity, for which I am thankful. I ask that all Family Law attorneys make the effort to improve the Bar and the practice of law in any way that they can. This can include becoming a diligent Guardian ad Litem for children, writing insightful articles for the Quarterly, training or mentoring others in the field, and setting an example for others with the quality of your work.

We hope to see you in Virginia Beach for the Annual Conference!

Mary Commander, Chair