Family and Juvenile Law

Message from the Chair

            It was great to meet so many practitioners at our Marital Property workshop in October. Many thanks to our Education Committee Co-Chairs, Mary Sanders and Renee Ades, and to our Past Chair, Barbara Trader…judging by the comments I heard, it was a great program. Next up: Hot Tips in Family Law, we are shooting for March 1, 2012, to be held for the first time in Annapolis, so save the date. We also had a sell-out for the Marital Tax Workshop in early December, again great job and many thanks to our Education team, including Past Chair Tom Ries.

            I was honored to be asked to work this year on the Professionalism course, taught annually to the newest members of our profession. I was again joined by Tom Ries and past Section Council member Judge Helen Harrington. The “newbies” were enthusiastic and asked the right questions, but to be safe Tom and I pointed them to the Mentoring program run by our very own Sally Gold (and any of you in need of a little mentoring are urged to contact Sally…).

            We are advised that Representative Turner of Ohio has offered legislation to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which will impact the ability of state court judges to fashion relief in custody modification cases if the case involves a deployed service member. This is a tough and emotional issue. Both the American Bar Association and the National Military Family Association, among others, oppose the bill. View the ABA White Paper on this topic at

            “…and to all a good night…”

Walter A. Herbert, Jr.
Chair, FJLSC
Upper Marlboro