The MSBA Family & Juvenile Law Section works to improve the administration of justice in the fields of family and juvenile law by bringing together MSBA members concerned with family and juvenile laws for furtherance of these mutual interests, and also works toward reforms and improvements in such laws through legislation or otherwise.


Upcoming Section Events & Learning Opportunities

Date Title CLE Format City/Area
12/12/18 Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Meeting - In-Person Columbia
12/19/18 2018 Evidence and Family Law: Common Pitfalls and Practice Pointers - In-Person + Webcast Live
01/09/19 Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Meeting - In-Person Glen Rock, PA
02/13/19 Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Meeting - In-Person Glen Rock, PA
03/13/19 Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Meeting - In-Person Glen Rock, PA
04/10/19 Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Meeting - In-Person Glen Rock, PA
05/08/19 Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Meeting - In-Person Glen Rock, PA

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Mentoring Project

  • The Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association takes seriously its role in improving the practice of law in this substantive area. The Section is now offering mentors in Family Law to any lawyer who wants one. So, if you are new to the practice of law, new to the area of Family Law, new to the jurisdiction , or simply want to brush up your skills, give the Mentoring Project a call. We will match you up with an experienced lawyer who has volunteered to be that senior partner you have never had. He or she will be happy to assist you in improving your skills. No question is too elementary. Call or email the leadership for more information.

Beverly Groner Family Law Award

  • The Award recognizes an attorney who has served the Maryland legal community through his or her dedication to the practice of family law, exemplifying the highest professional standards during a distinguished career.

    Prior Recipients:
    The Honorable Kathleen O’Ferrall Friedman (2002)
    The Honorable John F. Fader II (2003)
    Senator Sharon Grosfeld (2004)
    The Honorable Julia Weatherly (2005)
    The Honorable Ann Sundt (2006)
    Roger A. Perkins, Esquire (2007)
    The Honorable Theresa A. Nolan (2008)
    Sheila K. Sachs, Esquire (2009)
    Kathleen M. Dumais, Esquire (2010)
    Keith N. Schiszik, Esquire (2011)
    The Honorable Diane O. Leasure (2012)
    The Honorable Louise Scriviner (2013)
    Leslie Billman, Esquire (2014)
    The Honorable Cynthia Callahan (2015)
    Christopher W. Nicolson (2016)

    The Beverly Groner Family Law Award was created to provide a vehicle for highlighting the importance of family law to our community, and to celebrate those who improve family law practice in our state. It is named in honor of the late Beverly Ann Groner, the Maryland family law practitioner whose long, distinguished career featured chairing the state commission which researched and drafted the present Marital Property Act and Alimony law.

Marc C. Noren, Esq. Service Award

  • The Family and Juvenile Law Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association has established an award in honor of the memory of Marc C. Noren, Esquire, a much loved member of the Family Law Bar and a former courthouse clerk. The Marc C. Noren Esquire Service Award is presented to a member of a courthouse staff who consistently provides exceptional assistance to the Bar and/or the public in the administration of family law cases. This award is given on an annual basis.