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Hot Tips in Family Law


Join the MSBA Family Law Section during Day 3 of MSBA Legal Excellence Week, for its newest presentation of their annual signature event, Hot Tips in Family Law on November 15, 2023 at 9 am.

“Hot Tips…” will give an in-depth review of some of the most urgent topics facing Maryland family law attorneys. Experienced faculty will cover what the new legal recreational cannabis law means for your child custody case; what to do if faced with a client’s incapacity or death; tax implications for divorcing clients facing bankruptcy, appellate brief and memo writing for divorce matters, and more! Scroll down to see the entire agenda and faculty.  Enjoy meeting colleagues and legal services vendors throughout the day, and closing out a great day of learning with a networking reception.

If you’re interested in any other programs taking place during Legal Excellence Week, there’s a discount available for registering for more than one program. You can find more details about additional LEW programming here.

Five hours of CLE credit will be offered for the surrounding MCLE states. If you’re unable to attend the live in-person event in November, the entire event will be recorded and available to you to view later. You can pre-purchase the OnDemand HERE.


COVID Guidelines & Protocols

The MSBA is committed to holding a safe event for all participants, and is following all CDC, Federal, State, and Local regulations, as well as venue requirements. 

In accordance with CDC guidelines, faculty or attendees that have tested positive for COVID within 5 days of their in-person presentation, are experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID, including fever, cough, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath, should not attend the in-person event. 

The MSBA is committed to providing accessibility to it’s programs, events and services to all potential attendees. If you need accommodations for this event please email cle@msba.org.


Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
Family Law
General Practice
CLE Field of Study
Continuing Education Legal Credit
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7002 Arundel Mills Cir
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Event Information
Nov 15, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm EST
Live! Casino and Hotel
7002 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, MD 21076 US
Total CLE Credits


Day 1

9:00 am

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Divorce & Bankruptcy: What to look for in your cases and how to protect your client and your firm 

Dan Staeven, Esq., Frost Law


10:00 am – 10:15 am Break


10:15 am – 11:15 am

What to do in the Event of a Client’s Death, Incompetence, or Incapacity

Jane Rodgers, Esq., Markham Law Firm

Morgan Leigh, Esq., Markham Law Firm


11:15 am – 11:30 am Break


11:30 am – 12:30 pm

What Legalized Cannabis Could Mean for Your Maryland Child Custody Case

Erin Kopelman, Esq., Lerch, Early, and Brewer, Chtd. 

Krystle Acevedo Howard, Esq., Rodier Family Law, P.A.  

Dr. Alexander Dix, Kip Dispensary


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch 


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Hot Topics in Tax for Divorce Attorneys: Learn the current hot topics in tax as well as tips for reading and understanding tax returns, balance sheets, and other documentation. Learn what questions to ask opposing counsel regarding income and tax returns for business owners. Finally, learn about tax credits that may impact your cases and your practice.

Rebecca Sheppard, Esq., Frost Law

Ryan Deangler, Lombardo Ayers & Company, LLC

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break      


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Appellate Brief and Memorandum Writing for Family Law Cases

John Weaver, Esq., Z Family Law, LLC


3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Q & A and adjourn 



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