36th Annual National CLE & Ski Conference

January 2-6, 2019

The Westin Snowmass Resort, 100 Elbert Lane, Snowmass Village, CO 


Program Agenda: Family Law


Program Planning Committee:


James B. Preston, Certified Family Law Specialist, Law Offices of James B. Preston, Visalia, CA

Bonnie Preston, Law Offices of James B. Preston, Visalia, CA


Co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Family Law and the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division


  • Hear experts on family law issues you need to know for your practice
  • Acquire the latest information on USSJEA cases, valuation of marital components of separate properties, TCJA’s impact on family law, psychological testing common in family, attorneys and parenting evaluators, tactics in the war against Obergefell, dealing with toxic clients, impact of child sexual abuse on divorce litigation, pre-mediation excellence for the family lawyer, and custody battles regarding special needs children.
  • Get Your Ethics Credits, Too!


Wednesday, January 2, 2019


3:00 – 7:00 p.m.



4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Deceptively Simple to Unnecessarily Complicated: Lessons from Real Life UCCJEA Cases

Carlton Stansbury, Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee, WI


5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Valuation Quagmire: Marital Components of Separate Properties

Honorable James Wilson Douglas, Charleston, WV


Thursday, January 3, 2019


7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects Family Law

Suzanne Griffiths, Griffiths Law PC, Lone Tree, CO

Christopher Griffiths, Griffiths Law PC, Lone Tree, CO

Boris Sobolev, CPA/CFF/CGMA, CVA, Cornerstone CPA Group PC, Denver, CO


Thursday, January 3, 2019


4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Plenary Session – Much More Fun with Ethics at the Movies

Larry J. Cohen, Ph.D., J.D., Cohen’s Counsel, Bethel, VT


6:30 p.m.

Wine Reception


Friday, January 4, 2019


7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

A Lawyer’s Guide to Psychological Testing Common in Family Law

Larry J. Cohen, Ph.D., J.D., Cohen’s Counsel, Bethel, VT


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Attorneys and Parenting Evaluators: Professional Collaboration

Stacy Heard, The Law Offices of Stacy D. Heard, PLLC, Seattle, WA

Jennifer Wheeler, Ph.D., Seattle, WA


3:20 – 4:20 p.m.

Bonus Plenary Session – CTE and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: An Update and a Litigator’s Protocol

Larry J. Cohen, Ph.D., J.D., Cohen’s Counsel, Bethel, VT


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Tactics in the War on Obergefell, A Cautionary Tale

Gretchen Walther, Walther Family Law PC, Albuquerque, NM


5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Dealing with Toxic Clients While Keeping Sane

Lyne Ranson, Esq., Lyne Ranson Law Offices, PLLC, Charleston, WV


Saturday, January 5, 2019


7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Navigating a Parent’s Worse Nightmare: Child Sexual Abuse and Its Impact on Divorce Litigation

Scott N. Friedman, Friedman & Mirman Co., L.P.A., Columbus, OH

Christopher Heckert, Heckert & Associates, Columbus, OH


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Pre-Mediation Excellence for the Family Lawyer: How Attorneys Can Better Prepare Clients to Understand and Benefit from the Mediation Process

Christopher Leahy, MS, Leahy Mediation & Dispute Resolution, LLC, Evergreen, CO


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Ethical Issues in Family Law

Peggy L. Podell, Milwaukee, WI


5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Custody Battles Involving Special Needs Children: The Need to Think Beyond the “Best Interest”

Joi G. Kush, Johnson Kush, Colorado Springs, CO

Rabea Taylor, Lewis Kuhn Swan PC, Colorado Springs, CO


Sunday, January 6, 2019


Plenary Session


7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Cyber-Rights and Cyber-Wrongs: Legal Ethics in a Digital Age

Sherman W. Kahn, Mauriel Kapouytian Woods LLP, New York, NY

Joseph V. DeMarco, DeVore and DeMarco LLP, New York, NY

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