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Family Law; Divorce; Domestic Relations; Equitable Distribution; Spousal Support; Child Support; Child Custody; Premarital Agreements; Post Divorce Modification; Education Law; Juvenile Law; Abuse and Neglect; Criminal Law; Litigation; Appellate Practice.
1986, Virginia, U.S. District Court, District of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and U.S. Bankruptcy Court; 1987, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; 1989, District of Columbia.
Author: "The Role of the Guardian ad litem: A Lawyer's Perspective," Virginia Lawyer, Volume 43, Number 1, July 1994; "The Comprehensive Services Act of Virginia for At-Risk Youth and Families: What Is It?" Lex Claudia, Volume XV, Spring 1997. Faculty, GMU School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Family Law, 2000; Professionalism Course, Virginia State Bar. Lecturer: Virginia Retirement System, Annual Family Law Seminar, Arlington County Bar Association, January 1997; Children Seminar, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C. April 18, 1997; Administrative Law and Local Government Section on the Comprehensive Services Act for At-Risk Youth and Children, Annual Meeting, Virginia State Bar, June 1996; Practice and Procedures in J&DR Court, Law and the Media Seminar, April 1996; The Violent Juvenile Offender, Institute of Law and Psychiatry, May 1995; A review of Juvenile Law - Advocacy for changing times, September 1995; The Clinician's Role in Transfer Hearings, 28th Semi-Annual Forensic Symposium, May 12, 1995; Ethics in Juvenile Law, Virginia CLE Program, 1995; Children's Rights, Symposium on Women & Children in Virginia, VWAA, December, 1994; The Comprehensive Services Act, Fairfax Bar Association CLE, 1993; The Role of the Guardian ad Litem; Fairfax Bar Association CLE, 1993; Allegations of Child Sex Abuse, What Every Criminal Defense Attorney Should Know About Child Protective Services, Custody & Abuse Proceedings, Fairfax Association CLE, 1994.
King's College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1982);
George Mason University School of Law (J.D., 1986).
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