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Presenter: Bruce E. Avery and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Annapolis, MD

Courtyard Annapolis
2559 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-266-1555

This seminar is closed or full.


This course is being offered as both a live seminar and a live webcast.

This is the listing for the live, in-person seminar.

Register for the online webcast here.

Registration:                    8:30 - 9:00 am EDT

Morning Session:             9:00 am - 12:15 pm EDT

Lunch (On your own):      12:15 - 1:15 pm EDT

Afternoon Session:           1:15 - 4:30 pm EDT

Handling Family Law Case Involving Service Members
B. Avery

   Military members, military families and military life

   Pay and allowances

   Choosing a venue

   Locating the service member

   Obtaining service of process

Handling Custody and Support Issues
K. Robbins

   Jurisdictional issues

   Military issues in custody disputes



   Child and family support

   Spousal support

   Enforcement of support

Handling Property Division and Division of Military Benefits
M. Glackin

   Division of real and personal property

   Military retirement benefits

   Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act

   Obstacles to division of benefits

   Methods of division

   VA disability benefits

      • Survivor Benefit Plan

      • Early separation from the military

   Medical benefits

   Health and life insurance

   Enforcement of awards

What To Do When Military Members Default
B. Avery

   Complying with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)

   Obtaining a stay of proceedings

   Opposing a stay request

   Effect of SCRA during family law litigation

   Treatment of default judgments/orders

Handling Ethical Issues in Military Family Law
B. Avery, K. Robbins, M. Glackin

   Complying with rules of professional responsibility

   Working with the secretive or dishonest client

   Handling allegations of abuse or neglect

   Zealous (vs. over-zealous) representation

   Fee agreements, retainers, and collection of unpaid fees

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys

This seminar/webinar offers 6.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 CLE hour, to attorneys in the following states:
   Alabama (Live Onsite & Webinar)      Alaska (Webinar Only)
   Arizona (Live Onsite & Webinar)        California (Live Onsite & Webinar)
   Georgia (Live Onsite & Webinar)        New Hampshire (Live Onsite & Webinar)
   North Carolina (Live Onsite & Webinar)       Pennsylvania (Live Onsite Only)
   South Carolina (Live Onsite Only)      Texas (Live Onsite & Webinar)
   Vermont (Live Onsite & Webinar)        Virginia (Live Onsite & Webinar)      Washington (Webinar Only)

This seminar/webinar offers 7.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, in the following states:
   Florida (Live Onsite & Webinar)            New York (Live Onsite & Webinar)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This CLE activity is a live onsite event conducted in Annapolis, MD and is a live interactive webinar. It is approved for/or offers 6.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, in both formats to attorneys licensed in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia.

This course is approved for 7.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, in both formats for Florida attorneys.

HalfMoon Education Inc. is certified by the New York State CLE Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. This course offers 7.0 CLE hours, consisting of 6.0 Areas of Professional Practice hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, in both traditional (live onsite) and non-traditional (webinar) formats, which are appropriate for new and experienced attorneys. New attorneys are limited to traditional format courses.


Bruce E. Avery

Partner with Avery & Upton in Rockville
Mr. Avery was in the Army for 20 years. Since 1993, after he retired from the Army, he has restricted his practice to family law, predominantly in Montgomery County, Maryland. First as a solo practitioner and now in partnership with his daughter, Prudence Upton. Mr. Avery has handled hundreds of divorce, child custody, child support, visitation and other family issues, most often bringing them to resolution without the need for a trial. He is certified as a mediator in both general civil matters and family law, focusing on property and child-related issues. Mr. Avery serves as a facilitator for the Family Law Division of the Montgomery County Circuit Court. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where he co-teaches collaborative practice to law students. Mr. Avery is a trainer for the Collaborative Practice Training Institute training practicing professionals in collaborative practice. He is a member and past president of the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, Inc. (CDRP) and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Mr. Avery is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the DC Bar, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Bar Association of Montgomery County.

Maureen Glackin

Partner at the Bowie firm of Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC in Bowie
Ms. Glackin was selected to the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Top 50 Female Maryland Super Lawyers and the Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyers for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She heads the military divorce department within the firm. Ms. Glackin is one of only 35 fellows in the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) www.aaml.org and one of only two in the southern Maryland area, the other fellow being her partner, Paul J. Reinstein. Her practice is concentrated in the area of domestic law and she is widely sought for her extensive experience representing military service members. As a former military dependent, Ms. Glackin innately understands the unique challenges facing the military service member and spouse during divorce, custody and child support cases. She is frequently hired as a consultant to other attorneys to assist in the representation of military service members and their families. This unique area of expertise, coupled with Ms. Glackin’s detailed understanding of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act, has made her a frequent guest lecturer to professional groups and other associations.

Karen Robbins

Attorney-At-Law in Frederick
Ms. Robbins graduated from the University of Richmond and the University of Miami School of Law. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Natalie Baskin on the 3d District Court of Appeals in Florida. Ms. Robbins is the past chair of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County. She is also a past co-chair of the Child Support Committee of the ABA Family Law Section, and she was a member of the ABA Family Law Section’s Continuing Education Committee for two years. Ms. Robbins is a member of the Military Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar and the Military Law Committee of the ABA Family Law Section. She regularly presents for the ABA on military family law issues, most recently in Savannah, Georgia in May 2017. In addition, Ms. Robbins has produced and presented at the Military Divorce Symposium presented by the Family Law Section of the Bar Association for Frederick County, Maryland (2015).

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.