Advanced Family Law CLE

About the CLE

Washburn University School of Law's Children and Family Law Center and the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) present an advanced continuing legal education (CLE) program that will bring together family law practitioners across the region and nation to speak on advanced family law topics. This program is a follow-up to the fall 2013 Advanced Family Law CLE.

This CLE will be held in Overland Park, Kansas at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center.


8:00 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Introductions and Opening Remarks

8:35 a.m.
Update on Same-Sex Marriage and its Impact on Family Law in Kansas (1.5 hours)
Richard Roane, Partner, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Grand Rapids, Michigan

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 landmark decision on same sex marriage, practitioners are now faced with a variety of challenges regarding same sex families, from family creation to dissolution and beyond. This program will provide an update on the current state of the law in the U.S. and in Kansas, and will explore the differences and special considerations that representing these clients presents. This program will include practical tips and strategies for how to handle second parent adoption, same-sex divorce, prenuptial agreements, ART issues, ADR versus litigation, and the new challenges and impacts on support issues and property categorization and valuation presented by these recent changes.

9:50 a.m. – Break

10:05 a.m.
Advanced Military Pension Division (1.5 hours)
Mark E. Sullivan, Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Army Reserve; Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Raleigh, North Carolina

This session is for practitioners who already know the basics and want to advance to the cutting edge of military divorce practice today. Covered are the three military retirement systems, present value of a pension, getting documents, types of acceptable pension division orders, disability compensation, Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP), Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC), the Thrift Savings Plan, "deadly deadlines," and resources (including checklists on how to prepare a military pension division order and how to ensure former spouse coverage under the Survivor Benefit Plan).

11:20 a.m. – Break

11:35 a.m.
Family Law Issues - Did You Know? (.5 hour)
Jeffrey W. Brend, Principal, Levin & Brend, P.C., Chicago, Illinois

This session will help participants to unravel the mystery of taxes as they apply to family law practice in rapid fire presentation of tax facts. Learn the odd ball tax situations that seem unique to divorce.

12:00 p.m. – Networking Lunch Break (lunch provided)

12:45 p.m.
Family Law Attorney Tricks and Witness Traps (1 hour)
Jeffrey W. Brend, Principal, Levin & Brend, P.C., Chicago, Illinois

Learn advanced techniques to avoid the pitfalls of expert testimony. Discover how attorneys can trick and trap expert witnesses. This topic provides expert testimony counter-maneuvers. Witness preparation and testifying tricks will be taught to evade courtroom traps. You will also learn the literal ABC’s of testifying. This will provide you a structured resource to mentally reference and rely on when testifying.

2:00 p.m. – Break

2:15 p.m.
Family Law Ethics: New Traps for the Unwary (1 hour)
Linda Henry Elrod, Richard S. Righter Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Children and Family Law Center, Washburn University School of Law

Just as the definition of family is evolving, so are the ethical responsibilities of lawyers practicing family law. Today’s family lawyer is a specialist who is expected to know terms like PKPA, UCCJEA, UIFSA, QDRO as well as keep up with the latest ethical rules which seem to change annually. In addition, family lawyers must advise clients in the age of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and understand how to store files in the cloud without breaching confidentiality.

3:05 p.m. – Break

3:20 p.m.
10 Hot Tips from 10 AAML Fellows (1 hour)
10 AAML Fellows

This session will include a sharing of 10 hot tips on family law practice from 10 family law attorneys who are fellows of the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

4:10 p.m. – Closing Comments and Adjournment


Photograph: Jeffrey Brend.Jeffrey W. Brend is a principal of the nationally recognized family law, forensic accounting, and business valuation practice Levin & Brend, P.C in Chicago, Illinois. He is immediate Past President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter. Brend is a Forensic Divorce Attorney and CPA who is also an AAML Certified Family Law Arbitrator and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. He has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Newsweek and on the Sky Radio Network as one of America’s Premier Lawyers. He is the only person in the country who is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, Accredited Business Valuator with AICPA, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Brend is an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent Law School, past chair of the Matrimonial Law Committee for the Chicago Bar Association, and Founder of the Cook County Court Facilitation Program. He has spoken nationally to the Association of Fraud Examiners, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the American Society of Appraisers. Along with being a family law attorney, Mr. Brend is a CPA who is qualified as a financial expert to value businesses, determine net income, and complete financial investigations. He has written numerous articles about business valuation, forensic accounting, and child custody issues, along with the textbook Accounting for Divorce.

Photograph: Linda Elrod.Linda D. Elrod is the Richard S. Righter Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Washburn University Law School Children and Family Law Center. She currently serves on Council for the American Bar Association (ABA) Family Law Section and has been Editor of the Family Law Quarterly since 1992. She is a former chair of the ABA Family Law Section and has served on the U.S. Secretary of State Legal Adviser’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law since 2009. In 2011 she was a Fulbright Senior Specialist to the Dublin Institute of Technology Law Department. In 2015 she was awarded the A. Roy Myers Award for Excellence in Research. She is the author of three books – one a national treatise on child custody, one a two volume treatise on Kansas family law, and the third a textbook for law students. She is a frequent speaker for national and international conferences as well as state and local.

Photograph: Richard Roane.Richard Roane is a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. He specializes in domestic relations matters, domestic and international custody matters, complex business valuation, paternity, nontraditional relationships, and related matters. He is a frequent lecturer for many family law organizations providing continuing legal education at the local, state, and national level. Roane is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Grand Rapids, Michigan, and American Bar Associations, and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (past Michigan Chapter President, Past Chair of the LGBT/Alternative Family national committee, Michigan Delegate to the National Board of Governors), and a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Since 2012 Roane has spoken frequently on same sex marriage to a variety of community groups and conferences of lawyers and judges locally, statewide, and nationally. He has authored several articles on family law matters, and is a co-editor of Michigan Family Law (7th ed., ICLE, 2012). He was the 2014 recipient of the West Michigan Chapter of the ACLU Champion of Justice Advocacy Award.

Photograph: Mark Sullivan.Mark E. Sullivan is a retired Army Reserve JAG colonel and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is Principal and President of Sullivan & Tanner, P.A., a family law firm located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Mark Sullivan has been certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Family Law Specialist since 1989. His book, The Military Divorce Handbook (2nd ed., American Bar Association, 2011) is a national best-seller, with over 800 pages of text and a disk in the back for additional forms, examples, and checklists for cases involving custody, support, divorce, pension division, domestic violence, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. He frequently works with attorneys and judges as a consultant and as an expert witness in military family law and pension division cases. He has written over 100 articles on aspects of family law and military service.

Online registration is closed.
Contact Donna Vilander at (785) 670-1105
for registration information.

Dates / Location

Friday, September 18, 2015
8:00 a.m.-4:10 p.m.

Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
Overland Park Convention Center
6100 College Boulevard
Overland Park, Kansas
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Registration Fee

» $269 - Attorneys
»   $89 - Judges
See registration form.
See Washburn W-9 (taxpayer ID)

Program fee includes reporting hours of attendance to the Kansas CLE Commission and written materials.

Registration Deadline:
Registrations will be accepted until all seats are full. Attendees must pay the registration fee prior to start of the CLE.

CLE Credit

Accredited by the Kansas and Missouri continuing legal education commissions for 7.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics.


If you cannot attend the seminar, you may send a substitute. If you cancel your registration at least two (2) business days prior to the seminar, your registration fee will be refunded. After that date, non-attending registrants will receive the course materials. Please allow two weeks for delivery. The sponsors reserve the right to cancel this seminar and return all fees.

Assistance for Special Needs

Assistance for Special Needs:
If you require special services or auxiliary aids to assist you while attending the event, please call Donna Vilander at (785) 670-1105.