2024 Family Law Institute - In-Person

If It's Broke, Fix It!
Building on the momentum from last year's recharge, the Family Law Institute (FLI) returns to the beautiful Vail Valley with a powerful theme focused on practical approaches and effective solutions in family law.  Whether you're seeking to deepen your expertise, engage with leading professionals, or influence the future of domestic relations practice in Colorado, FLI 2024 is your essential destination. Here are key reasons to attend:
Expert Insights and Thought Leadership: Hear from luminaries like Dean Robert Lecky of McGill University, who will explore how family law adapts to evolving family dynamics, and who will challenge attorneys to reflect on their roles within this dynamic landscape.  Dr. Stephanie Tabashneck, Psy.D., J.D., of Harvard University will prompt a reconsideration of best practices relating to substance use and parenting in family court.
Networking and Community Building: Engage with peers, mentors, judges, and newly licensed legal paraprofessionals from across Colorado.  Expand your professional network in an environment dedicated to community enrichment.
Professional Growth and Learning: Participate in sessions that push the boundaries of conventional thinking and provide you with the latest strategies and tools to advance your family law practice.
Secure your spot for an experience that promises professional enrichment and community engagement amidst the glorious Rocky Mountains.
A limited agenda is available for webinar participants.
The Hythe Vail (formerly the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort), 715 West Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657
CBA-CLE has reserved a block of rooms for attendees. Room rates start at $299 plus applicable taxes and fees.  Be mindful that there is a limited number of rooms available, so it is best to reserve your room early. Based on availability, rooms are being held at the conference rate until July 25, 2024. Discounted valet parking will be available at the rate of $25.00 per vehicle per night for attendees over program dates.  
To receive the group room rate, please indicate that you are a guest of the Family Law Institute when you make your reservation.
Reservations will be accepted by telephone at 877-622-3140 or online using this URL address:  https://book.passkey.com/go/FamilyLaw2024  
Rooms are sold out for the night of August, 8th.
All reservations will require a credit card guarantee, and a deposit equal to one night of lodging with tax is due at the time of booking. The balance is due at check-in. Reservations cancelled after July 25, 2024, will forfeit the deposit equal to one night's room and tax.  Daily resort fees are waived for guests booking inside CBA-CLE's room block as well as complimentary wireless internet access in guest rooms.  
2024 Drew Loizeaux Scholarship
Are you a mental health professional who has been appointed or hired to be a CFI or PRE in a Colorado family law matter, either currently or in the past?  If so, consider applying for the Drew Loizeaux Scholarship. The Drew Loizeaux Scholarship will cover the full registration fee (not including home study and/or printed materials) to the 2024 Family Law Institute and will provide additional funds to help offset lodging or food costs at FLI. If you are interested and qualify, please submit your completed application form no later than June 15, 2024.
Questions: Contact Julian Tricarico
CBA Family Law Section Scholarship
The Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association has six full scholarships to the 2024 Family Law Institute, which will be awarded to eligible applicants, via a drawing.  If you are interested and qualify, please submit your completed application form no later than June 15, 2024.  If selected, the Family Law Section will reimburse you for the full registration fee (not including home study and/or printed materials) and some additional funds to help with lodging/food.
Questions: Contact Juliann Tricarico
If you are unable to attend, please notify CBA-CLE by Monday, July 29, 2024. We will gladly refund your tuition in full or apply your tuition to the webinar or home study. Cancellations after July 29, 2024, will be refunded less a $150 cancellation fee.
Sponsored by GEM Family Law    
This year we are happy to provide trusted childcare during all events at the Family Law Institute!  Sign up at: https://callemmy.com/2024-family-law-institute-annual-conference-signup/
Harper Hofer
Jones Law Firm, PC
New Leaf Family
Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel
Better Than Before Divorce
Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert Katina Farrell
Gibbs-Cates Wealth Management - UBS Financial Services
Divorce Team Denver
Eide Bailly LLP
I.S.A.E. Court Related Education
Levis, Grosdidier & Associates, LLC
Our Family Wizard
Any Lab Test Now
Rocky Mountain Support Solutions
Stahly|Mehrtens|Miner LLC
Wells Family Law PC
GEM Family Law
Home studies will be available 2-3 weeks following the live program.
CBA-CLE is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, and employment. To request an accommodation please contact [email protected] at least 21 business days in advance.
The program is accredited in Colorado. CBA-CLE staff can provide a Uniform Certificate of Attendance, and it is the attendee's responsibility to complete the accreditation outside of Colorado.    

Wednesday, August 7, 2024
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Pre-Institute Welcoming Reception
Hosted by Griffiths Law, PC
Griffiths Law invites you to a casual get-together before the institute kicks into high gear.  Join them for a slice, a drink and good company!
Family Law Institute
Thursday, August 8, 2024
7:00 - 11:30 am
Optional Golf Where:  Vail Golf Club, 1775 Sunburst Dr.
Vail, CO 81657
Cost: $184 per person
Fee Includes: Green fee, cart, range ball, bag handling fees, and box lunch.
First come, first served. Tee times fill up quickly!
Deadline to sign up is Friday, August 2, 2024
8:00 am - 11:00 am (including one 15-minute break)
Optional Trial Practicum
Having challenges putting persuasive direct examinations and point-making cross-examinations together? Frustrated with leading objections during your direct and witnesses running away from you on cross?
Join your colleagues for the Family Law Institute's hands-on trial practicum. The pre-conference Trial Practicum will focus on effective direct and cross-examination techniques for family lawyers of all skill levels. It will include learning by doing exercises in small interactive groups. Faculty members - who include some of the most knowledgeable family law judges and litigators in Colorado - will give you individual attention and feedback following performances. The goal? To take your advocacy skills to your next level.  
Sign up early - limited to 48 attorneys and law students.
Presented by Daniel N. Deasy, Esq., Ammarell Deasy, LLP, Practicum Chair
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 - 12:15 pm
Welcome Remarks
Extended by Kristi Anderson Wells, Esq., Wells Family Law | PC, and Ann Gushurst, LLB, JAMS Denver
12:15 - 2:20 pm
Lightning Rounds
1. Help Me Help You: Getting the Most from Your CFI
Presented by Colleen McManamon, Mediated disSolutions, and Bonnie Shields, Esq., Bonnie S. Shields, P.C.
2. Jurisdictional Jigsaw: Navigating Emergency Temporary Jurisdiction with Precision
Presented by Jonathan Bereman, Esq., Sherr Puttmann Akins Lamb PC, and Emily P. Koekkoek, Esq., Sherr Puttmann Akins Lamb PC
3. Five Ways to Bulletproof Your Subpoena Duces Tecum
Presented by John H. Tatlock, Esq., Epstein Patierno, LLP
4. Freud's Transference and Countertransference are Alive and Well in Domestic Relations Cases
Presented by Lisa Hall, LMFT, MA, LH Counseling, Inc.
5. What You Need to Know About Appointing or Being a GAL
Presented by Anthony Zarsky, Esq., Griffiths Law PC
6. The Art of Collaboration: Real Life Examples of Resolution Through Collaborative Law
Presented by James M. Cordes, Esq., Woody Law Firm, LLC, and Jennifer Schaffner, Esq., Griffiths Law PC
7. Divorce Finance and Real Estate: Don't be an Ass with Mortgage Assumptions
Presented by Todd Huettner, MBA, CDLP, CDS, Huettner Capital
8. ChatGPT & AI - Can ChatGPT Help Attorneys Communicate More Professionally?
Presented by Christopher Griffiths, Esq., Griffiths Law PC
2:20 - 2:25 pm
Turelli Foundation Presentation
Remarks extended by Joe Pickard, Esq., Pickard Law, P.C.
2:25 - 2:40 pm
Afternoon Networking Break
2:40 - 3:40 pm
Breaking the Cycle of Inertia: Solutions to the Challenges in the Family Court System
Presented by Rebecca Aviel, Esq., Professor of Law at University of Denver Sturm College of Law; David M. Johnson, Esq., Johnson Kush; Joan McWilliams, Esq., McWilliams Mediation Group LTD; and The Honorable Marie Avery Moses, 2nd Judicial District
Submitted for .8 Ethics/Professionalism Credit
3:45 - 4:30pm
The Intersection Between Family Law and the Constitution: Recognizing and Protecting Clients' Implicated Constitutional Rights
Presented by Qusair Mohamedbhai, Esq., Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC
Submitted for .6 EDI Credit
4:35 - 5:20 pm
The Intersection of Civil Rights and Family Law
Panelists: Steven Epstein, Esq., Epstein Patierno, LLP, The Honorable Dea M. Lindsey, 20th Judicial District; The Honorable David S. Prince, 4th Judicial District; and The Honorable Don J. Toussaint, 18th Judicial District      
Moderated by April D. Jones, Esq., Jones Law Firm, PC
5:20 - 6:30 pm
Welcome Reception - Sponsored by Harper Hofer
8:00 - 9:30 pm
After Hours @ Revel Lounge- Sponsored by JAMS
You're invited to come grab a beverage at the Hythe Hotel bar and get to know the newly licensed LLPs in attendance!
Friday, August 9, 2024
6:30 am
Run up the mountain with Family Law Section Executive Council Chair Kate Lewis
Walk up the mountain with FLI Co-Chair Ann Gushurst
PJ Pastry meet up with FLI Chair Kristi Anderson Wells
7:30 - 8:30 am
Breakfast - Sponsored by Obermeyer Wood
8:30 - 9:30 am
Breakout Session 1-3
Breakout Session 1 (In-Person and Webinar)
Colorado's New Licensed Legal Paraprofessionals, Friend or Foe?
Presented by The Honorable Angela R. Arkin (ret.), Judicial Arbiter Group (JAG), Inc.; Amy Goscha, Esq., Kalamaya | Goscha; and Erika Holmes, Esq., ELHolmes Legal Solutions, LLC
Breakout Session 2 (In-Person and Webinar)
How to Try an APR Case Without a PRE or a CFI: Presenting Your Case the Old-Fashioned Way
Presented by Jordan M. Fox, Esq., Sherman & Howard, LLC; Krista Nash, Esq., Nash Family Law, PC; and The Honorable Kelley R. Southerland, 17th Judicial District Court
Breakout Session 3 (In-Person only)
Neutralizing Our Inner Bad Actors: Strategies to Creatively Utilize Neutrals, Such as Coaches and CDFAs, to Improve the Client Experience, Increase Efficiencies, Reduce Conflict, and Keep Families Out of Court
Presented by Andra Davidson, CDC, Compass Rose Divorce Coaching; Amy Mahlen Melander, CFP, CDFA, A.M. Financial; and Diane E. Wozniak, Esq., Sherman & Howard, LLC
9:30 - 9:45 am
Transition Time to Next Breakout Session
9:45 - 10:45 am
Breakout Session 4-6
Breakout Session 4 (In-Person and Webinar)
Protecting Futures: Navigating Intimate Partner Violence and Children's Well-Being in Divorce Proceedings
Presented by Eronilde (“Nil”) Buckley, MA, LAC, LPC, NCC, Vivus Counseling Services, LLC, and The Honorable Douglas J. Miles, 4th Judicial District
Breakout Session 5 (In-Person and Webinar)
Show Me the Money: When Income Goes Beyond the Statute
Presented by Joi G. Kush, Esq., Johnson Kush; Halleh T. Omidi, Esq., Hogan Omidi, PC; and Jennifer L. Helland, Esq., Knies, Helland & McPherson
Submitted for .2 EDI Credit
Breakout Session 6 (In-Person only)
The Civil War: Unwed, Unjust, and Understanding the Battle Lines
Presented by Christopher D. Bryan, Esq., Garfield & Hecht, and Cheyenne Somers, Esq., Griffiths Law PC
10:45 - 11:00 am
Morning Networking Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Breakout Sessions 7-9
Breakout Session 7 (In-Person and Webinar)
The Future of the Practice of Law: The Use, Misuse, and Ethical Use of AI
Presented by Kelly K. Robinson, Esq., Kelly Robinson Law LLC, and The Honorable Elizabeth Weishaupl (ret.), JAMS Denver
Submitted for 1.2 Ethics/Professionalism Credit
Breakout Session 8 (In-Person and Webinar)
Trauma or Drama? A Guide to DV in DR
Presented by Stephanie J. Norris, PhD, LPC, LAC, Norris Mental Health Center, LLC; Jamie Paine, Esq., Griffiths Law PC; and Jennifer Walker, MPA, The Interim, LLC
Submitted for .4 Ethics/Professionalism Credit
Breakout Session 9 (In-Person only)
Shared Parenting Time: What Does the Research Tell Us?
Presented by Kathleen McNamara, PhD, Kathleen McNamara, PhD, PLLC
12:00 - 1:20 pm
Lunch Break On Your Own
1:20 - 2:10 pm
Breakout Sessions 10-12
Breakout Session 10 (In-Person and Webinar)
Parallel Parenting v. Co-Parenting: Working With Families When Domestic Violence Is Involved
Presented by MariaJose Delgado, Esq., MariaJose Delgado Law LLC; Jennifer S. McDonald, Esq., The Law Firm of Jennifer S. McDonald, LLC; and Amy Pohl, Esq., Project Safeguard
Breakout Session 11 (In-Person and Webinar)
Judicial Hollywood Squares on Ethics and DEI
Presented by Mark D. Chapleau, Esq., Bloch & Chapleau, Cates, Ongert, LLC; Simon Mole, Esq., Simon Mole Mediation, LLC; Chris Radeff, Esq., Radeff & Hart, P.C.; and a panel of astute judicial officers.
Submitted for .2 EDI Credit and .8 Ethics/Professionalism Credit
Breakout Session 12 (In-Person only)
Summiting the Financial Slopes:  7 Key Strategies to Master Divorce Economics
Presented by Bret Hirsh, Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel, LLLP, and Ryan Kalamaya, Esq., Kalamaya | Goscha
2:10 - 2:20 pm
Transition Time to Next Breakout Session
2:20 - 3:10 pm
Breakout Sessions 13-16
Breakout Session 13 (In-Person and Webinar)
Toxic Litigation in Family Law: Effects, Practice and Management
Panelists: The Honorable Katherine R. Delgado (ret.), JAMS Denver; Kimberly S. Gent, Esq., The Harris Law Firm; and Lisa Hall, LMFT, MA, LH Counseling, Inc.
Moderated by Caryn McGraw Turner, Esq., McGraw Law PLLC
Submitted for .5 Ethics/Professionalism Credit
Breakout Session 14 (In-Person and Webinar)
The Colorado Maintenance Modification Scheme is Broken, Let's Fix It
Presented by Luke S. Abraham, Esq., Sherr Puttmann Akins Lamb PC, and Christina Patierno, Esq., Epstein Patierno, LLP
Breakout Session 15 (In-Person only)
The LLP and Attorney Partnership: Practical Steps to Implement LLPs at Your Law Firm
Presented by Tara Johnson, Gendelman Klimas Edwards, Ltd.; Kyle Melchior, Gendelman Klimas Edwards, Ltd.; Toni-Anne Nuñez, Esq., Colorado and Denver Bar Associations; and Melissa Simonton, Ahles Family Law, PC
Submitted for .3 Ethics/Professionalism and .3 EDI Credit
Breakout Session 16 (In-Person only)
Where Are We On The PRE/CFI Question?
Presented by Kate M. Lewis, Esq., Cooper | Ramp | Cage | Bucar | Lewis, and Kathleen McNamara, PhD, Kathleen McNamara, PhD, PLLC
3:10 - 3:30 pm
Afternoon Networking Break
3:30 - 3:45 pm
Welcome Back and a Message from FLS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Committee
3:45 - 4:00 pm
Presentation of CBA Family Law Section Icon Award
4:00 - 5:15 pm
Bridging the Gap Between Family Law and Society
Presented by Dean Robert Leckey, Ad. E., Samuel Gale Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Submitted for 1.5 EDI Credit
5:15 - 6:30 pm
Annual Wine Reception - Sponsored by New Leaf Family
8:00 - 9:30 pm
After Hours @ Revel Lounge - Sponsored by Jones Law Firm, PC
You're invited to come grab a beverage at the Hythe Hotel bar and mingle with FLI presenters and attendees.
Saturday, August 10, 2024
7:15 - 8:00 am
Yoga with Yoga Danny
7:30 - 8:30 am
Breakfast - Sponsored by Filevine
8:30 - 8:40 am
Welcome Back Remarks
Extended by Kristi Anderson Wells, Esq., Wells Family Law | PC, and Ann Gushurst, LLB, JAMS Denver
8:40 - 9:30 am
Getting the Best From Your Bench:  Tips for Attorneys and LLPs
Panelists: The Honorable Rayna Gokli, 17th Judicial District; The Honorable Monica J. Gomez, 4th Judicial District; The Honorable Eric M. Johnson, 2nd Judicial District; The Honorable Dea Lindsey, 20th Judicial District; The Honorable Bonnie McLean, 18th Judicial District; and The Honorable Marianne Tims, 1st Judicial District
Moderators: The Honorable Angela R. Arkin (ret.), Judicial Arbiter Group (JAG), and
Zachary (Zac) S. Roeling, Esq., YouLaw Colorado LLC
9:20 - 9:30 am
9:30 - 10:40 am
Flying High: Alcohol, Drugs, and Family Court
Presented by Stephanie Tabashneck, Psy.D., J.D., Director, CLBB Neurolaw Library, Senior Fellow, Law and Applied Neuroscience, Center for Law, Brain and Behavior at Harvard Medical Center, Petrie Flom-Center, Harvard Law School
10:40 - 10:55 am
Networking Break
10:55 - 11:45 am
Legal Ethics:  If It's Broken, Let's Fix It
Presented by Mark S. Caldwell, Esq., NITA Program Director, and The Honorable Robert McGahey, Jr. (ret.), JAMS Denver
Submitted for 1.0 Ethics/Professionalism Credit
11:50 am - 12:00 pm
Closing Remarks
Extended by Kristi Anderson Wells, Esq., Wells Family Law | PC, and Ann Gushurst, LLB, JAMS Denver
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Family Law Case Law Update
Presented by Christopher Griffiths, Esq., Griffiths Law PC, and Courtney McConomy, Esq., Sherr Puttmann Akins Lamb PC
1:00 pm
Location Information
The Hythe Vail
715 West Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81657
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Registration Fees
Non Member $789.00
CBA Member $589.00
CBA Family Law Section Member $489.00
CLE BASIC Pass Holder $399.00
LLP/Paralegal/Legal Support Staff - CBA Member $299.00
CLE ELITE Pass Holder $299.00
Active Military $299.00
Public Service/Government/Non-Profit $299.00
LLP/Paralegal/Legal Support Staff $299.00
New Lawyer Edge Partner $294.50
Judge $199.00
Judge - CBA Member $199.00
Student Currently Enrolled in Law School $149.00
  • General Credits: 17.00
  • Ethics Credits: 4.30
  • EDI Credits: 2.80

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August 08, 2024 - August 10, 2024
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