2023 Family Law Institute - In-Person - SOLD OUT

Co-sponsored by the CBA Family Law Section
Burn out. Exhaustion. Frustration. We have all experienced them to some degree during the last few years as family law practitioners.  And yet, the practice needs us, now more than ever, to help people move forward in their lives in creative, focused, and strategic ways. It's time to breathe new life into our practice. We must start looking at old problems in new ways. We must come up with unique settlement ideas or prepare for strategic litigation. It is time to recharge the practice of family law. 
The 2023 institute is focused on reenergizing the practice of family law and giving practitioners new tools to address the difficult problems that our clients face. We gave our presenters a challenge: ensure that each session includes fresh, outside-of-the-box approaches to family law issues. Are you ready to recharge your practice?? 
Join us August 10-12 in Vail to reignite the spark with your old flame, family law. 
Keynote address by Laura Wasser, Esq., Hollywood family law attorney to Kim Kardashian, Brittany Spears, Angelina Jolie, etc., and author of It Doesn't Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself; Ms. Wasser's presentation will address how to improve, and even disrupt, the way we think about and practice family law.
Trial practicum led by Judge Brett Martin and attorney Dan Deasy. Attendance is limited!
Hear from judicial officers, an appellate panel, fellow family law practitioners, mental health and financial experts.
Reconnect with colleagues and friends during old and new networking events.
Scholarship Applications
2023 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 registration (not including home study) to the 2023 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 30, 2023.
Questions: Contact Julian Tricarico
CBA Family Law Section Scholarship
The Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association has six full scholarships to the 2023 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 30, 2023.  If selected, the Family Law Section will reimburse you for the full registration fee and some additional funds to help with lodging/food.
Questions: Contact Juliann Tricarico
The Hythe Vail (formerly the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort), 715 W Lionshead Cir. Vail, CO 81657 
CBA-CLE's reserved block of rooms at The Hythe Vail is SOLD OUT. We have overflow options at:
Please call (970) 476-1350 to make a reservation. When making a reservation you must provide group name Colorado Bar Association.
1 Bedroom nightly rate $349
2 Bedroom nightly rate $489
Rates offered on a space available basis.
Rates are Valid 3 days pre and post program dates (August 10-12, 2023) based on availability.
2-night minimum stay required
Should we be offering a special promotion that is greater than the above discounted rates at the time of the booking, we will be happy to honor the lower rate for the guest.
Offers cannot be combined with any membership rates, like World of Hyatt
All rates do not include the 6.5% taxable resort fee or the 10.8% tax. In the event the State of Colorado increases taxes, the Montaneros in Vail reserves the right to adjust the taxes accordingly.
Please call (888) 346-1799 to make a reservation. When making a reservation you must provide group name COVAGRP2129.
Lodge/Studio Room: $210/night
1 Bed/ 1 Bath: $285/night
Rates offered on a space available basis.
Rates are Valid 3 days pre and post program dates (August 10-12, 2023) based on availability.
2-night minimum stay required
Rates are subject to the following state and local taxes and applicable fees.
State- Colorado and Eagle County Sales 4.4%
City- Vail CO Sales 4.5%
City- Vail CO LMD 1.4%
Kindly note that some units are not available for Group Discounts
Group discount is not applicable to reservations booked through a third party i.e. Booking.com, VRBO, Expedia, AirBnB etc.
CANCELLATION POLICY: For any new reservation, you can cancel within 24 hours of booking and receive a full refund.
If you cancel 30 or more days before check-in, you can receive a refund of any rental payments you've made in your original form of payment, minus the booking fee and associated taxes.
CANCELLATIONS: If you are unable to attend, please notify CBA-CLE by July 31, 2023, and we will gladly refund your tuition in full or apply your tuition to the webinar or home study. Cancellations after July 31, 2023, will be refunded less a $150 cancellation fee.
This year, the Family Law Section is happy to provide licensed childcare both during and after session hours at the Family Law Institute! Sign up at: https://form.typeform.com/to/wOJaI3Ky to maximize your conference experience! Learn More about the Provider here.
Harper Hofer & Associates, LLC
Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.
New Leaf Family
Family Law Software 
LawPay & MyCase
Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel 
Seigneur Gustafson LLP 
Bernstein Private Wealth Management 
BSW Wealth Partners, a Public Benefit Corporation 
Eide Bailly, LLC 
ITI Services, LLC 
Katina Farrell, Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert
Levis, Grosdidier & Associates, LLC
Sherman & Howard 
WINGS/Shokohi Wealth Management
CBA-CLE will email webinar access information to registrants 24-48 hours before the program.
Home studies will be available approximately 2-3 weeks following the live program.
If disability accommodations or special assistance are needed, please contact us at [email protected]. Requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the scheduled program.
The program will be submitted for CLE accreditation in Colorado. If you need to seek accreditation in another state, please review the process and requirements for that individual state. CBA-CLE staff can provide a Uniform Certificate of Attendance, and it is the attendee's responsibility to complete the accreditation outside of Colorado.

Thursday, August 10, 2023
8:00 am - 12:00 pm (including two 15-minute breaks)
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 judges and experienced family law practitioners 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 will give you individual attention and feedback. There will also be time for discussion and instruction from some of the most knowledgeable family law judges and litigators in Colorado!
Sign up early - limited to 48 participants!
Presented by Daniel N. Deasy, Esq., Ammarell Deasy, LLP, and The Honorable Brett Martin, 17th Judicial District, Practicum Co-Chairs.
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Lunch on Your Own
11:30 am- 1:00 pm
1:00 - 1:10 pm
Welcome Remarks
Extended by Kate M. Lewis, Esq., Cooper | Ramp | Cage | Bucar | Lewis, Program Chair, and Rebecca K. Goldmanis, Esq., Kokish, Goldmanis & Greenberg, P.C., Program Co-Chair.
1:10 - 2:45 pm
Lightning Rounds
1) Navigating Changes to Arbitration for Family Law Cases
Presented by The Honorable Robert McGahey, Jr. (ret.), JAMS Denver, and Kaela Zihlman, Esq., Griffiths Law PC.
2) Using IRM HUNT Effectively in Practice
Presented by Michael M. Mantia, JD, LL.M, MMM QDRO Law.
3) CYA Emails and Ethical Considerations
Presented by Carrie C. Eckstein, Esq., Ciancio | Ciancio | Brown, P.C., and Amanda K. Reeves, Esq., Ciancio | Ciancio | Brown, P.C.
4) Reunification Therapy: The Do's and Don'ts to Set Your Clients Up for Success
Presented by Aaron I. Anderson, M.S., LMFT, The Marriage & Family Clinic; Olivia G. Holt, M.A., LPCC, The Marriage & Family Clinic; and Jourdan Lamb, B.A., The Marriage & Family Clinic.
5) Executive Compensation: A Brief Overview
Presented by Sandi Gumeson, CPA (CA license), CDFA®, Wellspring Divorce Advisors.
6) Revenge Porn: Going Out with a Bang
Presented by Chelsea M. Augelli, Esq., Wells Family Law | PC, and Cassandra M. Kirsch, Esq., Law Office of Cassandra M. Kirsch, LLC.
2:45 - 3:00 pm
Networking Break
3:00 - 3:10 pm
Remarks from our Valued Sponsors
3:10 - 4:00 pm
Professionalism in Family Law - You Can't Spell Drama Without DR
Presented by Erika Holmes, Esq., ELHolmes Legal Solutions, and The Honorable Ted C. Tow, III, Colorado Court of Appeals.
Submitted for .7 Ethics/Professionalism Credits and .3 EDI Credits
4:05 - 5:05 pm
Combating Discrimination and Biases in the Courtroom
Presented by Katie P. Ahles, Esq., Woody Law, LLC; Qusair Mohamedbhai, Esq., Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC; Anthony Zarsky, Esq., Griffiths Law PC; and The Honorable Susan Blanco, 8th Judicial District..
Submitted for 1.2 EDI Credits
5:05 - 6:30 pm
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Harper Hofer & Associates, LLC
8:30 - 10:00pm 
Night Cap With the Co-Chairs 
Kate and Becky invite you to come grab a beverage at the Hythe Hotel bar before heading to bed. Bring your nametag for a drink ticket on them. 
Friday, August 11, 2023
6:30 am
Hang with the Co-Chairs
Run with Running Kate (or enjoy a walk with Becky)
Meet the group by the revolving doors in the front lobby.
7:30 - 8:30 am
Breakfast and Coffee
Sponsored by Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.
8:30 - 9:30 am
Breakout Sessions 1-3
Breakout Session 1 (In-Person or Webinar)
Creating Your Dream Team: Actively Using the Attorneys, Neutrals and Mental Health Professionals in a Dynamic Process to Move Your Family Forward
Presented by The Honorable Angela R. Arkin (ret.), Judicial Arbiter Group (JAG); Karen Jamieson (Jamie) Darr, PhD; and Amy Goscha, Esq., Kalamaya | Goscha
Submitted for .3 Ethics/Professionalism Credits and .3 EDI Credits
Breakout Session 2 (In-Person or Webinar)
Discovery in Family Law Litigation:  Perils, Pitfalls, Powerful Tools, and the Importance of Attorney-Expert Cooperation and Communication
Presented by Luke S. Abraham, Esq., Sherr, Puttmann, Akins, Lamb PC; Ronald Seigneur, CPA/ABV, ASA, CVA, Seigneur Gustafson LLP; and John H. Tatlock, Esq., Epstein Patierno, LLP.
Breakout Session 3 (In-Person ONLY)
Thinking Outside the Box: Drafting Parenting Plans for Neurodivergent Families
Presented by Meggin Rutherford, Esq., The Rutherford Law Center, LLC; Nicola Winter, Esq., Wells Family Law | PC.
Presentation preparation provided by Joyce Fine. PhD, CDC, Dr. Joyce Inc.
Submitted for 1.2 EDI Credits
9:30 - 9:55 am
Networking Break and Transition Between Breakout Sessions
9:55 - 10:55 am
Breakout Sessions 4-6
Breakout Session 4 (In-Person or Webinar)
The Financial Expert Menu: A la Carte or a 5 Course Meal?
Presented by Lauren Wylie Gempel, Esq., Epstein Patierno, LLP; Christina Patierno, Esq., Epstein Patierno, LLP; and Robyn T. Schnetzler, CPA, Causey Demgen & Moore P.C.
Breakout Session 5 (In-Person or Webinar)
The Impact of DV in Family Law Cases from the Perspective of CFI, DV Expert, Attorney and Judicial Officer
Presented by Jennifer McDonald Esq., The Law Firm of Jennifer S. McDonald, LLC; Francesca (Chessie) Morgan, Esq., Colorado Legal Services; Amy Pohl, Esq., Project Safeguard; and The Honorable Karen Hubler, 2nd Judicial District.
Breakout Session 6 (In-Person ONLY)
Use of Civil Claims When Title 14 Comes Up Short
Presented by The Honorable Jack Berryhill (ret.), Moye White LLP; Steven Epstein, Esq., Epstein Patierno, LLP; and William F. Jones, Esq., Moye White LLP.
10:55 - 11:10 am
Stretch Break and Transition Between Breakout Sessions
11:10 - 12:10 pm
Breakout Sessions 7-9
Breakout Session 7 (In-Person or Webinar)  
Let's Make a Deal: Effectively Use Your Mediator
Presented by Courtney J. Cline, Esq., Cline Caldwell LLP; Richard J. (Dick) Rotole, Esq., Denver Mediation Experts; and Ben Stetler, Esq., Ben Stetler PLLC.
Submitted for .2 Ethics/Professionalism Credits
Breakout Session 8 (In-Person or Webinar)
The Games People Play - Hidden Assets and Hidden Income
Presented by Tiffany J. Nelson, CPA, Nelson Consulting, LLC; Nicoal Sperrazza, Esq., The Law Office of Nicoal C. Sperrazza; and Danaé D. Woody, Esq., Woody Law Firm, LLC.
Submitted for .3 Ethics/Professionalism Credits
Breakout Session 9 (In-Person ONLY)
Planning for Polyamory from A-Z: A Panel Discussion of Premarital Agreements, Parenting, Divorce, and Death in Polyamorous Relationships
Presented by The Honorable Rachel Catt, 17th Judicial District; Laurence I. Gendelman, Esq., Gendelman Klimas, Ltd.; and Hannah Leisman, Esq., Gendelman Klimas, Ltd.
Submitted for .2 Ethics/Professionalism Credits and .2 EDI Credits
12:10 - 1:30 pm
Lunch Break - Lunch on Your Own
1:30 - 1:45 PM
Welcome Back Remarks and a Message from CBA Family Law Section Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Committee
1:45 - 2:45 pm
The Evolution of Dissolution and How Family Law Practitioners Can Change the Face of Divorce for the Better
Presented by Laura Wasser, Esq., Wasser, Cooperman & Mandles, P.C.
2:45 - 3:10 pm
Networking Break and Transition to Breakout Sessions
3:10 - 4:10 pm
Breakout Sessions 10-11
Breakout Session 10 (In-Person or Webinar)  
Litigating Marital Agreements: the Hows, the Whats, the Whens and the Gray Space
Presented by Kara Chrobak, Esq., Sherman & Howard, L.L.C., Marte Timmers, Esq., Sherman & Howard L.L.C.; The Honorable Paul Dunkelman, 5th Judicial District; and The Honorable Andrew Hartman, 20th Judicial District.
Breakout Session 11 (In-Person or Webinar)  
Evidence Battle: Practical Application of Evidence Rules and Case Law
Presented by Courtney Baldwin, Esq., Polidori Franklin Monahan & Beattie L.L.C., Robin Lutz Beattie, Esq., Polidori Franklin Monahan & Beattie L.L.C., Natalie C. Simpson, Esq., Polidori Franklin Monahan & Beattie L.L.C., Hannah Jannicelli Westmont, Esq., Polidori Franklin Monahan & Beattie L.L.C., and Heather M. White, Esq., Polidori Franklin Monahan & Beattie L.L.C.
4:10 - 4:20 pm
Stretch Break and Transition Between Breakout Sessions
4:20 - 5:10 pm
Breakout Sessions 12-13
Breakout Session 12 (In-Person or Webinar)  
So, You Want to Represent Children…
Presented by The Honorable Karen L. Brody, 2nd Judicial District; Krista Nash, Esq., Nash Family Law, PC; and Kristen McLaughlin Tarrin, Esq., McLaughlin Tarrin Law.
Presentation preparation provided by David Littman, Esq., Littman Family Law and Mediation Services
Breakout Session 13 (In-Person or Webinar)  
Am I Solving the Problem . . . or Have I Become the Problem?  
Presented by Daniel N. Deasy, Esq., Ammarell Deasy, LLP, and Shawn M. Moussou, Esq., Ammarell Deasy, LLP.
5:10 - 7:30 pm (with Round 1 starting at 5:30 pm)
Music Video Bingo
Sponsored by New Leaf Family
Test your music video knowledge in this friendly competition with your colleagues and friends.  During this interactive event, you'll have the traditional fun of bingo mixed with the entertainment and vibe of music videos as songs replace the numbers on your bingo card. Light appetizers, wine, and beer will be served and prizes awarded to our bingo winners.
Saturday August 12, 2023
7:15 - 8:00 am
Yoga with Yoga Danny
7:30 - 8:30 am
Breakfast and Coffee
8:30 - 8:45 am
Welcome Back Remarks
Messages from CBA/DBA/CBA-CLE Leadership and DBA Metro Volunteer Lawyers
8:45 - 9:45 am
The Case for Trauma Informed Lawyering: An Ethical and Professional Imperative
Presented by Jennifer Feingold, Esq., Feingold Horton, PLLC; Kathleen McNamara, PhD, Kathleen McNamara, PhD, PLLC; and The Honorable Meghan Saleebey, 19th Judicial District.
Submitted for .3 Ethics/Professionalism Credits and .3 EDI Credits
9:50 - 10:50 am
Judge's Panel - Best Trial Practices from the Perspective of the Reviewing Bench
Presented by The Honorable Terry Fox, Colorado Court of Appeals; The Honorable Katharine E. Lum, Colorado Court of Appeals; and The Honorable Neeti V. Pawar, Colorado Court of Appeals.
Moderated by Kate M. Lewis, Esq., Cooper | Ramp | Cage | Bucar | Lewis, Program Chair, and Rebecca K. Goldmanis, Esq., Kokish & Goldmanis, PC, Program Co-Chair.
Submitted for .3 EDI Credits
10:50 - 11:10 am
Networking Break
11:10 am - 12:00 pm
2023 FLI Case Law Update
Presented by Christopher Griffiths, Esq., Griffiths Law PC, and Courtney McConomy, Esq., Sherr, Puttmann, Akins, Lamb PC.
12:00 pm
Location Information
The Hythe Vail
715 West Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81657
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Registration Fees
Non Member $779.00
CBA Member $584.00
CBA Family Law Section Member $479.00
CLE BASIC Pass Holder $389.00
Active Military $295.00
Public Service/Government $295.00
CLE ELITE Pass Holder $295.00
Paralegal/Legal Support Staff $295.00
New Lawyer Edge Partner $292.00
Student Currently Enrolled in Law School $149.00
  • General Credits: 14.00
  • Ethics Credits: 1.80
  • EDI Credits: 3.20

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August 10, 2023 - August 12, 2023
Start Time - End Time
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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