Marriage Showcase hosted by Virginia State Bar Family Law Section at Annual Meeting

Each summer the Virginia State Bar (VSB) hosts its annual meeting at Virginia Beach.  This year, the Family Law Section is hosting the Showcase Continuing Legal Education (CLE) on Marriage.  National Legal Foundation Director and President Steven Fitschen (Regent Law JD '99, MA Public Policy '92, MDiv '92) will be a panelist at the event.  Here's the invitation from the Chair of the Family Law Section of the VSB:

The Virginia State Bar 76th Annual Meeting is fast approaching and we hope you are making plans to come to Virginia Beach on June 12 – 15.   Our Section is co-sponsoring the Showcase CLE seminar, Marriage in Virginia: The Changing Status of Same-Sex Couples and Their Families, and we encourage your attendance.  The CLE program will be held at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 14th at the Sheraton Oceanfront, 3501 Atlantic Avenue, Grand Ballroom. To receive CLE credit for the seminar, you must register for the Annual Meeting. 

Immediately before the seminar, at approximately 9:30 a.m., we will convene our Business Meeting of the Family Law Section in the Aqua VI restaurant of the hotel, right off the lobby.   Section members are requested - and encouraged - to attend this meeting, where new Board members and new officers will be elected.  I hope you will be able to join us.
Very truly yours,
Carl J. Witmeyer, II, Esq., Section Chair
Here are some details on the program for this event:

This CLE to be sponsored by the VSB's Family Law Section and the Diversity Conference will feature a debate on the right of marriage and the issue of redefining or reaffirming the definition of marriage and the benefits of marriage in Virginia.
Saturday, June 14 – 9:45 a.m., 2.0 credits; ---ethics, Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel/Grand Ballroom
Keynote Address:   Hon. Mark R. Herring – Attorney General of Virginia, Richmond.
The program will include a panel discussion of issues, will all perspectives represented, including:
Steven W. Fitschen, (Regent Law '02) President, National Legal Foundation, Virginia Beach; Prof. Rena M. Lindevaldsen, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Liberty University School of Law, Lynchburg;  Charles B. Lustig, Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock PC, Virginia Beach; Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell  III, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, Richmond; Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), San Francisco, CA; and Dr. Joseph P. Price, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.  Moderator - Manuel A. Capsalis, Capsalis Fitzgerald PLC, Leesburg.

Whether you are a lawyer attending the event, or anyone interested in this subject matter, find out why marriage is so important to state public policy by accessing "Marriage, State Domestic Relations Policy, and Family Strength," at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2427462

When families are altered by the expansion of marriage the effects on law and culture can be wide-ranging.  Read more about this difference in "How Will the Proliferation and Recognition of Domestic Partnerships Affect Marriage?" at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=269418.

Family restoration requires strong marriage policy for family strength.   

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