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AAML Local Chapters' Meeting

Patrick Dragga and Kevin Hessler attended the Maryland, DC. and Virginia Chapters’ May Meeting at Lansdown Resort in Northern Virginia for comradery and continuing legal education.  The retreat, which has become an annual event gives Fellows for the Tri-state area a chance to recreate and hear specialists in various subject areas opine about current issues in Family law. 

This year’s topic was a serious matter with a humorous name:  the 10 dumbest things people do to hide money.  From hiding cash in the drop ceiling to overpaying income taxes, our speaker, noted attorney, CPA, business valuator and fraud examiner, Fellow Jeff Brend of Illinois, took us through many of the tricks used for hiding money before or during a divorce proceeding.  While some vignettes were funny, efforts to disadvantage a spouse in divorce are not.  From “paper” and “electronic” trails to Bitcoins vigilance and care in discovering the marital estate are more critical than ever.  

Patrick Dragga Attends AAML Mid-Year Meeting

Pat Dragga attended the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers mid-year meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  The meeting provided an opportunity for Fellows from across the nation to meet and to hear a variety of presentations.  The programs focused on practical knowledge for attorneys in and out of the courtroom.  Speakers included well-respected psychologist, Dr. Sol Rappaport, who, with Fellows Sherri Evans and David Steerman, put on a presentation regarding the neuroscience and heuristics of how people make decisions. Sean Carter, a self-described Humorist at Law, spoke about ethical guidelines, pitfalls and concerns involving social media and legal marketing. 

Vince Wills Named as Family Law Practitioner of the Year

Congratulations to Vince Wills on being named the Family Law Practitioner of the Year by the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County!  This honor is given in recognition of his contributions and commitment to continuing legal education for lawyers.  The Section is hosting a celebratory event on June 19, 2017 honoring Vince.

Vince has been a partner in the firm since 2001, after joining Dragga & Callahan in 1996.  Since 1996, his practice has concentrated primarily on family law, and particularly on complex litigation and appellate matters.

Most recently, Vince co-chaired the 21st Annual Symposium on Family Law.  He was the Moderator for the Electronically Stored Information (ESI) seminar for the Maryland Bar Association, and co-presenter with Kathleen Dumais on the topic of discussing relocation in custody disputes for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers of Maryland, Virginia, and DC Joint Chapter Spring Retreat.

Vincent M. Wills, Co-Chair of 21st Annual Symposium on Family Law

On Friday, November 11, 2016, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Maryland Chapter, will present the 21st Annual Symposium on Family Law.  The Co-Chairs of the Event are James D. Milko, Esquire and Vincent M Wills, Esquire.  Mr. Milko and Mr. Wills will welcome the attendees and introduce the speakers for the Morning Program, including, Dr. Robert Simon, Alvin Frederick, Esquire, and Gregory B. Cerbone, Esquire.  

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Maryland, Virginia & District of Columbia Joint Chapter Spring Retreat 2016

On May 14, 2016, Patrick W. Dragga, Kevin Hessler, and Vincent M. Wills attended the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Maryland, Virginia & District of Columbia Joint Chapter Spring Retreat in Cambridge, Maryland. The topic of the retreat was Relocation Issues in Custody Disputes. Vincent M. Wills and Kathleen Dumais presented part of the program, specifically addressing relocation discussions with Clients. The other presenters were the Hon. Cynthia Callahan, who offered a Judicial Perspective on application of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), and Shannon Hines, Esquire, who discussed the Role of the State Department and Available Resources.

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