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2020 AAML VIRTUAL ARBITRATION TRAINING
August 15 and August 22, 2020
Emily S. Bair
Lynn P. Burleson
Dale E. Console
Reginald A. Hirsch
Sally L. Pretorius
Barbara K. Runge
10:00 am ET / 9:00 am CST / 8:00 am MT / 7:00 am PT
Saturday, August 15, 2020 - Times based on CST
9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome
Susan Myres, AAML President
9:10-9:30 a.m. Introduction of Faculty and Program
9:30-10:00 a.m. Advantages and Disadvantages of
Family Law Arbitration
10:00-10:15 a.m. Presentation of Arbitration Option to Client
and Opposing Counsel
10:15-10:45 a.m. Limited Issue Arbitration Leichter
10:45-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00-11:45 a.m. Discussion
11:45-12:10 p.m. Uniform and Revised Uniform Arbitration Acts Burleson
12:10-12:35 p.m. Dedicated Statutes/Rules
12:35-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:10 p.m. AAML Model Act/ Uniform Family Law
2:10-2:40 p.m. Case Law
2:40-3:00 p.m. Discussion
3:00-3:20 p.m. Break
3:20-4:25 p.m. Effective Award Writing
4:25-4:45 p.m. Discussion and Presentation of Fact Pattern
for Award-Winning Exercise
Saturday, August 22, 2020 - Times based on CST
9:00-9:20 a.m. Critique of Arbitration Awards
9:20-10:10 a.m. Arbitration Agreements
10:10-10:25 a.m. Form language on Agreements
10:25-10:40 a.m. Break
10:40-11:25 a.m. Management of a Successful Arbitration Hearing Leichter
11:25-12:25 p.m. A 360° View of Virtual Arbitration Hirsch
12:25-1:10 p.m. Lunch
1:10-1:35 p.m. Pre-Arbitration Issues and Forms
1:35-2:10 p.m. Post Arbitration Issues and Forms
2:10-2:25 p.m. Discussion Faculty
2:25-2:40 p.m. Break
2:40-2:55 p.m. Arbitrator Selection Burleson
2:55-3:55 p.m. Ethical Issues in Arbitration Bair
3:55-4:10 p.m. Arbitration Fees and Costs
4:10-4:25 p.m. Arbitration Marketing
4:25-4:40 p.m. Discussion
MEET THE FACULTY
Emily S. "Sandy” Bair
Davis, Matthews & Quigley, P.C.
Emily "Sandy'' Bair was admitted to practice in Georgia in 1976, after receiving her bachelor's degree in 1968 from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and her J.
D. degree from Lamar School of Law at Emory University in 1976. Before joining Davis, Matthews & Quigley, Ms. Bair was the founder of Emily S. Bair & Associates, P. C. after a distinguished career with some of the largest law firms in
Atlanta to include Hurt, Richardson, Garner, Todd & Cadenhead and Kritzer & Levick, P.C.
Ms. Bair practices exclusively in the field of family law. She has been a Certified Family Law Mediator for over 20 years with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and was certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in Family Arbitration in 1999. Sandy is a past president of
the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is former chair of the Family law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and chairperson for the Family Law Section of the Atlanta Bar
Association. She has served on the Georgia State Board of Governors and was an Adjunct Professor in Family Law at Emory University School of Law. She has been selected by other lawyers and Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine as a "Super Lawyer" on multiple occasions and has been listed in the Family Law Section of Best Lawyers in America since 2008. In 2017, Ms. Bair received "The George S. Stern Achievement Award" from the Georgia Chapter of the AAML for promoting professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.
Outside the office, Sandy enjoys golfing, long walks with good friends, and listening to classical music.
Lynn P. Burleson
Tharrington Smith, L.L.P.
Lynn Burleson was admitted to practice in North Carolina in 1980, after receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1970, his Master of Public Administration degree in 1974 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his J.D. degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1980. Before joining Tharrington Smith, Mr. Burleson served as a district court judge and was a partner in the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton. He has served as an adjunct professor of law for the Wake Forest University School of Law and High Point University.
Mr. Burleson practices exclusively in the field of family law. He is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialist in Family Law and is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is former chair Emeritus of the AAML Arbitration Committee and has served on the Board of Governors as the North Carolina Chapter Delegate. He has served as a faculty member of the national AAML Matrimonial Law Arbitration Institute for the last eight consecutive institutes. In 2009, he became a Diplomat of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. He has been listed among the "Legal Elite" by Business North Carolina and bas been designated as one of the "Super Lawyers" by Charlotte and Law and Politics magazines. He is listed in the Family Law Section of Best Lawyers in America and bas been named the "Raleigh Best Lawyers Family Lawyer of the Year." He has served as a chair of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and has served on the Board of Governors of the Association. Mr. Burleson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Bar Association for his service to the Family Law Section. He has served as president of both the Twenty-First Judicial District and the Forsyth County Bar Associations.
Mr. Burleson is an arbitrator for the Wake County North Carolina District Court Arbitration Program. He has been trained as an arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and as a family financial mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.
Dale E. Console
Dale E. Console, Esq., P.C.
Dale Console was admitted to practice in New Jersey in 1985 and served as law clerk to the Hon. Virginia A. Long, then judge of the Appellate Division and now a retired justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Ms. Console's practice is limited to family law. She has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1996 and is a former President of the New Jersey Chapter. She is a former Chair of the AAML National Arbitration Committee and currently serves as Chair Emeritus. This is her fifth appearance on the faculty of the AAML Arbitration Training Institute. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the NJSBA Family Law Executive Committee and is a former chair of the NJSBA Appellate Practice Committee.
Ms. Console represented the prevailing party in the 'landmark decision in Fawzy v.
Fawzy, 199 NJ 456 (2009) involving arbitration of child custody matters. She was appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Family Law Arbitration in 2014 which drafted the Court Rules and forms for family arbitration in New Jersey
and also serves on the Supreme Court Family Practice Committee which is reviewing and improving the Court Rules regarding family law arbitration.
Ms. Console frequently lectures on issues related to family law, appellate practice and family law arbitration.
Reginald A. Hirsch
Law Offices of Reginald A. Hirsch
Reginald A. Hirsch is a Texas Board Certified Family Lawyer and has been practicing family law in the Greater Houston area for over four decades.
Mr. Hirsch currently serves
as CLE chairman of the
Computer and Technology Section of
the State Bar of Texas. He is
a member of the American
Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since
1983. He also is recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer yearly since 2007 and America's Best Lawyer since 2010. He has written and published numerous articles
and delivered a multitude of lectures regarding Technology, Parental Alienation,
Child Custody Evaluations and Privacy
Rights. He has taught or lectured at all three of the Law Schools in Houston,
Mr. Hirsch is a native Houstonian and attended Lamar High School and continued his education
in Houston, Texas receiving his B.S. and Law Degree from the University of Houston in 1973.
Mr. Hirsch has served as President or Chair of the Harris County Young Family Lawyers Association, Houston Bar Association- Family Law Section, Burta Rhodes Raborn Family Law Inns of the Court and the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation. He has countless memberships and has received many honors throughout his career.
Mr. Hirsch is married
to Ms. Patricia Wicoff whom
is also a family law
attorney in Houston, Texas and their daughter, Sarah Hirsch Joyce,
followed in their parent's footsteps and is a family and appellate law attorney in Houston as well.
Leichter Leichter-Maroko, LLP
Alexandra Leichter is a partner in the Beverly Hills family law firm of Lelchter Lelchter-Maroko, LLP. She has been a California State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist since 1980 and has been in private law
practice for over 47 years.
She is a fellow of
the American Academy of Matrimonial
Lawyers, and a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Additionally, she is an AAML Certified Family Law Arbitrator.
Her practice involves major conflict child custody/visitation cases, high -income child support/spousal
support, domestic violence, and complex
property issues. In addition, she
serves as a mediator, arbitrator,
expert witness, and consultant In
various family law matters,
and volunteers in numerous Los
Angeles County family law
courtrooms as a Temporary
She has written and lectured widely on issues of characterization and division of property, on Jewish and
Islamic divorce laws affecting civil
divorces, child custody/visitation problems and
solutions, and domestic violence. She has
taught at both Loyola Law
School, and at the USC
Business School, and has volunteered her time in numerous capacities in the community. She is a member of the
Board of Directors of Levitt Quinn, a nonprofit family law firm.
In addition to English,
Alexandra speaks her native tongue,
Hungarian, conversational French, some Spanish and
conversational Yiddish (In fact, her
courtroom use of Yiddishisms is
legendary, and she interrupts her own arguments to spell the Yiddish words for the court reporter).
Myres & Associates, PLLC
Susan Myres has been practicing family law in the Houston area for over three decades. She created her own firm, Myres & Associates, in 2011. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, located in Houston, Texas. Susan has over 35 years of experience practicing family law in the Greater Houston area.
Ms. Myres is currently serving as president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), a respected, national organization of over 1600 members across the US who have taken tests and passed other rigorous challenges to become AAML Fellows. She is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and has served on the IAFL USA Board of
Ms. Myres obtained her B.S. from the University of Kansas and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She has been named to the annual list of Texas Super Lawyers every year since 2006. In 2016, she received the David A. Gibson Award for Professionalism and Excellence in the Practice of Family Law awarded by the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists.
Ms. Myres has served as president of both the Burta Rhodes Raborn
· F amily Law Inns of Court and the Association of Women Attorneys Foundation; in addition to many other memberships and honors. She
has authored and presented many papers on such subjects as family law litigation, international family law matters, alternative family law issues, insurance, mediation, mental health issues, child abuse and professional
Sally Pretorius is a Texas Board Certified Family Lawyer practicing in the Dallas/Plano area KoonsFuller. Ms. Pretorius has been recognized by Texas Lawyer as a Texas Rising Star (2014), Texas Super Lawyers (2014-2019)- Top 50 Women Texas (2018-current); Best Lawyers Under 40 (2016-2019) by D Magazine and has been published by Bloomberg Law and Texas Lawyer.
Ms. Pretorius served as
the President for the Texas
Young Lawyers from 2018-2019 and
served on the State Bar Board
of Directors from 2017-2020. She
currently as the currently serves
on the Commission for Lawyer
Discipline. On a local level,
she has served as
the Training Vice President for
the Junior League
of Dallas, sits on
the Board of Directors
for the Dallas County
Advocacy Center, is be a
co-chair for the Family
Place Partners Card for
2020, and sits on
the board for the Friends of Northaven Trail.
Ms. Pretorius is married to Adam Hodge and they have a 10-month-old daughter, Hannah and a
10-year-old German Short Haired Pointer named Molly, both who enjoy making cameo appearances on Zoom hearings and presentations.
Rick Robertson is a managing shareholder of KoonsFuller, P.C.
, the largest family law firm in Texas with offices in Dallas, Plano, Denton, Southlake and Houston. He is board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and "A-V''
rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 1997 and in the Texas publication of Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers each year since 2003. He
was the first family lawyer to appear on the cover of Texas' Super Lawyers (2011) and was chosen as the top family lawyer in Texas by Texas Lawyer in 2012.
Rick has served in many capacities in a number of family law organizations including as the President of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, on the board of trustees of the Texas Family Law Foundation, the Texas Family Law Council, the Computer and Technology Section Council and the Family Law Section of the Collin County Bar Association.
Rick is a frequent author and speaker on family law and technology topics for the State Bar of Texas and other organizations and also serves on the faculty of the Houston Family Law Trial Institute.
Barbara K. Runge
Barbara K. Runge, Attorney at Law
Barbara Runge has practiced law in the Greater Houston area for over 40 years. A sole practitioner, Ms
. Runge was admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1974 and licensed to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986. She has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law since 1981 and became certified in Arbitration by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1992. Further, she has received her negotiation training at Harvard Law School.
Ms. Runge obtained her B.A. from Texas Tech University and her J
.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law.
Currently serving on the Advisory Committee of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, Ms. Runge is a Life Fellow of the AAML Foundation. She has served as President of the Texas Chapter of the AAML, and as a governor representing Texas on the AAML Board of Governors. Further, she has been a co-editor of the Matrimonial Arbitration Book. Additionally, Ms. Runge has served on the Board of Trustees of Texas Tech University School of Law Foundation since 1982 and as President of the Board from 1993-2000.
Ms. Runge was honored to receive the David Gibson Award for Professionalism and Excellence in Family Law presented by the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists. Further, she has received both the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Distinguished Service Award from Texas Tech University School of Law. For many consecutive years, Ms. Runge has been named to the annual list of Texas Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.
Cancellation/Refunds offered up to and including August 1, 2020.
Note: A full refund of the registration fee will be honored if we are able to fill your spot. If not, only 1/2 of registration fee will be refunded.