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    July 21, 2021

    Reserve Your Spot: Virtual Family Law Workshop is Aug. 5-6

    Registration is open for the 40th Annual Family Law Workshop. This year's event on Aug. 5 and 6 will be held virtually, and features the latest issues in the family law.

    July 21, 2021 – Registration is open for the 40th Annual Family Law Workshop on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6, 2021.

    Hosted by the State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section, the event returns after it was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID​-19 pandemic.

    This year’s event, held virtually, offers flexibility – there is no need to drive to Sturgeon Bay to attend. You can connect from wherever you are, and can choose to attend one or both days.

    Latest Issues in Family Law

    nameThis year’s workshop provides two half-days of CLE programming on the latest issues in the family law field, including Thursday’s opening session on “Race and Equity in Family Law – an Introduction,” presented by Monica Cail, Robert Held, and Korey Lundin, of Legal Action of Wisconsin.

    Race equity, they say, is needed to achieve justice. But colorblindness is not the answer to racism. “While the current family law system enforces racial inequalities, family law can be used as a tool to achieve better racial equity,” say the presenters, who will discuss the issue of child support, the idea that marriage is a solution to poverty, and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported murder as the third most common cause of death for Native American and Alaskan Native women.

    “America’s history of racism is complex, and remains deeply rooted in its legal framework,” say the presenters. “Those policies have real consequences on people living in the U.S. today.”

    Other sessions include:

    • The Challenging World of Surrogacy: Here and Abroad;

    • Dealing with Difficult Lawyers and Clients;

    • Navigating the Maze of Personal and Business Tax Returns to Determine Income Available for Support;

    • Ethical Minefields - 20 Hypothetical Considerations for Family Lawyers;

    • Legislative and case law updates.

    There will also be legislative and case law update, two ethics presentations, and some time for socializing, too. See the schedule on

    How to Register for the 2021 Family Law Workshop

    The State Bar will be applying to the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for up to 9.0 CLE credits, including 2.0 EPR credits, as well as judicial legal education credits.

    Family Law in the Pandemic

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    Shutdowns and social distancing triggered a lot of issues in the family law area, especially for those with child custody and placement orders in place. Moving forward, what types of issues will family law attorneys be dealing with? Donna Ginzl, a family law attorney at the Anderson O'Brien Law Firm in Stevens Point, says she saw placement and parental disputes about whether children should be in school, summer camps, and day care program environments amid COVID-19.

    Learn more: Don't miss the 40th Annual Family Law Section Workshop, which will take place virtually, Aug.5-6, 2021.

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