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D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Training: Family Court Volunteer Attorney Negotiator Program Webinar

November 17, 2020

The District of Columbia Superior Court Family Court has Attorney Negotiators available to assist litigants with reaching an amicable solution to the problems they have presented to the Court. The overarching goal of working with the Attorney Negotiator is to facilitate conversations that empower litigants to resolve their own issues. If the parties are able to come to an agreement on all the issues before the Court, a Court Order will be issued and the case may be closed. As the Attorney Negotiators provide support to the judicial officers assigned to the DR II calendar, the types of matters addressed include custody, divorce, visitation, child support, legal separation, property distribution, alimony, and annulments. 
The Family Court Volunteer Attorney Negotiator Program (VAN) is an opportunity for compassionate attorneys with family law experience and good active listening skills to enhance familial stability by facilitating communication and using negotiation skills to resolve issues. It is a very meaningful way of giving back to the community in which we work and/or live.
This training includes pre-recorded trainings that will provide a comprehensive overview to the VAN program and a live webinar that will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the VAN program.
Topics to be covered include:
  • Family Law Primer
  • Process Overview
  • Neutrality
  • Review of Orders
  • What to do when there is no resolution
  • Perspectives from the Bench
  • Next Steps
Format of the training:
  • Prior to the webinar, registrants will receive a pre-recorded training. The videos are the core of the training and are available to do at your own pace It is highly recommended that registrants view these videos in their entirety prior to the webinar.
  • On Tuesday, November 17, there will be a live webinar to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the VAN program as well as the status of remote hearings. Trainees will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Important Information:
  • Family law and mediation experience is required.
  • Malpractice insurance is not provided by the D.C. Superior Court or the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center to attorneys who volunteer as attorney negotiators. 
  • All attorneys who attend this training will be required to observe a Family Court Attorney Negotiator for at least one negotiation, as well as volunteer twice before May 1, 2021
Sponsors: D.C. Superior Court
Co-Sponsors: Family Law Community; Public Interest and Courts Community; Litigation Community
If you have any questions, please contact Alison Percich, Training and Volunteer Specialist, at probonotraining@dcbar.org.

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