Speaker: Larry Gaughan
CME: 1.5 Family CME
Cost: $25 Members/ $35 General Public
Networking: 7-7:30pm (coffee, soda and light snacks will be provided)
The misconception that there may be a fixed "legal" solution for many mediated divorce cases has created unnecessary difficulties in communication between mediators of different professions. A proper understanding of how the formal system of divorce law works (and often doesn't work) may help to bridge these gaps. This article is intended to enable mediators who are not attorneys to be more comfortable with some useful concepts and guidelines inside the legal box. It is also intended to enable mediators who are lawyers to expand the scope of their skills and knowledge into the important areas of divorce settlements outside of the legal box.
About the Speaker
Larry Gaughan graduated from Montana and Virginia Law Schools and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1967. He was a full-time faculty member at Virginia, Washington & Lee, and George Mason Law Schools, being a tenured full Professor at that latter two. From 1975-1999 he gave the annual Recent Developments in Virginia Family Law lecture at the Virginia State Bar annual convention. He was a member of the first Board of Governors of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar from 1978-1982. During the academic year 1979-1980 he was Scholar in Residence at the Georgetown Family Center, which at that time was in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School. In 1980 he founded Family Mediation of Greater Washington and has continued as its Professional Director to the present time. Larry has handled approximately 3,000 cases as a mediator, mostly dealing with divorce settlements. He was one of the founders of the Academy of Family Mediators in 1981. He is a founding member – advanced mediator of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, and is a member of its Certification Committee. Larry is a certified senior mediator onwww.mediate.com. As an attorney he is rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the national rating service for lawyers, as "AV® Preeminent™". They describe this as meaning the "Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards". He has numerous endorsements on LinkedIn.