2019 Annual Family Law Seminar

Location: South Texas College of Law, 1303 San Jacinto, Houston 77002


Annual Family Law Seminar

South Texas College of Law - Garrett-Townes Auditorium

6.5 Hours CLE (1.00 ethics)


Divorce, Custody, support, remain one of the largest legal needs of low-income Houstonians. HVL’s long-running Family Law Seminar is an opportunity to learn from experts on how to handle such a case. From how to file for an indigent client, to what to file when, to what other legal issues might overlap with case, and even an opportunity to hear from sitting Family Judges on what to expect in their courtrooms, this seminar is designed to give you the tools to handle one of these cases. It is a chance to learn not just the necessary aspects of family law, but also the changing nature of pro bono representation with new updates to the rules regarding indigent clients.

*The seminar is free if you accept a pro bono family law case through HVL, either at the seminar or if you accepted a case after September 1, 2019. 



Course Director and Moderator: Norma Levine Trusch

8:00-8:30:  Registration

8:30-8:45:  Welcoming Remarks

8:45-9:30:  Houston Volunteer Lawyers and You.  Jessie Campbell, Pro Bono & Outreach Director, Houston Volunteer Lawyers.

9:30-10:30:  Protective Orders.  Abby Frank, Managing Attorney, Texas Legal Services Center, Crime Victims Program

10:30-10:45:  Coffee Break

10:45-11:15:  You've Been Served - or Have You?  Angela McKinnon, Houston Volunteer Lawyers

11:15-12:15:  The ABCs of a Divorce Case. Trey Yates, Law Office of Sam M. (Trey) Yates III

12:15-12:30:  Get Lunch

12:30-1:15:  Lunch & Judges' Panel.

  • Judge Tristan H. Longino - 245th District Court
  • Judge Sandra Peake - 257th District Court
  • Judge Barbara J. Stalder - 280th District Court

1:15-1:45:  Temporary Orders. Ronique Bastine Robinson, Bastine Law Group

1:45-2:15:  Child Support - There's Never Enough.  Amy Christine Allen, Gray Reed & McGraw LLP

2:15-2:30:  Coffee Break

2:30-3:00:  Property Division Issues.  Warren Cole, Law Office of Warren Cole

3:00-3:30:  When Custody is at Issue.  Sara Springer Valentine, Burgower Law LLP

3:30-4:00:  Nuts & Bolts of Family Court.  Elizabeth Tran, Staff Attorney, Houston Volunteer Lawyers

4:00:  Meet your HVL Mentor

Posted: July 26, 2019