2022 Harold R. Kemp Annual Family Law Symposium

October 9th & 10th, 2022

An advanced live interactive webinar and an in-person update on family law in Ohio.

Registrants will have the option of attending the Symposium IN-PERSON or REMOTELY. Your preference will be noted at the time you register.

Wijdan Jreisat, Program Chair

Columbus Marriott Northwest Hotel
5605 Blazer Parkway
Dublin, Ohio 43017

Streaming services provided by the Ohio State Bar Association.

The Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) is proud to host our annual Harold R. Kemp Family Law Symposium. For more than thirty years, legal professionals including attorneys, magistrates, and judges from across Ohio have attended the Symposium, learning about best practices for family law and ways to provide clients with even better services.

We look forward to hosting more Symposiums in the future and continuing to work with the best and brightest minds in legal education to ensure family lawyers, magistrates, and judges in Ohio have the tools to realize their full potential.


2022 AAML Ohio Symposium

Sunday October 9, 2022 (In Person Attendees Only)

5:00 - 6:00 Interstate Love Song: UCCJEA and UIFSA in Your Practice
Amy M. Keating, JD and Ryan Nowlin, JD (Cleveland, OH)

Take a deep dive into the UCCJEA and UIFSA including initial home state jurisdiction for interstate custody issues, how to approach a transfer of jurisdiction in relocation cases, best practices for advising clients with complicated factual backgrounds in custody matters spanning different states (or nations), UIFSA’s impact on support obligees’ efforts to establish, modify, and enforce interstate child support orders, and how to effectively navigate continuing exclusive jurisdiction when both parents no longer reside in the state of the original support order.

6:00 - 7:00 Tear the Roof Off the Sucker: Real Property in Divorce
Brett Thomas, Matt Neumer, Chris Roteff, and Terri Price (Columbus, OH)

Join us for a panel discussion of the practical and legal considerations of real property in divorce. Mr. Thomas will moderate a panel including a loan officer, underwriter and appraiser to provide needed insight and practical considerations for your practice.

Monday October 10, 2022 (In Person or Interactive Webinar Attendees)

8:30 - 9:30 525,600 Minutes…of Case Law
Gary J. Gottfried, JD (Westerville, OH)

Mr. Gottfried will present his can’t-miss case law update on all decisions of relevance or interest over the past year.

9:30 - 11:00 OK, Computer: Cutting Edge Evidence
Jessica Janicek, JD and Heather King, JD (Southlake, TX)

The concepts of evidence have continued to evolve and become more complicated. The proliferation of social media, the technological aspects of communications and the options for tracking same and non verbal communication (i.e. emojis, emoticons, gifs, etc.) make this is a constantly changing landscape. Effectively using evidence in family law cases is a must for successfully presenting your case. This presentation focuses on the Federal Rules of Evidence that are widely applicable across the United States to help practitioners admit or exclude evidence.

11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 A Matter of Trust: Best Laid Plans in Estate Planning
Whitney Maxson, JD and Tim Tepe, JD (Cincinnati, OH)

What makes great sense in estate planning while married can wreak havoc when the marriage falls apart. This session will focus on the various estate planning vehicles that may be present in a marital estate and the tensions between estate planning and tax law against the concepts of marital and separate property. In addition to exploring the possible legal effects of such planning as it pertains to division of property and support, this session will explore options when trusts, family partnerships and other estate planning vehicles are involved.

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 - 1:15 Friedman Award

Presentation of this year’s Friedman Professionalism Award by the AAML, the Ohio Chapter

1:15 – 2:45 All You Need is Love: Equal Protection for Non-Traditional Families
Diana Adams, JD (New York, NY)

Mx. Adams discusses how all families, regardless of biological relationship or legal marriage, are deserving of equal legal rights and recognition. They will present a vision for how US laws can benefit all families -- from same-sex bonds to multi-parent partnerships -- and explain options for the family lawyer to provide legal protections for that family.

2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00– 4:30 Just the Two of Us: Splitting Time After Splitting Up
Kiilu Davis, JD (Scottsdale, AZ), Corinne Hoover Six, JD (Akron, OH)Honorable James Brown (Franklin Cty) Honorable Diane Palos (Cuyahoga Cty) and Honorable Cynthia Martin (Greene Cty)

Mr. Davis will present on the ever changing landscape and culture of Equal Parenting Time Plans – and how Arizona has approached the issue. Turning our attention closer to home, with several legislative bills seeking to presume a 50/50 parenting time schedule, we will review the status of the legislation and considerations as to the implementation of such new laws with a panel of local judges.

4:30- 5:00 Hot Tips:
I’m not a Businessman, I’m a Business, Man: Options for Your Options (and RSUs)
Andrea Cozza, JD (Westerville, OH)
She Works Hard for the Money: Vocational Experts
Zachary D. Smith, JD (Cincinnati, OH)
Because I Got High: The Collision of Medical Marijuana and Parenting
John M. Dohner, JD (Akron, OH)