Melissa Boyd Completes Training to Become a Certified Arbitrator for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (August 19, 2013) – High Swartz LLP, a general practice law firm based in Norristown, Pa., announced that Partner Melissa M. Boyd has recently completed training to become a Certified Arbitrator for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). The 21st AAML Arbitration Training Institute was held in Chicago August 2 – 4, 2013, and covered a variety of topics, including: history of family law arbitration, pre-arbitration issues, rules of arbitration, and tips for conducting a successful arbitration hearing. Boyd now joins the 288 active AAML Fellows in 34 states as a Certified AAML Matrimonial Law Arbitrator.

AAML was founded in 1962 by domestic relations attorneys “To provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.” The Academy Fellows are highly skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in all facets of family law, including: divorce, annulment, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, marital settlement agreements, child custody and visitation, business valuations, property valuations and division, alimony, child support and other family law issues.

The recent adoption of the AAML Model Family Law Arbitration Act (Model Act) has generated interest in an alternative dispute resolution methodology; the Model Act includes both a framework for state family law arbitration statutes and suggested rules for arbitration. As a Certified Arbitrator, Boyd will be able to work with parties who voluntarily agree to submit part or all of their dispute to a decision maker known as an Arbitrator. The parties and the Arbitrator control the issues submitted, the manner in which the arbitration will be conducted, and declare whether the decision will be binding and final, or non-binding. The arbitration process is typically less formal, less expensive, and more expeditious than a hearing or trial in a courtroom.

Boyd concentrates her practice on divorce, pre-nuptial and post-divorce agreements, as well as child custody and support, equitable distribution, alimony, adoptions, protection from abuse and juvenile law. She is also a current member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA’s) Family Law Section (FLS) Council, overseeing and managing the programs, activities and initiatives of the section, and has served on many other committees for the PBA’s FLS over the years.

Boyd also is an active member of the Family Law Section of the Montgomery Bar Association, as well as the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court for Family Law, and frequently presents on family law topics to these organizations as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Boyd is a graduate of Washington College, and received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Founded in 1914, High Swartz LLP is a general practice law firm with a rich history and tradition of excellence in serving clients in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and the Mid-Atlantic. For more information, please visit www.highswartz.com

Melissa Boyd Appointed to Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section Executive Committee

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (August 15, 2013) – High Swartz LLP, a general practice law firm based in Norristown, Pa., announced that Partner Melissa M. Boyd was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA’s) Family Law Section (FLS) Executive Committee. The PBA was established in 1895; its FLS is comprised of approximately 1,400 attorneys, and is committed to the development and practical working of the law relating to marriage, divorce, child support and domestic relations matters. More information about the PBA and the FLS may be found at https://www.pabar.org/.Daniel J. Clifford, managing partner of Weber Gallagher’s Norristown, Pa. office, appointed Boyd as one of his first actions as the new PBA FLS chair. An active member of the PBA FLS since 2004, Boyd’s responsibilities for this one-year term include: assisting in making decisions on various PBA FLS initiatives, including legislative initiatives, conference meetings, by-laws, and financial decisions.Boyd concentrates her practice on divorce, pre-nuptial and post-divorce agreements, as well as child custody and support, equitable distribution, alimony, adoptions, protection from abuse and juvenile law. She is also a current member of the PBA’s FLS Council, overseeing and managing the programs, activities and initiatives of the section, and has served on many other committees for the PBA’s FLS over the years.In addition to the PBA FLS, Boyd is an active member of the Family Law Section of the Montgomery Bar Association, as well as the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court for Family Law, and frequently presents on family law topics to these organizations as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Boyd is a graduate of Washington College, and received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law.Founded in 1914, High Swartz LLP is a general practice law firm with a rich history and tradition of excellence in serving clients in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and the Mid-Atlantic. For more information, please visit www.highswartz.com

Melissa Boyd Moderates Custody Program for Pennsylvania Bar Institute

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (August 12, 2013) – High Swartz LLP, a general practice law firm based in Norristown, Pa., announced that Partner Melissa M. Boyd will serve as coordinator and moderator for the Custody CLE Program for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI). The program, Pennsylvania’s Custody Statute: Over Two Years Later and Still Evolving, will be held on August 22, 2013 at the CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor, Suite 1010 of the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia, and is also available at other locations via simulcast and from anywhere via Webcast. PBI is the continuing education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), formed to provide Pennsylvania lawyers with information that is timely, practical, cost effective, and of the highest possible quality. Registration and CLE credit information for this program and other PBI courses is available at info@pbi.org or 800.932.4637.This timely update of the Custody Program addresses the controversial Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling on the Custody Statute; the Court adopted Rule of Civil Procedure 1915.11-1, which abolished the use of parent coordinators in Pennsylvania child custody cases, stating that only judges may make decisions in such cases. The Custody Program will also cover other amendments and adopted rules to the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure related to domestic relations, which will all become effective on September 3, 2013. Several parts of a custody case will be reviewed, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask Boyd and other family law practitioners and trial and appellate judges questions about the Statute and related issues.Boyd concentrates her practice on divorce, pre-nuptial and post-divorce agreements, as well as child custody and support, equitable distribution, alimony, adoptions, protection from abuse and juvenile law. She is also a current member of the PBA’s Family Law Section (FLS) Council, overseeing and managing the programs, activities and initiatives of the section, and has served on many other committees for the PBA’s FLS over the years.Boyd is also an active member of the Family Law Section of the Montgomery Bar Association, as well as the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court for Family Law, and frequently presents on family law topics to these organizations as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Boyd is a graduate of Washington College, and received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law.Founded in 1914, High Swartz LLP is a general practice law firm with a rich history and tradition of excellence in serving clients in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and the Mid-Atlantic. For more information, please visit www.highswartz.com.

High Swartz Partner Mary Cushing Doherty Teaches Family Law Course for Pennsylvania Bar Institute

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (August 8, 2013) – High Swartz LLP, a general practice law firm based in Norristown, Pa., announced that Partner Mary Cushing Doherty recently taught a course for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI). The course, Family Law 101, was held on July 23, 2013 at PBI’s Philadelphia headquarters in the Wanamaker building, and was also available at other locations via simulcast. The PBI is the continuing education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), formed to provide Pennsylvania lawyers with information that is timely, practical, cost effective, and of the highest possible quality. Registration information for PBI courses is available at info@pbi.org or 800.932.4637.A faculty member of the PBI, Doherty reviewed several basic concepts during the course, including: step-by-step instruction on approaching domestic relations practice; proven methods of lines of attack when beginning a case; questions to ask and when to ask them; forms needed and those to avoid; and the most effective means to represent a client.With more than 30 years of experience in family law, Doherty concentrates her practice on all aspects of marital dissolution, including divorce, child custody, spousal support and alimony, pre-marital and marital agreements, complex property division, and service as a private arbitrator. She is a member of the Montgomery County, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations’ Family Law Sections, and served as chair of the PBA Family Law Section in 1999 – 2000.Doherty is also active at the state and national level of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, serving as Pennsylvania’s governor, as well as the PBA’s Commission on Women in the Profession. She is a frequent lecturer and author in the field of family law, and has served as course planner for programs sponsored by the PBI, PBA, and Montgomery Bar Association. She earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Delaware.Founded in 1914, High Swartz LLP is a general practice law firm with a rich history and tradition of excellence in serving clients in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and the Mid-Atlantic. For more information, please visit www.highswartz.com.

Mary Cushing Doherty Serves on Ethics Panel at PBA’s Family Law Section Summer Meeting

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (August 5, 2013) – High Swartz LLP, a general practice law firm based in Norristown, Pa., announced that Partner Mary Cushing Doherty recently served as moderator on the Ethics Panel of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Family Law Section (FLS) Summer 2013 Meeting held at Gaylord Resort, National Harbor, Md. The Plenary Session, titled “What They Don’t Teach You in Law School,” was held on July 13, 2013, and featured former President Clinton’s attorney, David E. Kendall, and several other panelists in a discussion of ethical issues that arise in practicing family law. The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) was established in 1895, and has grown to more than 29,000 members. The Family Law Section (FLS) is comprised of approximately 1,400 attorneys and is committed to the development and practical working of the law relating to marriage, divorce, child support and domestic relations matters. More information about the PBA and the FLS may be found at https://www.pabar.org/.With more than 30 years of experience in family law, Doherty concentrates her practice on all aspects of marital dissolution, including divorce, child custody, spousal support and alimony, pre-marital and marital agreements, complex property division, and service as a private arbitrator. She is a member of the Montgomery County, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations’ Family Law Sections, and served as chair of the PBA Family Law Section in 1999 – 2000.Doherty is also active at the state and national level of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, serving as Pennsylvania’s governor, as well as the PBA’s Commission on Women in the Profession. She earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Delaware.Founded in 1914, High Swartz LLP is a general practice law firm with a rich history and tradition of excellence in serving clients in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and the Mid-Atlantic. For more information, please visit www.highswartz.com.