Family Law

Message From the Chair

I am honored and privileged to be the Chair of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. I am so grateful to all my colleagues, friends, and family who helped and supported me in reaching this goal. I am thankful to have learned from my mentors, fellow lawyers and judges who have served in similar leadership positions. I am truly so excited to be Chair as we journey into a new decade.

Our Section has a strong sense of community and readily welcomes all attorneys interested in the area of family law. Our members have varying levels of experience in family law who are private practitioners from solo, small, medium, and large firms, members of the court and judiciary, educators, administrators, government employees and law students. We are deeply committed to the pillars of professionalism, civility, and diversity, as we strive to hone our legal skills to best serve our profession and our clients.

My Initiatives for My Term as Chair

As Chair, I can only achieve my goals with your help. I challenge each of you to step out of your comfort zone and BE FEARLESS! I urge you to do something you have never done before…mentor a young lawyer or law student, volunteer to take a pro bono case, speak at a CLE or seminar, attend the Bench Bar Conference or other bar association events. I dare you to begin the new decade with some firsts and share your ideas and experiences with the section.

I also want to improve our section’s membership and participation in the Bar Association. You can:

  • Attend Monthly Section Meetings (where you can gain court updates, case law/rule/legislative updates, and CLE programs to aid your practice),
  • Volunteer for one of our section subcommittees, to become more involved with the Bar Association and its committees;
  • Attend Bar Association events and bring a nonmember as a guest;
  • Engage in pro bono activities and volunteer at the Help Center. Members of our Section volunteer at the Help Center on the 11th Floor of the Family Court on Mondays and Wednesdays between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

I guarantee you will feel a sense of satisfaction. I also want to bolster the skills of the family law bar with practical programs that help your day-to-day practice issues. Notices for all meetings and CLE programs are on the Section’s web page and the list-serve.

Another goal is to partner with the Judiciary to improve the policies and procedures for litigants in the Philadelphia Family Courts and to ensure access to justice. We want to help improve the Court process, whether we can assist with developing alternative dispute resolution programs or providing pro se litigants with informational material or a video about the court system, our section is committed to working with the Court to ensure best practices are met. This will allow litigants to proceed through the Family Court system in a timely fashion, whether the issue is divorce, support, custody or related family law issues.

Finally, I want to inspire our young lawyers (and law students). Young lawyers and law students are the future of our section. We will continue to mentor and support young lawyers and law students. Our Section offers Peer-to-Peer and Law Student Mentoring Programs, which are invaluable to supporting, guiding and encouraging each other and upcoming attorneys.

In closing, I thank each of you for entrusting me to lead our section this year. I am grateful for your membership and for providing me with this opportunity. I challenge you to make a difference. Our strength is in our numbers – this is not a one-woman show. I look forward to a great year serving with you.

Randi L. Rubin

Monthly Section Meetings

Below are the dates of the monthly Section and Executive Committee Meetings. The Section Meetings will be held at noon in either the Family Court Building (1501 Arch Street; 15th Floor) or the Philadelphia Bar Association (1101 Market Street; 11th Floor Conference Center). Please check the list serv notices to confirm the exact locations of the meetings and to RSVP. The Executive Committee meetings will all be held at noon in the Philadelphia Bar Association in the 11th Floor Committee Room South. Kindly note that the Executive Committee Meetings are open to all members of the Section.

Family Law Section Meetings

The monthly meetings will be held on the 15th Floor of the Courthouse or the Philadelphia Bar Association, depending on the program that month.

  • January 13
  • February 3
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 4
  • June 8 (may be cancelled because we are having the Summer Soiree on June 23 or June 24)
  • July 13
  • August 3
  • September 14
  • October 5
  • November 9
  • December 7 (likely cancelled because of Annual Holiday Dinner will be considered the last FLS meeting of the year)

Family Law Executive Committee Meetings

The meetings will be at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Committee Room South

  • January 23
  • February 20
  • March 19
  • April 23
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 22
  • November 19
  • December 17 – Tentative

Minutes & Caselaw Update

Resources & Forms

Here you will find links to printable documents relating to various areas of Family Law. These forms and instructions were prepared under the sponsorship of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Family Law Section Mentoring Committee

As part of the Family Law Section's continuing commitments to improve attorney professionalism and competence, the Section offers two types of mentoring programs: Peer-to-Peer and Law Student. The Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program provides attorneys who are less experienced in the area of Family Law with the ability to connect and consult with an experienced Family Law attorney for guidance and support. If you are interested in participating as a Mentor or Mentee in the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program, please click here.

The Law Student Mentoring Program allows current students from regional law schools to connect with Family Law attorneys. The Mentors provide their Mentees with valuable knowledge and insight into the legal profession, while also providing practical advice on conquering the challenges of law school. Though the formal law student mentoring relationship is expected to be for one academic year, many Mentors and Mentees retain their connections for much longer. If you would like to participate as a Mentor or a Mentee in the Law Student Mentoring Program, please contact one of the Co-Chairs below.

Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the one of the Co-Chairs:

Lisa Shapson
Eileen G. Murphy
Judy McIntire Springer