We are proud to present this double issue of Family Law Quarterly to our readers! Our electronic publishing format allows us more flexibility in releasing issues, so we decided to combine our 2019 Spring and Summer issues to get them to you more quickly. Each of the issues has articles we hope you will find informative and useful.
The Spring issue this year is made up entirely of the yearly Schwab Essay contest winners and features articles of critical importance to families. Rachel Schwartzman’s article analyzes the role of final-offer arbitration in the divorce settlement process; Caitlyn Garcia explores the efficacy of replacing foster care with family care under the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018; and George Emmons examines how domestic violence perpetrators are able to game the system and gain immigration benefits.
Next we have the Summer issue, “Becoming a Family Lawyer.” It is meant to be a helpful guide if you are just starting out as a family law attorney or would like to figure out where to start if you do not have experience in the field. As a family law professor who has received phone calls from attorneys who would be pleased to take on family law clients but aren’t sure how to begin, I am glad that this resource can help point attorneys in the right direction. Even if you have been practicing family law for decades, there will also likely be some interesting and helpful information in this issue for you, too.
As always, thank you for your readership. We appreciate you!
Kendra Huard Fershee
Editor in Chief
Family Law Quarterly