Expert, Experienced Faculty
The Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law faculty are family law experts. The faculty are also skilled teachers with experience mentoring attorneys. They include full-time School of Law faculty, prominent attorneys and judges in the Baltimore-Washington area who have participated in the Practitioner Advisory Workgroup, which has developed the program’s curriculum.
Please direct questions about the Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law to Professor Robert Rubinson, Director of the Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law, at 410.837.4634 or email@example.com.
Stacey Rice (Psychology, Child Development and Mental Health in Family Law Matters) has focused her practice primarily on family law cases since 2006, is trained as a mediator in Parenting Plan and Child Access mediation, and serves as a Best Interest Attorney/Privilege Attorney/Child Advocate Attorney in Anne Arundel and Charles Counties. Before opening her own practice in 2018, she was a partner at Brassel, Alexander and Rice. She clerked for the Honorable Clayton Greene, Jr. on the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County and spent four years as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County. Rice served as president for the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, is on the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association, and is a member of the Governor’s Family Violence Council. She is a member of the character Committee for the Court of Appeals, and is a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the Anne Arundel Community College. Rice has been recognized as a leading lawyer in criminal law and family law in Anne Arundel County, as one of Maryland’s Super Lawyers in family law from 2012-2020 and as one of Maryland’s Top 50 Woman Lawyers by Super Lawyers in 2016. She received her B.A. from Rollins College and her J.D. with honors from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She helped develop the certificate program's curriculum as a member of its Practitioner Advisory Workgroup. She brings to the classroom broad and deep experience that informs her understanding of this multifaceted subject, including work as an assistant state's attorney and more than a decade in family law practice. Learn more about Stacey Rice.
Hadrian Hatfield (Financial Foundations for Family Lawyers) is a partner in Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy, & Ecker, of Potomac, MD. His family law practice includes private client representation in litigation and appeals, including international divorce issues and Hague parental abduction cases. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has written, trained and presented extensively on family law issues, including international aspects of divorce. He has been selected as a Family Law Super Lawyer in Maryland and Washington D.C. (2007 -2016), named in Washington D.C.'s "Best Lawyers, A Comprehensive Guide to the Area's Top Attorneys"(2008-2015) and selected by Washingtonian Magazine for its "Washington's Top Lawyers" list (February 2004, and December 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017). Hatfield received his B.A. from the University of Central Arkansas and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law. He helped develop the certificate program's curriculum as a member of its Practitioner Advisory Workgroup and brings enormous depth of hands-on experience in every aspect of complex family law matters to this class. Learn more about Hadrian Hatfield.
Leslie Billman (Understanding the Business of Practicing Family Law) is a founding member of the firm Trainor, Billman, Bennett & Milko LLP, where she practices exclusively in family law. She has trained lawyers and judges in family law issues throughout her career and has taught at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute for Associate Attorneys, the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, the Maryland State Bar Association Family Law Section Council and the Judicial Institute. Billman has been a guest lecturer at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law. She has served as the Family Law Section Council chair of the Maryland State Bar Association. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), immediate past President of AAML’s Maryland Chapter, and a past member of the AAML Board of Governors. Billman received her B.A. from Georgia Southern College and her J.D. from Catholic University of America. She helped develop the certificate program's curriculum as a member of its Practitioner Advisory Workgroup and has trained lawyers and judges in family issues throughout her career. Learn more about Leslie Billman.
Joan Little (The Craft of Problem-Solving and Advocacy in Family Law; Working Through a Family Law Case - Start to Finish) is chief attorney for child advocacy unit at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, where she has worked for over 25 years. She supervises attorneys who represent children in Juvenile Court and in cases before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals. Little frequently testifies before the Maryland legislature on proposed changes in laws that would affect foster care children. She collaborates with Baltimore City Circuit Court judges and staff to develop and implement more effective case management procedures and other promising court practices. Little has provided extensive training to Legal Aid Bureau attorneys and has frequently guest lectured at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a regular contributor to the Daily Record’s Maryland Family Law Monthly publication and is often quoted in the Baltimore Sun as an expert in child welfare. Little received her B.A. from Loyola University Maryland and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She helped develop the certificate program's curriculum as a member of its Practitioner Advisory Workgroup and brings to this class a deep understanding and insights into the legislative and judicial landscape affecting children and families and effective practices for achieving outcomes that serve the needs of families and children.
Michelle D. Smith (Understanding the Business of Practicing Family Law) is a partner at Trainor, Billman, Bennett & Milko LLP, where she focuses on family law and domestic violence cases. She spent over 20 years as an Assistant State’s Attorney at the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office. For more than 5 years, she has represented clients from all walks of life in the private practice of family law. For over 15 years, she served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, including chairing its legislative committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association and an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Family and Juvenile Law Section Council, which directs family law policies and practices statewide. She is an integral member of the legislative sub-committee of the MSBA Section Council, regularly testifying before both the Maryland House and Senate regarding proposed family law legislation. Smith received her B.A. from American University and her J.D. from University of Maryland School of Law. She brings to the classroom more than 25 years as an experienced family law attorney who has earned a reputation as a respected advocate, negotiator, and litigator. Learn more about Michelle Smith.