The Next 50: Family Law Employment for the Post-COVID Future

The legal practice and operation of the judicial system is rapidly evolving. To succeed, young lawyers will benefit from being equipped with competitive strategies that will allow them to stand out in the marketplace. From unbundling of legal services, to collaborative law, to the availability of remote access to clients and courts, the post-COVID future will offer new attorneys a multitude of fresh opportunities.

Presented by The Center for Children, Families and the Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, in partnership with Lewis & Clark Law School, join us October 30 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific, 2:30 p.m. Eastern, as William J. Howe III and Hofstra Law Professor Andrew Schepard share a myriad of creative strategies that can be deployed in order to find gainful employment post law school.

A Conversation with

William J. Howe, III
Of Counsel, Gevurtz Menashe, P.C.

Bill Howe has practiced law for 45 years, which includes over 25 years devoted exclusively to family law with Gevurtz Menashe, P.C in Portland, Oregon. He was named in Best Lawyers in America as the “2009 Lawyer of the Year--Family Law, Portland, Oregon,” and he is one of 10 family law lawyers from Oregon included from 2005 to the present by Best Lawyers. In addition to many years of active practice, including prevailing in landmark appellate cases in Oregon, Bill has devoted enormous amounts of time and energy to family court reform. He has served as the Vice-chair of Oregon’s Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee (SFLAC) since 1998, having been appointed and reappointed by four Chief Justices; currently serves as Chair of the Family Justice Initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS); served for many years as President of the Oregon Family Institute; served two terms as president of the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners; served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC); and was appointed by Governor Barbara Roberts to Chair of the Oregon Task Force on Family Law from 1993 to 1997. Bill has also served as Pro Tem Judge at both the Court of Appeals and as a private mediator. Among his many commendations, Bill was awarded the 2003 Pro Bono Challenge Award for donating the Highest Number of Pro Bono Public Service Hours by the Oregon State Bar.


Andrew Schepard
Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law and Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law

Andrew Schepard is the Siben & Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. He is the founding Director of Hofstra’s Center for Children, Families and the Law. Professor Schepard is the editor emeritus of the Family Court Review, the research and policy journal of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He is the author of Children, Courts and Custody: Interdisciplinary Models for Divorcing Families (Cambridge University Press 2004). He was a member of the New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children and a founding member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Youth at Risk. He served as a consultant to the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System Honoring Families Initiative for the development of its interdisciplinary Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families at the University of Denver. Professor Schepard is a founder of Hofstra’s Child and Family Advocacy Fellowship Program, a Fellow of the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Project of IAALS and a founder of the Family Law Education Reform Project (FLER). He created the P.E.A.C.E. (Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness) one of the nation’s first court-affiliated education programs for separating and divorcing parents. He was the Reporter for the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Collaborative Law Act sponsored by the Uniform Law Commission. He also served as Reporter for a coalition of national groups that drafted the Model Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation. Professor Schepard has received numerous awards from the American Bar Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts for his work with families and children. He received the American Bar Association’s Lawyer as Problem Solver Award in 2013.  


Date: Friday, October 30

Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

Location: Held Via Zoom

This event is free, open to the public, and will be held via Zoom.

RSVP is required.


Participation during the webinar is highly encouraged.*

Please email any questions that you would like addressed to the moderators; 

For Hofstra Law: Donnamarie Serio at

For Lewis & Clark Law School: Logan Glick at

Additionally, we will be utilizing the participant Raise Hand feature, and questions can then be entered through the Chat feature. 

*Open and applicable to all specializations of the legal field.


The Next 50 is a thought leadership speaker series exploring the future of the legal profession. The series is part of Hofstra Law's 50th Anniversary programming. Visit for more information.

Friday, October 30, 2020



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