AFCC Webinars

Does Diversity Matter in Family Law?

March 11, 2021
Gitu Bhatia, PsyD, Hon. Gene Cheek, Hon. Kevin Duffan, Carlton Stansbury, JD

Does Diversity Matter in Family Law?
This webinar will feature discussion among professionals that explores the challenges associated with cultural diversity in the family law field. What do we mean by cultural diversity? What are the advantages of a diverse professional community for those we serve? Are we responsible for looking beyond our interpersonal interactions and the walls of our agencies and institution to promote greater diversity, equity and inclusion? And if so, how can this be accomplished?

Certificate of attendance will not be issued for recorded webinars

Gitu Bhatia, PsyD, Los Angeles, CA
Hon. Gene Cheek, Richmond, VA
Hon. Kevin Duffan, Virginia Beach, VA
Carlton Stansbury, JD, Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Gitu Bhatia, PsyD, has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families. She provides psychotherapy, parent training, mediation and collaborative law. Besides her private practice, she is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Psychology at Pepperdine University. She also enjoys teaching and has conducted trainings for therapists, teachers, and parents on several subjects related to human development. Dr. Bhatia is the Past President of Los Angeles Psychological Association 2016 and has been a passionate supporter of raising awareness regarding issues of diversity.

Judge D. Eugene Cheek, currently serves as a Circuit Court Judge for the City of Richmond  He has been a General District Court Judge  for 27 years and has served as a temporary designated Judge for Richmond Juvenile Court .  He has been a Senior Associate with the Civil and Civil Rights Law Firm of Hill, Tucker and Marsh , (1988-92), a Roanoke City Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney (1984-88), a Legal Aide Attorney, (1983-84) and a Delinquency Prevention Program Director (1979) . Judge Cheek was a Military Policeman (served in the United States Army 1972-1974) , Government Adjunct Professor at Virginia Western Community College for one semester, and an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Union University in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure since Fall 2007.

Hon. Kevin Michael Duffan, is a judge in the 2nd Judicial Circuit in Virginia.  He is a graduate of James Madison University and the William & Mary School of Law. Judge Duffan has presented at numerous legal and judicial educational programs both locally and nationally on issues ranging from civility and ethics to domestic and intimate partner violence and served as the keynote speaker for community events in his home city of Virginia Beach. 

Carlton D. Stansbury, JD, is a shareholder with Burbach & Stansbury S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He is listed in Best Lawyers of America, one of Wisconsin’s Top 10 Super Lawyers, and he is AV pre-eminent rated in both Martindale-Hubbell’s lawyer directory and in the Judicial Edition.  He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Journal of Family Law for approximately six years. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a fellow in the International Academy of Family Lawyers.  He has held leadership positions with the Wisconsin Chapter of the AFCC, Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section, the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc., the Society of Family Lawyers, and the ABA Family Law Section. He also served as the American Bar Association Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on the Uniform Collaborative Law Act.   He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with distinction.  He has spoken to audiences throughout the country and published in many publications on a variety of divorce and child-related topics.