James J. Podell
Former Section of Family Law Chair, James J. Podell died on January 29, 2005 at the age of 64 after a courageous four-year battle against cancer. Jim served as chair of the Section from 1993 to 1994 and was the husband of current Section Chair Peggy L. Podell. Learn more about his life.
Family Law Docket
Working Group Reconvenes
The Section's Working Group on Same Sex Marriage and Non-Marital Unions has been reconvened under the leadership of past Section Chair Sandra Morgan Little.
The Section of Family Law Wants You!
If you have ever served or are currently serving in the military we would like to know about it. Find out more.
2005 Schwab Memorial Essay Contest Underway
The 2005 contest is now underway. Communications have been mailed out to all student members of the Section as well as all Law Student Division members. The Section is anticipating an even greater response than last year when 40 essay entries were submitted.
Find out more about the contest; how to submit an entry request; rules and eligibility.Best of the Listserv
We have picked one topic of discussion from the ESQ listserv for February’s best of the listserv.
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Your Ethical Dilemma: Confronting the Crisis of a Client’s Hidden Cash
by Linda Fidnick
Sometimes a client files financial information you later discover to be false. What could you have done to prevent it and what should you do now? Read more about this dilemma in this month’s featured article.
The New Service Members Relief Act
By Mark E. Sullivan
On December 19, 2003, President Bush signed into law the "Servicemembers Civil Relief Act" (SCRA), a complete revision of the statute known as "The Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act," or SSCRA. Even for lawyers with no military base nearby, this federal statute is important. Learn moreUpcoming Teleseminar
Spring 2005 CLE Conference and Committee Meetings
April 13-16 in Austin, Texas
Culture, music, and fun await you! Join your colleagues for three days of outstanding CLE programming, networking and socializing in the heart of the Lone Star State at the Spring CLE Conference and Committee Meetings. Find out more or register now.
On Tuesday, March 1, 2005 the Section of Family Law and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education will present a 90-minute teleconference on Discovery of Mental Health Records in Child Custody Cases. Featuring Judge Debra Lehrmann and attorney Carlton Stansbury this program will present an in-depth view of the conflict between the court’s interest in searching out the truth and a party’s right to privacy as recognized by the privilege surrounding one’s mental health records. More information.
Did you miss a Section of Family Law Teleseminar?
Information on past Section of Family Law teleseminars and information on audiotapes and CDs for past offerings can be viewed online at the Section of Family Law website.
2005 Trial Advocacy Institute Registration is Filling Up Fast!
Registration for the Annual Trial Advocacy Institute has begun. Whether you are a new family law practitioner or a seasoned veteran, you can expand your trial skills at the Institute. Approaching its 20-year anniversary, the program offers attendees an intense week-long training experience taught by the country's premiere family law trial lawyers. Register now -- this program sells out quickly every year.
Special Family Law Track at ABA Techshow 2005
ABA TECHSHOW 2005 will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers on March 31st - April 1st. The Section of Family Law is co-sponsoring a new Family Law Track this year, and you can save up to $200 on tuition fees. Find out how.
2005 Spring Preview
The Section of Family Law will meet August 5-7, 2005 in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The headquarters hotel for the Section of Family Law is the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Find out more.