Call for Nominations
Section Leadership 2011-12
Want to become more involved in Section activities? Apply for a leadership or Council position!
The Nominating Committee, chaired by Chair-Elect Randall Kessler, Atlanta, GA, is now accepting nominations for the 2011-2012 Section year. Committee members include: Gerald (Jay) Babbitt, Columbus, OH; Gregg Herman, Milwaukee, WI; Anne Marie Jackson, Washington, D.C., and Mary Vidas, Philadelphia, PA.
The committee seeks nominations for the following positions:
Chair-elect (one-year term)
Vice Chair (one-year term)
Secretary (one-year term)
Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates (three-year term)
At-Large Council Representatives (three positions; three-year terms)
Region III Representative (three-year term) composed of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois.
Region V Representative (three-year term) composed of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas.
To be considered for nomination, submit a letter of interest by November 1, 2010. Send your letter via e-mail with Word attachment to Section Director Paula Nessel, Paula.Nessel@americanbar.org and Chair-elect Randall Kessler, email@example.com.
You'll also need to submit a Nomination Data Form. You can download this form, and find more details about what to include with your letter of interest, on the Nominations page.
Be sure to read the description of responsibilities and duties, too, so you know what's expected of you.
We look forward to receiving your letters of interest!
Annual Meeting Recap
The Section's Annual Meeting took place August 6-7, 2010, in San Francisco, CA. CLE programs included "Top Strategies for Taking Your Practice to the Next Level" and "Representing the Lawyer in a Divorce." If you weren't able to attend, you may purchase session materials in the ABA Web Store. (Links to purchase materials will soon be available from our Recent Conferences page.)
The Section co-sponsored the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities' Resolution 111, which was approved by the ABA House of Delegates. This recommendation urges state, territorial, and tribal governments to eliminate all of their legal barriers to civil marriage between two persons of the same sex who are otherwise eligible to marry.
During our Annual Awards Luncheon, Chair Mitchell Karpf presented Lawrence (Larry) H. Stotter with the ABA Section of Family Law Lifetime Achievement Award, noting that he is a "Legal Legend." The award recognizes Stotter's many accomplishments in the field of family law, as well as his service to the Section. A Past Chair of the Section, Stotter is also the founder of our flagship magazine, Family Advocate.
Among his achievements, Stotter was appointed to the U.S. Delegation to the International Court at The Hague, Netherlands, in 1978-79, to negotiate the International Child Kidnaping Convention [the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction]. He also testified before Congress to have enacted its implementation by the federal International Child Abduction Remedies Act (ICARA).
Fall CLE Conference: Early-Bird Registration Flies Away September 17
If you haven't registered yet for the Fall CLE Conference, don't wait much longer--the discounted rate for Family Law members is only good through September 17th!
Courses include "How Do You Know What You Say You Know? A Lawyer's Guide to Confronting Mental Health Experts" and "Zero to Three: Parenting Issues and Parenting Plans for Young Children." Your fellow Family Law members have also devised a can't-miss musical production devoted to understanding ethics.
View the full course listing on our website; we have applied for seven (7) hours of ethics credit, so you're sure to find something of interest (whether it's how to ethically fire a client or what to do when your client uses spying equipment or surveillance services to keep tabs on cheating spouses).
No conference would be complete without social events, and there are plenty for you to attend! When you register, be sure to order tickets for the luncheon at the City Club on Thursday, and the Friday Evening Gala at the Modern Art Museum, which is sponsored by the Tarrant County Bar Association. (Texas Supreme Court Justices will be present at both events.) Thursday evening, join us for a Mexican fiesta at Joe T. Garcia's Restaurant.
Never been to Fort Worth before? Take a tour of the Cultural District on Saturday afternoon. The tour includes stops at the world-class Kimbell and Amon Carter Museums.
Ready to network, socialize, learn and soak up the Texas culture?
Register online now!
Visit Conference website.
Family Mediation Training This November
You've litigated, collaborated, now it's time to mediate!
Learn how mediation is used to address a variety of family law issues, including divorce, post-divorce modification, asset division, and custody and parenting arrangements.
If you're a member of the Section of Family Law, and have an interest in mediation, take advantage of this opportunity. You won't want to miss being trained by experienced practitioners and mediators! (Lead trainer: David Hoffman, Esq.)
This program is also relevant to those who have been mediators for years. Testimonials from last year's participants include:
"This is the best, most comprehensive training seminar I have ever attended. Every trainer and every expert was completely dedicated to what they were doing...I would recommend this training even to people who have been mediators for several years."
"Great experience. Probably the best seminar I've ever attended...The days were long but well worth it."
"The instructors were wonderful. They balanced practical tips and theory very well and addressed each topic at the appropriate level of detail."
Don't wait--limited space is available! Register by September 7, 2010.
Register online now.
Do you know any unsung ABA Section of Family Law members who should be recognized for their contributions to family law?
E-mail Jean Crowe your nominations for a future "Spotlight On..." feature.
Save 10% and Get Free Ground Shipping Through August 31st!
Use code PAB9ISAV1 at checkout when ordering online.
Forms, Checklists, and Procedures for the Family Lawyer
Mark A. Chinn
Product Code 5130174
Written by an experienced family lawyer, Forms, Checklists, and Procedures for the Family Lawyer contains practice-tested policies, checklists, procedures and forms for every aspect of family law practice, from screening and initial interview; to file set up; to checklists for filing lawsuits and monitoring discovery; to case management, trial preparation, and miscellaneous client correspondence.
To order today, call the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221 and request Product Code 5130174 or order online.
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October 6, 2010
This Old House: Protecting Your Client's Interest in What Can Be the Most Valuable and Least Understood Asset in Divorce
In this teleconference, our panel of national experts will alert matrimonial practitioners to the major potential real estate pitfalls that are preventable during the divorce, but not after.
Registration will open soon.
This topic was originally presented at the 2010 Family Law Spring CLE Conference.
Fall CLE Conference
October 20-23, 2010
Omni Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX
Reserve your room now! Our special discounted rate is $199.
Make your reservations before Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 5:00 p.m. CT in order to get this rate; don't forget to mention you'll be attending the ABA Section of Family Law Fall Conference.
Omni Fort Worth
1300 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Visit the hotel website
Don't forget to register for the conference.
Visit the Fall Conference website for more information.
Stay up-to-date on CLE offerings with our CLE Calendar.
Unable to attend a teleconference or a Section CLE conference? Not to worry, you can learn on your own time when you purchase the CLE materials.
See a listing of available CLE materials.
Free Webinar September 8
How Attorneys and State Court Judges Can Aid in Finalizing Adoptions For Haitian Children Now in the U.S.
On Wednesday, September 8, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, in collaboration with the ABA Family Law Section and Section of Litigation, and the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, will host a free public interest legal call and webinar on the topic noted above.
This free conference call/webinar will be open to any and all attorneys and others interested in helping finalize U.S. adoptions, in our state courts, for the sponsors of Haitian children who were paroled to their care after the January earthquake because they had a Haitian adoption "in process" prior to the earthquake.
These children are now living with prospective adoptive families throughout this country.
We hope you will be one of the lawyers willing to help these children and families, and therefore we encourage you to sign up for the program and share this information with others who may be interested in helping.
Those who use the "RSVP Please" link below will receive additional information on faculty, materials, etc.
Teleconference Call-in Number:
Live Meeting Website
To join the meeting, click the above link on September 8th at the appointed time.
RSVP Please: To be notified about the details, please visit this webpage and fill out a short form.
Other information on child welfare issues related to the Haiti earthquake can be found on the ABA Center on Children and the Law website.
Best of FamLawESQ List
This month's Best of the FamLawEsq covers UIFSA and UCCJEA Modification and Enforcement Jurisdiction; UCCJEA Continuing Jurisdiction and France; UCCJEA and UIFSA Support Jurisdiction; Determining Military Retirement Lump Sum Value; Civil Service Retirement System and Survivor Benefits; and Military Reservist Points. Read about this month's topics. (You will need to log in to the ABA website.)
A column by members of the AICPA's Forensic and Valuation Services Section
This month's column is by Tracy Farryl Katz, Esq., CPA/CFF
Read this month's AICPA Corner: Taxability of Domestic Partnership Income (You will need to log in to the ABA website.)
BlackBerry Apps for Family Lawyers
While the proliferation of applications for the iPhone has resulted in a great deal of media attention, the BlackBerry by Research in Motion (RIM) is still the Smartphone of choice for lawyers. The 2010 Legal Technology Survey Report indicates that the brands most often cited by survey respondents were the BlackBerry/RIM (66%), followed by the iPhone (20%) and the Palm (9%).
The article "BlackBerry Applications for Lawyers" features a selection of apps from the BlackBerry App World catalog, the official source of applications for BlackBerry devices. In August, Research in Motion announced a new operating system, an updated application store, and the long anticipated BlackBerry Torch 9800 Smartphone. This model is the first BlackBerry with a slide-out keyboard, and the first to combine both a touch screen and a physical keyboard that allows you to type on either.
Besides BlackBerry App World, a number of applications are available on the Internet via the BlackBerry browser for Over the Air (OTA) download;
* WestlawNext is available to Westlaw subscribers on your BlackBerry. WestlawNext automatically detects if you're accessing it from a mobile device, and will bring you directly to the mobile logon screen.
* AIRTIME-A4P automatically captures time associated with wireless calls and emails and delivers billable hours directly to the accounting system. Read Neil Squillante's TechnoLawyer review.
* WaveSecure is an award-winning security service, recently acquired by McAfee that protects your phone, data and privacy in the event of loss or theft. It is available to BlackBerry users for a free 14-day trial period.
Much has been written about the obsession that BlackBerry owners sometimes develop with their devices. Lawyer John Cord blogged that he would only check the BlackBerry once a day while on vacation in Lawyer unplugged: BlackBerry on the beach. An ABA Journal headline reported that 35% of Professionals Would Choose BlackBerry Over Spouse and Dan Pinnington waded into the fray with some basic BlackBerry etiquette. Fans and followers of the BlackBerry can stay current on all things RIM related at the following websites:
* "Inside BlackBerry" the official BlackBerry Blog
* RIMarkable the Unofficial BlackBerry Weblog
* BerryReporter—a website dedicated to BlackBerry news, updates, reviews, guides and more.
The physical keyboard is an essential feature to most BlackBerry fans. To further extend the usability of your BlackBerry, consider the REDFLY. The REDFLY is a smartphone terminal with a large screen and full keyboard with no OS, no CPU, and no storage that lets you use your smartphone like a laptop. REDFLY links to your smartphone via a USB cable or wireless Bluetooth connection.
* Apps for the Lawyer's Blackberry— ABA Law Practice Magazine
* Best Blackberry Apps for Lawyers—The Young Texas Lawyer Blog
* Top 10 BlackBerry apps for legal practitioners—CBA PracticeLink
—Tonya Johnson, ABA Legal Technology Resource Center
Tell Us! What apps are you using on your BlackBerry or smartphone? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep the Tech Corner working for you!
Make Sure You're Connected!
ABA Discussion List Updates
On September 1, the ABA will be refreshing all of its discussion lists (e.g., FamLawADR, FLSGenetics, FamLawTrial, etc.). Our lists will now be "tied" to their specific committees.
What does that mean to you?
In the past, you could join a list, say FamLawTax, without actually belonging to the Family Law Tax Committee. Now, however, you will need to actually be enrolled as a member of the Tax Committee in order to remain on its discussion list.
There's an easy way to see which committees you're already on:
First, log in to the ABA website with your member ID and password. (If you've never logged in before, the default password is your last name in lowercase letters.)
Next, you'll see a box that shows what Sections and Committees you belong to. If you see a committee name there (e.g., Tax), great! You don't have to do anything to stay on the list.
If you don't see all the committees you'd like, click on "Join Committee" and choose from the list provided. You will automatically be enrolled in the committee and put on its discussion list.
Or, you can navigate to the Family Law Committee page and join committees that way. (Just click on the committee of choice, then "Join Our Committee" at the right of the page.)
This is very important. Please be sure to check the email address that is associated with your member record. This is the email address under which you'll be subscribed to the lists.
If you need to update your email address, you can do so by clicking on "Edit" in the Profile Information box at the right of the page once you're logged in to the ABA website. (You can always get to your personal ABA page by clicking on "My Account" (or your name) at the top of any page on the ABA website.)
Managing your discussion lists will soon be easier and more convenient!
The ABA will also be launching a new List Subscription Portal for your convenience. Once it's live, you will be able to find a summary of your discussion list subscriptions. You'll also be able to manage your lists, as well as join additional lists.