ABA Connection


July 21: ABA Connection: Legal Issues for Gay Couples

On July 21, at 1:00 pm Eastern, the ABA Connection is presenting a one-hour CLE teleconference titled “Legal Issues for Gay Couples.” As the issue of gay marriage plays out on a policy level, it is causing practicing lawyers to grapple with practical questions in representing gay clients. In particular, practitioners must figure out how to balance the legal implications of formal recognition of gay marriages with precautionary steps that should be taken to protect the rights of the partners in the even that those marriages eventually might not be upheld.

Other considerations may include how to provide for the possibility of “divorces” between gay couples, as well as current issues over such matters as benefits for partners, adoption, and child custody. While few, if any, of these issues are settled, this ABA Journal article and teleconference will help to identify current thinking and point to some new directions for practitioners in the domestic relations field. It will also look at how changes in the law regarding gay couples could affect domestic relations law on a wider level.
 
The program is sponsored by the ABA Journal, Membership and Marketing, and the Center for Continuing Legal Education. CLE credit has been applied for in states that accept the teleconference format. To register, call the ABA at 800/285-2221 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern weekdays, beginning Monday, June 21st, or register online by Friday, July 16th at www.abanet.org/cle/connection.html. There is a nonrefundable $9.75 fee for the teleconference. If you are unable to participate in the live teleconference, the program is available, at no cost, for one month, on the ABA CLE web site at www.abanet.org/cle/connection.html. Tapes of the program are available to ABA members for $50.00 two weeks after the program. To order a tape, call the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221.



August 18: Issues for Corporation Counsel

On August 18 at 1:00 pm Eastern, the ABA Connection is presenting a one-hour CLE teleconference titled “Issues for Corporation Counsel.” One of the most challenging tasks for corporation counsel is working with outside lawyers who represent the company on various matters, such as litigation. The issues can be just as delicate for the outside counsel. Above all, keeping costs down in a tight economy while making sure client companies get the most for their money is a major issue.

Efficient and effective delivery of legal services is the watchword. Other major concerns include meshing of firm and corporate cultures. The firm likely to get corporate clients these days needs to understand both the company’s business and the bottom-line pressure in-house counsel face. Creative—and cheap—solutions through technology also are big, as is pressure on outside counsel to ensure diversity in lawyers and support staff assigned to corporate clients.

The program is sponsored by the ABA Journal, Membership and Marketing, and the Center for Continuing Legal Education. CLE credit has been applied for in states that accept the teleconference format. To register, call the ABA at 800/285-2221 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern weekdays, beginning Monday, July 26th, or register online by Friday, August 13th, at www.abanet.org/cle/connection.html. There is a nonrefundable $9.75 fee for the teleconference. If you are unable to participate in the live teleconference, the program is available, at no cost, for one month, on the ABA CLE web site at www.abanet.org/cle/connection.html. Tapes of the program are available to ABA members for $50.00 two weeks after the program. To order a tape, call the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221.

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