Section of Family Law : Masthead
    April 2004

Family Law Docket

Call for Content
We are working on augmenting the Online Resource Center content. If you have any articles, briefs, forms, checklists, etc. that you are willing to share, please contact Tina Belanger via e-mail or view the FAQ sheet on submitting documents.

Working Group on
Same-Sex Marriages
and Non-Marital Unions Presents White Paper

The Group has a final draft of a white paper about the impact legalizing same-sex marriages will have on various aspects of family law practices nationwide. Look for updates in the coming months regarding the final report.
Get more information

Attention Law Students
The Commission on Domestic Violence announces a law student writing competition. First prize is a trip to the 2004 ABA Annual Meeting in Atlanta to receive your award.

Email submissions by June 15, 2004 to Robin Runge at For additional information call the Commission at 202-662-1021 or visit the web site at

Committee Report

The slate for the 2004-05 elections has been updated. View the Nominating Committee's report.

Best of the Listserv

We have picked several interesting topics of discussion from the ESQ listserv for April’s best of the listserv. Read more.

Message from the Chair

By Phyllis G. Bossin

Your Chair talks about the upcoming Section meeting in Puerto Rico and her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Read more.



Judges' Guide to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
by Mark E. Sullivan

Mark Sullivan's article highlights some issues related to the impact of military service on civil litigation, financial obligations, mortgages, leases, and other matters, specifically focused on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).

He encourages Section members to share this invaluable resource with their judges so that service personnel around the country may have their rights protected in the courtroom.

Members on the Move

Adoption Case
Summaries for 2003

Harlan S. Tenenbaum,
chair of the section’s Adoption Committee, arranged a compendium of adoption law related cases. The case descriptions have been prepared by the Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law at Capital University Law School. The compendium is also available on the Online Resource Library under adoption.

Upcoming CLE and
Events Information

San Juan Meeting Time – Last Minute Notes
We will be in Puerto Rico this week! A record number of attendees are expected to attend this year’s spring conference, selling out our hotel block.

The Working Group on Same-Sex Marriages and Non-Marital Unions will present their white paper to the Section’s Council for approval.

This is your last chance to view the proposed amendments to Section Bylaws. Members will vote on April 30, 2004.

2004 ABA Annual Meeting
Time to start thinking about the ABA Annual Meeting – the early bird deadline is May 28th. You should be receiving your family law specific registration forms in your next issue of the Family Advocate. For more information, or to register online, please visit us at

This month’s
featured benefit:

The Annual Family Law
Trial Advocacy Institute

Are you a new family law practitioner or a seasoned veteran? If you’re just starting out or simply want to brush up on your trial skills, this program is for you!

The Annual Trial Advocacy Institute is an intense, eight-day program held every May at the University of Houston Law Center during the last full week in May.

The program sells out quickly, so start thinking about next year, and mark your calendars to check the family law web site for additional information in early February at .

What’s in it for you?

Individual attention:
Limiting enrollment to 48 attorneys provides you with a ratio of one faculty member to every four students.

CLE Credits:
You can expect to earn 45 CLE credits, on average, for attending this program.

Hands-On Experience:
Participate in exercises, break-out groups and a final mock trial.

Here’s what people are saying about the program:

“A truly outstanding week of learning the art of trial advocacy. In a week, I gained at least five years’ worth of experience.”

Sal Simeone
East Hanover, NJ

“This was the most intensive training experience I have ever had – in the field of family law or any other field. I believe I learned more this week than any other week.”

Susheela Varky
Washington, D.C.

“You’ll see me at trial.
Bring in on.”



Tina Belanger
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