Section of Family Law : Masthead
    July 2004

Chair's Column

Phyllis Bossin has had an exceptionally successful year as your chair. Read her farewell to the section message, and learn about her accomplishments.

Family Law Docket

Section Releases White Paper on Same-Sex Marriages and Non-Marital Unions
The report, titled: An analysis of the Law Regarding Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships, is an objective review of the legal and policy issues affected by same-sex marriage, and serves as a guide for those considering this issue on the local, state and national levels.

Read the full report.
Read the Executive Summary.

Family Law Military Program Released on WestLegalEd
The Section’s one-day Spring CLE meeting program on family law issues pertaining to military personnel is now online through the WestLegalEd Center.

Get access now though
Find out how.

Judges’ Checklist for SCRA
For a quick list of important provisions of the SCRA, the Section has prepared a judge’s checklist, a helpful guide for judges who encounter cases involving a military party. Get more information.

 Family Law Fall CLE Conference
Save the date for
the Fall CLE Conference in Milwaukee
: October 20th – 23rd

Section Submits Cloning Recommendation to ABA House
The Section of Family Law has forwarded a recommendation to the ABA House of Delegates for consideration at the upcoming ABA Annual Meeting concerning human cloning. Get more information or read the recommendation.

Best of the Listserv
We have picked several interesting topics of discussion from the ESQ listserv for July’s best of the listserv.

Members on the Move
Featured this month are the accomplishments of section member Allen Bailey of Anchorage, Alaska.


Family Law Web Sites:
The Good, The Bad and
The Ugly

by Melissa F. Brown, ESQ

Every law firm, regardless of size, should have an online presence. Find out what you should know about your Family Law web site.

New Publications

New Family Advocate Client Manual Available
Surviving Your Divorce and Beyond is now available for purchase. The manual will help your clients:

-Understand the legal process
-Communicate well with an attorney
-Resolve issues in the divorce case
-Cope with their feelings

View table of contents.

Order by phone:
(Ask for PC513-1100-2701)

Order online:

New Book Released
The Section recently released the 2nd edition of our tax return handbook. The new Business Tax Return Handbook will be available for purchase by mid August at the special members only price of $79.95. Look for additional email announcements in the coming weeks.

Annual Meeting Right Around the Corner!
This year’s schedule is packed with cutting edge CLE Programs, Family Law Governance Meetings and fun and exciting social events!

In addition to our full program schedule, Section members are invited on a tour of Fulton County’s Unified Family Court on Friday, August 6th. Get more details.

Section members will vote on proposed bylaw changes in Atlanta. Read full text of proposed bylaws changes. Get more information about where and when to vote.

Section to Hold Elections During Annual Meeting
Section members attending the 2004 Annual Meeting in Atlanta will elect Officers and new Council members. Voting will take place on Saturday, Aug. 7th from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 8th from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Section’s Hospitality Room at the JW Marriott Hotel, Lenox, 3300 Lenox Road, Atlanta.
Review the slate.


This month’s
featured benefit:

New Family Law Web Site

The Section’s web site has been completely redesigned in order to serve you better. The official launch date of the new site is scheduled for August 2nd.

Look for a special email announcement with additional details.

What’s New
Our newly redesigned web site provides you with a fast, easy-to-navigate approach to help you find the information you need. Intuitively organized content, section level navigation and an eye-catching design will help make your experience on the web site a pleasant one.

Featured Capabilities

- Access meeting information, print brochures and register online

- Navigate through the Section’s book list and order online

- Search the periodical archives to find topical articles of interest

- View committee descriptions, leadership and resources

- Benefit from privileged online information for members only

- Retrieve past volumes of the Family Law Case Update and eNewsletter

… and much more


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