Section of Family Law : Masthead
    March 2004
Family Law Docket

Section Chair testifies to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
Phyllis G. Bossin, chair of
the Section of Family Law, testified on behalf of the ABA before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 23.  Bossin testified before the committee during its hearings on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.  Read her testimony. The ABA has also issued an official statement.  Read the press release.

Working Group on Same-Sex Marriages and Non-Marital Unions to Write White Paper
The Group is ready to begin drafting a white paper about the impact legalizing same-sex marriages will have on various aspects of family law practices nationwide. The paper is scheduled to be presented to the Section’s Council for approval during the Spring CLE Conference in San Juan.

Call for Content
We are working on upgrading 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.

Committee Announces Slate for 2004-05

New Officers and Council members will be elected at the 2004 Annual Meeting in Atlanta. View the slate.

Attention Law Students
This is your last chance to request your Schwab essay contest entry form before the April 2nd deadline. View complete rules and eligibility requirements. Request your entry form via e-mail at


Understanding and Evaluating Alienation in High-Conflict Custody Cases
by Phil Stahl
Phil Stahl’s article examines the issues surrounding the concept of Parental Alienation Syndrome. More information about Dr. Stahl is available at the end of the article and at his website, www.parenting


Members on the Move

New Distance Learning Program Announced
The Interstate Connection: Family Support, Custody and the Service Member.

Join section members Patricia Apy, Mark Sullivan and Jacquie Valdespino for this video webcast as they explore the issues arising out of UIFSA, the UCCJEA and other areas impacting family law as it relates to service members.

More Member News
Richard J. Podell was elected as the Wisconsin State Bar Delegate to the ABA House.

Best of the Listserv

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

Upcoming CLE and Events Information

What’s Happening in San Juan?
*In addition to plentiful CLE learning opportunities and business meetings, we also have some special events and exciting social functions. For additional information about any of these events, please contact Lindy Brown at or via phone at 312-988-5145.

*Section sponsors one-day program for legal professionals who provide legal services to military personnel.

*Membership to vote on proposed bylaw amendments to Section Bylaws on April 30, 2004.

*The San Juan Salsa Soiree event features authentic Latin cuisine and instruction on salsa dancing.

*Join your colleagues for an exciting hike through the El Yunque Rainforest.

Commission on Domestic Violence Announces CLE Teleseminar Training Series
The seminar, Litigation Tips In Domestic Violence Cases: A Techniques and Strategies Teleconference Series, will include a series of four two-hour teleconferences starting on April 7th. Get more information and register.

Dispute Resolution and Resilience Conference
The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution presents the sixth annual conference April 15-17, 2004 in New York. View brochure or register online.


This month’s
featured benefit:

What’s new in technology and communications?

We are making an effort to reach out to all of our members by developing new ways of communicating and bringing your member benefits to you.

The Online Resource Center content will be expanded over the next few months.

Teleseminars will be offered quarterly with plans to increase frequency in 2005. Upcoming seminars will cover custody evaluations and valuating stock options.

You will continue to receive the eNewsletter and Family Law Case Update via e-mail. Contributions may be submitted to the editor and are always welcomed.

The Section will launch a new, easy to navigate web site this summer with more information and practice resources.


Tina Belanger
Please send proposals for future content submissions to the editor.

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