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    April 2005

Family Law Docket

Pro Bono Award Recipients
Congratulations to the 2005 Spring CLE Conference Pro Bono Award Recipients:Charles Harding, Stewart Gagnon, Judy Ritts, Jim McCormack, and Malcom Smith. Recipients were honored by Council at the Spring Conference in Austin on April 15th.  View the photo and learn more about these work of these great attorneys. 

Law Student Liaison Salutes the Section of Family Law
In the March issue of the Student Lawyer the Sections’ own student liaison, Alisa Rosales, saluted the section for “treating it member’s like family”. Read what else she had to say.

Thanks to Sustaining Members
The Section would like to thank those members who have contributed to the Sustaining Member Program.  Your generous contributions enable the Section to continue in its high quality work and expand our services.  Thank you!

Child Custody and Adoption Pro Bono Project Announces 2005 Grants
The Child Custody and Adoption Pro Bono Project is pleased to announce the award of $50,000 to enhance the connection between legal advocacy for children in custody cases and critical mental health and social services.  Five programs from around the country will share the award.  Find out more.

Council Meets at Spring Meeting
The Section of Family Law Council met at the Spring Meeting in Austin to discuss a variety of topics.  Read the minutes.

Diversity Fellowship Program Donors
The Section would like to thank the sponsors of the Diversity Fellowship Program for their contributions and continued support.

The Section of Family Law Wants You!
If you have ever served or are currently serving in the military we would like to know about it.  Find out more.

Take advantage of special members only prices, and order your copy today.  Call the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221 or order online at

Understand the emerging dispute resolution model of collaborative law. Collaborative Law by Pauline Tesler explains the goals of collaborative law and describes in practical detail how a collaborative representation works.  Other chapters cover ethical considerations, how to develop and market a collaborative law practice, and an array of published and online resources for lawyers and clients. The book includes many sample forms and documents plus a client handbook, which are all contained on an accompanying diskette.

ISBN: 1-57073-931-5
Price: $99.95
(Section of Family Law Members)
Regular Price: $119.95

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Practical Evidence in the Domestic Arena
by Hon. Howard Lipsey

While each state may have different rules of evidence and different interpretations, it has been established that most jurisdictions have molded their rules of evidence based upon the Federal Rules of Evidence.  This article will isolate certain areas of domestic relations practice wherein the rules of evidence are habitually and customarily applied and involved. 

Read this month’s featured article which was presented as one of many CLE sessions at this month’s Spring meeting in Austin.

CLE Information

Upcoming Teleseminar: Stock Options in Divorce
Tuesday, May 3,
12:00 p.m. EDT
The valuation and distribution of stock options continues to be a complex negotiation in divorce proceedings. This TeleSeminar, hosted by a panel of experts, will help you learn successful strategies you can employ in your next case where stock options are a consideration.

Find out more or register now.

Spring Meeting: Post Conference Wrap-Up
Over 175 Section of Family Law members and their guests attended the Spring Committee and CLE Meeting in Austin, Texas from April 13 – 16.

Read the Wrap Up.

Couldn’t make it to Austin?  A limited number of Conference Course Books and CD-Roms are available for purchase through our website or by calling the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221. 

Audio Tapes of the programs offered at the Spring Meeting are also available for purchase.

Thank you Sponsors
The Section would like to thank the Spring Meeting Sponsors for their generous contributions that help to make this CLE Conference Possible.

Annual Meeting 2005 Preview
The Section of Family Law will meet August 5-7, 2005 in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.  The headquarters hotel for the Section of Family Law is the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Find out more.


This month’s
featured benefit:

Family Advocate

What is it?

What's in it for me?

How do I get it?

What is it?
The Family Advocate is a quarterly news-and-feature magazine addressing current family law topics that you can apply to your practice.  Recent issues have covered such diverse topics as litigating domestic torts, chipping away at tax liability and the impact of diverse cultures on family law. 

The summer issue of the Advocate is a client handbook, which can be bought in quantity for distribution to your clients.  Help your clients understand the divorce process by providing them with one or more of the following issues:  Surviving our Divorce; Handbook for the Newly Divorced; What your Children Need Now and ADR Options.

What's in it for me?
The Advocate is a ready resource of information that will aid you in representing clients, with each issue of the Advocate serving as a reference tool for you and your practice.   In addition, the Advocate Board of Editors is always looking for authors, providing you another avenue for keeping up to date in the practice of family law.

How do I access it?
Through your membership in the ABA Section of Family Law you will receive each issue of the Family Law Advocate.  So remember to retain your membership and you will not miss out on a single issue.


Lindy Brown
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