Section of Family Law : Masthead
    January 2004

Family Law Docket

Membership Renewal
Be sure to renew your Section Membership by February 23rd to maintain your member benefits. Call the ABA service center at 1-800-285-2221 to renew or renew online now.

Nominating Committee chooses its Slate for
The Section of Family Law Nominating Committee has met and selected its slate of candidates for the upcoming election in August. View the complete list of nominees.

Bylaws Approved
by ABA Board
The ABA Board of Governors at their November meeting approved the Section's bylaw revisions. The revisions were first approved by a vote of the Section members at the August 2004 Annual Meeting held in Atlanta. View full text of the Section's new bylaws.

ABA Child Custody and Adoption Pro Bono Project
The American Bar Association Child Custody and Adoption Pro Bono Project, jointly sponsored by the ABA Family Law Section, is pleased to announce its 2005 Grant Advocate Program. Find out more about this project and apply for directed grants.

2005 Schwab Memorial Essay Contest Underway
The 2005 contest is now underway. Communications have been mailed out to all student members of the Section as well as all Law Student Division members. The Section is anticipating an even greater response than last year when 40 essay entries were submitted.

Find out more about the contest; how to submit an entry request; rules and eligibility.

Best of the Listserv
We have picked one topic of discussion from the ESQ listserv for January's best of the listserv.


The Effect of Retirement
on Support Obligations
by Laura W. Morgan

In most cases, the significant issue that arises with retirement is division of the retirement benefits. The effect of retirement on support obligations, however, can be profound or minimal, depending on the circumstances of the retirement and how well the parties have planned for the event. Read more about the effects of retirement in this month's featured article.

New Publications
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 

The Complete QDRO Handbook, a comprehensive manual providing basic knowledge and advanced techniques of all aspects of the substantive law of QDROs.  Price: $119.95
Buy Now!

Upcoming CLE

Spring 2005 CLE
Conference, April 13-16

The Section of Family Law will meet in Austin, Texas for the 2005 Spring Committee and CLE Conference. A full compliment of CLE programming is being planned including an evening networking event at the historic Driskill Hotel.

Special Family Law Track
at ABA Techshow 2005

ABA TECHSHOW 2005 will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers on March 31st - April 1st. The Section of Family Law is co-sponsoring a new Family Law Track this year, and you can save up to $200 on tuition fees. Find out how.

2005 Trial Advocacy Institute Registration
Now Open

Registration for the Annual Trial Advocacy Institute has begun. Whether you are a new family law practitioner or a seasoned veteran, you can expand your trial skills at the Institute. Approaching its 20-year anniversary, the program offers attendees an intense week-long training experience taught by the country's premiere family law trial lawyers. Register soon -- this program sells out quickly every year.


This month’s
featured benefit:

Case Law Update

What is it?

What's in it for me?

How do access the case update?

What is it?
An invaluable practice tool, the monthly Case Update is delivered via email and provides recent family law case developments from throughout the 50 states. The full text of the cases are provided via hyperlink, so that you can read the cases in their entirety.

Edited by section member attorney Laura W. Morgan, the Case Update covers court opinions involving every aspect of family law practice, from child custody to domestic partnerships.

What's in it for me?
The Case Update provides you with a monthly look at family law court rulings from across the nation. This national perspective allows you to closely monitor developing case law, giving you an advantage in preparing and arguing your cases for the benefit of your clients.

In addition to current case law, the Update also includes a digest of recently published articles, books and law reviews related to the practice of family law. This provides you with another ready resource for keeping current on trends in the profession.

How do I access
the case update?

The Case Update is emailed each month to all section members. Each issue is then archived on the section web site at:


Lindy Brown
Please send proposals for future content submissions to the editor.

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