Section of Family Law : Masthead
    May 2005

Family Law Docket

Election Notice
Section members attending the 2005 Annual Meeting in Chicago will elect officers and new Council members.  Find out more.

Section Chair attends Wingspread Conference on Family Law Education Reform
AFCC and Hofstra Law School’s Center for Children, Families and the Law convened more than 30 professionals in early March for a two-day conference as part of the Family Law Education Reform Project.  Read more about the conference.

Committee Corner
Check out this new feature!  
Section Staff has created this new feature to allow committee leadership to update Section members on committee activities.  This month’s committee is Child Support.  Read the report.

The National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children Pro Bono and Training Opportunity
The Center invites you to attend a free training session to learn the basic skills necessary to represent an unaccompanied child in immigration court. Training opportunities are available in Houston and Dallas, Texas. 

Opportunity in Houston
Opportunity in Dallas

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.

Members on the Move:
Section of Family Law Council Member, Mark Chinn, recognized for his vision in Family Law

In the April issue of the Metro Business Chronicle; Jackson, Mississippi, Chinn shares how his personal beliefs of what is important in life have contributed to his success as a family law attorney.  Read the article.

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

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.



Developing Income Information From a Schedule C and as a Shareholder of a Closely Held Corporation
by Barry A. Schatz

Individual income tax returns are the most accessible source of information that lawyers and judges use in ascertaining net income for purposes of setting support.  In reality, however, tax returns can be deceiving, and net taxable income may not be at all similar to the payer’s net cash flow.

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

CLE Information
Save the Date! Two Upcoming Teleseminars:

How the Experts Develop Parenting Plans: Point and Counterpoint
Thursday, June 23, 2005
12:00noon - 1:30 pm EDT
Featuring Dr. Marc Ackerman Ph.D & Dr. Phillip Stahl Ph.D

Family Law and the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:00noon-1:30 pm EDT Featuring the Honorable Margaret Dee McGarity and Attorney Shayna M. Steinfeld

Watch your email for more information about these terrific offerings!

Annual Meeting 2005 in Chicago
If you haven’t registered for Annual Meeting you may do so by logging on to the Annual Meeting web site at Rates increase May 27th, so don’t delay! 

View the Section of Family Law brochure.

View all Annual Meeting CLE Offerings.

Reserve your tickets for Section events: The Annual Reception that will be held at Schiller, DuCanto and Fleck Law Firm, and the Annual Luncheon both are fun and exciting opportunities to network with old friends and meet colleagues from across the country.

If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting contact Sena Leach of the Section Staff at

Looking Ahead
The Section of Family Law has a full year of great CLE opportunities planned in cities around the country!  Don’t miss out on a single one, mark your calendar now for these events.



This month’s
featured benefit:

The Family Law Quarterly

What is it?

What's in it for me?

How do I get it?

What is it?
Family Law Quarterly is a scholarly journal designed to keep you current with an analytical view of existing and emerging family law issues. In addition to the wealth of knowledge offered by timely, topical articles, the annual Winter issue features a review of the year in family law, and Family Law in the 50 States Case Digests with supporting reference charts. The Table of Contents for the current issue as well as archived article abstracts are available at .

What's in it for me?
Family Law Quarterly provides you with detailed case studies and reports from both a state and national perspective. Through the years, your subscription will allow you to build a solid base of knowledge on aspects of family law ranging from child custody to adoption, same-sex marriage to divorce.

You can also submit original articles to Family Law Quarterly to share your knowledge with colleagues across the country. Through this network of expert exchange, every member benefits exponentially.

How do I access it?
Through your membership in the ABA Section of Family Law you will receive each issue of Family Law Quarterly.  Abstract archives dating back to 1998 are also available on our website to help you locate past articles and track emerging topics through the years. Remember to retain your membership and you will not miss out on a single issue.


Lindy Brown
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