April 2007

Section News

2007 Spring CLE Conference
The Section's Spring Conference begins April 25th in Monterey, CA, at the Portola Plaza Hotel. If you're in the area but haven't registered, fear not--you can register on-site to attend CLE programs and social events!

You may also wish to stop by the Council Meeting, which starts at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27. You can view the Council Agenda Book online to see what's in store.

Don't Forget: If you filled out a survey from the Fall 2006 meeting in Santa Fe, you've been entered in the raffle to win a prize. Section Chair James B. Preston will preside over the raffle, which will take place on Thursday, April 26, before the first plenary session. Remember, you must be present to win.

Need more information or further enticements to attend the conference?
Visit the Conference website.

Committee Corner

Congressional Relations Committee
Congressional Relations Committee Chair Marshall Wolf attended ABA Day in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and to distribute information regarding the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) program. The ABA fact sheet outlines how federal cuts impact CSE; it also calls for the restoration of federal funding for this program.

Read Fact Sheet on CSE (.pdf)

ABA Day is held each spring in order to afford ABA members an opportunity to meet with members of Congress to enlighten them about issues that are important to the legal community. This year's ABA Day took place on April 18th and 19th.

Learn more about ABA Day and consider participating next year (April 16-17)!


The Lawyer's Business Valuation Handbook:
Understanding Financial Statements, Appraisal Reports, and Expert Testimony

Shannon Pratt

Product Code 5130106

Understand and evaluate expert reports and testimony on business valuation issues with this comprehensive yet approachable guide. The Lawyer's Business Valuation Handbook presents and discusses key concepts in valuation, yet it also explains how to dig beneath the surface of expert opinions to find the most pertinent facts and how to interpret the data once you have it. The book focuses on the legal and factual settings that are often encountered in practice, making its 'Questions to Ask' for nearly every chapter and quick report review checklist tools that will be used and referred to often.

More information (including a table of contents)

To order today, call the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221 and request Product Code 5130106 or order online.

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Law Student Central

One Week Left for Schwab Entries
Procrastinators, take note! The Schwab Essay Contest deadline is May 1, just a little over a week away. If you haven't started your essay yet, time's a-wasting. Don't miss this opportunity to show off your savvy writing skills and knowledge of family law.

Still need to know the perks? Don't forget, your dean will be notified of your achievement, and your work could be published in the Section's scholarly journal, Family Law Quarterly, and/or the ABA Family Law website. Of course, another big draw is the fact that you'll be eligible to receive a one-year complimentary membership in the Section. (And don't forget about the nifty certificate, too!)

Deadline: May 1, 2007

For rules, guidelines, and the official entry form, visit the Schwab Essay Contest website.


Best of the List Serve

This month's Best of the FamLawEsq list focuses on child support guidelines and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

Read more about this month's selected topic. (You will need to log in to the ABA website.)

Not on the list? All of our lawyer members are encouraged to join this popular discussion list. Read more about How to Join FamLawEsq in the Members Only section of our website.

CLE Calendar

Unified Family Courts Summit
May 3-4, 2007
Baltimore, MD

The Section is a co-sponsor of this summit. This summit is designed to assist courts along three tracks, including states that are just beginning or piloting unified family courts, states that have implemented unified family courts for a moderate time period, and states that are veteran unified family court jurisdictions.

More information about the Summit

Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute
May 19-22, 2007
Houston, TX

Texas Two-Step takes on a whole different meaning when you consider
the Trial Advocacy Institute as Step 1 of your trial skills education. Get down to Houston and further your trial skills with Step 2, the Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute! This intense four-day program provides you with in-depth training to keep your skills fresh and sharp. Class size is limited (10 attorneys only), so be sure to register now to secure your spot!

More information about the Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute

May 23, 2007
Family Law Trial Skills from the Experts

Rescheduled from February, this popular teleseminar will provide you with the family law trial skills you need to boost your performance in court. Topics will include how to develop and present a theory of the case, use of the opening statement and closing argument, how to organize material to prepare for trial, and cross–examination and strategy tips. Reserve your spot now to learn from faculty members Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin and Stephen Kolodny!

Please note that this teleseminar will take place from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern time (i.e., 11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific)

Read more and register online for this seminar

Want to gain CLE credit from the comfort of your own office? The teleseminar series can help! To keep abreast of future topics, visit the Section Calendar online.

Unable to attend a teleseminar? Not to worry, you can learn on your own time when you purchase the CLE materials.
See a listing of available CLE materials

Save the Dates for These Upcoming Conferences!

Family Law Annual Meeting
August 10-12, 2007
San Francisco Marriott
San Francisco, CA

Summer in San Francisco the Family Law way! Our Annual Meeting CLE will include the popular Hot Tips from the Experts as well as Contemporary Issues in Assisted Reproduction, and Managing Business Valuation Engagements. There will also be networking and social events you won't want to miss! Our website is forthcoming; you can view the brochure online now.

Fall CLE Conference
October 10-13, 2007
Peabody Memphis Hotel
Memphis, TN

You won't get the blues (or will you?) when you decide to join us for the Fall CLE Conference in Memphis! Enjoy music, food, and all that the city has to offer while snagging your CLE credit. Keep your calendar clear and be sure to bookmark the Fall CLE Conference website, which will contain the most up-to-date information about the conference as the date approaches.

Spring 2008 Joint Meeting
ABA Section of Family Law and American Psychological Association
April 30-May 3, 2008
Marriott Chicago Downtown
Chicago, IL

At this meeting, CLE programs will be produced for psychologists, lawyers, and for both professions together to discuss areas of common interest and learn from each other.

Make sure you can join us for this enlightening conference!

Tech Corner

PDFs: Pretty Darned Flexible
If you're looking to add a new technology to your law practice this year, consider PDF! PDF stands for Portable Document Format and you've likely encountered this type of file while searching the Internet. PDF is one of the best tools for a law office because it provides a solution to many issues. Still not convinced? Keep reading.

Don't forget: For information on how you can use PDFs with your family law practice, visit the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center's website at www.lawtechnology.org.
   —Sarah Palmer, ABA Legal Technology Resource Center

Tell Us! Have you used PDFs in a creative way? Got a tip about how you use technology? Feel free to share it with us; we may use your quote in a future edition of the eNewsletter! Or is there some other technology you would like us to investigate? Just e-mail glazerh@staff.abanet.org



This month's
featured benefit:

Online Resource Center

What is it?
The Members Only Online Resource Center contains articles and information vital to your practice; the information helps keep you up-to-date on various topics within the wide world of family law. We have recently added articles in the military and marital property division areas.

What's in it for me?
Two new Silent Partner handouts authored by Military Committee Chair Mark Sullivan are now located on the Military Committee's website.

Custody and Single-Parent Enlistment is presented in a question-and-answer format.

Military Pension Division: The "Evil Twins"--CRDP and CRSC covers two new forms of compensation, Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay [CRDP] and Combat-Related Special Compensation [CRSC].

And two new Marital Property Division State Guidelines have been added recently: one for Ohio, and one for Illinois.

How do I access it?
Just visit Property Division in the Online Resource Center for the property division articles (be sure you're logged in as an ABA member). And for the Silent Partner Handouts, just visit the Military Committee website.


Hilary Glazer
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