December 2007

Section News

In Memoriam:
Sharon Corbitt

It is with great sadness that I report that Sharon Corbitt of Oklahoma, chair of the Family Law Section from 2001-02, died as a result of injuries sustained in a fire at her home on December 13, 2007. The fire occurred during the power outages in Tulsa caused by an ice storm that knocked out power to most of Tulsa for several days. Sharon was a member of Sneed Lang, PC law firm in Tulsa.

Sharon's husband, James Lang, also a well-known lawyer in Tulsa and a partner at Sneed Lang, also died as a result of the fire.

Sharon's services to the ABA Family Law Section went far beyond her year as chair. She has been an active and productive member of the Editorial Board of the Family Advocate. She has been serving as chair of an ad hoc committee charged with commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Family Law Section. As with everything she did, Sharon was performing outstanding service for the benefit of the Section.

Sharon was also a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a past president of the Oklahoma Chapter. She served over the years in many capacities on the Tulsa County Bar Association Board of Directors, currently as its ABA Delegate. She was recognized as the University of Tulsa College of Law Distinguished Alumna in Residence and was twice selected as the outstanding Family Law Attorney by the Oklahoma Bar Association Family Law Section. Sharon was also an OBA Spotlight Award Winner and TCBA Golden Rule recipient.

Sharon was a founding trustee of the Long Term Care Authority of Tulsa and served on the Board of Directors of the Parent Child Center.

She had two sons, Chad Corbitt and Blake Corbitt, who—between them and her two stepdaughters—gave her 7 grandchildren, the most recent being a grandson born Wednesday, December 12th, 2007.

While we will find an appropriate way to memorialize Sharon, her family has requested contributions to:

Sharon Corbitt Memorial Scholarship Fund
Univ. of Tulsa Law School
800 So. Tucker Drive
Tulsa OK 74104

Gregg Herman, Chair

Law Student News

Gear Up for the 2008 Schwab Essay Contest!
Finals may be over, but it's never too early to start thinking about your essay for this year's Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest!

Designed to further law students' interest in family law, the contest can help you gain notoriety and polish your writing skills. If you win, we'll notify your dean (admit it, it's a pretty cool way to stand out in the crowd), and your work could be published online and/or in the Section's scholarly journal, Family Law Quarterly. You'll also get a spiffy certificate and a year's free membership in the Section of Family Law.

Want to know more? Check out the rules and guidelines on the Schwab Essay website.

If you want to read past entries, visit FLQ Vol. 41, No. 1 Spring 2007 online or check out the Past Winners page in the Schwab site.

Deadline for entries: May 15, 2008


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More information (including a table of contents)

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Best of the List Serve

This month's Best of the FamLawEsq includes an informational item on the negotiations to finalize the Hague Convention on the Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance from Professor Robert Spector; a question about whether a gay couple may file a joint income tax return if they are married; and a question about change of beneficiaries for life insurance policies incident to divorce.

Read more about this month's selected topics. (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

In January, we have 2 CLE TeleConferences lined up for you!

January 9, 2008
Specialized Divorce Tax Issues

Increase your divorce tax knowledge! Topics will include a review of current cases and legislation impacting divorce planning and taxation; dependency exemption allocation and impact on other dependency tax benefits; and much more.

Please note that this teleconference 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)

More details/register online

January 23, 2008
Commencing Representation—Initial Client Contact and Beyond

A must for our young lawyers and those new to family law, as well as those looking to sharpen their skills when it comes to successful representation of your family law client. This program will focus on the initial contact with your office for intake/conflict check, through the initial client interview process and the preliminary stages of representation.

Please note that this teleconference 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)

More details/register online

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

Submit a CLE Proposal
Want to submit a CLE proposal for our 2008 programming? Proposals for our Fall CLE Conference are accepted on a rolling basis. (Spring 2008 programming is already in place.) We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Download the CLE Proposal form

Save the Date!

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

This special interdisciplinary conference, "Reconceptualizing Child Custody: Past, Present and Future--Lawyers and Psychologists Working Together" will provide CLE programming that is specially designed to appeal to both professions. Multiple plenaries and breakout sessions will span three full days and allow pyschologists and lawyers the opportunity to learn from judges, lawyers, psychologists, researchers, and academicians.

Book your hotel room now!

Visit the website to keep up-to-date; conference registration and more details will soon be available.

Tech Corner

The Tech Corner will be back in January 2008 with more tips on increasing your productivity as well as your knowledge about technological innovations for today's family lawyer.

Happy Holidays

The ABA Section of Family Law Staff would like to wish you a very happy new year! We hope to see and interact with more of our members in 2008. (Nope, this isn't a plug to come visit us in Chicago this April/May for the ABA-APA Conference, but wouldn't it be shameless if it were?)

Best wishes this holiday season from all of us: Paula Nessel (director); Carrie Asalon (underling);
Alissa Brugger (serf);
and Hilary Glazer (minion).*


*Just kidding, in case you didn't know. Find out more about who does what on the Section's Contact Us page.



This month's
featured benefit:

Meet the Family Law Section Leaders!

What is it?
Remember a few issues back when we mentioned we'd be putting up biographies and photos of the Family Law Officers and Council? Well, this is it. It's your chance to see who the folks in the leadership positions are and find out a little bit more about them.

What's in it for me?
You mean besides being able to put a face (in most cases) to the names?

Once you know a little more about the leaders and their backgrounds, it makes it that much easier to engage with them (whether via e-mail, a phone call, or in person at a conference). To aid you in that respect, we're including links to their contact information in the ABA online member directory, too. That's right, just click on a name, and voila, you have that person's life story (okay, it's abridged) and a link to contact info at your fingertips.

This Rogues' Gallery Sounds Cool! How Do I Access It?
Well, they're not really rogues, first of all. But to access it, just click on "Membership" in the left navigation bar when you're on the Family Law website. Then simply click on the link "Leadership" in the box to the right. That'll take you to the leadership listing. From there, just click on a person's name to read his or her bio.

Or use this handy direct link to the Biographies page.

Prefer to see the Leadership page first?

Who knows? Maybe you'll get the notion to run for a position yourself!


Hilary Glazer
Please send proposals for future content submissions to the editor.

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