February 2007

Section News

Backgrounder: ABA Section of Family Law and American Psychological Association
This article by Family Law Section Chair-Elect Gregg Herman provides an overview of the relationship between the Section and the American Psychological Association, as well as information about the 2008 Joint Meeting in Chicago.

Read the article.

In Memoriam: Harvey L. Golden
The recent passing of ABA Section of Family Law former chair Harvey L. Golden inspired the following remarks which were presented before the ABA House of Delegates on February 12, 2007, by Marshall J. Wolf.

Download remarks


The Divorce Trial Manual: From Initial Interview to Closing Argument
Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin
Stephen A. Kolodny

Product Code 5130122

An essential tool for any family lawyer, The Divorce Trial Manual focuses on how to effectively organize and present a case to achieve the optimum outcome for your client. Written by Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin and Stephen A. Kolodny, two nationally known family lawyers, this manual provides a complete roadmap through a divorce trial, from the initial interview through preparation for trial. Clearly written and logical in its style and organization, this book is filled with advice, techniques, and tips gained from the authors’ years of experience in practice and from the lessons they formulated and taught during the renowned Trial Advocacy Institute for matrimonial lawyers.

Includes CD-ROM with forms and a comprehensive client manual.

More information (including a table of contents)

To order today, call the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221 and request Product Code 5130122 or order online.

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Law Student Central

Assay Your Essay Skills: 2007 Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Interested in a particular family law topic? Want to show your dean you can craft a written masterpiece on same? Then enter the 2007 Schwab Essay Contest! If your essay wins, your dean will know, you could be published in the Section's scholarly journal, Family Law Quarterly, and/or the ABA Family Law website, and you'll be eligible to receive a one-year complimentary membership in the Section. (You'll also get a 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 QDROs.

Read more about this month's selected topic.

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

Spring CLE Conference
April 25-28, 2007
Portola Plaza Hotel
Monterey, CA

Haven't registered yet? Still need to reserve your hotel room? Go online to register for the conference and to learn more about reserving your room at the hotel. Don't forget—March 24, 2007, is the cutoff date to get the special discounted hotel rate of $189! (Just mention that you're with the ABA Section of Family Law Spring CLE Conference.)

Spring Conference Website

Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute
May 19-22, 2007
Houston, TX
If you've attended a Trial Advocacy Institute in the past, and have at least 50 hours of "witness in the box" experience, you're a prime candidate to attend this year's Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute. This intense four-day program provides you with even more in-depth training; 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

February 27, 2007
Family Law Trial Skills from the Experts

Our latest 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 member Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin!

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

Conferences of Interest

12th National Conference on Children and the Law
April 13-15, 2007
Cambridge, MA

The ABA Center on Children and the Law (CCL), in partnership with the Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program (CAP), invite you to attend the first-ever joint CCL-CAP Conference: "Promoting Children's Interests: Preparation, Practice & Policy Reform" this spring.

Those interested in advocating for children must develop a broad and deep understanding of the child welfare system to be maximally effective. To that end, this conference brings together practitioners and academics, along with leading experts from the worlds of law, social science, history and child welfare administration.

More information about the conference

Children and the Law after the Katrina Disaster: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Young Evacuees
April 20, 2007
Houston, TX

The Center for Children and the Law (University of Houston Law Center) in collaboration with the ABA Center on Children and the Law, invite you to attend this day-long conference focusing on children's needs.

Speakers include professors Charles Ogletree and Lawrence Powell, as well as other distinguished panelists from law, the humanities, and social sciences. The panels will focus on education rebuilding and reform, juvenile justice and foster care, and the implications from empirical data relating to the child survivors and their families.

Download the flyer or visit the conference website.

Summit on Unified Family Courts: Serving Children and Families Efficiently, Effectively, and Responsibly
May 3-4, 2007
Baltimore, MD

The ABA and the University of Baltimore Center for Families, Children and the Courts present this summit on Unified Family Courts. Attendees will include teams from states and territories, led by each state's chief justice. Co-sponsors include other national organizations; speakers will include authorities on unified family courts and related interdisciplinary areas.

More information about the summit



This month's
featured benefit:

Role of the Lawyer
March 28, 2007
12:00 p.m. Eastern

What is it?
This upcoming teleseminar—The Role of the Lawyer in Relation to the Client: Boss, Humble Servant, or Dr. Phil?—will consider specific ethical issues that arise with respect to taking direction from a client (e.g., taking direction from a client regarding children) and in giving direction to a client (e.g., advising the client not to take action that the client wants to take). The program will also explore general questions, such as the extent to which the client must be consulted, as well as the issues presented in giving and taking direction when the client is under severe emotional stress or is otherwise disabled.

What's in it for me?
The opportunity to learn and earn CLE credits without having to leave your office! You'll also benefit from the wisdom of faculty members Lewis Becker, Dianna Gould-Saltman, David Tracey, and Sheryl Shaughnessey.

How do I access it?
More information (and how to register) will soon be available online. The Section homepage always contains a direct link to our most current teleseminar, and our CLE Calendar also serves as your family law CLE link depot!


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