January 2007

Awards and Grants

Pro Bono Publico Grants
The ABA Child Custody and Adoption Pro Bono Project will award directed grants supporting the delivery of legal services to children in custody cases. Pro bono programs, legal service programs, children's law centers, law-school clinics, court programs, and similar organizations are invited to apply. The focus for the 2007 grants is Lawyers and Law Schools Partnering to Serve Children.

Deadline: February 28, 2007

View Guidelines and Application.

Ann Liechty Award
Also sponsored by the ABA Child Custody and Adoption Pro Bono Project, this annual award honors an individual attorney or law firm that has represented or enhanced the representation of children in private custody cases.

Deadline: February 20, 2007

View Guidelines and Nomination Application.

Family Law Docket

Law Education Institute
Attorneys from around the United States met in Snowmass, Colorado, from January 5-10, 2007, to participate in the 24th Annual LEI National CLE Conference. There were nine practice areas represented with approximately 500 participants. The Family Law group consisted of about 50 attorneys, learning on a variety of topics, including Impaired Clients, Stock Options, Bankruptcy, Relocation, Conflicts, and Ethics.

I had the pleasure of moderating the Family Law group over the five-day conference as I have done for a number of years. It is a real experience learning from judges, attorneys, accountants and other professionals in such a beautiful setting.

Mark your calendars for the first week of January 2008 to attend the 25th annual conference, and Bonnie (my wife and the real organizer) and I will see you there.
  -Jim Preston, Chair
  ABA Section of Family Law


Assisted Reproductive Technology
Charles P. Kindregan, Jr.
Maureen McBrien

Product Code 5130139

As more people turn to assisted reproduction, the legal issues surrounding it have become increasingly complex. This book by Professor Charles Kindregan and family lawyer Maureen McBrien draws from multiple legal sources to present complex information about ART and the law in a direct, balanced and fair manner. Includes glossary, sample forms and checklists, and bibliography.

More information (including a table of contents and introduction)

To order today, call the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221 and request Product Code 5130139 or order online.

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Best of the List Serve

If you've missed reading the Best of the FamLawEsq list, this issue of the eNewsletter marks its return!

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.

Section Staff Update

New Staff Member Brings Family Law Section to Full Capacity
In mid-January, the Section gained a new staff member to help serve your needs.

Carrie Asalon is the new Meetings and Committees Assistant. A recent graduate of Ohio University, Carrie holds a B.S. in Communications and looks forward to applying—and enhancing—her event planning skills in her new position. Carrie can be reached by e-mail at Carrie.Asalon@americanbar.org or by phone at 312-988-5145.

CLE Calendar

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

Save the date! The Section's Spring CLE Conference will offer a variety of CLE and plenary sessions sure to further your knowledge and increase your networking.

More information about the Spring Conference

Trial Advocacy Institutes
May 19-26, 2007
Houston, TX

This year's Trial Advocacy Institute (May 19-26) and Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute (May 19-22) are nearly full, but there's still time to apply. Don't miss out on this premier trial training program, register today!

More information about the Trial Advocacy Institutes

February 27, 2007
Divorce Trial

Save the date! Details and registration information forthcoming; visit the Section calendar linked below.

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

Call for Volunteers

Family Law Lawyers Needed to Judge ABA Competition
Each year, approximately 100 U.S. and Canadian schools participate in the ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition. The purpose of the competition is to promote greater knowledge and interest among law students in the preventive law and counseling functions of law practice, and to encourage students to develop interviewing, planning, and analytical skills in the lawyer-client relationship in the law office.

Family Law is the topic of the 2006-2007 Counseling Competition. In February 2007, 12 law schools across the country will host regional competitions. There should be a total of 48 judges per regional competition.

Lawyers interested in serving as regional volunteer judges should contact Peggy Pissarreck at pissarrm@staff.abanet.org or 312-988-5621.

More information about the competition, including dates and locations.

Law Students Only

2007 Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Law school students can sharpen their pencils (and writing skills) for the 2007 Schwab Essay Contest, which is proudly sponsored by the ABA Section of Family Law. Winners' essays will be considered for publication in Family Law Quarterly and/or the ABA Family Law website.

Deadline: May 1, 2007

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

Correction: The November 2006 eNewsletter mistakenly noted that the featured article by Mark Chinn—" Law Practice Marketing for Those Who Don't Like Marketing"—was part of the Hot Tips program at the ABA Annual Meeting. It was actually presented at the 2006 ABA Section of Family Law Fall CLE Conference. We regret the error.

This month's
featured benefit:

Spring CLE Conference
April 25-28, 2007
Monterey, CA

What is it?
The Section's annual Spring CLE Conference includes seminars and plenary sessions on topics vital to today's family law practitioners.

What's in it for me?
The opportunity to learn from experts in the field, network with peers from across the country, join committees of interest, and oh yes, earn CLE credits!

If you're new to the Section and haven't attended any of our meetings yet, this is a great way to start getting involved!

How do I access it?
Learn more about the Spring CLE Conference at www.abanet.org/family/
. Registration will soon be available online.


Hilary Glazer
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