November 2007

Section News

ABA-APA Joint Conference Update
The Section is in heavy planning mode for the upcoming Spring CLE Conference taking place in Chicago this April 30-May 3, 2008, but we wanted to let you know that you can begin making your hotel reservations now!

To lock in the special discount rate of $219 per night (single/double occupancy) at the Chicago Marriott Downtown (Magnificent Mile), just call 1-800-228-9290 or 312-836-0100, and mention that you're part of the ABA-APA 2008 Meeting.

The conference website will include more information (and a link to online registration) soon.

Visit the Spring 2008 CLE Conference website.

Council Votes on Model ART Act
In early November, Section Council voted to approve the latest revisions to the proposed Model Act on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Drafted by the Section of Family Law Reproductive and Genetic Technologies Committee, the Act seeks to give ART patients, participants, parents, providers--and the resulting children and their siblings--clear legal rights, obligations, and protections by establishing legal standards for the use, storage, and other disposition of gametes and embryos by addressing societal concerns about ART, such as clarifying issues of health insurance coverage for the treatment of infertility and by establishing legal standards for informed consent, reporting, and quality assurance.

The revisions to the Act were discussed at a meeting in Memphis on October 10, 2007, at the request of the Section of Family Law. This meeting was attended by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) and the following ABA entities: Family Law; Health Law; Individual Rights and Responsibilities; Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law; Science and Technology; and the Young Lawyers Division, along with private practitioners. The Act that Council voted on, and which was submitted to the ABA House of Delegates in November, is a product of that meeting.

A .pdf of the Act is housed on the Section of Family Law website in two places: the Reproductive and Genetic Technologies Committee website, and the Online Resource Center (under the topic of Assisted Reproductive Technology).

Read the Model Act on Assisted Reproductive Technology (.pdf)


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Balancing Competing Interests in Family Law
John C. Mayoue

Product Code 5130119

A wide-ranging guide to some of the most challenging legal issues in family law, this book examines the expanding legal context in which the courts are defining the rights and obligations of social relationships. A practical resource that provides an overview of testimonial privileges available in domestic relations actions and what the consequences there are when such privileges are invoked, it also examines spousal and third-party privacy rights and contemporary remedies for spousal misconduct. A significant part of the book involves a discussion and examination of domestic relations law applicable to third parties and persons in alternative or non-traditional relationships.

More information (including a table of contents)

To order today, call the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221 and request Product Code 5130119 or order online.

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Best of the List Serve

This month's Best of the FamLawEsq deals with five different areas of family law interest:

1. Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
2. A recent Tax Court Decision on Deductibility of Payments in Kind for Maintenance
3. Military Benefits for Former Spouse of Military Servicemember
4. Term of Child Support – Moving from One State to Another – UIFSA
5. Validity and Enforcement in the United States of an Islamic Nikah

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

Don't miss out on this month's teleconference on Friday!

November 30, 2007
Parenting Coordinators: Who Are They and Can They Help?

This teleconference will give you insight into the role of parenting coordinators, how they can assist you in developing parenting plans, and answers to questions such as: What is the difference between Parenting Coordination and family therapy? When is a Parenting Coordinator appropriate for a case and when is she not? At what point is a case ready for Parenting Coordination? How can counsel work effectively with a Parenting Coordinator?

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)

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.

It's never too early to book your hotel room (see "Section News" at left for more information).

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

Trial Advocacy Institute Update

Looking for information on the 2008 Trial Advocacy Institute? We're still in the planning stages but would like to keep you posted.

This year's Institute will (tentatively) take place May 17-23, 2008, at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. Please note that this information is subject to change, and we will be sure to send updates to you.

Not sure what the Institute is? Take a look at our Institute webpage to get a better idea of the programming and how it can benefit you.

Tech Corner

E-mail Productivity
E-mail is an indispensable tool for most attorneys, but it's not without its shortcomings: mailboxes become overloaded, messages are missed or swallowed by spam filters, and time is wasted responding to the same question over and over again. Thankfully, with a little discipline you can make e-mail a productivity boost rather than a productivity drain for your firm or organization.

Use Multiple E-mail Addresses
There are several good reasons to avoid mixing work and personal e-mail: it adds to your mailbox clutter, messages from friends and family may distract you from your work, and in many firms and organizations it's an inappropriate use of work resources. Luckily there's an easy fix: get another e-mail address. Sign up for a free e-mail address from a provider like Google (gmail) or Yahoo! and make sure friends and family know to use it, rather than your work e-mail, for daily correspondence.

Use Form Letters
It's not uncommon to receive the same question by e-mail several times a week. Rather than spending the time drafting an original response to each e-mail, save a good overall response into a text file and copy and paste it as needed. If you want to go high-tech, try setting up templates in Outlook to render the response automatically.

Pick Up the Phone
E-mail is a great tool, but it isn't always the right tool. If you've got a quick question or an issue that requires some clarification and discussion, skip e-mail and go right to the source: pick up a phone and call. There's no reason to send off an e-mail and wait hours or days for a response if a five-minute phone call would do the job. Not sure if e-mail is the best way of communicating? Check out David Pollard's ten situations When Not to Use E-mail.

   —Joshua Poje, Research Specialist, ABA Legal Technology Resource Center

Tell Us! If you have an e-mail form letter to share, send it along. We may use your sample in a future edition of the eNewsletter! If there's some other technology you would like us to investigate, just e-mail Keep the Tech Corner working for you!



This month's
featured benefit:

Your Name in Lights
(Become an Expert)

What is it?
The chance to write a practical, how-to article for the Section's quarterly magazine,
Family Advocate .

What's in it for me?
The opportunity to build your CV and brand yourself as an expert in a substantive area. You'll enhance your expertise, reputation, and increase your networking, too!

Take a look at some future themes to see where you might be able to contribute:

Winter 2009--Juvenile Law

  • Status offenses
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Adoption
  • Representing the child
Spring 2009--Cutting Edge & 50th Anniversary of Section
  • Redefining families
  • Immigration issues
  • Pro se litigants
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Child testimony
Summer 2009--Client Workbook: A Client Manual
  • Financial worksheet
  • Custody and parenting history
  • History of the marriage
  • Dissipation issues
  • Abuse
Fall 2009--Same-Sex Relationships
  • Custody
  • Relationship recognition
  • Estate planning
  • Benefits
  • Evidentiary issues
  • Adoption

I'm Convinced! How Do I Submit My Article?
Send an e-mail to the Family Advocate editor at ) explaining what you want to write about, why you are particularly qualified to write on the topic, and include writing samples if you have them.

If a feature article seems daunting, contribute a "Hot Tips" or "Fast Forward" column. Hot Tips focuses on substantive tips or techniques that help you litigate or settle cases. Fast Forward columns feature a practice management or technology tip that helps you manage your office, practice, staff, or client relationships better, smarter and with greater efficiency.


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

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