July 2008

Section News

Last Call for Ann-u-al
It's your last reminder about The ABA Family Law Section Annual Meeting; join us August 8-10, 2008, as we celebrate the Section's 50th Anniversary and deliver top-notch CLE programming. All Family Law programming will take place at the Westin Times Square. Visit our Annual Meeting website for more information.

We have just added the Council Agenda Book to our website; our Council Meeting will take place Saturday, August 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Ambassador III Room, 2nd Floor, at the Westin Times Square. All Section members are invited to attend. (Please note that in order to access the Council Agenda Book, you will need to log in to the ABA website. Your password, if you haven't changed it, is your last name in lowercase letters.)

The Section of Family Law is also proud to co-sponsor/promote these other sessions you may wish to attend. A sampling is below:

Dangerous Intersection: Sexual Abuse as Domestic Violence--What Judges, Lawyers and Advocates Need to Know
Thursday, August 7, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
New York Marriott Marquis
Marquis Salon A, 9th Fl.

Co-sponsored with the ABA Coalition for Justice and the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, this CLE program will focus on strategies that encourage victims to disclose intimate partner sexual abuse and resources for effective offender dispositions and management

Download the flyer for more details about this program.

Breast Cancer Legal Advocacy Training
Thursday, August 7, 2008
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Hilton New York Regent Plaza
2nd Floor

This free program from the ABA Health Law Section will provide an introduction and overview of the legal issues commonly faced by patients dealing with catastrophic illnesses, and insight on how attorneys who do not ordinarily handle cases of this type can acquaint themselves with the laws, practices and procedures necessary to help them assist breast cancer patients and advocate effectively.

Download the flyer for more details.

ABA Children's Law Breakfast
Sunday, August 10, 2008
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Intercontinental Hotel
The Barclay, Manhattan Room, Lobby Level

Co-sponsored with the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk, the Annual Children's Breakfast brings together those who have been working on behalf of vulnerable children and youth. It is an opportunity to share information among ABA entities that are engaged in special programs and activities related to children, youth and the law and to discuss ways of improving cooperation and collaboration in this work.

For more co-sponsored programs, please visit our Annual Meeting schedule page.

Schwab Essay Contest Winners

This year's contest garnered entries from students at law schools all across the nation, representing both Coasts, the Heartland, and the South, not to mention our nation's capital. Selecting the winners was no easy task, and we would like to thank Jeff Atkinson (Chief Judge) and judges Melanie Brown, Melissa Brown, and Leigh Goodmark for their time and dedication.

Congratulations go to this year's winners:

1st place: Christine Olson, UC Davis School of Law, "Second Class Families: Interstate Recognition of Queer Adoption"

2nd place: Sally Adams, Vermont Law School, "Avoiding Round Two: The Inadequacy of Current Relocation Laws and a Proposed Solution"

3rd place: Lauren Douglass, Washburn University School of Law, "Avoiding Conflict at Home When There is Conflict Abroad: Military Child Custody and Visitation"

Winning essays will soon be posted online at the Schwab Essay Contest website, and may also appear in a future edition of the Section's scholarly journal, Family Law Quarterly.

Congratulations again to this year's winners, and be on the lookout for more information about the 2009 contest!


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Resource of Interest

The July 2008 issue of Family Court Review featuring outcomes from the AFCC and NCJFCJ Domestic Violence and Family Courts Project is available for free online for a limited period of time. (Read July 2008 Family Court Review )

This special issue features articles co-authored by interdisciplinary experts from the domestic violence advocacy and family courts community. It addresses topics including terminology, differentiated approaches to parenting plans, screening and cultural issues. Guest edited by Professors Nancy Ver Steegh [ABA Section of Family Law member] and Kelly Browe Olson, the issue also includes the Report on Wingspread Conference on Domestic Violence and Family Courts. The Report addresses critical tensions raised by the growing awareness that not all uses of violence in intimate relations are the same.

AFCC will host several conference sessions on domestic violence and differentiation at its Eighth International Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations, September 25-27, 2008, and Eighth International Congress on Parent Education and Access Programs, September 26-27, 2008, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. View more information

The Family Court Review is the academic and research journal of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, published by Wiley-Blackwell in cooperation with Hofstra Law School’s Center for Children, Families and the Law. For more information on AFCC, visit www.afccnet.org.

Best of the List Serve

This month's Best of the FamLawEsq covers two military issues, information about collecting child support in interstate actions, and California public retirement plans.

Read more about this month's 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

September 10, 2008
Double Dipping in Divorce

This session will address the concept that is frequently described as "double dipping" and its relevance in matrimonial cases to the division of property and the awarding of alimony/child support. The double-dip issue questions whether the same excess income should be used to value an asset and considered a source for the payment of alimony and support.

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 and registration information will be available soon; clear your calendar so you can participate!

Joining us in New York for the Family Law Annual Meeting?

Family Law Annual Meeting
August 8-10, 2008
Westin Times Square
New York, NY

It's not too late to consider attending; register on-site at the Hilton New York.

When you register, purchase your tickets for our CLE sessions on electronic evidence, child abuse/neglect (dependency) law, and the popular Hot Tips program. And don't forget to buy tickets to attend our special Family Law events, such as our Friday night reception (July 8, at The Water Club, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.), and our Annual Awards Luncheon (Saturday, August 9, noon to 2:00 p.m.), where we'll begin celebrating the Section's 50th Anniversary.

Be sure to stop by the Hospitality Room, too, where we'll have a special dvd of programs you can watch highlighting our 50 years as a Section. (The programming includes a photo slideshow set to music, and our 40th Anniversary videotaped discussion with members Louise Raggio, Larry Stotter, Sam Schoonmaker, and Gary Skoloff.)

For details about our Annual Meeting events and programming, visit our Annual Meeting website.

Register Now for the Fall CLE Conference

Family Law Fall CLE Conference
October 2-5, 2008
Camelback Inn
Scottsdale, AZ

Our Fall CLE Conference is a great place to earn CLE credits on a variety of topics such as ADR, reproductive and genetic technologies, trial practices and techniques, and taxation, to name just a few. Our plenary sessions and CLE courses are designed with you in mind, and the Camelback Inn is just the place to unwind after a day of learning from experts and networking with your peers.

But don't come solo; your family will also enjoy the Southwest and all the amenities the Camelback Inn resort offers!

Golfers Take Note:
Saturday, October 4th--1:00 p.m. Tee Time

Camelback Golf Club, one of Arizona's original gems, features 36 holes of championship golf located in beautiful Scottsdale. If you are interested in playing golf on Saturday, October 4, please contact Peter M. Walzer at 818-591-3700 or pmw@walzermelcher.com.

Accommodations & Registration
Reserve your hotel room by September 2, 2008, to lock in the discount rate of $219. (See hotel information on site linked below.)

Registration is now open, use the registration link on the Fall CLE website. Register by September 2nd in order to get the early-bird discount rate.

Please note: All CLE will take place on October 3-4, while some committee meetings and the Council meeting will be held on Thursday, October 2. (Our hotel room block and discount rates apply beginning on October 1st, should you wish to arrive early and take advantage of the resort and its surroundings.) Our final event is a send-off breakfast on Sunday, October 5.

Fall CLE Conference website. *Bookmark and check back for updated information!

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

Tech Corner

Subnotebooks/Ultramobile Laptop Computers: Highly Portable and Affordable?
According to the ABA's 2008 Legal Technology Survey Report (Mobile Lawyers volume), ABA member attorneys in private practice are increasingly embracing mobile computing: 67% report that they use a PDA/smartphone/BlackBerry while away from the office, up from 42% in the 2003 survey, and 85% report that they use a laptop computer while away from the office, up from 75% in the 2003 survey. Among respondents who report using a PDA/smartphone/BlackBerry while away from the office, 75% report using the device regularly to check e-mail in real-time, up from 54% in the 2006 survey, and 32% regularly use the device for internet access while away from the office, up from 14% in the 2006 survey.

As mobile computing becomes increasingly popular among attorneys and mainstream consumers, a relatively new type of mobile computer is garnering interest in the marketplace: subnotebook/ultramobile laptop PCs. Such computers may appeal to users who would like laptop computers to be smaller and more light-weight for improved portability, and would like smartphones to have larger keypads and screens for easier web browsing and typing, such as for document creation. Subnotebooks/UMPCs are designed to bridge the gap between laptops and smartphones in terms of size, weight, and functionality.

This year, interest in subnotebooks has been jump-started by the introduction of the ASUS EEE PC line, with models starting from approximately $299, screen sizes ranging from 7" to 10", and weight ranging from a little over 1 pound to a little over 3 pounds (in contrast to standard-sized laptop computers which often weigh 6 pounds or more). Currently, the smaller size and smaller price of lower-end subnotebooks comes with functional tradeoffs: many subnotebooks lack optical drives such as CD/DVD drives, have low amounts of storage (lower end ASUS models range from between 2GB and 20GB of storage), and often feature slower processors than standard-sized laptop computers. There are also several subnotebook models with features (and prices) more comparable to standard-sized laptops, priced in the $599-$1000 range.

If you've been looking for a small, lightweight laptop designed for basic tasks like web browsing and document creation that you can easily take with you to work on memos, motions, correspondence, and research wherever you travel, lower-end subnotebook/UMPCs may be worth looking into. If you covet the thought of high portability along with high performance and a wide set of features, the high-end models may be worth an examination. As with other consumer technology products, features may improve and prices may drop if subnotebooks/UMPCs become popular among mainstream consumers.

Other resources:

NY Times: Smaller Than a Laptop, but Bigger Than a Phone

PC Magazine: How to Buy a UMPC (includes reviews of the lower-end models such as the ASUS EeePC 4G, ASUS EeePC 900, and Acer Aspire One, and higher-end models such as the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC and the Fujitsu LifeBook U810.

   —Stephen Stine, ABA Legal Technology Resource Center

Tell Us! Is there a portable computer you find to be the best? Or are there any your fellow family lawyers should avoid? Tell us about it! We may use your feedback in a future edition of the eNewsletter. If there's some other technology you would like us to investigate, just e-mail glazerh@staff.abanet.org. Keep the Tech Corner working for you!

Survey: Voice Your Choice

Help the Family Law Section Help You
Do you attend our CLE conferences, whether in person or by phone? Do you find our publications helpful? If you're not active in the Section, why not?

Only you can provide us with the answers we need in order to help us make your membership more meaningful to you. To that end, we'll be asking a question or two in the eNewsletter every so often, and we'd also like your input on questions you'd like us to ask your fellow Section members. We will conduct a more formal survey in the future, but encourage you to participate in this one all the same. Take a look at the questions below, then click on the link to send us your answers. (Online survey software, cool!)

1. Do you serve a non-native English-speaking clientele? If so, what percentage of your client base consists of non-native English-speakers, and what language(s) do they speak?

2. How often do you visit the Section's website?

3. What question(s) would you like us to include in our formal (and informal) surveys?

Please Take the Short Survey



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