March 2009

Section News

Spring Break in Baltimore!
Join us in Baltimore (April 22-25) for the Family Law Spring CLE Conference. Not sure what to expect? Check out some highlights below.

Stop by the Council Meeting on Thursday, April 23rd. The morning session begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs to noon, while the afternoon session from 2:00-5:00 p.m. features a roundtable discussion on Collaborative Law and the proposed Uniform Collaborative Law Act.

If this is your first time at a Section of Family Law conference, be sure to attend the first-timers' meeting at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 23rd. Sure, we'll ask you to wear a "first-timer" ribbon on your badge, but we promise it won't clash with your attire. You should also make plans to attend the Newcomers' Dinner. If this is your first or second meeting, let us know ahead of time. (Either mark it on your registration, or, if you've already registered, just send us an e-mail saying you'd like to attend the Newcomers' Dinner on April 23rd.)

Thursday, April 23rd, is also the night of our Welcome Reception, sponsored by Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP; University of Baltimore School of Law; and Weyrich Cronin & Sorra Chartered. Join us at Tydings & Rosenberg Law Firm (conveniently located near the conference hotel) for hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, conversation, and spectacular views of the Inner Harbor.

After the CLE sessions on Friday, join us at the Sports Legends Museum for an evening reception. (You don't have to like sports to have an enjoyable evening here.) This is a ticketed event, so be sure you purchase them when you register for the meeting. (If you forget, we'll have some for purchase on-site, too.)

For more information about the meeting, CLE courses (including special assisted reproductive technology sessions), and social events, please visit the Conference website. Registration must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16th, and remember, as a Section member, you automatically receive a discounted registration fee. After April 16th, you must register on-site.

See you soon in Charm City!

Conference website

Law Student Corner

March 27th: Last Day to Request Schwab Essay Contest Entry Number
Enter the Schwab Essay Contest

There's still time to enter this year's contest--just request your entry number by 5:00 p.m. Central on Friday, March 27th. Essays are due on Friday, April 3rd.

Why should you enter? If you win, your work will be published in Family Law Quarterly, a respected scholarly journal published by the ABA Section of Family Law. We'll notify your Dean of your achievement, and invite you to the Annual Awards Luncheon at this year's ABA Family Law Annual Meeting in Chicago. (You'll also get a nifty certificate, and a free one-year membership in the ABA Section of Family Law.) And we'll even post your essay on our website.

Just pick a topic in the field of family law and write about 5,000 words. (That's about 25 double-spaced typewritten pages. Don't go overboard. Essays over 28 pages are automatically disqualified.)

Visit the Schwab website for more information about entering, and good luck!

Deadline for entry number assignment: March 27, 2009

Deadline for entries: April 3, 2009


Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Lawyer's Guide to Emerging Law and Science
(2009 Supplement included)

Charles P. Kindregan and Maureen McBrien

Product Code 5130139

The law of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is constantly evolving, but while there is no nationally recognized law the legal issues are beginning to reach the courts: cases involving control of gametes, custody and responsibility for children of ART, medical malpractice, consent, rights of donors and surrogates, enforcement of contracts, among many others. Assisted Reproductive Technology provides citations to hundreds of judicial decisions that, while they may not be the law in all states, can suggest potential solutions to these problems. Where statutes have been enacted, they are cited when relevant to the text. In states where the law is not yet fully developed, the book's concepts can be used in addressing ART issues. The book includes comprehensive citations and notes, a substantial bibliography of legal articles following each chapter, an invaluable glossary of ART terms, and comprehensive index.

The 2009 Supplement is included with the book, but may also be purchased separately. The 2009 Supplement offers a clear and practical explanation of the ABA Model Act Governing Assisted Reproductive Technology. The Act, which was formally adopted on February 11, 2008, represents the first time the leading American association of attorneys put its weight behind a comprehensive law to provide governance for an area of legal and medical practice which is largely without legal regulation. The final version of the ABA Model Act Governing Assisted Reproductive Technology is also reprinted in this supplement.

More information

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

To order the 2009 Supplement only, request Product Code 5130139S or order online.


Best of the List Serve

This month's Best of the FamLawEsq includes an informational item about expanding COBRA coverage, and a variety of questions regarding UIFSA. Read more about this month's 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

Get CLE Credit on Wednesday, April 8 (see below)

April 8, 2009
What Every Family Law Attorney Needs to Know about Personal Financial Planning in Divorce

This teleconference and live audio webcast will detail several financial planning considerations in divorce including: lump sum payouts versus future income streams; the tax issues in divorce; handling the marital residence; managing retirement plans; investment considerations; various insurance challenges regarding health, long term disability; life insurance; and more. Discussion will also include the factors and elements in the cash flow projections that each party should consider to assist in determining the short, mid, and long-term effects of potential settlements.

Register today!

(This conference was rescheduled from an earlier date.)

Keep an eye out for these teleconferences:

May 27, 2009
Til Death, Divorce, or Deportation Do Us Part: When Immigration and Family Law Issues Intersect

June 17, 2009
Down and Out in Beverly Hills: How Current Economic Issues Impact Divorce

September 2, 2009
How to Develop an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Practice

Family Law Spring Conference
April 22-25, 2009
Hilton Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

Hotel Discount Deadline Extended: April 1st

Register today for the spring meeting. Your conference fee includes access to top-notch CLE programming, a cd-rom of program materials, breakfast each day, our special Welcome Reception, and Chair's Suite Receptions on Thursday and Saturday.

For more information about the meeting--CLE topics (including the ART sessions), events, hotel/airport information, and online registration--please visit the Conference website.

23rd Annual ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute
May 16-23, 2009
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Denver, CO

Have 7 days? That's all you'll need to become an expert trial lawyer at our Trial Advocacy Institute! Give our faculty one week to work closely with you and we guarantee you'll gain confidence as a litigator. We only have room to accommodate 48 attorneys, so send in your registration today! For more information, visit the TAI website.

ABA Section of Family Law Annual Meeting
July 31-August 2, 2009
Westin Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

Join us in Chicago this summer for our famous Hot Tips program, as well as other CLE. We'll also be offering a joint program with General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, and co-sponsoring other progams with GP Solo and the Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities. Our Section Dinner will take place in Greektown, and we'll have our 51st Annual Awards Luncheon. More information will be available on our website soon, but you can register for the ABA Annual Meeting now.

Fall CLE Conference
October 7-10, 2009
Hilton Montreal Bonaventure
Montreal, Canada

Make sure you have your passport ready! The ABA Section of Family Law Fall CLE Meeting will take place in Montreal, Canada, October 7-10, 2009. Our top-notch CLE programming will include a special plenary, "Handling the High-Profile Divorce," as well as courses on adoption, third-party custody, and immigration, to name just a few. With so much to learn, explore, and do in Montreal, you'll want to make this trip a priority. Visit the Fall 2009 CLE Conference website for more information.

Stay up-to-date on CLE offerings with our CLE Calendar.

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

AICPA Corner

A column by members of the AICPA's Forensic and Valuation Services Section
This month's column, "Do You Believe Everything You Read? When Is It Time to Call in a Forensic Accountant?" will help you determine when you need to call a forensic accountant.

   —This month's contribution is from David L. Gresen, CPA/ABV, CVA, CFE (Woodbury, NY) DGresen@GoKLG.COM

Read this month's AICPA Corner: Do You Believe Everything You Read? When Is It Time to Call in a Forensic Accountant? (You will need to log in to the ABA website.)

Tech Corner

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned with Online Comparison Shopping

Legal technology experts have been talking about saving money through technology for years. Indeed, innovative software can be used to capture billable hours; scanners and document management software can be used to cut paper and storage costs; and social networking can reduce your marketing budget while improving your results.

While these are certainly effective ways of using technology to save money, there's another more direct and immediate method attorneys can use to cut costs: using the web to find the best prices on the goods and services you need to buy.

In the past, finding the best deal meant spending a day in the car or on the phone contacting a handful of stores in your local area. With limited options, meaningful savings were rare. Today, the Internet literally puts hundreds of retailers at your fingertips, and more importantly, it gives you the tools to quickly sort through those retailers to find the best deal. Two of these tools are Google Products and Gazaro.

Google Products
Formerly known as "Froogle," Google Products is a search engine for "stuff to buy." Searches can be general ("scanner") or specific ("ScanSnap S510"). The results include reviews, product descriptions, and if more than one retailer carries the product, a price range and comparison tool. For example, a search for the ScanSnap S510 shows that the scanner is available at 89 sellers at prices ranging from $328 to $594. Clicking the "compare prices" button shows a full listing of the retailers and their prices, along with the rating given to each retailer by its customers.

Gazaro is a new price comparison tool. As with Google Products, it scans numerous retailers to maintain a database of current product prices. Gazaro then compiles that data into a "personalized sales flyer" which scores the available deals, lists product reviews (taken from other sites, like Amazon), and inserts a graph showing the retailer's price trend on that product. For example, a search for the ScanSnap S510 shows that the retailer with the best deal has been selling the scanner consistently at $359 since the beginning of the year, with occasional spikes as high as $499. (Note: because Gazaro is new, it is currently limited to electronics.)

Regardless of the tool you use, you must review the results carefully. In some cases, the results may include different versions of the product (like an older model that may have fewer features), or they might include refurbished or used products. In addition, buyers should examine the retailer's ratings carefully to be sure they're reputable.

Even in a difficult economy, there are things you need to buy to keep your practice (or yourself) running. Using online price comparison tools will help you meet your needs in the most economical and efficient manner possible.

   —Joshua Poje, ABA Legal Technology Resource Center

Ask Us! Have you found a great technology deal somewhere? Is there a technology question that's been on your mind? Tell us or ask us about it! We may feature your info or answer your question 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!

Also of Interest

National Healthcare Decisions Day Is April 16, 2009
Join the American Bar Association and Americans across the country in making future healthcare decisions known to family, friends and healthcare providers. Share your wishes and complete your advance directive, because…*your decisions matter*. For more information, visit National Healthcare Decisions Day.

46th Annual Conference
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)

May 27-30, 2009
Sheraton New Orleans

The conference, "Children, Courts and Custody: Back to the Future or Full Steam Ahead?" will examine how family law research, practices and processes have evolved over the years, paradigms have shifted, controversies have arisen and myths have been debunked. How sure are we about what we think we know now?

The program features 70 workshops, including three-hour advanced sessions, three plenary sessions and your choice of six day-long pre-conference institutes. There will be nearly 200 world class presenters, including plenary presenters Paul Amato, Ph.D., Jennifer McIntosh, Hon. Peter Boshier, Daniel Goldberg, LL.B., Mindy Mitnick, M.Ed., Mary E. O’Connell, J.D., Arnold T. Shienvold, Ph.D., Hon. R. James Williams, and moderators Dianna Gould-Saltman, J.D., Jana B. Singer J.D., and Andrew Schepard, J.D.

Conference sessions will cover a range of topics examining challenges to conventional child custody wisdom including assertions about 50/50 parenting, the child’s role in the process, the resiliency of children after divorce, the changing role of the court systems in resolving family disputes and more.

For more information, visit AFCC's website.



Case Update

What is it?
A monthly e-mail digest that keeps you apprised of family law case developments and decisions across the country.

What's in it for me? Case Update is a great way to keep up-to-date with recent cases and the laws they impact. Topics include adoption, child custody, parentage, property division, same-sex marriage, and much more.

Sounds good, how can I get it?
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