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Jurisdiction, Venue, and Choice of Law:
What Every Family Lawyer Should Know

   April 2010

Section News

Giving Back to New Orleans (Spring Meeting Recap)
We let the good times roll for our spring meeting in New Orleans, but we also managed to get a lot of work done, too. By far, the most pleasing work may have been courtesy of the community service projects spearheaded by Section of Family Law member Kendra Randall-Jolivet.

Kendra organized volunteers to help regreen New Orleans in cooperation with Parkway Partners. The project allowed meeting attendees to plant long-leaf pine at the base of over 100 trees in an effort to keep the trees thriving in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Working four hours in the hot New Orleans sun was never more rewarding!

Meeting attendees could also make a difference in New Orleans by contributing to Arise Academy, a charter school for grades K-2 in in the Lower Ninth Ward. The school needed to raise $2,200 to purchase books for students, and thanks to generous contributions by conference-goers, we managed to exceed that goal. A check in the amount of $2,290 was presented to Principal Andrew Shahan during the plenary on Friday, April 16. Thank you to everyone who helped us give back to New Orleans, and thank you once again to Kendra for her dedication in organizing the projects. (For more information, see Working Hard in the Big Easy.)

Our social events were also a big hit. The reception at the Louisiana Supreme Court was well attended, and we'd like to thank our sponsor Herman Herman Katz & Cotlar, LLP, for helping us put on such a great evening. On Friday night, attendees poured into the streets of the French Quarter for our own parade to the event at Muriel's.

In other conference news, after a presentation by Military Committee Chair Patricia Apy, Council voted to support HR3240 (the International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009). Council will meet again at Annual to discuss other issues pertinent to the Section.

If you weren't able to join us in New Orleans, you'll soon be able to purchase the CLE materials on cd-rom and CLE session recordings. Just visit Recent Conferences on our website; it will soon be updated with links to ordering information.

Please consider coming to our Annual Meeting this August 6-7 in San Francisco, and also mark October 20-23 on your calendar for our Fall CLE Conference in Ft. Worth. Be sure to check our website for more information (or see middle column).


Have a great idea for a CLE program? If you'd like your topics to be considered for the Spring 2011 CLE Conference in Amelia Island, Florida, be sure to submit your proposals by June 1, 2010.

Our CLE Committee is especially interested in scheduling ethics-based programs, so if your program hits on ethics, please make sure to submit it.

We're also accepting proposals for our teleconference series.

Proposal forms are linked from the CLE box on our Family Law homepage, or you can also access them here:

Download CLE proposal form

Download Teleconference proposal form

ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institutes

Last chance to enroll in this year's regular or advanced Trial Advocacy Institutes!

Join an elite faculty for a life-changing experience and make new friends at the same time! In just one week, you'll gain confidence as a litigator and get expert feedback from opening statement through closing argument.

The Institute will take place May 22-29, in Denver, CO, at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

If you've previously attended the ABA's Trial Advocacy Institute, challenge yourself further by enrolling in the Advanced Institute. The Advanced Institute will take place May 26-29 and will focus on Mental Health Experts & Psychological Testing. This is the boost you need to build on the skills you've already acquired.

For more information or to register, visit the TAI website.

Brown Bag: Mediating International Parental Abduction Cases

The ABA Section of Family Law is pleased to co-sponsor this live panel and teleconference program by the ABA Section of International Law's International Family Law Committee. The program will take place May 21, 2010, at the ABA's offices in Washington, D.C., and Section of Family Law members in the area may attend in-person for free! Section members may also attend via teleconference for just $15.

Download flyer for program description and registration information.

Spotlight On...
Do you know any unsung ABA Section of Family Law members who should be recognized for their contributions to family law?

E-mail Jean Crowe your nominations for a future "Spotlight On..." feature.


Divorce in the
Golden Years:
Estate Planning,
Spousal Support, and
Retirement Issues
for Clients at
Midlife and Beyond
(includes cd-rom)

Leslie Ann Shaner

Product Code 5130171

Divorcing clients who are 45 years of age and older have special concerns, although it is not enough just to know the law and its application. Often clients are ending up a long-term marriage after having achieved some level of personal and financial security. In these cases, the attorney must be sensitive to both the financial and psychological concerns presented by clients in this age bracket.

Divorce in the Golden Years is an invaluable resource for family lawyers, detailing how to handle the financial affairs that a couple has accumulated over time. Topics include: Intestacy and the complicated issues raised when a divorcing client or spouse dies without a will; How to review existing estate plans to avoid complications, and the process of revising or initiating an estate plan after separation but before divorce in order to disinherit a current spouse; and Powers of attorney and medical directives.

To see a full listing of topics or table of contents, click the "More information" link below.

More information

To order today, call the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221 and request Product Code 5130171 or order online.

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CLE Calendar

May 19, 2010

Jurisdiction, Venue, and Choice of Law—What Every Family Lawyer Should Know

This course covers the family law jurisdiction issues from initial questions of personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction to the more complex issues as to how uniform laws such as UIFSA and the UCCJEA impact the case. The panelists will discuss how to file an objection to jurisdiction, as well as the procedural tricks and traps.

Register today!

June 9, 2010

Divorce: Taking the "Family" out of the Family Business

This program will focus on the difficulties that arise when spouses who co-own and operate a business decide to divorce. Topics will include authority to make decisions regarding the business while the case is pending, compensation issues, dissipation, and access to business information, as well as the effect of one spouse leaving the business on its value. The panel will also discuss different options for settlement in these particularly difficult cases.

Register today!

Annual Meeting
August 6-7, 2010
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, CA

The ABA Section of Family Law will meet August 6-7, 2010, in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting. CLE programming will include "Top Strategies for Taking Your Family Law Practice to the Next Level" and "Representing the Lawyer in a Divorce." We're also proud to co-produce "The Best Program for Real Lawyers," with General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division.

Be sure to join us for our Section Dinner at Le Colonial and our Annual Awards Luncheon, too.

Register before May 28, 2010, to get the early registration discount!

Visit the Family Law Annual Meeting website, or register online now.

Fall CLE Conference
October 20-23, 2010
Omni Ft. Worth
Ft. Worth, TX

Fall into Ft. Worth this October for CLE, networking, and great social events! Social events include a marvelous evening at The Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth!

Registration will open soon, but in the meantime, be sure you have a place to hang your hat.

Hotel Reservations
Reserve your room now! Our special discounted rate is $199.

Make your reservations before Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 5:00 p.m. CT in order to get this rate; don't forget to mention you'll be attending the ABA Section of Family Law Fall Conference.

Omni Ft. Worth
1300 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Tel: 817-535-6664
Visit the hotel website

The Fall Conference webpage will open soon; bookmark the ABA Family Law Calendar of Events page.


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.

Law Student Corner

Passed the Bar? Congratulations!

Congratulations to all of our law student graduates who have recently passed the Bar!

Once you have your Bar ID number, be sure to call the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221 to have your member record updated. When that's done, you'll officially be a lawyer member of the ABA (and the Family Law Section) and you can join the ESQ list below.

If you've read the Best of ESQ columns each month, you know how valuable a resource it can be. It's easy to join the list (see instructions below), you just need to be recognized as a "Lawyer" on your ABA member record!

Still a Law Student? Awesome!

If you're still in school, no worries. You'll be done soon enough. :)

Thank you very much to everyone who submitted an essay for the Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest. Our judges will soon be determining this year's winners. Winners will be contacted by the Section this summer.

Best of the List Serve

This month's Best of the FamLawEsq focuses on jurisdiction (especially UCCJEA). Read about this month's topics. (You will need to log in to the ABA website.)

Not on the ESQ list? All of our lawyer members are encouraged to subscribe. Read more about How to Join FamLawEsq in the Members Only section of our website.

AICPA Corner

A column by members of the AICPA's Forensic and Valuation Services Section
This month's column is by Steven Green, CPA, CVA.

Read this month's AICPA Corner: Spousal Support Recapture (You will need to log in to the ABA website.)

Tech Corner

Tech Tips from

This year's ABA TECHSHOW, held in Chicago from March 25-27, featured a bevy of CLE presentations from legal technology experts on topics including paperless office technology, marketing and social networking, practice in the "cloud," and litigation and trial skills.

Below are some assorted (and paraphrased) technology tips from ABA TECHSHOW 2010.

From the session "Creating Your Online Presence," presented by Carolyn Elefant and Nicole Black:

* One reason to use social networking websites like LinkedIn and Facebook is to take advantage of those sites' SEO (search engine optimization) and "Google Juice." Your profiles on those sites will usually appear in the first few hits when someone searches for your name in an Internet search engine, and you can link from there to your firm website.

* At minimum, create a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a professional-oriented site that can highlight your law practice and career information.

* Facebook is socially oriented and can be useful for keeping up with your organic networks of friends, family, school graduating classes, etc, by keeping you on their radar.

From the session "Document Management Software: The Electronic File Butler for the Law Office," presented by Steve Best and Richard Serpe:

* Full-fledged, dedicated document management systems can be more effective than other types of software with document management "features." Full-fledged systems can lock down the document workflow so that staff cannot save a document without profiling it and saving it to the document management system, which can help avoid misplaced and unprofiled documents.

* Saving e-mail messages to document management systems can be as easy as dropping e-mail messages into a folder. For example, the document management system Worldox installs Worldox folders into Microsoft Outlook, and any e-mails dragged into those folders are moved into Worldox.

From the session "Security on Steroids: Controlling and Securing Data," presented by Eric Fleckles and John Simek:

* Creating backup images of firm computers can help get computers up and running faster after a malware attack or hard drive crash. With a backup image, the data on the computer as well as the operating system and software can be restored, with pre-malware settings intact.

* Keystrokes from USB wireless keyboards can often be detected and intercepted by outside parties, even inadvertently, and so should not be used in law firms.

* Firms can log the USB port activity on employees' computers to detect anomalous activity such as employee data theft.

* Whole disk encryption of laptop and desktop computers can help protect firm data in case of theft or loss.

Other ABA TECHSHOW 2010 tips can be found via the ABA Site-tation post ABA TECHSHOW 2010 Roundup.

   —Stephen Stine, 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

AAML Negotiation Seminar
May 21-22, 2010
Santa Monica, CA

Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight

Co-Sponsored with Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, this workshop, limited to 48 participants, provides real-life situations and an opportunity to hone our skills with the best of the best.

We will examine how to "think out of the box," and "increase the size of the pie." How to create "win/win situations," and how to use emotion to our advantage. We will learn about the inherent traps in the negotiation process and tips to manage difficult people. We anticipate that this event will be a sell-out, and that we will have a waiting list of 10 for those who want to attend. This is a program that you do not want to miss! It will not be offered again until 2012.

For more information or to register, download the flyer.

AFCC 47th Annual Conference
June 2-5, 2010
Denver, CO

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)'s 47th Annual Conference will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, June 2-5, 2010. The conference, titled Traversing the Trail of Alienation: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict, will address the difficult topic of alienation. The program builds on Alienated Children in Divorce and Separation: Emerging Approaches for Families and Courts, the January 2010 special issue of Family Court Review.

This exciting program features 90 sessions from which to choose, including four plenary sessions and your choice of six all-day pre-conference institutes. From alienation to negotiation, research to practice or domestic abuse to child abuse and neglect, this conference has something for judges, lawyers, custody evaluators, mediators, therapists, parenting coordinators, parent educators and anyone working with children and families in conflict.

For more information, to view the full conference brochure or register online, visit the AFCC website.



Tech Training Tuesdays

What are they?
Picture this:

What if you could get a live demonstration (complete with tricks & tips) about applications commonly used by legal professionals? What if the demos took no more than 15 minutes?!? (And in some cases, even less?)

You could learn how to use the Typewriter Tool in Adobe 9, or Three Ways to Capture More Billable Time with Chrometa.

You might learn more about power tricks with email, too. All without having to leave your office! (That's the beauty of the Internet webinar.)

Who's doing the training?
The ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) is working with vendors and leading legal technology experts to deliver these simple, high quality, practical trainings.

It's all part of ABA TechEZ.

And the best part is, if you miss a session, it's archived in the online library. So just find the topic you want, click on the link, and in a few minutes, you've learned how to save some time using applications you're already familiar with. (Or in some cases, you'll learn about new technology you might wish to employ.)

How much does it cost?
It's FREE ! That's right, FREE! It's just one more way we've added value to your ABA membership. (And don't forget, the vendors that are part of ABA TechEZ also offer you great discounts on their products.) Thanks to ABA Member Advantage and ABA TechEZ for helping make your lives easier (and less costly).

When are the Training Tuesdays?
The live webinar sessions take place on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. Central.

Visit the ABA TechEZ Training Calendar for more information about upcoming topics or to register online.

Or, visit the Training Library to see what you may have missed.

Need more information? Visit the ABA Sitetation post to learn more.


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