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   March 2010

Section News

Mosey on Down to N'Awlins for CLE Gumbo!
The Section of Family Law's Spring CLE Conference is almost here! That means you need to start thinking about which CLE programs you'd like to attend, what to wear to the receptions and events you've registered for, and, most importantly, where you'll be eating your meals!

Make Sure You're Registered
If you haven't registered for the conference yet, do so before April 2nd. After that date, you must register on-site. Register using the link below, and be sure to sign up for any ticketed events. Our Thursday Cocktail Reception at the Louisiana Supreme Court is almost at capacity, and we will not be able to allow you access if you haven't registered. (Be prepared to walk through security to gain entrance to the reception.)

Download Program Materials
If you've registered for the conference, you will soon be receiving an e-mail containing a link where you can download all conference CLE materials. This is the only way that materials will be disseminated. (We no longer print compendiums, but do have cd-roms available for purchase.) Please take a look and see which courses you'll be attending, and download and print those out to bring with you, or store them on a flash drive or your hard drive if you're bringing your laptop.

Bid on Items at the Silent Auction
Our Sponsorship Committee is proud to present the Section's first-ever Silent Auction. Items promise to be lightweight and portable (no livestock or Grecian urns) and include:

Jewelry designed by Section member Melissa Brown, soapstone sculpture, and a three-night stay with breakfast at the Hotel Bristol in Vienna, Austria. (Donated by Hotel Bristol, a Starwood Hotel. Starwood is an ABA Member Advantage company.)

We will have a few other items on the block as well, so be sure to stop by the Hospitality Room and get your bid in. Proceeds from the auction will help offset conference costs as well as other Section activities.

If you'd like to contribute items for the auction, please let us know. Your donation should be lightweight/portable, such as gift certificates, tickets to sporting events, small pieces of art, etc. If you have a vacation home and can donate the use of it for a weekend or longer, please do. If you have a talent (knitting, jewelry-making, small woodcarvings, etc.), use this opportunity to show off your handiwork!

You can bring your item with you, or, if you aren't going to be in New Orleans, send it to either Alissa Norris in Chicago (see Contact Information in right column) or Maryann Foley in Anchorage, AK, and we will transport it for you. If you have any questions, please contact Maryann at mefoley@ptialaska.net or 907-279-0783.

Visit the Conference website for more information or Register online now.

Family Advocate Law Practice Management Editor Lee Rosen Wins E-Lawyering Award
Congratulations to Lee Rosen, who was chosen by the ABA's Law Practice Management Section as the recipient of the 2010 James I. Keane Award. Rosen received the honor for his innovations in the use of technology throughout his law practice that demonstrate a commitment to serving both the public and other legal professionals through Web-based legal work. The award was presented on March 25 at a luncheon during ABA TECHSHOW.

Named for Jim Keane-- founding chair of the ABA eLawyering Task Force-- the award recognizes outstanding achievement in the use of the Internet and other electronic resources to deliver legal services to people of moderate means more efficiently and effectively.

Rosen has served as chair of the Section of Family Law's domestic violence committee and is now law practice management editor for Family Advocate. A noted speaker, Rosen is slated to present "Fifteen Ways to Raise Your Practice to a New Level" at the Family Law Spring CLE Conference in New Orleans. Rosen lives in North Carolina and is founder of the Rosen Law Firm.

Read more about the award and Lee Rosen.

Speak Your Piece: Participate in Survey on Preparing Clients for Child Custody Evaluations
You're invited to take part in a national survey that examines how family law attorneys prepare clients for child custody evaluations. The findings are expected to help attorneys and child custody evaluators better understand this topic. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and all responses are strictly confidential and will be analyzed on a group basis.

The survey is being conducted by Section of Family Law member Dianna Gould-Saltman, Dr. James N. Bow, Dr. Michael Gottlieb, and Lesly Hendershot, M.S. Dianna currently holds the following positions within the ABA Section of Family Law: Region VI Representative (Council); Vice Chair, Custody Committee; Chair, Ethics Committee. She also serves on the Family Advocate Board of Editors.

Take the Survey

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...
Bobbie Batley

Bobbie Batley

Have you ever wondered who is responsible for planning and producing all the great CLE at our Section conferences? Have you ever thought about how much time must be spent in order to bring you a selection of programs that range from basic to cutting-edge? One of those two dedicated CLE Committee Co-chairs is Roberta Batley, known to her friends as Bobbie.

Bobbie graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and practices in Albuquerque. She is a New Mexico Board recognized specialist in divorce and family law and a trained collaborative family law attorney. In addition to her work and leadership positions in our Section, Bobbie serves as a member of the Board of the New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Bobbie also has a personal life. Her 12-year-old daughter, Kali, often accompanies her to Section meetings. About her, Bobbie says "she keeps me sane, grounded and very humble." Completing her household are two dogs and one cat. With her exuberant personality, Bobbie enjoys doing many things: gardening, reading, cooking, traveling, and relaxing with friends and her daughter.

Growing up in Farmington, New Mexico, the youngest of five girls, Bobbie always wanted to be a lawyer. As a child she thought that if you were a lawyer "you could do anything." With her commitment, enthusiasm, hard work and generosity, she is on the way to proving that is true.

Three of her favorite pieces of advice are: (1) "you run with what you brung" which has helped her understand that she couldn't change the history of her clients' lives, only help with the future; (2) "it is, what it is," as the condensed version of the Serenity Prayer; and (3) from her parents "you should never do something that you will not be able to sit at the dinner table and tell us about."

As you can see, the Family Law Section is fortunate to count Bobbie as one of our members. Aren't you looking forward to meeting her or seeing her again in New Orleans?

-- Do you know any ABA Section of Family Law members who deserve to be recognized for their contributions to family law? E-mail Jean Crowe your nominations for a future "Spotlight On..." feature.


The Military Divorce Handbook
(includes cd-rom)

Mark E. Sullivan

Product Code 5130135

Both comprehensive and practical, The Military Divorce Handbook covers all aspects of representing servicemembers and their spouses in divorce. Key chapters explain the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), military tax issues, and the important issue of dividing military retirement benefits. Also covered are the difficult and increasingly important issues of custody and domestic violence involving servicemembers. The handbook includes a glossary, table of cases, and comprehensive index, as well as a CD-ROM with forms and additional background material. More information

To order today, call the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221 and request Product Code 5130135 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.

Registration information will soon be available on the Family Law website.

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.

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

Schwab Essay Contest:
Last Call for Entries

Time's running out, but you can still show off your writing skills by entering the Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest!

Just pick a topic in the field of family law, get about 5,000 words down, and you're done. (That's about 25 double-spaced, typewritten pages including footnotes. Don't go overboard; we disqualify entries over 28 pages.)

If you win, we'll tell your Dean, you'll be published in Family Law Quarterly (and on the Family Law website), and you'll get a nifty certificate, too.

This contest is open to all law students, not just those who are Section of Family Law members, so feel free to spread the word and mention it at your study group. The more entrants we have, the better you can feel about winning.

More information about the
contest--rules, eligibility, etc.--is available at the Schwab website.

Entry number must be requested by April 2, 2010.

Deadline for entries:
April 9, 2010

Best of the List Serve

This month's Best of the FamLawEsq looks at reactions to 'two fathers and two mothers' in court; adoptions and UCCJEA; and UCCJEA Continuing, Exclusive Jurisdiction and "residence." 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 Robert Vance, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, CFP.

Read this month's AICPA Corner: Putting Together a Winning Dissipation Argument (You will need to log in to the ABA website.)

New Resource

Reference Manual on Civil Mental Disability Law

Civil Mental Disability Law, Evidence and Testimony: A Comprehensive Reference Manual for Lawyers, Judges and Mental Disability Professionals, edited by John W. Parry, J.D.

The manual covers:

* History and key clinical and legal definitions
* Individual rights within the community
* Mental disability discrimination law
* Federal and state entitlement programs
* Confidentiality, privacy, and professional liability
*Commitment and rights within facilities
* Expert evidence and testimony.

For more information or to order, visit the ABA Web Store.

Tech Corner

ABA TechEZ: Special Tech Savings for ABA Members

Technology has worked its way into nearly every aspect of the practice of law. Legal research has moved from books to websites. Clients communicate via e-mail rather than visit the office. Litigation documents are often drafted, edited, and filed without ever making it onto actual paper. Sophisticated time and billing programs have replaced hand-written ledgers, and many attorneys now turn to social networking sites instead of the golf course when the time comes to collaborate.

The rapid spread of technology has brought benefits to productivity, efficiency, and work/life balance. But it often comes with a steep price tag that can make adopting new technology, or replacing old technology, a daunting proposition. With that in mind, the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center and ABA Member Advantage recently partnered to launch a new savings/discount program just for technology products and just for ABA members: ABA TechEZ.

Through ABA TechEZ, ABA members receive substantial discounts and special offers on a wide variety of technology, including hardware, software, and technology services. For example, the program currently includes:

* Popular practice management and time & billing software like Abacus, Chrometa, Clio, PC Law, Time Matters, and Timeslips;

* Various legal research tools and databases from Westlaw;

* Communication and collaboration tools like Box, Dialawg, my1voice, myFax, and RingCentral;

* Web site and online reputation services from Raising the Standard and Reputation Defender;

* High-powered search tools from Copernic; and

* Familiar ABA Member Advantage vendors including Dell, HP, i365, Mozy, Sprint, and Toshiba.

And ABA TechEZ isn't just about saving money. To help ABA members maximize the return on their technology investments, we're working with vendors and leading legal technology experts to offer practical and focused training on important technology topics.

Visit the ABA TechEZ website for the latest discounts and training opportunities.

   —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 glazerh@staff.abanet.org. Keep the Tech Corner working for you!

Also of Interest

National Healthcare Decisions Day Is April 16, 2010

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.

ABA Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Academy
April 29-30, 2010
Philadelphia, PA

Presented by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the ABA Young Lawyers Division, the WILL Academy is a terrific opportunity for women lawyers to develop their leadership skills and network with a prestigious group of law firm partners, general counsel, and judges from around the country.

Participate in a number of interactive and highly informative programs that address a wide range of important and cutting-edge subjects. Sessions include: Attributes of a Leader; Navigating to Partnership, Rainmaking and Succession Planning; Best Practices and Advice from General Counsel; Alternatives to Law Firm Practice; Developing Your Personal Strategic Plan; Advice from the Bench; Restructuring Law Firms in a Down Market: Alternative Models & Work/Life Flexibility as Part of the Solution; and Negotiation Skills for Lawyers.

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

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.



24th Annual ABA
Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute

What is it?
It's the preeminent trial training program for family law practitioners. If you want to become a better lawyer and learn from the best, make plans to attend this year's Institute in Denver, CO.

The Institute can only accommodate 48 lawyers, so sign up to guarantee your spot today!

What will I learn?
You'll not only gain confidence litigating family law cases, but you'll also:

  • master the skill of persuasion

  • learn to argue motions effectively

  • enhance your understanding of business valuation principles

  • retool your witness preparation for trial

  • polish your cross of mental health and financial experts

  • develop a system for organizing your case

  • get expert feedback from opening statement through closing argument

Who's going to teach me all this?
We've assembled highly experienced, well respected family law professionals to serve as our faculty. Their job--and they do it well--is to provide you with indispensable and invaluable training. Our attorneys, judges, and financial and psychological experts are the cream of the crop, and you can read more about their credentials here.

I'm ready to enroll!
Great! Just visit the ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy website and register today. We also have Group Discounts available.

Can't get enough? (You've already attended our TAI. Now what?)
The Advanced Institute is for you! This year's Advanced Institute takes place May 26-29, 2010, and focuses on Mental Health Experts & Psychological Testing. Space is limited, register today !


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