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Wednesday, October 6
Protecting Your Client's Home in Divorce
(abridged title; see below)

   September 2010

Section News

At-Large Council Vacancy Filled
Congratulations to Jonathan Wolfe, who has been chosen to fill the At-Large Council seat vacated by Greg Ortiz when he was elected Financial Officer of the Section.

Wolfe will remain on Council until his term expires August 31, 2011.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination; if you're still interested in a leadership position in the Section of Family Law, read more below.

Leadership Nominations Now Being Accepted

Looking for new ways to become more vested in the ABA Section of Family Law or the practice of family law in general? Apply for a leadership position for the 2011-2012 Section year!

The Nominating Committee is chaired by Chair-Elect Randall Kessler, Atlanta, GA. Members include: Gerald (Jay) Babbitt, Columbus, OH; Gregg Herman, Milwaukee, WI; Anne Marie Jackson, Washington, D.C., and Mary Vidas, Philadelphia, PA.

The committee seeks nominations for the following positions:

Chair-elect (one-year term)
Vice Chair (one-year term)
Secretary (one-year term)
Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates (three-year term)

At-Large Council Representatives (three positions; three-year terms)

Region III Representative (three-year term) composed of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois.

Region V Representative (three-year term) composed of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas.

To be considered for nomination, submit a letter of interest by November 1, 2010. Send your letter via e-mail with Word attachment to Section Director Paula Nessel, and Chair-elect Randall Kessler,

You'll also need to submit a Nomination Data Form. You can download this form, and find more details about what to include with your letter of interest, on the Nominations page.

Be sure to read the description of responsibilities and duties, too, so you know what's expected of you.

We look forward to receiving your letters of interest!

Last Chance for
Advance Registration for
Fall CLE Conference
(Fort Worth, TX)

Don't wait--advance registration for the Fall Conference closes on Friday, October 8, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. Central! After this date, you will need to register on-site.

Attending this conference affords you the opportunity to network with other legal experts from around the country, and gain CLE credits in various areas of family law. (We've applied for seven (7) hours of ethics credit!)

For more information about CLE programs, special events, or to register for the conference, visit the Fall CLE Conference page.

We hope to see you in the City of Cowboys and Culture this October!

Military Custody and Federal Law
This is an interview by [Family Forum Assistant Editor] Max Rodden with Raleigh practitioner Mark Sullivan, a retired Army Reserve JAG colonel. This article appeared in the September 2010 issue of Family Forum , the newsletter of the North Carolina Bar Section of Family Law. Reprinted with permission.

Did you even think that Congress would one day be deciding your client's custody right? Well, that day might be just around the corner if Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio has his way. His proposal regarding military custody issues, H.R. 4469, has passed the House of Representatives for three years in a row. If it makes it through the Senate, it'll be law in 2011.

Family law practitioners may not be fully familiar with the proposed federal child custody legislation. So we've asked Mark Sullivan, a widely known expert in military divorce law who has testified in Congress and before state legislatures on military custody, to answer some questions about the ramifications of having a federal statute on child custody.

Continue reading article

Spotlight On...

Know an ABA Section of Family Law member who should be recognized for his or her contributions to family law?

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


The Lawyer's Business Valuation Handbook, Second Edition

Shannon Pratt, Alina V. Niculita

Product Code 5130172

Highly technical and often difficult to understand, the subject of business valuation is a critical one for lawyers in many areas, such as family, corporate and tax law, and estate and financial planning. Now updated and expanded, The Lawyer's Business Valuation Handbook is a concise reference book that will help you understand and evaluate expert reports and testimony on business valuation issues. It is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, and authoritative reference on the merits of business valuation positions.

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 5130172 or order online.

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CLE Calendar

October 6, 2010

This Old House: Protecting Your Client's Interest in What Can Be the Most Valuable and Least Understood Asset in Divorce

Our panel of national experts will alert matrimonial practitioners to the major potential real estate pitfalls that are preventable during the divorce, but not after.

Topics include:

* Who will keep the house?
* How much is it worth?
* Should the parties agree to a value?
* Should the parties use a joint appraiser?
* Does your expert's appraisal make any sense?
* Will it stand up to scrutiny?
* How do you cross-examine a real estate appraiser?
* Will your client be able to qualify for a mortgage?

This topic was originally presented at the 2010 ABA Family Law Spring CLE Conference.

Register today!

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

Don't forget to order tickets for special events when you register for the conference! You won't want to miss out on any of them!

Visit the Fall 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.

Best of the List Serve

This month's Best of the FamLawEsq covers UCCJEA Modification Jurisdiction and helping domestic violence victims in court. 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. Learn about Managing Your List Subscriptions 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 Kyle Garcia, CFA, ASA, CBA.

Read this month's AICPA Corner: Analysis of the Active and Passive Appreciation of Closely Held Businesses (You will need to log in to the ABA website.)

Tech Corner

Old and New Google Search Tricks

In early September, Google launched a major revision to their classic search tool: Google Instant. With this new version of Google, you no longer need to click the "Google Search" button to see your results. Instead, Google begins to return results even as you type your query into the search box.

Google estimates that this feature saves 3-5 seconds per search, which can certainly add up over the course of a long day (or week) of research. It may also help you craft better search queries, as you get instantaneous feedback as you begin to craft the search string. What do you do if you find the instant search isn't to your liking? Simply visit your Google preferences to disable the feature.

While Google's new instant search obviously returns traditional web search results, it also works with many of Google's lesser known features. Here's a sampling of some of the most useful Google features you can access directly from Google's search bar:

* Track flight status
Ex. AA1715

* Check the weather forecast
Ex. weather 60654

* Quickly convert measurements
Ex. ¾ cup in tablespoons

* Look up stock prices

* View a map of a specific zip code
Ex. 60654

* Track a package
Ex. 1ZA7228W0326508938

* Convert currencies
Ex. 1795 Australian Dollars in US Dollars

* Run an equation
Ex. 796*.25=

* Check movie times
Ex. movies 60654

   —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!

New ABA List Portal

Manage all of your discussion lists, in one convenient place!

On September 1, 2010, the ABA launched a new feature to help members manage their discussion lists. The new List Portal can be found on your personalized ABA page. Here's how to get started:

1. Log in to the ABA site. (If you need help remembering your password, there is a "Forgot Your Password" link.)

2. Scroll down to the box called "Lists" and click on the link.

3. You'll be taken to a page that shows all the lists you're currently subscribed to. (This is also the page to visit if you'd like to unsubscribe from any lists.)

4. The page also has a link to other lists you're eligible to join. If you're a lawyer in ABA Family Law, you'll see the "FamLawESQ" list on this page and the option to subscribe to it.

If you're a student member of Family Law, you'll see "FamLawStudents" and "FamLaw."

Our associate and lawyer members should see "FamLaw" as well.


a. In order to receive email from our topical lists (such as Assisted Reproductive Technology, Law Practice Management, or Custody), you must now actually be enrolled as a member of those committees.

You can join these committees (and more) from your personalized MyABA page--just click on the link in the Committees box.

b. Keep in mind that only one (1) email address can be associated with your member record. This is the email address to which all your ABA list mail will be delivered.

Updating your email address is easy; just log in to the ABA website, click on the "Edit" link in your "Personal Information" box and make the changes there.

c. Remember that you can only send email to list(s) from the email address that is subscribed to the list(s).

d. Keep your ABA Family Law membership up-to-date so you don't miss out on important messages from your colleagues (and, of course, us).

e. If you have questions about the new List Portal, feel free to contact Hilary Glazer.



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Hilary Glazer
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