Annual Meeting 2014

ABA Section of Family Law 2014 Annual Meeting
August 7-9, 2014
Hilton Boston Back Bay—Boston, MA

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August 7

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Publications Development Board Meeting 
Hilton Boston Back Bay, Madison
3rd Floor

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Section of Family Law Officers Meeting
Hilton Boston Back Bay, Madison
3rd Floor

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Section of Family Law Finance Meeting
Hilton Boston Back Bay, Madison
3rd Floor

August 8

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Sharon Corbitt Award Breakfast
Greenberg Traurig
1 International Pl.

Co-Sponsored with the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence

The ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence created the Sharon Corbitt Award in 2008 to recognize exceptional service and leadership to improving the legal response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and/or stalking.

Candidates for the award are lawyers from any area of practice, including non-profit, private firm, government, corporate counsel, and the judiciary, in the spirit of Sharon Corbitt.

Join us for a breakfast honoring this year's award winner.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Electronic Evidence in Family Law: Perry Mason Goes Digital
Hynes Convention Center

Use event code FL01 when purchasing tickets to this program.

Divorce lawyers are no longer looking for the "lipstick on his collar." Today, they are hunting for e-mails, text messages and Facebook posts to prove adultery, Internet porn addictions and concealment or dissipation of marital assets. Find out how to work with a forensic technologist to legally retrieve this evidence and get it admitted in court.

Sharon Nelson, Esq.
(Fairfax, VA)

John Simek, Esq.
(Fairfax, VA)

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Finding the Balance: Ethical Dilemmas in Family and Business Mediation
Hynes Convention Center

Use event code FL02 when purchasing tickets to this program.
Mediators often encounter situations in which their ethical duties are in conflict. How does the mediator remain impartial, provide for informed
consent, manage the tension between their duty to maintain client confidences about possible settlement terms and their duty to avoid any
misrepresentations to the mediator and opposing parties? Attendees will have the opportunity to develop their own answers to such questions in
an interactive format involving small group discussion.

Alan H. Boudreau
(DeKalb, IL)

Geetha Ravindra, Esq.
(Washington, D.C.)

Professor Ellen Waldman
(San Diego, CA)

Zena  Zumeta, Esq.
(Ann Arbor, MI)

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

ABA Welcome Reception
Hynes Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Floor

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Section of Family Law Annual Dinner
Capital Grille
900 Boylston Street

The Section of Family Law Dinner is a perfect way to unwind with your colleagues. Join the Section for a delicious meal and fun gathering at Capital Grille, just a short walk from the hotel.

Use event code FL04 when purchasing tickets to this event.

Tickets: $100
On-site Tickets: $115

August 9

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Family Law Hospitality Room &
Continental Breakfast
Hilton Boston Back Bay, Fenway Ballroom
1st Floor

8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Section Business Meeting and Council Meeting
Hilton Boston Back Bay, Belvidere Ballroom A
2nd Floor

The Section Business Meeting is open to all members of the Section of Family Law and includes the election of Officers and Council members to fill 2014-15 vacancies. The Council meeting (also open to all members) begins immediately following the election.

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Annual Awards Luncheon
Hilton Boston Back Bay, Fenway Ballroom
1st Floor

Join your colleagues as we look back at the association year and look ahead to next year. The annual luncheon is an excellent opportunity to learn about the Section's accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year while enjoying lunch with family law practitioners from across the nation.

Use event code FL05 when purchasing tickets to this event.

Tickets: $55
On-site Tickets: $65

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.ABA CLE Showcase Programs
Hynes Convention Center

Deportation Without Representation
Co-sponsored with the Commission on Immigration

People in deportation proceedings who face banishment from the U.S. do not have the right to appointed counsel, although those with counsel
are approximately 1,000% more likely to prevent their deportation. This program will address innovative programs which are being implemented to provide representation to this vulnerable population.

Judge Margaret McKeown
(San Diego, CA)

Chief Judge Robert Katzmann
(New York, NY)

Juan Osuna
(Arlington, VA)

Jennifer Friedman
(Brooklyn, NY)

Raha Jorjani
(Oakland, CA)

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
ABA General Session and Presentation of ABA Medal
Hynes Convention Center
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Second Level

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.ABA President's Reception
Hynes Convention Center, Ballroom B/C
Third Level


Other Special Events

Keithe E. Nelson Military Law Luncheon
Friday, August 8
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location TBD

This event is co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Family Law's Military Law Committee.

Tickets: $35 (Purchase when you register for Annual Meeting.)