Annual 2015 Council Agenda Book

Section of Family Law Members are encouraged to view the Council Agenda Book before attending the Annual Meeting.

2015 Annual Meeting
July 30 - August 1, 2015
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Comiskey Room


Council Meeting Agenda

The Council Meeting will take place in Comiskey Room, Bronze Level, West Tower of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, on Saturday, August 1, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Entire Council Book (163 pages; 4.33 MB)

Discussion Items (70 pages; 1.8 MB)

Non-Discussion Items (91 pages, 2.3 MB)


9:00 am

Welcome and Call to Order – Lori Nelson

9:05 am

Minutes from May 7, 2015 – Mary Vidas Tab 1

9:10 am

Motion to Excuse Gail Baker, Bobbie Batley, Virginia Dugan, Linda Elrod, and Brian Karpf

for Good Cause

9:10 am   

Report from the Chair-Elect –  Greg Ortiz

9:15 am

Report from the Vice Chair – Mary Vidas

9:20 am

House of Delegates Report – Marshall Wolf and Anita Ventrelli

9:30 am
Board of Governors’ Report – Robert Gonzales

9:40 am

Financial Officer’s Report – Deborah Akers-Parry
Letter to Council Tab 2a
2016 Budget & 2015 year-to-date ABA Summary Analysis by LOB Tab 2b
2016 Projects Designated for Funding from Reserves Tab 2c
ABA Summary Analysis by LOB Report 2014 Tab 2d                                                       
9:50 am Update on Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors Working Group – Christina Fiflis and Mary Ryan
10:00 am
Update from the ABA Commission on Disability Rights – Amy Allbright
10:10 am Strategic Plan – Melissa Avery Tab 3
10:30 am Member Benefit Development – Jonathan Wolfe and Kendra Randall Jolivet Tab 4

10:40 am

Sponsorship Update – Henry DeWoskin and Melissa Avery Tab 5

10:45 am Diversity Committee --Yolanda Sonnier and Lori Colbert
Diversity Plan Comparison Tab 6a
Diversity Plan updates Tab 6b

11:00 am

Publications Development Board Report – Steve Perkind Tab 7

11:10 am

Family Advocate -- Kathleen Hogan  Tab 8
11:20 am Motion to Change the Name of the ABA Section of Family Law
Pro Bono Award to the Jean Crowe ABA Section of Family Law Pro Bono
Award – Scott Friedman

11:25 am 


New Business


*The Council meeting will be preceded by the Section's Business Meeting in which the slate of Officer and Council nominees will be read and a voice vote held. (There were no contested elections.)


Committee Status Reports Tab 9

Liaison Status Reports Tab 10

Schedule of Upcoming Section of Family Law CLE Programs Tab 11

Roster of Officers and Council Tab 12