October 24, 2018 Section Highlights

Section Highlights

By Cindy Swan

Annual Meeting Recap

The ABA Section of Family Law’s Annual Meeting was held August 2–4, 2018, in Chicago. On Thursday, August 2, the Section hosted two well-attended CLE-in-the-City programs at the Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck law firm: “100 Days Before Trial,” given by Steven N. Peskind, and “Highlights of the New Tax Code for Family Lawyers,” presented by Michelle Gallagher, John Schumacher, and Patrick T. Ryan. That evening, Section members enjoyed a Cubs game at historic Wrigley Field. The next day, the Sharon L. Corbitt Award was given to attorney Alicia Aiken, director of the Confidentiality Institute, a national organization empowering people to protect privacy for crime victims. At the Annual Awards luncheon on Saturday, August 4, past Section Chair and current FLS House of Delegates member Anita M. Ventrelli received the Chair’s Award (for the second time in her career) for her many contributions of time and talent to the ABA Family Law Section. Anita did not rest on her laurels, and two days later, on Monday, August 6, she stepped up to skillfully present the Family Law Section’s Resolution 102A, the “Alimony Resolution,” to the ABA House of Delegates. Resolution 102A was then approved and adopted by the House.

Nominations Open for 2019–2020 Leadership

The Nominating Committee, chaired by Chair-Elect Jonathan W. Wolfe, is accepting nominations for the 2019 elections. Nominating Committee members include Dean Hutchison (Boston, MA), Sandi Little (Albuquerque, NM), Michelle Piscopo (Philadelphia, PA), and Jamie Wright (Centennial, CO). The Committee seeks nominations for the following positions:

  • Chair-Elect (one-year term)
  • Vice Chair (one-year term)
  • Secretary (one-year term)
  • At-Large Council Representatives (two positions, three-year terms expiring 2022)
  • Region I Representative (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware; three-year term expiring 2022)
  • Region VI Representative (Alaska, Washington, Nevada, California, Hawaii, Oregon; three-year term expiring 2022).

To be considered for nomination, submit a letter of interest, a brief biography, and a nomination data form by November 1, 2018. Send your letter via e-mail with Word attachments to Section Director Cindy Swan and Chair-Elect Jonathan W. Wolfe.

Section Announces Schwab Winners

We are pleased to announce the following winners of the 2018 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest.

First Place: Stephanie Tabashneck, Northeastern University School of Law, “Family Drug Courts: Combatting the Opioid Epidemic”

Second Place: Stephanie O’Loughlin, University of Connecticut School of Law, “Lessons from My Sister’s Keeper: A Minor’s Right to Refuse Life-Saving Treatment”

Third Place: Carolyn Lipp, Yale Law School, “Fostering Uncertainty?: A Critique of Concurrent Planning in the Child Welfare System”

Look for these essays in an upcoming issue of the Family Law Quarterly.

New FLS Leaders Elected in Chicago

Section members attending the 2018 ABA Section of Family Law Annual Meeting in Chicago elected the following officers and Council members.

  • Vice Chair: Michael A. Mosberg
  • Secretary: Candace B. Peeples
  • Section Delegate: Anita M. Ventrelli
  • Region II Representative: Brian M. Karpf
  • Region IV Representative: Christina O. Miller
  • Council Members-at-Large: Lori A. Walker and Jamie L. Wright

Congratulations to these new officers and council members!

Enormous thanks go to the following Council members who completed their terms of office in August 2018.

  • Mary T. Vidas, Immediate Past Chair
  • Lyne Ranson, Region II
  • Henry M. DeWoskin, Region IV
  • Brian M. Karpf, Council-at-Large
  • Thad F. Woody, Council-at-Large
  • Candace B. Peeples, CLE Co-Chair
  • Lori A. Walker, Young Lawyers Division Liaison
  • Virginia R. Dugan, Parliamentarian
  • Stephanie L. Tabashneck, Law Student Division Liaison

By Cindy Swan

Cynthia G. Swan (cynthia.swan@americanbar.org), JD, is director of the ABA Section of Family Law.

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