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January 15, 2019 Section Highlights

Section Highlights

By Cindy Swan

2018 Fall CLE Conference Recap

Historic Tucson was the beautiful setting for the Section’s Fall CLE Conference October 3–6, 2018. ABA President Bob Carlson came and spoke four different times, inspiring the 208 registrants and thirty-four guests. Twenty-one separate CLE sessions were offered, for a total of 26.5 CLE hours; presentations included Postmarital Agreements: Drafting and Negotiating Valid Agreements; Ch-Ch-Changes!! Family Law and the 2017 Tax Act; Show Me the Money—How to Convince the Judge to Impute Income; Whose Child Am I? The Fertilization of ART and Marital Presumptions; Negotiating the Extras; and Parent and Child Mental Health and Trauma Considerations in Divorce Proceedings.

A highlight of the Conference was a bus trip to the U.S.–Mexican border. The day-long CLE trip from Tucson to the border area in Nogales, Arizona, included presentations from the staff of the Field Communications Branch of the U.S. Border Patrol, the staff of the Office of Protection at the Mexican Consulate in Nogales, an attorney from the ACLU in Arizona, and a journalist who authored Border Patrol Nation and Storming the Wall.

Social events at the Conference included the Wednesday Welcome Reception on the lawn of the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort; a Thursday evening casual, family-friendly Food Truck Party at the Resort (given by BNY Mellon Wealth Management); and the Friday evening dinner event in downtown Tucson, which featured a local mariachi band and dancers.

The Conference served as the setting for meetings of the Section’s committees and editorial boards, as well as the Family Law Section Council.

Bylaw Change Up for Vote at 2019 Spring CLE Conference

At the Section’s 2019 Spring CLE Conference in the Dominican Republic, the membership will vote on the following change to Bylaws Section 9.3:

Section 9.3 ABSENTEEISM. With the exception of the Editor-in-Chief of the Family Law Quarterly, Iif any officer or member of the Council shall fail to attend two successive meetings of the Council, that person shall be removed from the position, unless excused upon good cause accepted by a majority vote of the members of the Council at the next meeting. “Meeting” for the purpose of this Section is defined as the single or multiple day meeting of the Council, whether scheduled at the Annual Meeting, or other meetings of the Section where the Council meets, or other meetings of the Council.

Voters must be both a Section of Family Law member and a registered Spring Conference attendee.

Cynthia G. Swan, JD, is the director of the ABA Section of Family Law.

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