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American Bar Association
ABA Section of Family Law

New York, Aug 8-10, 2008

2008 Annual Meeting
August 8-10, 2008
Westin Times Square—New York, NY

Attending the ABA Section of Family Law's Annual Meeting is a great way to earn CLE credit and network with fellow professionals, but you also have the added benefit of attending events and meetings at the ABA Annual Meeting, too! Read below to learn more and register today, and check back soon for more information!

Family Law CLE Programs and Events | Registration/Hotel/Air Travel | Schedule | Sponsors
ABA Annual Meeting Benefits & ABA CLE Information | Family Law Meeting Brochure (1.8 MB)

The Council Agenda Book is now available.

CLE Programs and Events

ny annual meeting Our Family Law Meeting provides you with the opportunity to learn more about issues regarding electronic evidence and child abuse/neglect. You also have the chance to learn about a variety of topics with the ever-popular Hot Tips program! Special dinners, luncheons and receptions offer chances to unwind and learn more about Section activities. Noted speakers from across the country will be presenting at these CLE sessions.

Family Law CLE Sessions
All Family Law CLE takes place at the Westin Times Square. More information (dates/times) will be posted soon, so please check back.

Don't forget to order your Family Law Course Book when you register for Annual. Just enter this code: SDF2 (Course Books are $35.00 each.)

  • It's Not Just About E-mail: What the Family Trial Lawyer Needs to Know About Electronic Evidence Prior to and During a Trial
    This session will address the duties of the client and counsel regarding electronic evidence, what to look for during discovery, and related ethical considerations including preventing the spoliation of electronic evidence. The program will discuss trial admissibility issues that arise concerning electronic evidence as well as issues regarding the Federal Electronic Signatures Act.



  • Child Abuse/Neglect (Dependency) Law for the Domestic Relations Attorney (Co-sponsored by the ABA Center on Children and the Law)
    Two lawyers with several decades of experience in litigating juvenile court child abuse and neglect cases, writing educational materials on case handling reforms, and training attorneys and judges throughout the country, will provide an overview of the dependency case process, including how changes in federal law and policy are affecting local judicial responses to child maltreatment. They will describe innovations in good practice, both in representing children (as attorneys or guardians ad litem) and in representing accused and non-custodial parents in these proceedings. Important areas of statutory reform and court practice changes that are spreading throughout the country will also be discussed. Attendees will have the opportunity to questions two of the child protection law field's most distinguished experts on case-related issues.


  • Hot Tips from the Experts
    This is the 23rd year of the extremely popular, fast-moving program comprised of five-minute hot tips, strategies and techniques shared by nationally known experts. Come and learn from the best!


    Invited Experts

Family Law Special Events

  • Section of Family Law Reception (Ticketed)
    The Water Club
    500 East 30th Street
    New York, NY
    Sponsored by Schiller DuCanto and Fleck LLP

    The Section of Family Law invites you to an evening reception and cocktails at The Water Club Restaurant. Join us in the Crow's Nest, which is located on the upper deck at The Water Club and offers a lively atmosphere and breathtaking views of Manhattan and the East River. You wonít want to miss an evening at one of the most popular hang-outs in New York!

    Tickets: $100
    Event Code: SDF3 (Remember to select this event by entering this code when you register for Annual.)

  • Annual Awards Luncheon 50th Celebration of the Section of Family Law (Ticketed)
    Westin Times Square Hotel
    Sponsored by Skoloff & Wolfe P.C.

    Join your colleagues as we look back at the past 50 years of the Section of Family Law 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.

    Tickets: $60
    Event Code: SDF1 (Remember to select this event by entering this code when you register for Annual.)

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Registration/Housing/Air Travel

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Online registration is open!

You can also register by mail or fax using the form from our brochure.

Early RegistrationDeadline: Passed (May 30, 2008)
To take advantage of the Early Bird Registration discount price of $450** (governance and All-access CLE Badge, plus access to non-CLE programs) or $165** (governance and non-CLE), registration forms must be received by Experient by Friday, May 30, 2008. (You can also register online using the link provided above.)

Remember to order your Family Law Course Book when you register: Enter code SDF2

Any registration forms received after May 30, 2008 will be processed at the regular registration fee of $595 or $320.

** increases by $145 after May 30, 2008.

Terms and Conditions
The ABA has appointed Experient, a professional convention management company, as registrar for the 2008 ABA Annual Meeting in New York. Experient will be the only source for ABA Meeting Registration and Official ABA Housing. Register online from the link above (or www.abanet.org/annual/2008) or submit the ABA registration form and payments to:

    ABA/Experient New York 2008
    108 Wilmot Road
    P.O. Box 825
    Deerfield, IL 60015-0825
    Fax: 800-521-6017
Checks and money orders must be drawn on a U.S. bank and in U.S. dollars, made payable to ABA/Experient Group.

For housing, registration, and event ticket information, call Experient at 800-421-0450.

Please note: Registration, hotel reservations, and requests for event tickets cannot be accepted by phone. Please visit the ABA Annual Meeting website or send an e-mail message to aba@experient-inc.com to make changes or to add additional items to an existing registration. Please include your Experient I.D. number on all correspondence.


To receive housing, you must register for the ABA Annual Meeting. A list of official ABA hotels, rates, amenities, and locations can be found at the ABA Annual Meeting website.

Reservation requests should be directed only to Experient by registering online or using the form in the ABA Family Law brochure (or the brochure on the ABA's Annual Meeting website).

Hotels will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis, and choice of accommodations will become more limited as the deadline for registration approaches. You are urged to make your reservations before the deadline, both to enjoy the early bird discount as well as try to receive your preferred hotel choice.

Please indicate your first, second and third choice of hotel. If your preferred hotel choices are unavailable, Experient will be happy to place you on a wait list for one of your first two choices. Please call Experient at 800-421-0450 or send an e-mail message to aba@experient-inc.comstating your wish to be waitlisted. Wait-listed reservations will be confirmed as cancellations are received. Please include your Experient ID number in all correspondence.

A credit card with a valid expiration date (August 31, 2008 or later) is required to guarantee your hotel reservation. If an invalid card is provided, we will not be able to reserve a hotel room for you. A customary one night's deposit may be charged to your credit card days before your arrival (depending on hotel policies). Please consult your housing confirmation, which you will receive from Experient, the official ABA Housing and Registration Bureau, for your hotelís specific policy.

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For housing and hotel specific questions, please call Experient at 800-421-0450 or send an e-mail to aba@experient-inc.com.


The deadline for advance registration and housing is Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Saving Time. This is the absolute deadline that Experient can receive and process a registration form requesting housing. This is also the absolute deadline that you can register for the Annual Meeting and appear in the Advance Registration List.

After July 8, registrations will be accepted on-site at the Hilton New York. Registration forms received by Experient after July 8 will be held and processed on-site after August 5, and will not appear in the Advance Registration List.

Hotel requests received at Experient after July 8 will not be accommodated. After the housing deadline, you must wait until after July 25 to make your reservation directly with the official ABA hotels or to change reservations made through Experient.

Ticket requests received after July 8 will be held and processed on-site, to the extent that tickets remain available.

Remember to select your Family Law ticketed events when registering for the Annual Meeting. If the Family Law events are not available when you register, please check back; you can purchase tickets for Family Law events after you have initially registered for the ABA Annual Meeting.


Housing Cancellations
To cancel your reservation, prior to July 8, contact Experient by phone at 800-421-0450, by fax at 800-521-6017; or by email at aba@experient-inc.com. Hotel cancellations after July 8 must be directed to the hotel directly beginning July 25. If you are canceling your reservation directly with the hotel, all cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to your scheduled arrival date. Failure to cancel prior to 72 hours or failure to check-in on the scheduled arrival date will result in a one nightís room and tax charge to your credit card.

Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy


Airfare discounts for travel to the Annual Meeting are available from American, United and Continental Airlines. Visit the ABA Online Travel website and click the Online Travel link.

If you have not used ABA Online Travel before, you will need to establish an account online. (Just click on Request New Profile in the appropriate box [Self-paid travel].) Orbitz for Business is available 24/7 to assist with setting up an account or to make reservations with a travel agent. The toll-free number for Orbitz for Business is 1-877-222-4185.

You can also contact the airlines directly. Following are the discount codes and phone numbers for each carrier:

    American, #19838, 1-800-433-1790
    United, #578IG, 1-800-521-4041
    Continental, (Z Code ZDHQ) #DBJ3ZC, 1-800-468-7022


Special car rental rates are available for the ABA Annual Meeting in New York. The special daily, weekly and weekend rates are available in New York from one week before through one week after the meeting. Advance reservations are suggested and can be easily made by calling the Hertz tollfree Convention Desk at 800-654-2240. Tell the reservationist you will be attending the ABA Annual Meeting in New York. The identification number for this meeting is CV# 03M40005. With Hertz you not only get a low rate, you also get the great services that make Hertz #1, including Computerized Driving Directions, Emergency Road Service, Express Return, the Hertz #1 Club and an opportunity to join Hertz #1 Club Gold Service.

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ABA Annual Meeting Benefits

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Why Should You Attend the ABA Annual Meeting?

Here are just a few reasons:
  • The ABA Annual Meeting is the premier gathering of legal professionals in the United States.

  • You can earn an entire year's worth of CLE requirements!

  • Network with leading professionals who share your interests and concerns.

  • Stay abreast of recent developments in the law.

  • Visit the ABA EXPO, with more than 100 exhibitors providing a diverse assortment of legal products and services.

  • The Annual Meeting's flexible format allows you to customize the meeting to fit your needs!

Annual Meeting Registration begins at $175 for ABA Members and includes:

  • Admission to the business meetings
  • Admission to the ABA EXPO and the ABA Source
  • Shuttle bus transportation
  • Participation in non-CLE Accredited meeting programs
  • Admission to the Opening Assembly

Purchasing CLE at the 2008 Annual Meeting

Purchasing CLE at Annual is easy! Just register for the meeting and purchase an All-Access Badge for a fee of $450**. This badge can be used for admittance to governance meetings, non-CLE programs, and ALL CLE programs at the Annual Meeting, including those in the Presidential CLE Centre and at the satellite hotels.

Members whose primary focus at the Annual Meeting is governance, and who may only be able to attend a few CLE programs, can register for the Meeting for a fee of $175**, which includes admittance to all governance and non-CLE programs, and purchase individual program tickets for $75 each.

Discounted CLE program tickets will be available to government lawyers and judges for $35. Law Student registrants will be admitted to all CLE programs at no additional charge.

Admittance to each CLE program will require one individual program ticket OR the All-Access CLE Badge.

Registration for non-ABA members is $875.

Hardship/Scholarships are available for all Section MCLE events. Scholarships are intended to increase membership involvement in entity activities by providing support to those who would otherwise be financially unable to participate. To request an application or receive additional information, contact Maria Russo at abameetings@staff.abanet.org or at 312-988-5880.

Please note: Scholarships are only for New York attorneys.

**increases by $145 after May 30, 2008.

Presidential CLE Centre

The Presidential CLE Center will be located in both the Hilton New York and Sheraton New York Hotels. The Centre will offer accredited CLE programs covering all areas of practice, giving attendees an opportunity to conveniently earn a year's worth of CLE credits in one central location.

Special Events at the Annual Meeting

Please remember to indicate your special event selections when you register.

  • Section of Family Law Reception/Dinner—Friday, August 8 (Location TBD)

  • Section of Family Law Annual Awards Luncheon—Saturday, August 9, at the Westin Times Square Hotel

  • ABA President's Reception—Saturday, August 9, at the Museum of Modern Art

Registrants will be able to purchase tickets to ABA Tours directly through our official destination management company, Briggs, Inc., online. Purchase ABA Tour Tickets.

The Section of Family Law Council will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 9. All Section members are invited to attend. (For more information on Family Law programming, see the Schedule.)

For a complete list of optional tours for Annual Meeting attendees and registered guests, visit the ABA Annual Meeting website.

Photos courtesy NYC & Company, visitnyc.com. All photos © Jeff Greenberg.

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