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ABA Family Law Annual Meeting August 6-7 2010 San Francisco

2010 Annual Meeting
August 6-7, 2010
San Francisco Marriott Marquis—San Francisco, CA

Attending the ABA Section of Family Law's Annual Meeting is not only a great way to earn CLE credit and network with fellow professionals, but also gives you the added benefit of attending events and meetings at the ABA Annual Meeting, too! Read below to learn more and register today!

Family Law CLE Programs and Events | Registration/Hotel/Air Travel | Schedule
ABA Annual Meeting Benefits & ABA CLE Information | Brochure (1 MB)

CLE Programs and Events

Our Family Law Meeting provides you with the opportunity to learn more about issues the family lawyer is faced with. You also have the chance to learn about a variety of topics with our "Top Strategies for Taking Your Family Law Practice to the Next Level" 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 Moscone Center West. For specific dates and times, please see the Schedule page.

  • Top Strategies for Taking Your Family Law Practice to the Next Level
    Everything you need to know to make practicing family law better, more efficient, more rewarding and more fun!


    Lori Nelson, Esq.—Salt Lake City, UT
    Candace Peeples, Esq.—Birmingham, AL


    Lonny Balbi, Esq.—Calgary, AB, Canada
    Kathleen Hogan, Esq.—Denver, CO
    Edward Kainen, Esq.—Las Vegas, NV
    Randall Kessler, Esq.—Atlanta, GA
    Michael Mosberg, Esq.—New York, NY
    Steven Peskind, Esq.—St. Charles, IL
    Larry Rice, Esq.—Memphis, TN
    Kathleen Robertson, Esq.—Los Altos, CA
    Donald Schiller, Esq.—Chicago, IL
    Noel Tucker, Esq.—Edmond, OK

  • Representing the Lawyer in a Divorce
    Are you a lawyer? Do you ever think you might get divorced? Are you a lawyer who practices family law? Do you think you might ever represent another lawyer in their divorce? Are you a partner in a law firm? Do you think one of your colleagues might someday get divorced? Are you concerned about your business and your privacy if you fall into any of these categories? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this program is for you! This program will help you understand valuation issues relevant to a law firm including structure of the business, partnership and buy in agreements, tangible versus intangible assets, excess earnings, double dipping and much more. In addition, we will address how to construct privacy barriers both in the firm and in court filings. We will also cover the ins and outs of separate and community interests in a law firm and the differences that might apply in equitable division states. And, last but not least we will tackle the fiduciary duties of a lawyer that is going through a divorce and how that relates to their clients and their law firm. Remember, if you are a lawyer, this program is for you!


    Nordin Blacker, Esq.—San Francisco, CA
    Jill Hersh, Esq.—San Francisco, CA
    Michael Miskei, CPA—Los Angeles, CA

Co-Sponsored Program:

  • The Best Program for Real Lawyers
    Co-Produced by General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division and the Section of Family Law.

    Can this program really be that good? Past attendees have said it is, but you can see for yourself. Larry Rice is recognized as one of the most entertaining and informative CLE speakers. He will present a systematic approach to law practice management with an emphasis on practical applications. The materials are drawn from The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice, Third Edition. The program moves from basic practice tips to advanced skills. There will be forms, checklists, guides, inspiration and prizes that the attendees can use in their real world practices. This program is recommended for lawyers with a sense of humor. Increase your satisfaction with your practice by attending.


    Larry Rice, Esq.—Memphis, TN

See a list of other co-sponsored programs.

Family Law Special Events

  • Section of Family Law Dinner (Ticketed)
    Le Colonial Restaurant
    20 Cosmo Place
    San Francisco, CA

    Attending the Section of Family Law Dinner is the perfect way to unwind with your colleagues. Come enjoy a menu that is designed to showcase authentic Vietnamese dishes with a touch of French influence. The restaurant is less than a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Dinner takes place Friday, August 6th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Tickets: $105
    Event Code: FL01 (Remember to select this event by entering this code when you register for Annual.)

  • Annual Awards Luncheon (Ticketed)
    San Francisco Marriott
    Sponsored by Seiler LLP, Certified Public Accountants

    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. Lunch takes place Saturday, August 7th, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Tickets: $65
    Event Code: FL02 (Remember to select this event by entering this code when you register for Annual.)

Also of Note:

Sharon Corbitt Award Breakfast
ABA Commission on Domestic Violence
Arnold & Porter LLP
22nd Floor
One Embarcadero Center
RSVP by July 31

This breakfast celebrates the 2010 recipient of the Sharon Corbitt award named in honor of Sharon Corbitt, former chair of the ABA Section of Family Law and member of the Commission on Domestic Violence. Breakfast takes place on Friday, August 6th, at 10:00 a.m.

For more information, download the flyer.

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Registration/Housing/Air Travel



Online registration is open!

You can also register by fax or download and use the form from our conference brochure.

Early RegistrationDeadline: May 28, 2010
To take advantage of the Early Bird Registration discount price of $470** (governance and All-access CLE Badge) or $195** (governance and non-CLE), registration forms must be received by CDS by Friday, May 28, 2010. (You can also register online using the link provided above.)

Remember to purchase your tickets for the Family Law Dinner (FL01) and Family Law Luncheon (FL02) when you register.

Any registration forms received after May 28, 2010 will be processed at the regular registration fee of $570 (governance & All-access CLE badge) or $295 (governance & non-CLE).

** increases by $100 after May 28, 2010.

Terms and Conditions
The ABA has appointed CDS (Convention Data Services), a professional convention management company, as registrar for the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. CDS/Travel Planners will be the only source for ABA Meeting Registration and Official ABA Housing. Register online from the link above (or www.abanet.org/annual/2010) or submit the ABA registration form and payments to:

    ABA/CDS/Travel Planners
    San Francisco 2010 107 Waterhouse Road
    Bourne, MA 02532 Fax: 508-759-4552
Checks and money orders must be drawn on a U.S. bank and in U.S. dollars, made payable to ABA/CDS.

For registration and event ticket information, call CDS at 800-915-9801, hours M-F 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

For housing information, call Travel Planners at 800-221-3531, hours M-F 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

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 abanet@xpressreg.net to make changes to or add additional items to an existing registration. Please include your CDS badge I.D. number on all correspondence.


You must register for the ABA Annual Meeting to receive the ABA discounted housing rates.

A list of official ABA hotels, rates, amenities, and locations can be found at the ABA Annual Meeting website.

The ABA has appointed CDS/Travel Planners as the housing company for the 2010 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Reservation requests will be directed to Travel Planners when you register online or use the form in the ABA Family Law brochure or the brochure on the ABA's Annual Meeting website.

Please indicate your first, second and third hotel choice. If your preferred hotel choices are unavailable, CDS/Travel Planners will be happy to place you on a wait-list for one of your choices. Please call CDS/Travel Planners at 800-221-3531 or send an e-mail message to res@tphousing.com stating your wish to be wait-listed. Wait-list reservations will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis and as cancellations are received. Please include your CDS/Travel Planners badge I.D. number in all correspondence.

CDS/Travel Planners will acknowledge your reservation request in writing within 72 hours (3 business days) of receipt of your ABA registration.

Hotels will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Choice of accommodations will become more limited as the deadline for registration approaches. For housing and hotel-specific questions, please call CDS/Travel Planners at 800-221-3531 or send an email to res@tphousing.com.

A credit card with a valid expiration date (August 31, 2010 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 CDS/Travel Planners, the official ABA Housing and Registration Bureau, for your hotel's specific policy.

The Family Law Headquarters Hotel:

    San Francisco Marriott Marquis
    55 4th Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94103
    Tel: 415-896-1600; Fax: 415-486-8101.


The deadline for advance registration and housing is Monday, July 12, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Saving Time. This is the deadline that you can register for the Annual Meeting and appear in the Advance Registration List. Your registration must be accompanied by payment for the registration fee and any ticketed events, in the form of a credit card, check, or money order. Annual Meeting Registration and Housing will continue to be accepted online at www.abanet.org/annual/2010 after July 12, 2010. Please note, faxed CDS/Travel Planners forms will NOT be accepted after Monday, July 12, 2010. For housing questions, please contact CDS/Travel Planners at res@tphousing.com.

Hotel requests received at CDS/Travel will continue to be processed up until Thursday, July 22, based on availability. Starting on Friday, July 23, you must make your reservation directly with the official ABA hotels.


Housing Cancellations
To cancel/change your reservation, prior to July 30, contact CDS/Travel Planners by phone at 800-221-3531, or by email at res@tphousing.com. Hotel cancellations/changes after July 30 must be directed to the hotel. If you are cancelling your reservations, 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 night's room and tax charge to your credit card.

Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy
All requests for registration cancellations must be submitted in writing according to the procedures outlined below. Registration fees will be refunded, minus a $50 processing fee for cancellations, substitutions or transfers.

Cancellations must be sent in writing by e-mail to abanet@xpressreg.net; by fax to 508-759-4552; or by mail to:

ABA/CDS Travel Planners
San Francisco 2010
107 Waterhouse Road
Bourne, MA 02532

Please include your CDS/Travel Planners badge I.D. number on all correspondence.

All cancellation requests must be accompanied by an explanation for cancellation. All requests for registration cancellations must be received by August 31, 2010, to receive a refund. There is no fee for cancelled guest registration(s). President's Reception tickets are refundable up to 72 hours in advance of the event. Unused CLE tickets are fully refundable until October 15, 2010.

Unused CLE tickets, along with a request for refund, must be sent to the ABA Meetings and Travel Department, 16th Floor, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.

No cash refunds will be made on-site in San Francisco. Credit card refunds will be processed immediately and may take up to two billing cycles to appear on your statement. Requests for cash or check refunds on-site at the Annual Meeting will be processed after the conclusion of the meeting.


Special car rental rates are available for the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The special daily, weekly and weekend rates are available in San Francisco from one week before through one week after the meeting. Advance reservations are suggested and can be easily made by calling the Hertz toll-free Convention Desk at 800-654-2240. Tell the reservationist you will be attending the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The identification number for this meeting is CV# 03M40013. 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.



With ABA Orbitz for Business, you can automatically obtain ABA negotiated airfare discounts for travel to the Annual Meeting. ABA Orbitz for Business enables you to purchase the best airfare at the time of your reservation by providing you with the ability to search for and compare fares from virtually every airline servicing the destination.

For assistance with ABA Orbitz for Business online or offline reservations, call 877-222-4185.

ABA Orbitz for Business is available online. Click link in the Self-Paid Travel box.

ABA discounts can also be obtained directly from the carrier:

    American, call 1-800-433-1790; code A1210SS
    United, call 1-800-521-4041; code 578I

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ABA Annual Meeting Benefits

happy lawyers attending Annual Meeting

Why Should You Attend the ABA Annual Meeting?

Here are just a few of the benefits:
  • 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 $195 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 2010 Annual Meeting

Purchasing CLE at Annual is easy! Just register for the meeting and purchase an All-Access Badge for a fee of $470**. 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 $195** ($115 for NABE/NCBP/NCBF registrants), which includes admittance to all governance and non-CLE programs, and purchase individual program tickets for $75 each.

Discounted 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 with All-Access CLE Badge for non-ABA members is $875.

**increases by $100 after May 28, 2010.

Presidential CLE Centre

The Presidential CLE Centre will be located at the Moscone Center West. 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.


During the 2010 Annual Meeting, the ABA EXPO will be located at the Moscone Center West, from Thursday, August 5 through Saturday, August 7. The ABA EXPO features more than 100 providers of dynamic legal products and services. Visit exhibiting companies showcasing the latest in communications, legal publishing, computer hardware and software and financial services, all in one convenient place and with today's law practice in mind.

While at the ABA EXPO, be sure to stop by the ABA SOURCE, the ABA Member Advantage booth and the Travel Aisle. Helpful ABA staff will be on hand to guide you through the programs, products, and services available to ABA members.

The times for the ABA EXPO are as follows:

  • Thursday, August 5
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Friday, August 6
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, August 7
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Special Events at the Annual Meeting

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

  • Section of Family Law Dinner (FL01)—Friday, August 6 at Le Colonial Restaurant (20 Cosmo Place)

  • Section of Family Law Annual Awards Luncheon (FL02)—Saturday, August 7, at the San Francisco Marriott

  • ABA President's Reception—Saturday, August 7, at the San Francisco City Hall (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place).

The Section of Family Law Council will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 7. (If necessary, Council will resume at 2:00 p.m.) All Section members are invited to attend. (For more information on Family Law programming, see the Schedule.)


Registrants will be able to purchase tickets to ABA Tours directly through our official destination management company, Cappa & Graham, Inc., online. Purchase ABA Tour Tickets. Tickets will be held at the Moscone Center West Tour Desk and can be picked up during Tour Desk hours.

For a complete list of optional tours for Annual Meeting attendees and registered guests, visit the ABA Annual Meeting website. The registration deadline to purchase tickets to ABA Tours is Monday, July 19, 2010. After this date, tour registration will be taken on a space available basis only at the ABA Tour Desk, Moscone Center West, beginning Thursday, August 5, 2010, at 8:00 a.m. Please note: Prices per tour will increase on-site.

Tour Departures
Please arrive at the Moscone Center West driveway 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Tours depart promptly.

Tour Cancellations
Cancellation or exchange requests must be received via e-mail at registration2@cappa-graham.com no later than Monday, July 19, 2010. All cancellations are subject to a $10.00 per tour cancellation fee.
PLEASE NOTE: Baseball tickets are non-refundable.

Tour Refunds
There will be no refunds or exchanges after Monday, July 19, 2010, unless a tour is cancelled due to failure to meet minimum participation requirement. In the event a tour you booked has been cancelled due to lack of participation, you will be notified via e-mail by Monday, July 26, 2010. You will receive a full refund for the cost of the tour only. Cappa & Graham retains the right to cancel any tour where requirements are not met.

Cappa & Graham reserves the right to make comparable substitutions if circumstances beyond their control necessitate a change in any element of the stated program. All tours will operate rain or shine.

If you have any questions, please contact registration2@cappa-graham.com.

Photos courtesy of the San Francisco CVB.

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