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American Bar Association
ABA Section of Family Law

2007 Fall CLE Conference
October 10-13, 2007
The Peabody Memphis—Memphis, TN

Beale Street by Day

This conference has already occurred, but please feel free to read more about it. We will soon have books, cds, and audio recordings for sale. If you attended this conference, you will soon be asked to fill out a survey, and you will also gain access to the attendee roster, etc.

You won't get the blues when you shimmy on down to Memphis this October for some Family Law CLE. Attend special events, network, and increase your knowledge of family law topics, all while enjoying the splendor of The Peabody and other Memphis attractions!

Use the links below to explore more about the conference. (Special events are noted on the Schedule page. Also see our Children's Book Donation Program.)

CLE Programs | Registration | Schedule | Sponsors | Sponsorship Opportunities
Hotel Information | Getting to the Hotel | Airline Info | Conference Brochure

Council Agenda Book now available.

CLE Programs

Memphis Rock n Soul Museum Our Fall Conference provides over 16 hours of CLE programming for you to choose from. Learn about electronic evidence, child custody and the UCCJEA, and post-divorce instructions for your client. Get details of a domestic violence trial, learn about federal issues with divorce, and much more. Noted speakers from across the country will be presenting at the CLE and plenary sessions. Sessions are listed below.

Plenary Sessions

  • 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. This program will discuss trial admissibility issues that arise concerning electronic evidence as well as issues regarding the Federal Electronic Signatures Act.

  • Now I Know That the Retainer Was Set Too Low . . . Handling Difficult Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues
    Even difficult issues can be easy to handle when opposing counsel is settlement oriented and the parties are reasonable. However, a substance abuse or mental health issue can make any case a nightmare to handle. With insight from substance abuse and mental health professionals, as well as advice from the trenches, this program will address how to recognize, confront and handle these difficult issues, whether they are occurring with the opposing party, your client, or even opposing counsel.

  • Family Law—The Intersection with Federal Law
    This program will provide the family law lawyer with tools regarding what to do when presented with a family law case that intersects with federal issues such as bankruptcy, immigration, QDROs and QMESCOs.

Committee CLE Programs

  • Same-Sex Couples and Interstate Recognition: Family Today, Strangers Tomorrow

  • Post-Divorce Instructions That Your Client Needs to Know—How to Shape Them Up and Ship Them Out

  • Hidden Assets in the Military Divorce Cases

  • Beyond Basic Child Support: Financial Planning for Children

  • I Worked for It, Nurtured It, Sweated for It: It's Mine!

  • Law Office Management for Divorce Lawyers or How to Look Out for Those Who Look Out for You

  • Child Custody Jurisdiction: Navigating the Statutory Maze

  • The Details of a Domestic Violence Trial

  • A Financial Primer for the Family Law Attorney
For more details, visit the Schedule page.

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Panda at Memphis Zoo

Early bird registration deadline: September 7, 2007
The early bird registration fee, postmarked by 9/07/07, is $425 for ABA Section of Family Law members. This fee covers all CLE Programs, course books or CD-ROM, breakfast each day and networking receptions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

The non-lawyer spouse/guest registration fee is $125. Registered guests may attend the morning breakfasts and evening receptions. All spouses/guests will be required to wear a name badge to all events. Registration fees for children under 16 are complimentary. However, tickets must be purchased for all children attending ticketed social events.

Special Events (Ticketed)
Be sure to join us on Friday, October 12, for the Awards Luncheon at the National Civil Rights Museum and then for dinner and music at B.B. King's! (These events are ticketed and must be included with your registration; please note that tickets for Graceland are limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.)

Read more about the events on the Schedule page.

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Hotel Information

Peabody Ducks The Peabody Hotel Memphis
149 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103

The "South's Grandest Hotel" opened its doors in 1925 and has been an attraction in the heart of Memphis ever since. Watch the Peabody Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby twice daily to the music of John Philip Sousa, in a tradition dating back to the 1930s; or step outside to visit a multitude of nearby attractions such as Beale Street, the Memphis Rock N Soul Museum, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Memphis Zoo, and, of course, Graceland.

Room Reservations
Call the Peabody Memphis Hotel directly at 901-529-4000 or 1-800-PEABODY prior to Friday, September 7, 2007, and identify that you are part of the ABA Family Law Fall CLE Conference to receive the discounted rate of $180 per night.

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Getting to the Hotel

Trolley by the Orpheum Theater Memphis International Airport: 13 miles from the Peabody Memphis Hotel or a 15-20 minute drive.

A downtown hotel shuttle is available through TennCo Express Airport Shuttle and can be arranged through the hotel Concierge or by calling 901-522-0001. You can also make reservations online. The downtown shuttle picks up guests at the Union Avenue entrance of The Peabody on an hourly basis. The shuttle costs $15 one way and $20 round-trip.

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Airline Info

Beale Street by Night Airfare discounts are available through ABA Online Travelocity Business or directly from the airline. Just visit ABA Online Travel and click on the Online Travel link at the top of the page.

The 24/7 toll-free number for Travelocity Business is 1-866-321-8403.

American Airlines can be reached at 1-800-433-1790. Reference discount code 19226 for American Airlines.

Photos courtesy of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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