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American Bar Association
ABA Section of Family Law

2007 Spring CLE Conference
April 25-28, 2007
Portola Plaza Hotel—Monterey, CA

aerial view of Monterey CoastlineThe Section had a very successful conference in Monterey, CA! See below for more information, and to get a feel for what you might expect at future Section conferences. If you would like to purchase the CLE materials from this conference, visit Past Conferences for more information.

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CLE Programs | Registration | Schedule
Hotel Information | Getting to the Hotel | Tours | Conference Brochure

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CLE Programs

Monterey Bay Aquarium Kelp Forest Exhibit Our Spring Conference provides over 16 hours of CLE programming for you to choose from. Learn about new technology tools for your practice, enhance your courtroom skills, and discover critical information for your divorce clients who have special needs children. Noted speakers from across the country will be presenting at the CLE and plenary sessions. Sessions are listed below.

Plenary Sessions

  • The Power of Perception
    Perception is a powerful force in family law cases. The perceptions of the parties, the children, the attorneys, the mental health professional and the court can significantly impact the resolution of the case. The clash of perceptions can send your case on an expensive downward spiral. This experienced panel will provide you with a multiplicity of examples of the power of perception and guide you through the mind field of factors that influence conflicted family law cases.

  • Courtroom Realities of Advocacy and Evidence—To Admit or Not To Admit...That Is The Question
    This high-energy panel will discuss preparing for the realities of family law litigation, including the strategy and efficacy of dealing with difficult evidentiary issues regularly presenting themselves in family court cases.  The panel will also demonstrate contrasting methods of dealing with difficult evidentiary choices and how that strategic decision-making can be presented in the courtroom.

  • Parenting Plans—The How, Why and When...
    The program will provide with the attendee with practical tips for the development and presentation of effective and workable parenting plans. The session will cover why and how of creating workable parenting plans; how to effectively present the parenting plan in court; and how to effectively explain the parameters of the plan so that the Court will adopt your plan.

Committee CLE Programs

  • Special Needs: Special Planning—A Primer on the Legal and Financial Issues for Consideration When Parents with Special Needs Children are Divorcing—Part 1

  • Dividing Pensions—What You Need to Know Even If You Don't Do Your Own QDRO's

  • Lightning Round Technology 2007

  • Special Needs—Part 2

  • The Effects of Taxes on Property and Spousal Maintenance

  • Faith & Divorce

  • Dealing with the High Conflict Personality in a Legal Dispute

  • What to Do When Your Clients Don't Say "I Do"—Drafting Cohabitation Agreements

  • Alimony and Retirement: Who Pays? Who Plays?

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Registration is closed as this meeting has already occurred.

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Hotel Information

Portola Plaza Hotel Lobby The Portola Plaza Hotel
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940

Located in historic downtown Monterey overlooking Monterey Bay, 200 yards from Fisherman's Wharf and Marina, one mile from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row and a short five-minute drive to Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove and the Monterey Airport.

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Getting to the Hotel

Pacific Grove Coast Click on your preferred mode of transportation below for information about getting to the Portola Plaza Hotel. (Information courtesy of the Portola Plaza Hotel website.)

Nearby Airports

  • Monterey Peninsula Airport: 5 miles
  • San Jose International Airport: 65 miles
  • San Francisco International Airport: 107 miles

Airport Shuttle: Monterey-Salinas Airbus

Reservations recommended. Call 1-831-373-7777.
Times are approximate and the schedule may change without notice.

One-Way San Jose Shuttle: $35.00
One-Way San Francisco Shuttle: $40.00
Cash or credit card accepted at time of boarding.

Shuttle Times/Schedule

Driving Directions

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Chateau Julien Wine Estate in Carmel Take a look at some of the suggested activities for you (after CLE, of course!) and your family

Carmel Valley Wine Tasting Tour
Thursday 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.—$90 per person

This tour ventures into the heart of Carmel Valley’s wine region, beginning with a one-hour tour of beautiful Château Julien, then on to Durney, Georis, and Talbott tasting room. You will enjoy a wonderful lunch and wine sampling at Corkscrew Cafe. The Cafe promises superb food and local wines in a charming setting. Price includes transportation, wine, lunch and gratuities. Tours not meeting the minimum numbers 2 weeks prior to scheduled departure are likely to be cancelled.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Tickets can be bought at the Portola Plaza Hotel Concierge desk or at the hotel's front desk. The tickets are valid for 2 days and you will receive a priority entrance into the Aquarium. Tickets are $24.99 for adults and $15.95 for kids under 12.

For(e) Golfers: Thursday, April 26— 1:30 p.m. tee time, Poppy Hills
Monterey is one of the great golf destinations of the world!

Photos courtesy of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Hotel Lobby photo courtesy of Portola Plaza Hotel.

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