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2008 Spring CLE Conference
April 30-May 3, 2008
Chicago Marriott Downtown (Magnificent Mile)
Chicago, IL

This conference has already occurred, but please feel free to read more about it. You can also order the course materials as books, cd-roms, or the actual audio recordings from each session (link goes to Convention Media's website). 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.

Come visit the Windy City this spring for the Joint Conference of the ABA Section of Family Law & The American Psychological Association. The theme is "Reconceptualizing Child Custody: Past, Present and Future—Lawyers and Psychologists Working Together."

We gratefully acknowledge our Elite Conference Sponsor, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP.

The Council Agenda Book is now available.

New program session added
(Saturday, May 3 @ 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)

The Litigation over the Children of the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

About the Conference/CLE & CE Credit

Family lawyers and psychologists are often confronted with issues of mutual concern, including working with high-conflict families; participating in custody evaluations; relocation; representation of children; and allegations of alienation, sexual abuse, and domestic violence.

Our Spring CLE Conference, "Reconceptualizing Child Custody: Past, Present and Future—Lawyers and Psychologists Working Together" will provide the groundwork to allow the sharing of ideas, strategies, and other information between the two professions.

The 34 plenaries and breakout sessions will span three full days and allow attendees the opportunity to learn from judges, lawyers, psychologists, researchers, and academicians in a number of settings, including a mock hearing.

View the draft program schedule or the conference brochure for more information.

CLE: Continuing Legal Education for this conference will be requested from all states that require CLE. Please be aware that each state has its own rules and regulations and therefore the credits awarded may vary by state. Additional information will be provided.

CE Credits for Psychologists: Program session materials have been submitted to the American Psychological Association Office of Continuing Education in Psychology which reviews and approves continuing education programming for psychologists. It is anticipated that psychologists will be able to earn up to 17 CE credits for full conference participation. Additional information will be provided.


Pre-conference registration is now closed. Please register on-site at the meeting location.

If you have questions regarding registration or cancellation, please contact Donna Beavers (APA).

Committee Lunch Tickets
Tickets for Family Law Section committee lunches can only be ordered through the ABA Section of Family Law. (They're not available to purchase when you register for the conference.)

Order committee lunch tickets

If you will be paying by credit card, please fax the form to us at 312-988-6800. If you'll be paying by check, please mail the payment and your form to: ABA Family Law, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610.

Not sure when your committee is meeting? See the Family Law Section Schedule of Meetings for more information.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
Registrants who are unable to attend the conference may obtain a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 administrative fee, if a written request is received by March 31, 2008, at the APA office. (The APA is handling registration for the conference, the ABA cannot cancel your registration for you.) We will be unable to refund registration fees for cancellations received after March 31. "No shows" are subject to the full fee.

Remember, if you have questions regarding registration or cancellation, please contact Donna Beavers (APA).

In the unlikely event that the conference is canceled, full refunds will be given to participants who have registered, but we cannot be responsible for costs that may be incurred for airline and hotel reservations and other expenses.

We encourage participation by all individuals. If you are a person with a disability, giving us advance notification of any special needs will help us to accommodate you better.

Hotel Information

Chicago Downtown Marriott Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Situated on Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile among world-famous shopping, restaurants, and entertainment, the Downtown Chicago Marriott is also within walking distance of Navy Pier, American Girl Place, Theater and Museum Districts, as well as many other top Windy City attractions.

Room Reservations
Call the Chicago Marriott Downtown at 1-800-228-9290 or 312-836-0100 and be sure to mention that you're part of the ABA-APA 2008 Meeting in order to receive the special discounted rate of $219 per night (single/double occupancy).

Please note: Reservations received after April 15, 2008, 5:00 p.m. Central, or after the hotel block is filled, are subject to availability and prevailing rates.

Photo and hotel description courtesy of the Downtown Chicago Marriott.

Chicago Attractions/Tourism (Food & Fun)

First time in Chicago? Not sure where to eat or what to do for fun? Check out our guide below!

You can download the entire guide (5.5 MB) or download it in sections. Table of contents can be found in the entire download or Part 1.
  • Entire Guide (5.5 MB)
  • Part 1: Food (2.9 MB)
  • Part 2: Nightlife, Museums, Galleries, Plays/Theaters, Other Items, Shopping, Services (2.2 MB)

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