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ABA Section of Family Law

Family Law CLE Conference April 14-17, 2010 in New Orleans, LA

2010 Spring CLE Conference
April 14-17, 2010
Hotel Monteleone—New Orleans, LA

Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!) Jazz up your spring by attending the ABA Section of Family Law's Spring CLE Conference this April 14-17, 2010, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bookmark this page to keep up-to-date with all the latest information.

The Council Agenda Book is now available!

Pre-registration is closed. You must register on-site if you'd like to attend the conference.

The Thursday Cocktail Reception at the LA Supreme Court is at capacity. If you selected this event when you pre-registered, you will be admitted. If you are registering on-site, or you did not select this event at the time of your registration, we apologize, but we will not be able to admit you.

Hotel & Map | Brochure (with Schedule) (New!) | Special Events | New Orleans Dictionary
Volunteer Project | Sponsors | Sponsorship Opportunities


The conference registration fee for ABA FL members is $525. This fee covers all CLE Programs, access to downloadable materials prior to the conference, breakfast each day and networking receptions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well as the Chair's Suite receptions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

You must register for the conference on-site after April 2nd.

The non-lawyer spouse or guest registration fee is $135. This fee allows your registered guest to attend the morning breakfasts and all non-ticketed evening receptions.

All attendees, including guests, are required to wear a name badge to all events. Registration fees for children under 18 are complimentary; however, tickets must be purchased for all children attending ticketed social events.

Registration Fees:

    $450—Early Bird Registration Fee for Section members (postmarked by 3/12/10)
    $525—Standard Registration Fee for Section members (postmarked after 3/12/10)
    $575—Non-Section Fee for ABA Members
    $625—Non-ABA Member Registration Fee

    $450—Speaker Registration Fee (Does not include moderators)
    $250—Judges, Full-time Law School Faculty, Full-time Legal Services, or Social Service Practitioners
    $250—New Practitioners (up to 3 years)

    $125—Law Students
    $135—Guest Fee (Spouses and guests attending any of the Conference events; children 13 & over must register as guests)
    $0—Children (Ages 12 and under)
Register on-site after April 2nd.

ABA Senior Lawyers and Individual Rights & Responsibilities Members
We're pleased that the ABA Senior Lawyers Division and the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities have coordinated their meetings with ours. If you're a member of one of these entities, we invite you to join us for our social and networking events.

Please register by downloading the form below and returning it to us either by fax (312-988-6800) or mail [ABA Section of Family Law, 321 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60654] along with your payment. After April 2nd, you may register on-site, if space allows.

If you'd like to attend any of our CLE sessions, you'll need to register on-site for the entire ABA Family Law CLE Conference. Be sure to select the appropriate rate (either the Non-Section Fee for ABA Members rate or the Judges, Full-time Law School Faculty, Full-time Legal Services, etc., rate).

Program Materials
Program materials will be disseminated to registrants electronically prior to the conference. (As the conference date approaches, you will receive a link to a webpage where you can download materials as .pdfs.) If you would like to purchase a cd-rom of materials, please indicate that when you register. The cost of a cd-rom is $25.

Cancellation Policy
To receive a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, a written request must be received on or before March 24, 2010. No refunds will be issued after that date. Questions about cancellation can be directed to Section staff at 312-988-5145.

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Hotel & Map

Hotel Monteleone
214 Rue Royal
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 866-338-4684 or 504-523-3341
Web: www.hotelmonteleone.com

Reserve your room now!
Our special discount rate is $205. Make your reservations before March 16, 2010, 5:00 p.m. CST in order to get this special rate, and don't forget to mention you'll be attending the ABA Section of Family Law Spring Conference.

Directions & Map

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Brochure w/Schedule*

Download the brochure for the conference and start planning which CLEs you'd like to go to! All members are invited to attend our Council meeting and the afternoon committee meetings on Friday and Saturday, so be sure to schedule your flights accordingly. Even if you're not a member of Council or on a topical committee, stop by and get involved!

*Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Special Events & Programs

Welcome Reception
Louisiana Supreme Court
400 Royal Street
Thursday, April 15, 2010
5:30-7:00 p.m.

All Section of Family Law members are invited to help us kick off the meeting at the Louisiana Supreme Court House.

Please Note: Due to courthouse security, we must know whether or not you plan to attend this reception. If you plan to attend, please indicate that when you register. (If you have already registered, you can update your registration online.)

Dinner at Muriel's in Jackson Square
801 Chartres Street at St. Ann
Friday, April 16, 2010
7:00-10:00 p.m.

Celebrate with us in the Big Easy as we dance our way to Muriel's through the streets of Louisiana with the legendary Storyville Stompers! Once we get to Muriel's, we'll enjoy a fabulous buffet dinner and the music of The Joe Simon Jazz Trio.

This event is ticketed; be sure to purchase tickets when you register. (Note: A limited amount of tickets for this event will be sold on-site.)

Joint CLE Program on Long Term Care
Family Law, Elder Law and Individual Rights:
The Intersection of Marriage, Long-Term Care and the Rights of Those Involved
co-sponsored with the Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities (IRR) and the Senior Lawyers Division (SLD)
Royal Sonesta Hotel, North Ballroom
Friday, April 16, 2010
2:00-3:00 p.m.

Approaching the golden years has never been more difficult when it comes to long term care. This panel discussion will help you better understand the rights of all those involved when elderly need long term care. This panel will tackle the tough problems of marriage, second marriage, and divorce. The panel will discuss pre-nuptial agreements, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, nursing home, spousal refusal and the ethical issues involved with joint representation.

Join moderator Jeffrey Snell (Senior Lawyers) and speakers Walter Burke (SLD), Paul Sturgul (IRR), and Mary Vidas (Family Law) for this special program.

Tickets: $75 (Section Member); $100 (Non-Section Member)

Order tickets through the Senior Lawyers Division.

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Volunteer Project

Helping New Orleans Rebuild
Thursday, April 15, 2010
12:30-4:30 p.m.

New Orleans still needs our help! Get involved in a community service project with fellow ABA members and give back to an area affected by Hurricane Katrina. Please e-mail Kendra Randall-Jolivet to sign up by Saturday, March 20, 2010.

If you are unable to participate, any donation can be dropped off at the registration desk in the Hospitality Room.

Thank you for your commitment and service!

New Orleans Dictionary

While in the Crescent City, you might run across some terminology you haven't heard before. Here are a few popular terms and phrases to help you seem like a local. *If we have time, we'll even add pronunciation tips. :)

Beignet (ben-YAY) -- A super delicious fried piece of dough topped with powdered sugar. (Visit Cafe du Monde for a taste.)

Dressed -- You might be asked if you want your po-boy (or other sandwich) dressed. It just means with all the fixin's (lettuce, tomato, mayo, etc.). (Order it plain when in doubt.)

Lagniappe (lan-YAP) -- A little something extra (for free).

Laissez les bon temps rouler -- Let the good times roll!

But wait, there's more...

What's this I'm eating? How do you pronounce those street names? And what the heck is a neutral ground?? For answers to these and more, download the New Orleans Lagniappe lexicon.


Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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