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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
AFCC eNEWS - June 2010 | AFCC Awards | Member News | Family Law in the News | Ahrons Video Interview
Vol. 5 No. 6 JUne 2010
Denver Annual Conference a Great Success
AFCC’s 47th Annual Conference, June 2–5, 2010, in Denver, Colorado, attracted over 1,000 attendees from 19 countries. The conference theme, Traversing the Trail of Alienation: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict, formed an energizing base for the conference.
Listen to the plenaries online: Four exciting plenary sessions about alienation were presented at the conference and the audio recordings of these sessions are available free to members in the AFCC Member Center of the AFCC website.
Reminder Regarding Continuing Education for the Denver Conference
If you signed up to receive a certificate of attendance for the 47th Annual Conference, and you did not turn in a Verification of Attendance form while at the conference, please download, fill out and return this important form. This form must be completed in order for you to receive your certificate of attendance.
AFCC is pleased to welcome Mindy Mitnick of Edina, MN, to the Board of Directors beginning July 1, 2010. A special thanks to Hon. Emile R. Kruzick for his leadership and commitment to AFCC while serving as President. Philip M. Stahl, Queen Creek, AZ, has completed his term on the Board. AFCC thanks him for his outstanding service and contribution to the association. The new Executive Committee, effective July 1, 2010, consists of President Robert M. Smith, Windsor, CO, President Elect Linda B. Fieldstone, Miami, FL, Vice President Arnold T. Shienvold, Harrisburg, PA, Secretary Nancy Ver Steegh, St. Paul, MN, Treasurer Richard L. Altman, Napoleon, OH, and Past President Emile R. Kruzick, Brampton, ON.
AFCC Annual Awards Presented
AFCC members Constance Ahrons, Bernard Mayer, Debra Carter, Lorraine Martin and the M.A.R.C.H. Mediation program were honored for their accomplishments at the AFCC 47th Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on June 3, 2010.
Constance Ahrons: Old Dissolution Model Was Damaging
Courtesy of Mediate.com
Constance Ahrons, who was awarded the 2010 AFCC Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award, discusses the pre-joint-custody model for the relationship between ex-spouses. The cultural norm was to have no relationship, because that meant that the ex-spouses were hanging on.
The AFCC Board of Directors granted Chartered Chapter status to AFCC’s Minnesota and Ontario Chapters, and granted Provisional Chapter status to Washington State. Congratulations to all for all their hard work!
New Student Membership Rate
AFCC is now offering full-time students an electronic membership for an annual rate of only $25. As of July 1, 2010, full-time students may join online at www.afccnet.org. Student members receive electronic access to Family Court Review, the monthly AFCC eNEWS and other discounts and privileges of AFCC membership.
AFCC Member News
Justice Harvey Brownstone, AFCC member from Toronto, ON, is the first sitting family court judge to host his own television program, Family Matters, filmed in Victoria, BC. The show will combine educational segments, with expert guests as well as an interactive component designed to answer viewer’s questions using YouTube, Skype and email submissions.
Joseph Harman, AFCC member from Emu Plains, NSW, Australia, has been appointed as Federal Magistrate in the Court of Australia the Parramatta Registry.
Debra Lehrman, AFCC member from Fort Worth, TX, was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as Justice to the Supreme Court of Texas. Judge Lehrman is a previous president of the AFCC Texas Chapter.
Marsha Kline Pruett, AFCC member from Northampton, MA, has been awarded the 2010 Men-in-Families Best Research Article Award for an article she co-authored, “Promoting Fathers’ Engagement With Children: Preventive Interventions for Low-Income Families,” that appeared last year in Journal of Marriage and the Family.
AFCC’s 12th Annual Silent Auction
AFCC’s 12th Annual Silent Auction was held during AFCC’s 47th Annual Conference. This year’s silent auction was a great success and raised over $10,000. Proceeds from the auction are earmarked towards AFCC’s special projects and initiatives to support children and families struggling with separation and divorce. This year the funds raised will be used to support projects including AFCC’s Court-Involved Therapists Task Force and Child Custody Consultation Task Force. Thanks to all those who donated items for the auction and to all of the auction volunteers who helped with this smashing event: Mary Ferriter, Annette Burns, Dick Altman, Emile and Josie Kruzick, Chris DelFavero, Landon and Jaelyn Blue, Arnie Shienvold, Betsy Thomas, Tom Gould, David Medoff and Matt Sullivan.
Robin Ballard is a fourth year graduate student at Indiana University–Bloomington in Clinical Science and a registered mediator. She is one of the work force behind the new AFCC Mentorship Project. Here she reflects on being a student in AFCC and why this program is important to her.
Plan to Settle Child Custody Disputes by Arbitration
By Carol Nader, courtesy of smh.com.au
Separating couples in disputes over children will be able to have a person other than a judge decide who gets custody, in a radical change proposed by the federal Australian government to reduce the number of families that end up in court.
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