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AFCC eNEWS - May 2010 | AFCC Going Green in Denver | Top Mediation Screening Questions | Elements of Ideal Family Cour
Vol. 5 No. 5 MAY 2010
AFCC Going Green in Denver
Accessing Handouts for the 47th Annual Conference in Denver
AFCC's 47th Annual Conference, June 2–5, 2010, in Denver, Colorado, is going green! Conference session handouts will be provided to registrants on a CD or flash drive. In addition, the entire proceedings is available online. Conference registrants will receive a letter via email—or if no email was provided, via standard mail—containing the online access instructions. Access is already available and will remain so for two months after the conference.
The beginning of June is a wonderful time to be in Denver! Temperatures should be moderate: lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s to low 80s. Denver receives 300 days of sunshine a year. This makes for the perfect time to get outside!
During the first weekend in June, the 39th Annual People’s Fair takes place, an outdoor celebration put on by the Capital Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN) to celebrate the diverse Denver urban community and its residents.
Prior to conducting mediation it is important to screen the case to determine whether or not mediation is appropriate and, if it is, what the best way to proceed might be, whether that is to bring the parties together, or to conduct shuttle mediation. The following questions are based upon an individual face-to-face screening conducted with each of the parties who have been court-ordered to attend mediation. The screening is conducted immediately prior to the start of mediation.
AFCC, in collaboration with Loyola University Chicago School of Law's Child and Family Law Center, is presenting two training programs, June 14-17, 2010. Parenting Coordination: Helping High Conflict Parents Resolve Disputes, with presenter Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D., will be held June 14–15, 2010. Advanced Issues in Parenting Coordination: Attachment, Personality Disorders, Alienation and Difficult Clients will be presented by Arnold T. Shienvold, Ph.D., on June 16–17, 2010. Both trainings will take place at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center in Chicago, Illinois.
AFCC is beginning a new Mentorship Program to help foster new and young professionals in the field of family law. Although the program is new, the process is not. Many professionals have found informal mentors within AFCC and this is the first in a series of reflections about AFCC and that process written by Rebecca Stahl. Rebecca graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in May 2008 and is licensed in Arizona and California.
AFCC Ontario Chapter Looking for Elements of Ideal Family Court
AFCC Ontario is exploring a policy paper that designs and describes the elements of an ideal Family Court for children and families involved in separation, divorce or child protection issues that is research-informed. The Chapter would like to hear from others about available services for children and families in their jurisdiction. The Chapter wants to learn from others' experiences and expertise, generate knowledge and share what is learned with partners in the community to inform policy. If you would like to participate in this effort, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get the link to the online survey. All responses will remain anonymous.
FAMILY LAW IN THE NEWS
Ontario’s AG Launches New Online Tool to Streamline Family Law
By Mary Vallis, Courtesy of National Post
Ontario's Attorney General announced a new online tool to streamline family and civil law forms designed to make family courts more affordable and less complicated.
Gates Says He'll Reconsider Opposition to Military Child Custody Law
by Leo Shane, Courtesy of Stars and Stripes
For the last three years House lawmakers have included a provision in their draft of the annual defense authorization bill to guarantee overseas deployments won't be used against troops in child custody cases. And for the last three years Pentagon officials have blocked the idea, calling it an infringement on states rights.
Resolution Systems Institute's new blog, Just Court ADR, written by Jennifer Shack and Susan Yates, debuted in February 2010. It is focused on court ADR and fair court ADR systems that provide justice.
The Texas and California Chapters of AFCC are both seeking presenters for their annual conferences. The 2010 Tenth Annual Texas AFCC Statewide Conference, Children Caught in the Conflict: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, will be held October 15–16, 2010, in Houston. The deadline for proposal submission is May 28, 2010. The California Chapter's Annual Conference, Times They are a-Changing: Maximizing Resources, Options and Talents in a Changing System, is scheduled for February 11–13, 2011, in San Francisco. The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2010. For details and submission instructions, click the links below.
The graduation gift that gives all year! Do you have a relative, research assistant or intern who is graduating this year? What better way to help them begin their professional career than by giving them a gift membership to AFCC. Start their pursuit of professional excellence and their support of the mission and values of AFCC. Gift memberships are only $130—that's a $20 savings! The recipient will receive all of the great member benefits including reduced rates on AFCC conferences and trainings, access to the AFCC Member Center, which includes the searchable Family Court Review archives, membership directory for networking and much more!
AFCC eNEWS is a monthly e-newsletter published by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). AFCC eNEWS provides professionals with time sensitive and up-to-date topics including practice tips, research innovations and international news. Readers are welcome to forward this e-newsletter to interested colleagues.