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Fall 1999 Meeting: Family Law from the New England Perspective


Announcement

The Quinnipiac School of Law Library is proud to be hosting the fall meeting of the Law Librarians of New England on Friday, November 5, 1999.

The topic of the all day meeting will be "Family Law From The New England Perspective."

The meeting will be held in the Grand Court Room in the Quinnipiac Law Center on the Hamden, Connecticut campus.

Program participants will include members of the bench from several New England states, attorneys in the field of child advocacy and law professors involved in family and juvenile law.

Speakers at the program luncheon will include several distinguished law librarians who will comment on the developments they have seen in the profession during their long careers.


Keynote address speaker

"But there is something in family law that makes the matter [of what we can call "good" law and how to justify its description] peculiarly difficult. The problem is centrally that we care so much, and that law, finally, can do so little.  As to this, it may be that the public is more sensitive to reality than some lawyers."
Carol Weisbrod, "On the Expressive Functions of Family Law," 22 University of California, Davis Law Review 991, at 1007.

"Official law itself has a role in shaping social expectations, though its actual effective power is unclear.  Moreover, while models of marriage change, it seems that the cultural ideas we have are not free of ambiguity. Marriage for life, for example, remains as an aspiration despite other demands simultaneously made of marriage.  Conceivably we should work on a new legal definition of marriage, but we should be clear that whatever our legal definition, it will stand on social definitions."
Carol Weisbrod, "Divorce Stories: Readings, Comments and Questions on Law and Narrative," 1991 Brigham Young University Law Review 143, at 196.

Carol Weisbrod is Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

You can hear Carol Weisbrod's perspectives on family law as she delivers the keynote address at the Law Librarians of New England Fall meeting on Friday, November 5, 1999 at the Quinnipiac School of Law campus in Hamden, Connecticut.


A century of law librarianship

In 1961, Edgar J. Bellefontaine began his career in law librarianship at the Social Law Library in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Law Library had a budget of $55,000, a staff of nine and approximately 125,700 volumes.

In 1958, Jack S. Ellenberger began his career in law librarianship at the New York law firm of Carter, Ledyard and Milburn.  In 1963, when he worked for the firm of Covington and Burling, he was one of only two professional law librarians in Washington, D.C.

In 1958, Morris L. Cohen began his career in law librarianship at Rutgers Law School, after eight years of practicing law in New York.  Mr. Cohen was "restless in the law," and librarianship represented a second, alternative career.

Edgar J. Bellefontaine is Librarian Emeritus of the Social Law Library.

Morris L. Cohen is Professor Emeritus of Law at the Yale Law School and retired Law Librarian at the Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library.

Jack. S. Ellenberger is the retired Director of Libraries at Shearman and Sterling in New York.

Together, these three men represent over a century of law librarianship. Mr. Bellefontaine and Mr. Ellenberger will be sharing their professional experiences as guest speakers at the luncheon at the Law Librarians of New England Fall meeting on Friday, November 5, 1999 at the Quinnipiac Law School in Hamden, Connecticut.

Mr. Cohen will be sharing his experiences through a specially videotaped presentation to be shown at the luncheon.


State Supreme Court Perspectives on Family Law

Two state supreme court justices from New England will be sharing their perspectives on family law, as seen from the highest courts in their respective states, during a panel discussion at the Fall Meeting of the Law Librarians of New England on Friday, November 5, 1999 at the Quinnipiac College School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut.

The Honorable Denise Johnson, Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, and the Honorable Joette Katz, Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, will be on the panel.

Prof. David Rosettenstein, who teaches in the area of family law at the Quinnipiac College School of Law, will be acting as moderator of the panel.


Program

LAW LIBRARIANS OF NEW ENGLAND FALL MEETING - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1999
Family Law From The New England Perspective

8:00 am - REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 am - 9:00 am - EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING

9:00 am - 9:20 am - GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING

9:20 am - 9:30 am - WELCOME
Dean Neil H. Cogan
Quinnipiac College School of Law

Ann DeVeaux
Director, Quinnipiac College School of Law Library

9:30 am - 10:15 am - KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Prof. Carol Weisbrod
University of Connecticut School of Law

10:15 am - 10:30 am - BREAK

10:30 am - 11:30 am
SCARLET "A" TO BABY "Z": NEW ENGLAND SUPREME COURTS
The Hon. Denise R. Johnson
Associate Justice, Vermont Supreme Court

The Hon. Joette Katz
Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court

MODERATOR
Prof. David S. Rosettenstein
Quinnipiac College School of Law

11:45 am - 12:45 pm
THE UNIFIED FAMILY COURT STRUCTURE: NEW ENGLAND FAMILY COURTS
John Cameron, Attorney at Law
Laboe and Collins
Concord, New Hampshire

The Hon. Jeremiah S. Jeremiah, Jr.
Chief Judge, Rhode Island Family Court

John David Kennedy, Attorney at Law
Case Management Officer, Maine Family Court

MODERATOR
The Hon. Anne C. Dranginis
Chief Administrative Judge
Family Division, Connecticut Superior Court

12:45 - 2:00 pm - LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
REFLECTIONS ON LAW LIBRARIANSHIP: PIONEERS OF THE PROFESSION
Edgar J. Bellefontaine, Librarian Emeritus
Social Law Library
Boston, Massachusetts

Morris L. Cohen
Law Librarian (Retired) and Emeritus Professor of Law
Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Library
New Haven, Connecticut

Jack S. Ellenberger, Director of Libraries (Retired)
Shearman and Sterling
New York, New York

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - CHILD ADVOCACY, ATTORNEY AND AGENCY
Lesley D. Mara, Attorney at Law
National Executive Director
Lawyers for Children America
Hartford, Connecticut

Linda Pearce Prestley, Attorney at Law
The Child Advocate, Office of the Child Advocate
Hartford, Connecticut

MODERATOR
Prof. Gregory Loken
Quinnipiac College School of Law

4:00 pm - TOURS AND REFRESHMENTS


The deadline for registration for the LLNE Fall Meeting has been extended to Friday, October 29, 1999.

The Fall Meeting will be held on Friday, November 5, 1999 at the Quinnipiac College School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut.  The topic of the meeting is "Family Law From The New England Perspective."

YOU CAN REGISTER IN THREE DIFFERENT WAYS AT THIS POINT:
Fax in your registration form at 203-287-3316.
Call Michael Hughes at 203-287-3318.
Email Michael Hughes at michael.hughes@quinnipiac.edu

You can send in your check later at your earliest convenience.

A mailing, including more information about the meeting and a registration form, has already been sent to LLNE members.


Unified Family Courts

In America today, families are confronted by many problems, such as divorce, adoption, domestic violence, abuse, neglect, drugs, alcohol and mental illness.  These problems within the family often lead to greater problems within the community and often become a part of the legal issues decided in family and juvenile courts.

Some jurisdictions are reforming, restructuring and realigning their juvenile and family justice systems to allow the courts to focus in more depth on all the legal problems of families and children.

The unified family court combines all the essential elements of traditional family and juvenile courts into one entity, while also offering resources from various adjunct agencies which provide services critical to the resolution of a family's problems.  Since the unified family court has jurisdiction over all family-related legal matters, it is able to deal with these matters fairly, comprehensively and expeditiously in the present and over the long term.

Four professionals working within the unified family court systems of their respective New England states will be participating in a panel discussion at the Fall Meeting of the Law Librarians of New England on Friday, November 5, 1999 at the Quinnipiac College School of Law.

Panel members will include:
The Honorable Jeremiah S. Jeremiah, Jr., Chief Judge of the Rhode Island Family Court.
Attorney John David Kennedy, Case Management Officer with the Maine family Court.
Attorney John Cameron, of the Concord, New Hampshire law firm of Laboe and Collins

The Honorable Anne Dranginis, Chief Administrative Judge of the Family Division of the Superior Court of Connecticut, will be acting as moderator of the panel discussion.

REMINDER
The deadline for registration for the LLNE Fall Meeting has been extended to Friday, October 29, 1999.

YOU CAN REGISTER IN THREE DIFFERENT WAYS AT THIS POINT:
Fax in your registration form to 203  287-3316.
Call Michael Hughes at 203  287-3318.
Email Michael Hughes at michael.hughes@quinnipiac.edu.


Child Advocacy in Connecticut

Two attorneys who have devoted their careers to the protection of children and their rights will be speaking at the Fall Meeting of the Law Librarians of New England on Friday, November 5, 1999 at the Quinnipiac College School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut.

Linda Pearce Prestley, the Child Advocate of the State of Connecticut and Lesley Mara of Lawyers for Children America will be participating in a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Gregory Loken of the Quinnipiac College School of Law.

Lesley Mara is the national executive director of Lawyers for Children America, a non-profit organization that recruits and trains lawyers from private law firms and corporate law departments to represent children on a pro bono basis in hearings involving abuse and neglect.  LFCA began in 1994 as an in-house legal aid program at Aetna Life and Casualty in Hartford, Connecticut.  In 1995, Attorney General Janet Reno hosted a ceremony at the Department of Justice to help launch LFCA's national program.  Prior to working at Aetna and becoming involved with LFCA, Ms. Mara worked for the law firm of Halloran and Sage and served as counsel and deputy commissioner with the Connecticut Department of Children and Youth Services.

Linda Pearce Prestley has been the Child Advocate of the state of Connecticut since January 1998.  The Office of the Child Advocate is an independent Connecticut state agency established in 1995 to protect the civil, legal and special rights of all the children of the state and to advance policies that promote the well-being and best interests of children. Linda Pearce Prestley is a mother of a blended family of six children and is also a licensed foster parent.

Prof. Gregory Loken has taught at Quinnipiac College School of Law since 1990 and is the co-director of the Center on Children and the Family at Quinnipiac.

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