6 Fam. Law. [1] (1964-1965)

handle is hein.journals/flwnwsltr6 and id is 1 raw text is: SECTION OF
FAMILY LAW
AMERICAN BAR
ASSOCIATION
Vol. VI, No. 1, November, 1964         TC
A WORD FROM OUR CHAIRMAN
The New York meeting has come and gone, and we
now embark on a new year of activities. The programs
presented by our section were well received and re-
flected the excellent preparation of our program com-
mittee. Those of our members who did not or could not
attend these sessions can look forward to reading the
principal papers of our speakers when we mail Our an-
nual Report of Proceedings to the more than 1200 memb-
ers of the Family Law Section. We are soon to be
ready to edit the material, and hope to have it in your
hands within a few months.
I urge you all to become active in our committee
work. You will find the association with other commit-
tee members both stimulating and rewarding.
We were asked to present, and have already pre-
pared a bread and butter program for the regional meet-
ing scheduled for Atlanta, Georgia, in October. I will
report on it to you in our next edition. Thank you.
Morris N. Hartman, Chairman
OFFICERS ELECTED IN NEW YORK
The recent Section meeting in New York was feat-
ured not alone by a first rate program but by the annual
elections of officers and new council members. Here
they are:
Chairman, Morris N. Hartman, Elizabeth, N.J.
Chairman-Elect, Judge Roger A. Pfaff, Los Angeles,
Calif.
Vice Chairman, Rev. Robert F. Drinan, Brighton, Mass.
Secretary, Neva B. Talley, Little Rock, Ark.
Section Delegate, Howard C. Bregel, Baltimore, Md.
Council-4 year term, Howard C. Schwab, Toledo, 0.
and Henry H. Foster, Jr., New York, N.Y.
Council-2 year term, Col. Carl E. Winkler, Washing-
ton, D.C.
ATLANTA HEARS EXPERTS
The Regional Meeting of the American Bar Associa-
tion in Atlanta, Georgia, was the scene of an effective
meeting arranged by the Section on October 22nd in
the Biltmore Hotel. The speakers were Morris N. Hart-
man on Tax Aspects and Estate Planning in Domestic
Relations Cases; Judge Roger A. Pfaff on Approved
Practices in the Handling of Divorce Cases,and Risque
N. Plummer of Baltimore, on Separation and Pre-Nuptial
Agreements.

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3 STABILIZE AND PRESERVE FAMILY LIFE
IN OUR COMMITTEES...
We hear from our Committee on Marriage Law that
Professor Walter Wadlington, Chairman of its Subcom-
mittee on Uniform Marriage Licenses and Laws, is being
assisted by a University of Virginia research group in
preparation of a model marriage law statute, fully an-
notated, and expects to submit it at the midyear meet-
ing of the Section. When approved, the model statutes
will be useful to states revising their marriage laws.
The Subcommittee on Centralization of Marriage and
Divorce Records and Statistics under James P. Hart,
Jr., Chairman of the Marriage Law Committee, is again
writing the Bar Associations of Arizona, Colorado,
Indiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
Texas, Washington and West Virginia, urging that they
obtain passage of enabling legislation in their respec-
tive states to cause centralization of these records.
Of great interest is the recently passed Virginia
statute, Sec. 32-353.33, requiring lawyers when bring-
ing a divorce action, to fill out the final form to be kept
by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics. In some states,
the clerk of court has to dig this information out of the
numerous pleadings, in others the judges by rule re-
quire the lawyers to furnish the information on a face
sheet, while in Virginia all is accomplished in one
simple step.
On the recommendation of our Adoption Committee,
headed by Felix Infausto of Albany, N.Y., the Council
endorsed a bill aimed at the interstate black market in
baby adoptions (S 1541) and referred the proposal to
our Section Delegate to the House of Delegates, where
the bill was approved. They reported also that 5 states
have adopted the Interstate Compact on Placement of
Children, developed by the Council of State Govern-
ments.
Judge George Bowles, Chairman of the Committee on
Inter-professional Liaison (formerly known as the Com-
mittee on Co-operation with Behavorial and Social Sci-
ences) reported that the aim of his committee is not to
make the practicing lawyer or the trial judge an expert
professional marriage counsellor, but rather to make
him a fully equipped family lawyer, generally conver-
sant with that which is happening both within the law
and related behavioral and social sciences.
The Committee on Custody, headed by Harry M. Fain,
hopes to have in final form soon a draft of a Uniform
Child Custody Jurisdiction Act. The first version has
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