Great news from the Kentucky Law Blog! The Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys is forming a Domestic Law Section. The organizational meeting will be July 11, 2006, 9:30 am at KATA headquarters. This section will fill a badly needed void in the professional development of family lawyers in Kentucky. No other family law organization has widely available trial skills seminars. The ABA has its great annual Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, but there is room for only 30 students across the entire country. See Michelle Eisenmenger Mapes' posting about last month's Institute. The American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys offers terrific substantive CLE and an Associate's Institute, but the requirements for membership are rigorous, the CLE expensive, and other than the one seminar in Chicago for newbies, little trial practice skill development is available. With the exception of exclusitivity, the same is true of ABA family law education. While the best domestic lawyers will always encourage settlement and work hard to settle cases, the fact is that some cases just have to be tried. It has always been my strong belief that if a lawyer is known as a good litigator, the client of that lawyer will fare better in settlement negotiations.
Kudos to KATA for branching into this much needed area!