Making and Teaching "Real" Family Law:

A Celebration of the Scholarship and Service of Professor Margo Melli

6th Annual Midwest Family Law Consortium Workshop

April 5-7, 2013


Description:  The University of Wisconsin Law School and the Institute for Legal Studies are jointly sponsoring the 6th Annual Midwest Family Law Consortium Workshop.The Workshop theme – Making and Teaching “Real” Family Law – reflects and celebrates the scholarly and professional contributions of Professor Emerita Marygold Melli.

Who is Invited: Family law professors, clinical instructors, and attorneys interested in family law education. Seating is limited and early registration is strongly encouraged.

Program Information

FINAL Final PROGRAM CHART 3-page pdf as of 4/3/13

Participant List with Abstracts and Biographical Statements 28-page pdf as of 3/29/13

General Registration and/or Proposal Submission

Call for Proposals The October 10, 2012 deadline has passed but the Call for Proposals is available for those who may want to submit a late proposal for consideration by the committee should any panel slots become available. Please submit using the link below.

Registration Fees:
$125 includes workshop materials, dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and lunch on Sunday, as well as refreshments during the event. Hotel accommodations are not included, but rooms are available at a reasonable rate at the nearby Lowell Inn and Conference Center. (See Hotel block information below.)

Register Early; Pay Fees in March: The registration form includes space for you to include a title and short description of your proposed presentation and a one-paragraph biographical statement. Bios and abstracts will be posted on the website and included in the printed program materials.

UW Extension will collect fees in March 2013: Those who register will receive an email message with an attached invoice from the UW Extension, which manages the Pyle Center. The message will include information about payment options for you or your institution.

To submit a late proposal or to register to attend this event, please click here:  registration and submission form.


Workshop Location: The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison. Friday sessions take place on the first floor; Saturday sessions will take place on the third floor.

Timeline: Arrive by 3:00 on Friday for registration and refreshments on the first floor, near room 121. The opening session will begin at 3:30, followed by a banquet and keynote address. Sessions continue all day Saturday, ending with a banquet and keynote address. Sessions resume Sunday morning, running from about 9:00 a.m. to noon, ending with a lunch meeting for planning the next workshop in this series.

Hotel Block - Reserve by March 5th: We have a block of rooms at the Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 610 Langdon Street, one block from the conference venue. Room rates start at $89. Reserve online by pasting this event-specific link into your browser window:  You also may make a reservation by calling toll free (866) 301-1753 and requesting a reservation under group code TEACHLAW.

Parking: When you make a reservation with the Lowell Center, note that onsite parking is available for a small fee, but must be arranged in advance. The Lowell Center faces both Langdon Street and Frances Street. The parking entrance is on Frances Street.

Directions to the Pyle Center and Lowell Center:  Travel Info and UW Campus Map
Public parking ramps are located within a few blocks-- see link to campus map.

If you choose to fly into Mitchell airport in Milwaukee: There is regular and inexpensive bus service between campus (and the nearby conference hotel) and the airport in Milwaukee. You can check out the schedules and times at The stop at the airport is called Milwaukee Mitchell Airport and the campus stop is Memorial Union Madison or Chazen Museum Madison. The two stops are a block apart and the online instructions will tell you which one to select depending on whether it's departing or arriving into Madison.

Questions: For more information about the program content, please contact program chairs Tonya Brito or Marsha Mansfield. For information about the logistics or the details posted on this website, please contact Pam Hollenhorst, Associate Director of the Institute for Legal Studies, at

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