Attorney Paul Chaiken attends 2013 Uniform Law Conference in Boston

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Rudman Winchell attorney Paul W. Chaiken attended the Uniform Law Conference, a meeting of the National Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The annual session was held in Boston from July 6 to July 11.

The Uniform Law Commission provides states with non-partisan, well conceived, and well drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law. The ULC, now in its 122nd year, is comprised of more than 350 lawyers in private practice, governmental lawyers, judges, law professors, and lawyer-legislators from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Commissioners are appointed by their states to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states. Paul has been serving for 10 years, having been appointed or reappointed by each of Maine’s last 3 governors.

After receiving the ULC’s approval, a uniform act is officially promulgated for consideration by the states, and legislatures are urged to adopt it. Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has been responsible for more than 200 acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, the Uniform Anatomical Gifts Act and scores of other acts critical to the commerce and property rights between states.

Four new uniform acts were complete at this summer’s annual meeting: The Uniform Powers of Appointment Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking, and the Harmonization of Business Entity Act. Information about these acts, or the Commission itself, is available through Paul Chaiken, or at the Uniform Law Commission web site at



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