Attorney Paul Chaiken Attends the Uniform Law Commission’s Annual Meeting

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Having been recently reappointed by the Governor to serve as one of Maine’s three Commissioners to The Uniform Law Commission, Paul Chaiken attended the Commission’s annual meeting at Nashville, Tennessee. 

At these annual meetings the Commission reviews and debates proposed Uniform and Model Acts for consideration for adoption by the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and related US territories.  Each state and territory has representatives to the Commission.  There are almost 400 members who, in addition to attendance at the annual meeting, are active throughout the year with study and drafting committees which work towards creation of those proposed uniform laws. If adopted, thes elaws would in large measure create uniformity and certainty in the application of laws through the 50 states and territiores.

The agenda at the annual meeting included:

• Uniform Asset Freezing Orders Act;
• Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act;
• Uniform Manufactured Housing Act;
• Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act;
• Uniform Choice of Court Agreements Convention Implementation Act;
• Implementation of Hague Convention on Protection of Children;
• Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking; and
• Powers of Appointment Act.

The Asset Freezing, Deployed Parents, Premarital and Marital Agreements, Manufactured Housing, and Choice of Court Agreements acts received final consideration at the meeting.  

Once acts are finally considered, the Commissioners from each state begin their enactment responsibilities, determining if the act could favorably be considered by the state legislature and following through with submissions and efforts at enactment.

Drafts of the Acts being considered are available for review through the Uniform Law Commission web site at:



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