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Family Law Section

News from the Section

Message from the Chair - Vanessa Kirker Wright

The State Bar staff calls us the "volunteers".  We refer to ourselves, variously, as FLEXCOMers or Committee members.  We serve to enhance the level of practice in the state.  And the best part is that we have a blast working together on the most cutting edge issues in Family Law.

One of my favorite sayings is "all law is family law."   When I utter those words amongst my non-family law colleagues, I get one of two reactions: 1) pregnant pause and sudden subject change, or 2) odd look, small chuckle and sudden subject change. READ MORE

Webinar: Honorable Denise Motter: Using Indirect Methods to Determine Income and Cash Flow for Support,

Thursday, July 7, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Family Law. You must register in advance.

Discussion of the four basic accounting methods used to determine cash flow that is not reflected in documents and records produced.  Discussion will include perspective from the Bench and preparation by attorneys.

Moderator: Vanessa Kirker Wright

Speaker: Hon. Denise Motter, Commissioner Santa Barbara County

Comprehensive Family Law Practice Series: A Skills Course for Family Law

Co-sponsored by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California and the Family Law Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association.

Friday, July 15, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 16, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Hyatt Vineyard Creek
170 Railroad Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Click here for more info!

Member Benefits

Are you a Section member who wants to be reminded of all the benefits? Do you have a colleague on the fence about joining the Section? Being a Family Law Section member offers a number of great benefits.READ MORE

Other News

FlexCom congratulates Jocelyn Wallace Lewis on her Receipt of the Family Law Court Section Court Staff Award

We are pleased to have the opportunity to congratulate another fabulous Contra Costa County Clerk for receiving The State Bar Family Law Section Court Staff Award. This is the 3rd year in a row the State Bar has recognized the outstanding achievement of a member of the Contra Costa Family Law Community. Jocelyn Wallace Lewis follows in the footsteps of Commissioner Jeffrey Huffaker, who received a posthumous award for Excellence in family law and his clerk, Lisa Zeeb-Johnson who received the Court Staff award last year. The Honorable Judge Leslie Landau nominated Jocelyn. Judge Landau's nomination was so persuasive Jocelyn received a unanimous vote of confidence by that Section nominating committee.

Jocelyn, thank you for your hard work, hallmark grace under pressure and positive attitude that has made working in this sometimes difficult area of law more pleasant for everyone.

Thank You for Being a Section Member in 2016 - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

Know Your Legal Rights – Podcasts Now Available

The Family Law Section is a sponsor of the radio program “Know Your Legal Rights” hosted in the Bay Area by San Mateo Deputy District Attorney Chuck Finney. Mr. Finney welcomes attorneys and other professionals to talk about hot legal topics on a weekly basis. He routinely hosts members of FlexCom and other family law attorneys to educate the public on burgeoning issues important to our practice. FlexCom thanks Mr. Finney for providing our Section with this forum over the years.

If you are interested in listening to prior broadcasts focused on family law issues, the State Bar website now has a list that dates all the way back to when the Section first started sponsoring the program. Visit the Family Law Section page for additional details. For an entire list of podcasts hosted by Mr. Finney, please see HERE.

Save Money with CEB

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Family Law Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.

Consumer Education PamphletsConsumer Education Pamphlets Available for Purchase

The State Bar of California's "Get the Legal Facts of Life" Pamphlets are available for purchase from the State Bar. These pamphlets are both educational and informative for your clients.

For more information, see Consumer Education Pamphlets or call the Education Pamphlet Hotline: 888-875-LAWS (888-875-5297).

Online and Self-Study CLE from the Family Law Section

Online AudioView Family Law Section programs over the internet for participatory MCLE credit . Choose from hundreds of hours of official State Bar of California MCLE programs. For more information, see streaming audio and video, and select Family Law Be sure to check out CLEtoGo , downloadable podcasts you can listen to on the BART, or on the drive in or from the office.

Making the Connection: The Family Law Section is on Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/calbarfamily http://www.twitter.com/calbarfamily

Who said family law lawyers weren’t social? A reminder, our Family Law Section is on Facebook and Twitter - join us! The Section sees social media as another way to connect our members with information as it develops. Stay in touch with us to learn about the great work being done by Section members across the state. You can Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter at the links below.

Contact Us

Family Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
415-538-2238
FAX 415-538-2368