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Family Law Section

News from the Section

Message from the Chair

By David M. Lederman 
Chair of the Family Law Executive Committee

Welcome to our first edition of Family Law News Monthly, fondly known as FLNM.  Enews was mere electronic newsletter.  FLNM is your source of monthly, current, topical information about family law.  Where Family Law News is bound by a quarterly, old world, paper publication cycle that requires article and columns to be submitted months in advance of a publication date.  FLNM is published on a monthly cycle and can include articles submitted mere days before publication.

FLNM is our monthly companion to Family Law News.  It is awesome!   Starting with this edition, we have monthly case summaries by our FLN Editor and Chief, Dawn Gray.  Dawn, aside from just being a fabulous person, is one of the most prolific writers and thinkers on family law in the state.  Her summaries have appeared on listservs, and in the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists quarterly publication, she has written for almost every family publication in California at one time or another.  We are fortunate that she agreed (it was her idea –I swear I didn't even need to beg her) to provide these summaries to you, our members of the State Bar Family Law Section, free with FLNM.  In addition to case summaries, FLNM will feature substantive articles, such as the first substantive FLNM article Stephen D. Hamilton provides following Dawn’s summaries titled “Sanctions After Sagonowski,” a very fine article discussing the limitations on Family Code Section 271 requests after the Sagonowski case.  Stephen is the Assistant Editor of FLN and also one of our section’s rising stars thinking about family law.  He will also help Jason Elter, our publisher, as FLNM Editor.

While I do not want to sound like a late night direct TV advertisement - that is not all FLNM brings you.  FLNM will also be a source for low cost Self-Study MCLE articles and topical columns and comments from you, our members (thanks to Renee Fairbanks and past FLN Editor Naghmeh Bashir).  It is with great honor and happiness, I present to you the new Family Law News Monthly. (Click HERE for trumpet sound of success.)  And yes, FLNM can have functioning clickable hyperlinks.  Try that with a paper magazine

Family Law Essentials 2017 - Bridging the Well: Ethics and Practice in Family Law Today

5th Anniversary Special Pricing in Pursuit of Access to Justice

Earn 6 Hours of MCLE credit, including 1.5 hours in Legal Ethics and 0.5 hours in Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society, and 6 hours of legal specialization credit in Family Law.

Substantive law is only one component of your family law case. This esteemed panel will share practical pointers on how to navigate your case, and bridge the well between the bench and bar in this changing landscape of family law today.


  • Honorable Mark Juhas
  • Honorable Sue Alexander
  • Honorable Maureen Hallahan
  • Honorable Dale Wells
  • Barbara Hammers CFLS
  • Garrett Dailey, CFLS, AAML

One Date and Location Left:

Santa Barbara School of Law
Monday, June 26, 2017
Register Online Here

Program Schedule | Essential Info | Printable Brochure | Mail / Fax Reg. Form

Click here for all the details!

Webinar: Advising the Divorcing Immigrants With or Without DVRO Cases: Good, Bad and Ugly

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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

DV Arrests considering today’s immigration climate and attorney’s role

  1. Impact of filing for Dissolution or Nullity on Immigration status.
  2. Cross-over between spousal support, I-134 & I-846 and impact on SS.
  3. Impact of DV on spousal support.
  4. Travel Restrictions what to expect and how to tailor your Orders

Moderator: Abbas Hadjian
Speakers: Kia Fayzjou, Faith Nouri and A. Ashley Tabaddor

Webinar: Why People v. Sanchez Does Not Apply to Child Custody Evaluations

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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

The recent California Supreme Court decision in People v. Sanchez set off a firestorm of discussion about its application to child custody evaluations. Sanchez holds that facts considered by an expert in forming an opinion still must be independently established through non-hearsay evidence. Some family court judges started saying that they would be unlikely to order evaluations in light of Sanchez.

But Sanchez does not govern statutory child custody evaluations. Child custody evaluations are a form of admissible social study like probate investigator reports in guardianship cases and social work reports in dependency court. The current incarnation of the statutory scheme derives from the same class of admissible social studies employed in dependency and probate cases.

Moderator:Abbas Hadjian.
Speakers: Leslie Ellen Shear, Julia C. Shear Kushner and Robert A. Simon

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

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

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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
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
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