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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.

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Past Events:

Whittier School of Law, Costa Mesa
Monday, March 27, 2017

State Building, Oakland
Monday, April 3, 2017

University of San Diego
Monday, April 10, 2017
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Lincoln School of Law, Sacramento
Monday, April 17, 2017
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Santa Barbara School of Law
Monday, June 26, 2017
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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


Registration and Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Session 1: Legal Ethics & Elimination of Bias: Attorney Ethics, Judicial Ethics and Civility

Family law is becoming even more challenging for everyone involved. This seminar will provide practical pointers and views from both sides of the bench regarding how to handle self-represented litigants, including the Judge’s role and obligations, and the ethics and civility required to effectively navigate your matter to resolution.

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Morning Break — Refreshments Provided

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Session 2: Domestic Violence

The law in domestic violence is constantly evolving and expanding. Issues such as the definition of domestic violence and how various constitutional rights including free speech intersect with domestic violence will be discussed along with how to more effectively advocate your client's needs.

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Session 3: Pre-Trial Issues

Most cases resolve well before trial. Knowing the best way to manage the expectations of your client, the other party, and the court is often key to reaching a fair and cost effective resolution.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Break — Refreshments Provided

3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Session 4: Trial and Post Judgment Issues

Once a case is trial bound, the need for evidence presentation becomes paramount. Getting a case trial ready requires significant preparation beyond the simple witness and exhibit list.

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Essential Info

Printable Brochure

For your convenience, we're providing a printable brochure that replicates the information on this web page.

Register by Mail or Fax

Print out and complete the Mail / Fax Reg. Form and return it with payment to The State Bar of California. Make checks payable to The State Bar of California. If paying by credit card, use VISA or MasterCard only. One registrant per form. Photocopies may be used.

Mail To:

Program Registrations
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Or Fax To:

Program Registration at 415-538-2368 no later than the above noted deadlines for each location. Credit card information is mandatory. Do not mail originals.

On-Site Registration

On-site registration opens at 8 a.m. and is subject to space availability.

Cancellations / Refund Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than 5 working days prior to the program and are subject to a $50.00 service charge. Refunds will not be available after this date.


For registration information, please call 415-538-2508. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and section information, please call 415-538-2238.

Past Programs

  • 2016 Program: Going through the Motions -- Family Law RFO and Motion Practice
  • 2015 Program: Discovering the Theory of Your Case and Proving It at Trial -- The Interplay Between Discovery and Admitted Evidence
  • 2014 Program: Essentials of a Family Law Trial
  • 2013 Program: Essentials of a Family Law Case