52nd Annual Family Law Symposium

This year’s Family Law Symposium will be virtual, but still interactive.  Whether you are an experienced practitioner or new to the field of family law, the symposium provides practical information and insight concerning recent developments, strategies, and current trends shaping this continually evolving practice area. Experienced and distinguished judicial officers and attorneys will guide you through rapidly evolving aspects of this practice and their presentations will help you update your practice of family law. Learn how to improve your practice of law from experienced and distinguished Judicial Officers and Attorneys on the complex nuances of parentage law, how to efficiently and effectively present and defend a domestic violence case, and practical tips from 5 judicial officers on making or opposing requests for attorney fees, costs and sanctions.



Note: Panel 3 judicial officers, will  answer questions “from the audience” 
Please submit all questions, for consideration, by April 23, 2020 to 
David Yamamoto at david@dkylaw.com

Program Schedule

8:30 am to 9:00 am.         
Greetings and Introduction/Status of Department 2

Hon. Lawrence P. Riff, Supervising Judge, Family Law Division, Los Angeles Superior Court
Paula Kane, Esq.  Chair, Family Law Section
Abbas Hadjian, Esq., Symposium Co-Chair
David K. Yamamoto, Esq., 
Symposium Co-Chair

9:00 am to 10:15 am.       
Panel 1
Parentage Notwithstanding Genetics

This panel explores California’s unique statutory scheme of parentage, in which the issue is not always dependent on the genetic truth. Common and not so common factual situations that illustrate the application of California’s parentage laws will be discussed.

Judge Amy Pellman
Glen H. Schwartz, Esq.

10:15 am to 10:30 am.       Break

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Panel 2
Preparing, Presenting & Dealing with Evidence Issues in Domestic Violence Cases

In domestic violence cases the judge is the gatekeeper and the attorney must give the judge the keys (the evidence) to open the gate or keep it shut.  This panel will cover the interplay of the Evidence Code and the Family Code, how to use the evidence code to get in evidence or to keep it out, and how to efficiently conduct a DVRO trial. 

Judge Michael Powell
Greg Girvan, Esq., CFLS
Soo J. Kim, Esq., CFLS

11:45 am to 12 noon         Break

12 noon to 1:30 pm  
Panel 3
Money Talks: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Attorney Fees and Sanctions . . . And Can Finally Ask.

Requests for attorney’s fees and sanctions are very important but also very unpredictable. Or are they?  This panel of experienced bench officers will take much of the mystery out of these requests.  The panelists will explain the legal framework that applies to these requests, will provide insight into the elements that are key to the exercise of the court’s discretion, and will share practical tips for making and opposing such requests.

Judge Christine Byrd
Judge Harvey Silberman
Judge Maria Puentes-Porras
Judge Firdaus Dordi
Commissioner Glenda Veasey
Moderators:  Abbas Hadjian, Esq. & David Yamamoto, Esq.  

Note: Panel 3 judicial officers, will  answer questions “from the audience” 
Please submit all questions, for consideration, by April 23, 2020 to 
David Yamamoto at david@dkylaw.com

 Program Date: 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM 

CLE Credit: 4 Hrs. Gen. CLE Credit, (including Family Law Specialization)  CLE Certificates will be emailed at least 7-10 days after the webinar.


CLE +Members


Family Law Section Members


LACBA Members


Non Members


Law Students
Government/Non Profit

Sitting Judicial Officers are complimentary.  Please contact Member Services at 213.896.6560 or msd@lacba.org to register. 

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5/1/2021 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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