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51st Annual Family Law Symposium

Effective Family Law Practice in the Internet Era

Program description:

Experienced and distinguished Judicial Officers, Attorneys, and a Mental Health Professional will guide you through rapidly evolving aspects of the practice of family law. Their presentations will help you update your practice of family law.

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8:00–8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast

8:30–9:00 AM – Introductions/State of Department 2 and Family Law Future

Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis, Supervising Judge, Family Law Division, Los Angeles Superior Court

9:0010:30 AM
Panel 1 
Enforcing Family Law Orders and Judgments
This panel will focus on enforcing family law orders and judgments.

Hon. Carl H. Moor, Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate District, Division 5
Hon. Audra M. Mori, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court
Lawrence P. Riff, Assistant Supervising Judge, Family Law Division, Los Angeles Superior Court
Ira M. Friedman, CFLS, Partner, Friedman and Friedman

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Panel 2
In the Shadow of CultureMaking Invisible, Visible

An examination of ways to intervene when micro/macro aggressions arise in the context of family law; litigation involving same-sex and non-heteronormative families; issues specific to foreign litigants in family court, including language barriers, cultural differences affecting litigants’ understanding of rights in a divorce, domestic violence, and tax implications; Asian and African experience.

Amaka Akudinobi, Esq. Law Offices of Amak Ada Akudinobi
Jinna Kang, Esq., CFLS, Law Offices of Jinna Kang, APC
Gitu BhatiaPsy.D., Clinical Psychologist
Diane M. Goodman, Esq., JD, Ph.D., Law & Mediation Office of Diane M. Goodman
Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis, Supervising Judge, Family Law Division, Los Angeles Superior Court
Abbas Hadjian, Esq., CFLS.,Law Offices of Abbas Hadjian (APC)

12:15-1:15  Luncheon

1:15-2:45 Panel 3 (Legal Ethics Credit)

Brave New World for Family Lawyers: the New Rules of Professional Conduct
The panel will discuss the newly enacted Rules of Professional Conduct as they affect the practice of family lawyers and other issues of ethics and professional responsibility.

Hon. Hank Goldberg (Ret.), Signature Resolution
Marlo Van Oorschot, Esq. Van Oorschot Law Group PC
Jennifer Saunders, Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law, Partner, Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP
David B. Parker, Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice LawPartner, Parker Mills LLP;

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 Panel 4
Unbundling Legal Services: Building Your Practice by Increasing Legal Access
The increase of unrepresented litigants offers an opportunity for family lawyers to deliver needed profitable limited scope services including drafting letters and court documents, negotiation, mediation coaching, and limited court appearances. This panel will prepare you to unbundle your service with new lawyering roles and practice tips to overcome ethical challenges.

Forrest S. Mosten, CFLS, Mediator and Limited Scope Attorney
Terri J. Breer, Esq., Breer Law Office
Elizabeth Potter Scully, CFLS, Jacobson Scully LLP
Ana M. Storey, Esq., Executive Director, LevittQuinn Family Law Center

8:00–8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:30–4:30 PM Program

Universal City Hilton Hotel
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608

6.25 hrs CLE credit (Includes 6.25 hrs Family Law Legal Specialization Credit, includes 1.5 hrs. Legal Ethics credit)

$24 +tax Valet
$16 +tax Self-parking


CLE+PLUS Cardholders with Meals


Family Law Section Members


LACBA Members 


All Others


Retired Judicial Officers


Government/Non-Profit Attorneys


Family Law Department Sitting Judicial Officers  Free 

Law Students




Exhibitors (includes two staff admission)


Exhibitors (includes one staff admission)


Sponsors (includes two staff admissions)


Exhibitor Meals (for Additional Staff)



5/4/2019 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Hilton Hotel Universal 555 Universal Hollywood Drive Universal City, CA 91608
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