50th Annual Family Law Symposium

50th Annual Family Law Symposium: Bringing the Practice of Family Law up to Date in the 21st Century

Register Now!  Don’t miss this enlightening and informative program aimed at updating your practice of family law.  Experienced judicial officers, attorneys and accountants will guide you through the rapidly evolving aspects of the practice of family law, such as:  E-designing your pleading in preparation for electronic filing; Up to date techniques for billing and marketing; Ethics; How litigators and consensual dispute resolution professionals can work together to resolve cases and preserve available judicial resources for those cases that require traditional litigation; How to present and maximize your client’s case under the new case management rules; and The basic and sophisticated approaches to determine cash flow available for support.

Program Schedule:

8:00-8:30 AM          Registration and Breakfast

8:30-9:00 AM          Greetings and Introductions/Status of Department 2

Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis, Supervising Judge, Family Law Department, Los Angeles Superior Court
Joseph P. Spirito, Esq., McGaughey & Spirito, Chair, Family Law Section
David K. Yamamoto, CFLS, Law Offices of David K. Yamamoto, APC, Symposium Chair
9:00-10:15 AM          Panel 1
E-Docket On Approach: How Best to Prepare for Landing

Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis, Supervising Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court
Cari M. Pines, CFLS, Pines Law Group
Kevin James Mooney, Esq., Minyard Morris Family Law, LLP
Eve Lopez, CFLS, Lopez Law Group

In preparation for the launch of electronic pleadings, learn how to e-design your pleadings to appeal to your judicial officer’s e-perspective.

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 AM       Panel 2 (includes 1 hr. Ethics CLE credit)
Getting and Keeping Clients

Steven A. Mindel, CFLS, Managing Partner, Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt and Klein, LLP
John J. Gilligan, CFLS, Managing Partner, Brandmeyer, Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP

John and Steve manage two of the larger family law firms in Los Angeles County.  They will teach you up to date techniques in billing, marketing, and how to ethically get and keep clients.  This program will benefit those in larger firms as well as solo practitioners.

Participants will receive one hour of ethics CLE credit.

11:35 AM-12:35 PM   Panel 3
Working Together: Traditional Litigation and Consensual Dispute Resolution in the 21st Century

Charles K. Wake, Esq. Law Office of Charles Wake
Jeffery S. Jacobson, CFLS, Jacobson Scully Shebby, LLP
Jaye-Jo Portanova M.D., Psychiatrist specializing in family issues.
Melanie D. Mandles, Esq., Wasser, Cooperman & Mandles

The courts are becoming more and more crowded, while judicial resources dwindle. Traditional litigation and Consensual Dispute Resolution (CDR) are not mutually exclusive.   Learn how litigators and CDR professionals can work together to resolve proceedings consensually, preserving available judicial resources for those cases that require traditional litigation. 

12:35- PM    Luncheon

1:45-3:00 PM   PANEL 4
New Case Management Rules: What the Court Needs From You When Presenting Your Case

Hon: B. Scott Silverman, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon: Roy Paul, Benchmark (Retired)
Lawrence E. Leone, CFLS, Law Offices of Lawrence E. Leone
Marshall W. Waller II, CFLS, Feinberg & Waller

Learn about the new case management rules and how best to present your case from this distinguished and experienced panel of two judicial officers and two family attorneys.  Learn how to maximize the outcome of your client’s case.  The tips and knowledge to be gained from this panel will enhance your family law practice.

3:00-3:15 PM          Break

3:15-4:30 PM   Panel 5   
Cash Flow: Where Do You Find The Money?

Hon: Lawrence P. Riff, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court
Lorna Mouton Riff, CPA, CFF, CBIZ, Inc.
Andrew L. Hunt, CPA, ASA, White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Hunt & Luna, LLP
Matthew K. Skarin, CFLS, CPA, Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt and Klein, LLP

These experienced attorneys and accountants will teach basic and sophisticated approaches to determine cash flow available for support. The judge will share insights and tips on point.  

Hilton Universal City555
Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA  91608

CLE Credit:  6.25 hrs CLE credit (Includes 6.25 hrs. Family Law Legal Specialization Credit) includes 1 hr. Ethics

Hotel Valet:  $20.00 +tax
Self-Parking:  $12.00 +tax


CLE+PLUS Cardholders with Meals


Family Law Section Members


LACBA Members


All Others


Judicial Officers


Government/Non-Profit Attorneys


Law Students




Exhibitors (includes two staff admission)


Exhibitors (includes one staff admission)


Sponsors (includes two staff admissions)


Exhibitor Meals (for Additional Staff)



5/5/2018 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Hilton Hotel Universal City 555 Universal Hollywood Dr. Universal City, CA 91608
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