13th Annual Minor's Counsel Training

Minor’s Counsel In Unprecedented Times; Know Your Toolbox

Because of the ongoing public health crisis, LACBA’s 2020 Minor’s Counsel Training Program will be offered virtually, as an ON DEMAND webinar. The 2020 Minor’s Counsel training program will be available for purchase from October 3, 2020 through November 2, 2020. Registrants will have up to 30 days after purchase to complete the program. New/first-time Minor’s Counsel participants should register for the 12-hour program (which includes 4 hours of intro/primer content), and returning Minor’s Counsel participants should register for the 8-hour program.

Please Note: The intro/primer section of the 2020 12-hour program is being replayed from the 2019 training program.If you previously attended or viewed that portion, you should not claim CLE credit for that portion with the State Bar of California again.

This program complies with the educational training requirements of Rule of Court Rule 5.242 and Rule 7.1101 and satisfies local requirements in both Family Court and Probate Court.

Topics of Discussion

  • Kids Say the Darndest Things
  • Ages and Stages
  • The Evidence Code Applies in Family Law
  • Sensible Solutions
  • Creating an Effective Minor’s Counsel Toolbox
  • Maneuvering the Landmines of Interviewing Children by Virtual Platform
  • Top Considerations Before Sending a Child to Therapy
  • Children’s Worries and Fears in Today’s World
  • Bias and Race Issues Affecting Custody Issues and Our Minor Clients
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Remote Court Appearances
  • Boundaries, Security and Self Preservation in a Virtual World
  • View From the Bench During Times of Covid
  • Authority for Appointment of Minor’s Counsel
  • Rights and Qualifications of Counsel
  • Consideration of Children’s Wishes
  • Child’s Participation in Proceedings
  • Representing Children in Custody and Visitation Disputes

Speakers Include:

Judicial Officers
Honorable Lawrence P. Riff
Honorable Amy M. Pellman

Honorable Charles Q. Clay
Honorable Maria Puente-Porras
Honorable Michelle Short
Honorable Veronica A. Sauceda
Honorable Michael J. Convey
Honorable Gia G. Bosley
Honorable Michael R. Powell
Honorable Bruce G. Iwasaki
Honorable James Brandlin (Ret.)
Honorable Scott M. Gordon (Ret.)
Honorable Alicia Y. Blanco

Mental Health Professionals
Albert Gibbs, PhD
Linda Bortell, Psy.D
Diane Kelley, PhD

Justice Partner Professionals
Our Family Wizard

Kendra Thomas, Esq.
Elise C. Greenberg, Esq.
Elizabeth Castaneda Esq.
Stephen A. Kolodny, Esq.(Deceased)
Eve Lopez, Esq.


8 Hour Training - LACBA Members

$ 250

8 Hour Training - Non-Members

$ 360

12 Hour Training - LACBA Members

$ 300

12 Hour Training - Non-Members

$ 450


CLE Credit

This program provides 8.25 hours (for returning Minor’s Counsel participants)*or 12.25 hours (for new/first-time Minor’s Counsel participants)* CLE credit, including 1 Hr. Elimination of Bias credit.

This program is eligible for Family Law Legal Specialization Credit, and Trust and Probate Law Legal Specialization Credit.

*New/first-time Minor’s Counsel participants should register for the 12-hour program, and returning Minor’s Counsel participants should register for the 8-hour program


For the Minor’s Counsel 2020 12 Hour Replay 

CLICK HERE: https://customers.lacba.org/ItemDetail?iProductCode=2020MC12HOUR&Category=ONDEMAND

For the Minor’s Counsel 2020 8 Hour Replay :

CLICK HERE: https://customers.lacba.org/ItemDetail?iProductCode=2020MCDAY2&Category=ONDEMAND

10/3/2020 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Zoom Webinar Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Advance registration (both online and via phone) closes for most programs approximately 12-24 hours before event time (in order to allow for operational considerations), we would still like to have you join us, and you are more than welcome to register on-site and attend, unless the program is specifically noted as SOLD OUT. Full refunds issued only for registrations which are cancelled 48 hours in advance.

The LACBA online event registration system supports registration for individual event participants 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For assistance with group/multiple registrations, or if you’d simply prefer to register by phone (with Visa, MasterCard or American Express), please call LACBA’s Member Services Department at (213) 896-6560 any time from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have questions about programs or program registration, you’re also welcome to contact Member Services by e-mail at: msd@lacba.org

The Los Angeles County Bar Association is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider. If this is a CLE event, the Los Angeles County Bar Association certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit. CLE events will state the amount and type of credit offered in the calendar listing.