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How to Impress Family Court Judges and Commissioners and Build Your Reputation

This course brings you face-to-face with the current family court judges and commissioners - hear them share their expectations and preferences to help you make the best of your litigation efforts. Explore the egregious errors you must avoid at all costs so as not to jeopardize your case and damage your professional reputation. Register today!

  • Hear from the judges and the commissioners themselves what works and what doesn't in their courtrooms.
  • Explore key factors that help the judges and commissioners make custody and support decisions.
  • Get a better handle on court investigations and their role in specific cases.
  • Learn how dissipation and income disparity are reviewed by the local triers of fact.
  • Draft better briefs and motions with direct guidance from the judges and commissioners.
  • Get tips for obtaining and admitting smartphone, email and social media evidence.
  • Learn to tackle sensitive client situations without overstepping the ethical rules.
  • Improve your courtroom presentation: find out what works and what doesn't.

Morning session 9:00 - 12:00
Panel: Hon. Teresa Bennett, Hon. Joan Burgess, Hon. Christopher Harmon, Hon. Mickie Reed and Hon. Michael Torchia
Moderator: Angelique G. Bonanno

  1. Local Family Court Procedure: What Attorneys MUST Know
  2. Case Scheduling and Keeping the Court Apprised of Case Updates
  3. Parenting Time/Custody - Critical Factors that Help the Judges Make Decisions
  4. The Role of Psychological Evaluations and Court Investigations
  5. How Judges Determine Enforceability of Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  6. Support Orders and Deviation from Guidelines
  7. Legal Ethics Mistakes Attorneys Need to Stop Making (10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)
    • Communication Between Bench and Bar
    • Ethical Conduct in the Courtroom
  8. Motions and Briefs: What Judges Don't Want to See and How to Get to the Point Quickly

Afternoon session 1:00 - 4:30
Panel: Hon. Teresa Bennett, Hon. Joan Burgess, Hon. Christopher Harmon, Hon. Mickie Reed and Hon. Michael Torchia
Moderator: Angelique G. Bonanno

  1. Equitable Assets/Debts Division: Specific Assets that Cause the Most Problems and Delays
  2. Dissipation of Assets: What Proof is Needed?
  3. How Income Disparity Between Spouses Affects the Judges' View of the Case
  4. Admissibility of Smart Phone and Social Media Evidence
  5. Issues that Should be Resolved Without the Judges' Involvement
  6. Case Presentation: What Judges Prefer and Prohibit
  7. Contempt in Family Court
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As Judges and Commissioners See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Family Court
  • Course ID:
    269909
  • Duration:
    1 day
  • Price:
    $359
  • Date:
    Friday 12/1/2017
  • Time:
    9:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Location:
    Hyatt Place Riverside/Downtown - Riverside, CA
    3500 Market Street
    Riverside, CA 92501