CLE Courses

MCLE course credit not available for courses more than 5 years old, even if a certificate is generated.

Extraordinary Wealth, Extraordinary Needs? Or Gold-Plated Diapers? Equity Compensation and Child Support

Child support is driven by a rigid guideline formula. We all know that. But do minor children ever really need six figures? Can too much child support be harmful to children? These questions are particularly relevant in California, where employees of startups and publicly traded companies in the bio and tech spaces earn extraordinary wealth through equity compensation (stock options, restricted stock, ESOPs, and the like). Under a strict application of the child support guideline formula, this wealth sometimes yields a dazzling amount of child support. This can result in unfairness, especially where rules promulgated by the employer or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) limit the employee’s ability to “cash out” equity compensation. Join our interdisciplinary panel, consisting of Attorney Scott Lantry – who acted as lead trial counsel in the MacIlwaine case – Dr. Jacqueline Singer, and Attorney Laura Morgan, as they discuss how, exactly, trial counsel goes about building and refuting the evidentiary showing required by sections 4056 and 4057 of the Family Code where significant wealth – and a significant child support obligation – results from equity-based compensation.

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Final Declarations of Disclosure; Do it Right and Avoid the Set Aside

ACFLS Hall of Fame Award Recipient Stephen J. Wagner will provide tips on how to prepare a Final Declaration of Disclosure that settles cases, sets up easy trial preparation, and secures judgments that withstand set aside motions. With California’s relatively liberal set aside provisions found in Family Code sections 2120 et seq preparing a proper Final Declaration of Disclosure is critically important.  This course will address practical ways to honor your clients postseparation disclosure obligations and provide game plans that will assist you and your client in accomplishing this critical task.  The game plan includes the involvement of the client, expert witnesses (with emphasis on forensic accountants) and your office.

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Is there domestic violence? Looking beyond your client

This presentation is designed to provide constructive information on the nuances of domestic violence in family law cases and how a domestic violence consultant/advocate could be beneficial.  This presentation will cover topics such as strangulation, traumatic brain injury, coercive control, economic abuse, animal abuse to name a few.

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ELIMINATING BIAS IN FAMILY LAW, Part 2: An Overview of Implicit Bias and Decision-making

Over the last decade, research in social psychology and brain science has enabled scientists to better understand how humans make decisions and what influences or shapes human decision-making and interactions. This highly interactive session explores what has been learned from implicit bias research and how our biases contribute to systemic and persistent racial and ethnic disparities.

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