CLE Courses

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

“Rules of MSA Interpretation (How I Learned to Stop Violating my Parol and Love the Rules)”

This program focuses on the proper interpretation of MSAs and other contracts years after their execution.  Having viewed this program, the practitioner will be fully equipped to advance their own clients’ interpretations and defend against opposing parties’ theories.  The practitioner who knows these rules and wields them correctly will dominate post judgment litigation, which could result in the difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars or more.

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2021 Speaker Series Main Event: Part 1 – “Custody: Okay Then…Not Okay Now”

This webinar provides attendees with detailed approaches to cross-examination on issues found in custody hearings and how to approach the case with and without an expert. This seminar will touch on the type of custody assessments, i.e. Emergency Investigations, Child Custody Investigations, or private Child Custody Evaluations and focus on how to cross-exam when there are issues concerning different types of abuse, co-parenting, special needs, refuse-resist dynamic, and relocation affecting a child’s best interest.

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Viewing Counterintuitive Conduct: Ten Mistakes to Avoid while Litigating Child Custody with Interpersonal Violence or Child Abuse

Too often misconceptions about the nature of abuse in the context of Family Law child custody cases produce orders that fail to protect the children. Both parents and the child often do things that are counterintuitive making it difficult to determine what actually happened. Hidden biases and/or knowledge deficits distort perceptions of the complaining parent’s claims and the child’s accounts of events often leading to discounting the veracity of the abuse report. This increases the potential risk to the child when misinterpreting the offending parties’ actions.

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Privileges in Family Law

Privileges protect certain communications and other information from disclosure, and are a fundamental part of our justice system.  This program will cover the most commonly used privileges — including the attorney-client privilege, the marital/spousal privilege, the physician-patient privilege, and the psychotherapist-patient privilege — and their application in family law proceedings.  The presenters will discuss the basis for and the scope of these privileges, who holds the privilege, and how an inadvertent waiver can occur.  The program will also address the right to privacy and how it differs from a privilege.

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The Intersection of Family Law and Torts: Civil Remedies for Victims of Domestic Violence

Family law attorneys are often unaware of the civil remedies available to their domestic violence clients beyond the restraining order. The unwary family law attorney may waive their client’s potential claims in a Marital Settlement Agreement before even advising the victim on their options. Victims of domestic violence could have remedies in civil court such as: sexual battery, gender violence, image exploitation, STD transmission, emotional distress, and domestic violence. Learn how to flag potential civil remedies to advise or refer out appropriately; or negotiate the civil remedies in the family law case.

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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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