Winter 2016, Issue 1

President’s message

2015 was a successful year for ACFLS. The 23rd Annual Spring Seminar went well despite a surprise power outage. In addition to the success of the Spring Seminar, our local chapters excelled at providing high quality CLE programs. All of the ACFLS committees/directors worked extremely hard this past year to ensure the ongoing vitality of all of our endeavors, including, but not limited to, this outstanding journal. I did want to acknowledge two specific committees that went above and beyond in 2015. Our Amicus Committee, co-chaired by Leslie Shear and Stephen Temko, was very active this past year and sought publication of many appellate decisions that will have an impact on various areas of family law. The entire committee is commended for its excellent work, as the committee must act within very short time frames, which is not easy considering the breadth of many of the decisions. The letters that are drafted by the committee are superb in quality and as of the writing of this column, all of the requests for publication have been granted!

The Legislative Advisory Committee, chaired by Dianne Fetzer, assisted by Associate Legislative Director Michele Brown, was also quite busy in 2015. The committee not only reviewed all pending family law legislation (including SB 594, which amends Family Code section 3111), but they also worked (and continue to work) with other interested stakeholders drafting legislation to address the issues raised by Marriage of Davis, 61 Cal. 4th 846 (2015). Ms. Fetzer and Ms. Brown represented ACFLS in the legislature very well this past year and as a result of their actions, ACFLS continues to significantly influence family law legislation in the State of California.

2016 should also be a terrific year for ACFLS.

The 24th Annual Spring Seminar will be held on April 1-3 in Rancho Mirage. The Spring Seminar Committee, co-chaired by Diane Wasznicky and Seth Kramer, as well as the entire board, is diligently working on providing the best seminar yet. This year’s seminar, “Spousal Support: An In-depth Analysis for the 21st Century,” has outstanding faculty and will once again be moderated by Garrett Dailey and include a fantastic Judicial Responder Panel. This year’s seminar should not be missed.

We have an excellent board this year and I believe that the board will work together very well. We have a few new board members and I am looking forward to their involvement on the board and the new energy and ideas they will generate. In addition, we have many returning board members, most in the same position as last year, some in different positions. All of last year’s board members who are continuing on the board, whether in the same position or in a new position, are extremely dedicated to the organization and will undoubtedly continue to serve the organization in an exemplary manner.

In 2016, we are looking to continue to improve on all that we do as an organization. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish you all a Happy New Year!