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Elimination of Bias

Law and Mental Health Considerations for Transgender/Gender Expansive People

A panel discussion with:

Commissioner Louise Bayles-Fightmaster
Melle Browning, LMFT
Anne Babin, PsyD

Join us for an opportunity to learn from trans community members and discussions that highlight law and mental health approaches to gender affirmative care, led by experienced clinicians specialized in LGBTQIA+ mental health and legal professionals specializing in legal issues in our community.

This program’s topics will include:

• Competency knowledge, from basics and beyond, to help you become more confident and competent working with and supporting trans individuals in your organization or practice.

• Available options for clients seeking trans related legal services such as legal name changes, gender markers and other legal matters.

• Challenges with access to medical and behavioral healthcare for transgender/gender expansive people and other marginalized groups.

• Resources and community programs available to trans clients and their families.

Bayles-Fightmaster, Louise (Hon.)

Comm. Louise Bayles-Fightmaster (Ret.)

Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster (she/her pronouns) served as Sonoma County’s family law facilitator and then the child support commissioner from 1997 until her retirement in 2016. Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster is a certified family law specialist and practiced both family law and estate planning attorney for 15 years prior to working at the Court. Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster now has a private judging and mediation practice.
In addition to her outstanding work from the bench, Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster has been active in numerous family law-related local and state committees and task forces. She was a member of the Elkins Task Force, the Elkins Implementation Task Force, the Family and Juvenile Advisory Task Force.
She received the Sonoma County Family Law Section’s Rex Sater Award in 2009 and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar in 2015.

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Anne Babin, Psy.D.

Dr. Babin (she/her pronouns) is a licensed psychologist and consultant based in Sonoma County, CA, with a special focus on serving those who identify as transgender/gender expansive/nonconforming. She is passionate about helping all people, young and old, find their voice through exploring their core identity and currently works with those who are in various stages of transitioning (and beyond). Additionally, Dr. Babin offers consultation to professionals serving this population and is currently seeking WPATH GEI SOC7 Certification.
She received her masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles and her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College in Venice, CA. In 2014, Dr. Babin earned the Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS). She has served on many boards and committees, and she currently serves the Redwood Psychological Association and the TransLife conference committee in Sonoma County. She is also Continuing Education Coordinator for The Affirmative Couch, an APA accredited online training program that provides training for psychotherapists in LGBTQIA+ affirmative mental health care services.

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Melle Browning, LMFT

Melle Browning (he/him pronouns), is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #115804. Mr. Browning has over fifteen years of work experience with trauma and has a passion for collaborating with gender diverse and LGBTQ folks, trauma survivors, youth and first responders. Melle Browning has lived in Sonoma County for nearly 20 years, obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California. Melle has many years of experience training hundreds of volunteers, mental health professionals, law enforcement, medical professionals, and student leaders on a range of issues such as trauma informed crisis response and providing services for gender diverse individuals and their families. Melle has also been involved in the community conferences and Professional symposium as a facilitator for TransLife in Sonoma County for the past several years.

— Sponsored by The SCBA Diversity + Inclusion Work Group, the SCBA LGBTQI Law Section, and the Sonoma County Women in Law(SCWiL). —

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 9,2020 | Check-In: 11:30 am; Presentation 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Presenter(s):
Comm. Louise Bayles-Fightmaster (Ret.)
Anne Babin, Psy.D.
Melle Browning, LMFT

Location: Zoom Webinar – Materials and Zoom Sign-In to webinar will be provided at 3 pm one (1) business day prior to the start of this event.

MCLE: 1.5 Units Participatory Credit in Elimination of Bias

Registration Fee:
$70–SCBA Members
$85–Public
$55–SCBA Barristers Club Members in First 5 Years of Practice
$20–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

NOTE: Section Discounts are only available if registering by Phone, Fax, or Mail.

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

To Register Off-Line, please email: Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org

Family Law Section

Understanding and Applying the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)

The UCCJEA is a set of uniform laws that provides rules to establish which jurisdiction’s court has authority when parties disputing child custody issues reside in two different states.

This class will cover topics including:

• The history and policy behind the UCCJEA
• What kinds of cases are or are not controlled by the UCCJEA?
• Navigating the UCCJEA – a template for analyzing your case and counseling clients
• Resources to use in presenting your case

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Carol A. Gorenberg, Family Law Offices of Carol A. Gorenberg

Ms. Gorenberg is the principal of the Family Law Offices of Carol A. Gorenberg. She earned her law degree at the George Washington University Law School in 1996. In her long career in family law, she has focused on child custody matters, where she strives to promote the best interests of the children while honoring the goals of their parents. She has a wealth of experience litigating and settling disputes between parents, grandparents, and guardians involving interjurisdictional issues.

— Sponsored by SCBA’s Family Law Section —

Date/Time: Wednesday July 22, 2020 | Check-In: 3:00 pm; Presentation: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Presenter(s): Carol A. Gorenberg, Family Law Offices of Carol A. Gorenberg

Location: Zoom Webinar – Materials and Zoom Sign-In to webinar will be provided at 3 pm one (1) business day prior to the start of this event.

MCLE: 1.5 Units Participatory Credit in General Law

Registration Fee:
$70–SCBA Members
$85–Public
$55–SCBA Barristers Club Members in First 5 Years of Practice
$20–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

NOTE: Section Discounts are only available if registering by Email to Ann Horn: Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

To Register Off-Line, please email Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

Family Law Specialization

Death During Divorce: What Happens When a Party Dies During the Pendency of a Divorce Action?


1. Procedural Consequences

    a. Death Before entry of Status Judgment.
    b. Death After entry of Status Judgment

2. Real Property with Right of Survivorship.

    a. Joint Tenancy property
    b. Community Property with Right of Survivorship

3. Survivor Benefits

    a. Life insurance
    b. Deferred Compensation
    c. Social Security

4. Amendment of Estate Plans

    a. Wills
    b. Nonprobate transfers

Moskowitz, Larry

Lawrence A. Moskowitz
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP

Mr. Moskowitz has practiced family law in Sonoma County since 1984. Before opening his office in Santa Rosa, he was employed by Matthew Bender and California Family Law Report, Inc. He is an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated attorney. Mr. Moskowitz has taught community property and family law at the Empire College School of Law. He has also taught a family law tax course at the Golden Gate University School of Tax. Mr. Moskowitz has been a lecturer in various programs produced by California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), the California State Bar Family Law Section, the Oregon State Bar Family Law Section, the Medi-Legal Institute, the Canadian Institute, the Sonoma County Bar Association, and Sonoma County Legal Aid. He serves as a judge pro tem in family law trials and is a settlement conference panelist for the Sonoma County Superior Court.

— Sponsored by SCBA’s Trusts & Estates Law Section —

Date/Time: Monday, July 27, 2020 | Check-In: 11:45 am; Presentation: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Lawrence A. Moskowitz, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP

Location: Zoom Webinar – Materials and Zoom Sign-In to webinar will be provided at 3 pm one (1) business day prior to the start of this event.

MCLE: 1.0 Unit MCLE in General Law
and
1.0 Unit Specialization in Family Law
and
1.0 Unit Specialization in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law

Registration Fee:
$60 –SCBA Members
$75 –Public
$45 –SCBA Barristers Club Members in First 5 Years of Practice
$20–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

NOTE: Section Discounts are only available if registering by Phone, Fax, or Mail.

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

To Register Off-Line, please email Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org

General Law

2020 Summer CEQA Update

An Update on California’s Environmental Quality Act Since November of 2019

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Tina Wallis, Law Offices of Tina Wallis, Inc.

Ms. Wallis has her own law firm where she practices land use and environmental law. Ms. Wallis previously served an Assistant City Attorney and Deputy County Counsel advising counties, cities, and special districts on land use, environmental, public works, general government, airport and landfill matters. Since 2008, Ms. Wallis advises private and public clients on all aspects of land use, such as general plan updates, zoning code updates, compliance with California’s Environmental Quality Act, land use entitlements for residential and commercial projects, and conservation easements. Additionally, Ms. Wallis defends property owners in enforcement actions brought by Regional Water Boards, the California Department of Fish and Game, cities, and counties.

Perry, Leslie

Leslie Perry, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz

Mr. Perry has practiced law in Sonoma County since 1975. He practices in the areas of land use and real property. He represents clients before various administrative and planning agencies as well as land use and environmental litigation, with an emphasis in CEQA matters. He is an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated attorney.

Zoia, Rose

Rose Zoia, Anderson Zeigler, A Professional Corporation

Ms. Zoia’s practice includes land use law including CEQA and civil appeals and writs. She has practiced in more than a dozen superior courts in counties throughout California as well as in each of the six districts of the California Courts of Appeal and the Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of the United States District Court and the Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeal. Ms. Zoia is a mediator panelist at the Arbitration and Mediation Center.

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | Check-In: 3:00 pm; Presentation: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Tina Wallis, Law Offices of Tina Wallis, Inc.
Leslie Perry, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz
Rose Zoia, Anderson Zeigler, A Professional Corporation

Location: Zoom Webinar – Materials and Zoom Sign-In to webinar will be provided at 3 pm one (1) business day prior to the start of this event.

MCLE: 1.5 Units Participatory Credit in General Law

Registration Fee:
$70–SCBA Members
$85–Public
$45–SCBA Barristers Club Members in First 5 Years of Practice
$20–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

NOTE: Section Discounts are only available if registering by Phone, Fax, or Mail.

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

To Register Off Line, please email Ann Horn at ann@sonomacountybar.org