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Elimination of Bias: Traversing Cultural Differences in the Legal Profession

Discussion will Include: ~ Cultural and Cross-Cultural Group Effects on Individuals and Communities ~ Implicit Bias Explained and Self-Testing ~ Debiasing Strategies for Legal Professionals

Catherine Conner, Conner, Lawrence, Rodney, Olhiser and Barrett, LLP

Ms. Conner is a Certified Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Her primary focus is on providing couples with options for resolving their disputes respectfully without going to court. The strategies she employs include private judging, mediation, collaborative practice, and settlement counsel. Ms. Conner is a past President of the Collaborative Council of the

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Comprehensive Family Law Practice Series – The Family Law Trial—Start to Finish – being rescheduled

New Date to Be Determined

Do the rules of evidence apply in Family Law?

Yes, they do and the other rules of Civil Procedure too!Our 2-day workshop will cover all aspects of conducting a trial in a family law case, including strategy, pre-trial preparation, opening statements and motions, examining witnesses, preparing and using exhibits and depositions, closing arguments and preparing for appeals. The workshop will include presentations, demonstrations, and/or commentary for each step of the process.

PRESENTERS:

~ Hon. James Bertoli ~ Hon. Becky Rasmason ~ Hon. Barbara Phelan ~ Hon. Louise Bayles-Fightmaster (Ret.) ~ Lee Bartolotta ~ Brandon

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Special Issues in Custody Matters and Representing Minors

Discussion Will Include:

~ Minors’ Counsel: Authority for Appointment; Duties, Rights and Qualifications of Counsel; Compensation of Counsel ~ Communicating with Children at Different Stages of Development ~ Presenting the Child’s View ~ Working with Multidiscipline Experts ~ Managing Difficult Conversations and the Importance of Civility ~ Custody and Visitation Issues ~ Recognizing, Evaluating and Understanding Evidence of Child Abuse and Neglect ~ The Effects of Family Violence, Substance Abuse, Child Abuse and Neglect on Children ~ CPS Reports ~ The Toxic Stress Impact on Children in High-Conflict Divorce/Custody Cases

This program covers all 8 hours

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