SCBA Business Hours:

SCBA is Currently Closed for all In-Person Business Pursuant to the Shelter in Place Order by the Sonoma County Health Officer. Staff remains available 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, M-F, via email. Please see the Contact Us Page for a list of SCBA Staff emails. .~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.

MCLE Classes & Events

Family Law Section

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 of training required by California Rules of Court, Rule 5.242 for continuing minors’ counsel; as well as 9 of the 12 hours for new minors’ counsel! New minors counsel can complete their required hours by viewing the recording of our 2018 training. Please visit our online catalogue at, click “Self-Paced Online Seminars”, click on the “Subject” link to browse by subject, and select “Minors Counsel Training” for the list of videos from the 2018 training.

Day One:
Saturday, September 14, 2019
8:30 am Check-In; 9:00—4:00 pm Presentation
Day Two:
Sunday, September 15, 2019
8:30 am Check-In; 9:00 am—12:45 pm Presentation


Hon. Shelly Averill
Hon. Lawrence Ornell
Dene Carroll, LCSW
Dan Chester, Esq.
Catherine Conner, CFLS
Charlotte Creaghan, Esq.
Mary Kelly Persyn, Esq.
Andrea Ponticiello, Esq.
Deborah Reece, Esq.

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

MCLE: 9 Units Participatory MCLE Credit, including 8 Units of General Law and 1 Unit of Legal Ethics
9 Units Participatory Legal Specialization Credit in Family Law

Registration Fee:

  • $295—SCBA Members
  • $350—Public
  • $195—SCBA Barristers Club Members in first 5 years of practice
    NOTE: Section Members must register by Phone, Fax, or USPS Mail to receive the Section Discounted pricing.We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • $95—Students. Note: Students must show proof of current enrollment to receive the discounted price.
    Student: $20 (The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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    Click Here to Download the Registration Flyer

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