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MCLE Classes & Events

2020 Minors Counsel Training Series: WEBINARS: Minors Counsel Training

Tuesday, September 22: WEBINAR: Special Needs Children

Tuesday, September 29: WEBINAR: Determining the Child's Best Interest

Wednesday, September 30: WEBINAR: Advising Employers on COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Monday, October 5: WEBINAR: Preserving Evidence in Remote Depositions

Thursday, October 8: WEBINAR: Domestic Violence & Child Abuse for Family Attorneys

Friday, October 16: WEBINAR: Presenting Your Case to the Court

Wednesday, October 21: WEBINAR: Bringing a Child’s Voice to Court

Wednesday, October 28: WEBINAR: Child Abuse in Custody Cases

Monday, November 2: WEBINAR: E-Discovery

Tuesday, November 17: WEBINAR: Native American Law

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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

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
$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.

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