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MCLE Classes & Events

Family Law Specialization

Bringing a Child’s Voice to Court

Topics to be Covered:
Preparing Children for Family Court Services;
How the Court views children’s needs in the best interest of
the child;
When children should be involved in Court proceedings.

Bertoli, James (Hon.)
Hon. James Bertoli
Sonoma County Superior Court

The Honorable James G. Bertoli is currently assigned to the Family Law Division of the Sonoma County Superior Court as the supervising judge of the division and has been a member of the Sonoma County bench for 19 years. In addition to general family law cases and LPS conservatorships, Judge Bertoli has sat as the judge handling both civil and criminal domestic violence cases for over 12 years. In addition to his duties on the bench, Judge Bertoli has served on the Sonoma County Superior Court Executive Committee, the governing and policy-making body for the court. A fourth-generation native of Sonoma County, Judge Bertoli was educated at Santa Rosa Junior College and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1982 from the University of California at Davis. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco in 1985 and began practicing family law and public sector labor law with the Santa Rosa, California law firm of Wotring & Byrne. He then became the managing partner of the law firm of Byrne & Bertoli in 1989 and then formed a solo practice in 1991 which he maintained until his election to the bench in November, 2000..

Chester, Daniel

Daniel Chester
Child Custody Recommending Counselor
Family Court Services, Sonoma County Superior Court

Mr. Chester received his degree of Juris Doctor in 1988 from the University of San Francisco. Following that, he practiced law for nineteen years, during which he served as private and appointed counsel in family and juvenile dependency litigation. Since June of 2008, Mr. Chester has been employed by the Sonoma County Superior Court as a mediator/child custody recommending counselor

— Sponsored by SCBA’s Family Law Section —

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 21,2020 | Check-In: 3:00 pm; Presentation: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Hon. James Bertoli
Daniel Chester

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 MCLE Credit in General Law & 1.5 Units Participatory Legal Specialization Credit in Family Law

Registration Fee:
This program is part of a series. Click here for more information on the series and to register for the discounted bundle.

$30–SCBA Members
$10–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

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