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Spousal Support for a New Generation

Date:  Thursday,  November 10,  2011

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (check-in 3:45 pm)

Presenters: Hon. Verna Adams, Hon. James Bertoli, Renee Chernus, Larry Moskowitz

Hon. Verna Adams

Hon. James Bertoli

Renee Chernus

Larry Moskowitz

Place: The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa CA 95404 *Parking behind the building in the 7th St. parking garage*

Cost: $75 SCBA Members; $85 Non-Members

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Two Certified Family Law Specialists and two experienced Family Law judges will discuss the ways in which the concept of so-called “permanent” spousal support has changed in recent years.

Judge Verna Adams was a family law attorney for 28 ½ years before she became a judge. During that time she became a certified specialist in family law and was listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Judge Verna Adams had several published appellate cases when she was an attorney, the most noted of which is Marriage of Epstein. While on the bench she has served in the family law division, pioneered the interdisciplinary settlement conference program for high conflict custody cases, chaired the team that created the Legal Self-Help Center of Marin, and formed and served as the first judge presiding over Marin County’s Mental Health Court and Domestic Violence Court.

Judge James Bertoli currently presides over the Family Law Division court where he is the Supervising Judge. Prior to being elected as Judge in 2000 Judge Bertoli was a Sonoma County Judge Pro Tem for 11 years. Judge Bertoli began his career in 1985 when he graduated from USF Law School. He devoted his legal career as an attorney to representing working families and teachers families . His career took him to almost every county in Northern California.

Renee Chernus is a Certified Specialist in Family Law and has practiced law in California since 1980. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been named as a Northern California Family Law Super Lawyer. She has taught several classes in Family Law and co-chaired the AAML Trial Practicum. She was the successful trial attorney in Marriage of Destein and co-counseled the successful appeal of that case.

Mr. Moskowitz was admitted to the California State Bar in 1977. He 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. Mr. Moskowitz is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Moskowitz teaches 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.

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