MCLE Classes & Events

Family Law Specialization

Special Issues in Custody Matters and Representing Minors

This two-day program covers all 12 hours of training required by California Rules of Court, Rule 5.242 for new Minor’s Counsel in addition to 12 units of Family Law Specialization Credit (Pending)

Day One
Interviewing the Child
Authority for Appointment
Duties and Rights of Counsel
Compensation of Counsel
Qualification of Counsel
Child’s Participation in Proceedings
Consideration of Child’s Wishes
Preparing Children for Family Court Services or Judicial Interview
Developing Plans for Special Needs Kids
Working with Parents, Dealing with Parent’s Complaints of Bias, Favoritism, etc.
Day Two
Custody and Visitation Issues
Working with Attorneys and Experts
CPS Reports
Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Substance Abuse
Presenting Evidence
Reunification and the Effect that High Conflict Divorce Has on Children

Day One
Saturday, October 24, 2015
8:00 am Check-In; 9:00 am—4:30 pm Presentation
Day Two
Sunday, October 25, 2015
8:00 am Check-In; 9:00 am—3:30 pm Presentation

Presenter(s):
Kristine Bartlett, Psy.D.
Jeanne Browne, Esq.
Daniel Chester, Esq.
Elizabeth Crenshaw, LMFT
Robin Estes, CFLS
Family, Youth and Children’s Services
Daniel Pickar, Ph.D.
Andrea Ponticiello, Esq.
Becky Rasmason, CFLS
Amy Rodney, CFLS
Jennifer Santos, MFT

Place: Fountaingrove Inn, 101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Cost: $295—SCBA Members | $335—Public

Student: $95 (The student discount is now 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.)

Call-In to the SCBA Office to Register for this Event, (707) 542-1190 ext. 18

Kristine L. Bartlett, Psy.D.

Dr. Bartlett is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, working in private practice serving both adults and children. She is qualified as a 730 evaluator and expert witness in the County of Sonoma Superior Court (Family Law) and also provides services as a forensic Mental Health Consultant. Dr. Bartlett received her Doctor of Psychology degree from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, in 2004. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Bartlett is also a published writer and presenter of educational programs. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco since 2010.

Jeanne M. Browne, Attorney at Law

Ms. Browne is a family law attorney in private practice in Santa Rosa and a graduate of Empire Law School. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 1988. Ms. Browne currently serves as Co-President of the Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire (CCRE), an organization of attorneys, mental health providers, and financial specialists committed to out-of-court resolution. She has served on the Family Law Steering Committee for the Sonoma County Bar Association and is also a board member of the Sonoma County Legal Services Foundation assisting low income clients. Ms. Browne was honored at Empire College’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration in 2011.

Ms. Browne was on the training team for the Court-Involved Therapists Training (CIT) Program for local mental health professionals. Ms. Browne also serves as a Settlement Conference Panelist for the Sonoma County Superior Court and is often appointed as Minor’s Counsel to be the voice of the children caught in the middle of high-conflict custody matters.

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.

Elizabeth Crenshaw, LMFT

Elizabeth Crenshaw, LMFT

For more than 17 years, Ms. Crenshaw has served people in need, including young children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Her areas of specialty include crisis intervention, grief and loss issues, low self-esteem, violence, depression, struggling teenagers, divorce issues affecting children, and co-parenting. She also counsels families and individual adults through life transitions and developmental stages.

Ms. Crenshaw is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition to herprivate therapy practice, she has held both clinical and management positions. For two years, she was the director of residential services for Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc., in Boston, MA, the largest domestic violence agency in New England. She oversaw the clinical and programmatic issues of five residential shelters, serving women and children victimized by domestic violence.

She spent five years as the director of several programs within the Youth and Family Assistance network, in San Mateo County, CA, including Your House North & South (teen and family reunification programs) and the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center (for youth and adults). She also worked at Family and Community Enrichment Services, Inc. (FACES, Inc.) in San Carlos, CA, overseeing the clinic, training therapist interns for licensure, and directing the youth diversion program.

Ms. Crenshaw personally started the program known as Healthy Homes, in Belmont, CA, which offers counseling for young children and their families who have witnessed domestic violence, and helps families heal from the past domestic traumas.

Ms. Crenshaw graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1989. She completed a Masters of Arts in counseling psychology in 1992 from Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, CA. She received her Marriage and Family Therapist license from the State of California in 1994 (MFT# 32000).

Robin Estes, CFLS
Law Offices of Robin M. Estes

Ms. Estes has been licensed to practice law since 1994. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialists. She was President of Sonoma County Women in Law for a two year term, has served on the Family Law Steering Committee and the Mental Health Committee. She volunteers as a Settlement Panelist for the Sonoma County Courts, for Legal Aid and for Sonoma County Legal Services Foundation. Ms. Estes is regularly appointed by the court to act as minor’s counsel. She also regularly acts as a Parenting Coordinator in parenting disputes. She is the recipient of the following awards, Sonoma County Legal Aid, Honored volunteer – 2013, Sonoma County Courts, Honored Volunteer for the Settlement Conference Panel Program -2010, Equal Access to Justice, Sonoma County Legal Aid 2002, Outstanding Attorney’s in the Classroom from Sonoma County Legal Services Foundation in 1997.

Daniel B. Pickar, Ph.D., ABPP

Daniel Pickar, Ph.D., is a clinical and forensic psychologist licensed in the State of California (license #PSY9317). He received his undergraduate education at Brown University in 1978, graduating with Honors in Psychology. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Berkeley in 1984, while also undergoing a two-year predoctoral internship in Child and Adult Clinical Psychology at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco (McAuley Institute). After finishing his doctoral degree, Dr. Pickar completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the renowned Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, in both Child and Adult Clinical Psychology. In addition to being licensed as a psychologist since 1986, Dr. Pickar holds the distinction of being a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, the highest level of board certification in his profession.

Dr. Pickar has maintained a private practice in clinical and forensic psychology for over twenty years, where he conducts child custody evaluations, child custody mediation, co-parent counseling, as well as serves as a child specialist and coach in Collaborative Divorce. Additionally, Dr. Pickar has been a child psychologist with Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa for the last 22 years, where for 12 years he served as Division Chief of Child and Family Psychiatric Services, and for 5 years as the Director of Postdoctoral Training in Clinical Psychology. He is currently the Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for suicidal teenagers at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa.

During his professional career, Dr. Pickar has served as both the Clinical Consultant to the Civil Custody Unit of the Sonoma County Department of Probation and the Psychological Testing Consultant to the Santa Rosa City Schools.

Dr. Pickar is a frequent presenter to attorneys and mental health professionals at local and national meetings on issues related to divorce and child custody, as well as is a highly regarded consultant to family law attorneys on issues such as high-conflict divorce, child alienation, domestic violence, and other complex child custody cases. Dr. Pickar has also published journal articles in the areas of childhood adjustment to divorce, child custody evaluations, collaborative divorce, group psychotherapy with adolescents, childhood learning disabilities, and the training of child psychologists in managed care settings. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Custody.

Andrea Ponticiello
Law & Mediation Offices of Andrea M. Ponticiello

Ms. Ponticiello possesses an extremely eclectic legal background. She was a prosecutor for 11 years before opening her private practice in Family Law in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. Because of an abiding interest in psychology, Andrea also became a part-time panelist for the Department of Mental Health as a Hearing Officer for 15 years.

Ms. Ponticiello taught at Empire Law School for two years, and is often a speaker at local high schools educating young people about the law in their lives.

Ms. Ponticiello received her law degree from the University of San Diego. She later received her initial training for Mediation at Harvard Law School through their Extension Program. Ms. Ponticiello has substantial experience as a neutral hearing officer in many capacities. She sat as a judge pro tem in Marin County for eight years in Juvenile and Adult Traffic Court. She was the Chair of the Sonoma County Tax Assessment Appeals Board for 14 years. Ms. Ponticiello also serves as a Neutral Arbitrator panelist on the Office of the Independent Administrator’s office medical malpractice cases. And she currently serves on the No-Fee Mediation Panel for Sonoma County and the Mobile Home Rent Control Board.

Ms. Ponticiello maintains a litigation practice which includes practicing in New York, Washington, and Connecticut. She is a member in good standing of the California State Bar, the Sonoma County Bar Association, within which she is a member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution and Mediation sections.

Becky A. Rasmason
Rasmason-Zunino, Family Law Attorneys

Ms. Rasmason has practiced Family Law exclusively since she was admitted to the bar in 1997. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association, the California Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She served as President of Sonoma County Women in Law in 1999, as Chair of the Family Law Section-Sonoma County Bar in 2002, and as Chair of the Family Law local rules committee from 2007-2009. Ms. Rasmason is also a professor at Empire College School of Law. She is the 2009 recipient of the ‘Excellence in Education’ award.

In addition to serving on various boards and committees, Ms. Rasmason also serves as a Fee Arbitrator for the Sonoma County Bar, a volunteer for the Sonoma County family law court, and a volunteer on the Family Law Advisory Commission where she currently serves as the chair.

In May 2005, Becky established the Family Law Center. The Family Law Center was designed to accommodate those individuals who need legal assistance on a limited basis and those who require full service. In January 2015, Becky formed a partnership with Anthony Zunino, another experienced family law attorney in Sonoma County.

Amy Rodney
Connor, Lawrence & Rodney, LLP

Ms. Rodney became a partner of Conner, Lawrence & Rodney in 1989 and has been practicing in Sonoma County since 1980. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She’s very often appointed by the court to represent children and is available as a special master in parenting disputes.

For more than 30 years, Ms. Rodney’s been involved in mediation and actively participated in the local community as both a professional and an educator. She graduated first in her class from Golden Gate University and is a three-time committee law member, a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association, and a board member of Collaborative Practice California. Additionally, she’s one of the people responsible for bringing Kids’ Turn to Sonoma County and a member and former president of the Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire.

Jennifer Santos, MFT

Jennifer Santos is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Ms. Santos received her BA in Sociology from the University of Texas at Dallas and an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Francisco.

Ms. Santos has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in a variety of settings including schools, community based organizations, and in private practice. Currently, Ms. Santos is in private practice and specializes in high –conflict divorce cases. Her specialties include, but are not limited to, Co-Parent Counseling, Reunification Counseling and Individual Counseling with adults, teens and children.

Ms. Santos is proud to serve as a member of the Mental Health Liason Committee and High-Conflict Co-Parenting Services here in Sonoma County. She is also a member of The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts as well as the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

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