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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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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

Presenter(s):
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.
$30–SCBA Members
$45–Public
$10–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

To Register Offline and Reserve Your Space, Please email Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org

Family Law Specialization

Presenting Your Case to the Court

Topics to be Covered:
Drafting declarations
Use of texts, emails, social media posts
Oral argument at hearing
Dos and Don’ts


Rasmason, Commissioner Becky
Commissioner Becky Rasmason
Sonoma County Superior Court

Commissioner Becky Rasmason received her Juris Doctor degree from Empire College School of Law in 1996. She practiced family law from 1997 until 2016, working in private practice as a solo practitioner, as an associate at Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller, & Moskowitz, and as a partner at Rasmason-Zunino. She was certified as a family law specialist in 2008 and was a member of the Family Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of California, from 2010 until 2015, serving as the Chair of the Commission for one year. She was a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association (SCBA), Sonoma County Women in Law (past President), SCBA Family Law Steering Committee (past Chair), SCBA Rules Committee (past Chair), SCBA Judicial Evaluation Committee, SCBA Education Committee, and the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. She served as a fee arbitrator for the SCBA and as a settlement conference panelist for the Superior Court. In April 2016, she became the AB1058 Child Support Commissioner at the Sonoma County Superior Court. Since obtaining that position, she has presided over all of the child support and contempt calendars in which the Department of Child Support Services has intervened. Additionally, she handles child custody/visitation matters, spousal support, and other family law cases as assigned by the Family Law Supervising Judge.

— Sponsored by SCBA’s Family Law Section —

Date/Time: Friday, October 16, 2020 | Check-In: 11:30 am; Presentation: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Commissioner Becky Rasmason

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: 1.0 Unit Participatory MCLE Credit in General Law & 1.0 Unit Participatory Legal Specialization Credit in Family Law

Registration Fee: This program is part of a series.
$25–SCBA Members
$40–Public
$10–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

To Register Offline and Reserve Your Space, Please email Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org

Family Law Specialization

Domestic Violence & Child Abuse for Family Attorneys

The Dangers and What To Do About It

Every day, approximately five children die because of child abuse. One in four women will experience intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetimes, and of women at high risk, up to 68 percent will experience near-fatal strangulation by their partner. In many strangulation/suffocation cases, there is no visible sign of injury. In child abuse cases, it is often difficult to recognize the signs of abuse. This presentation is designed to educate the audience on recognition of signs and symptoms of abuse and strangulation.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will:

1) Understand the mechanism behind soft tissue injuries such as bruises, abrasions, lacerations and cuts.
2) Understand the anatomy and pathophysiology behind strangulation assaults.
3) Understand the risk of lethality from strangulation assaults.
4) Identify and differentiate normal patterns of injury from those seen in abuse.

Godoy, Tara

Tara Godoy, BSN RN CFN LNC

Tara Godoy is a Certified Forensic Nurse and has been working with Criminal and Civil Attorneys since 2009. She has a BS in Nursing from the University of Southern California and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through consulting and testimony she has assisted both the prosecution and the defense in obtaining an honest and fair resolution. Along with her nursing staff and physician contractors, Godoy Medical Forensics has consulted on over 1000 cases nationwide, and has worked at both the federal and state levels. Tara has been asked to present for national organizations such as the NACDL and the NDIA at their Forensics conferences in Las Vegas. Tara’s main areas of expertise are Strangulation and Blunt Force Trauma, but testimony is also offered on other cases where traumatic injuries occur or medical record analysis is needed..

— Sponsored by SCBA’s Family Law Section —

Date/Time: Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Check-In: 11:30 am; Presentation: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Tara Godoy, BSN RN CFN LNC

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: 1.0 Unit Participatory MCLE Credit in General Law & 1.0 Unit Participatory Legal Specialization Credit in Family Law

Registration Fee: This program is part of a series.
$25–SCBA Members
$40–Public
$10–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

To Register Offline and Reserve Your Space, Please email Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org