Sadly, the past week saw two of our accomplished family law friends pass. Ventura County Superior Court Commissioner Judith Dahlman Rhodes was an amazing woman of tremendous and meaningful professional accomplishment. I met her when she was an associate of AAML Fellow, Bobette Fleischman.
Herring Law Group is pleased to welcome Clark Lammers to our team. Clark is a Santa Barbara native and second-generation local attorney, following in the footsteps of his father, Terrence L. “Terry” Lammers. Clark received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Herring Law Group is pleased to welcome Viktoria Morgan as our newest attorney. Viktoria brings over thirty years of legal experience, including an extensive foundation in civil litigation. She previously worked as the Director of the Family Law Division of a firm representing clients in divorce, legal separation, support, parentage, and custody proceedings.
Erin Schaden, Certified Divorce Coach © and Herring Law Group’s Executive Director, attended the February 2020 Annual Conference of the California Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCCnet.org) in San Francisco. Yes, that now seems like a million years ago! HLG has always routinely participated in these cutting-edge events. We will resume our involvement after the public emergency recedes.
We are all aware of the rapidly changing social landscape due to the virus. Herring Law Group’s goal is to responsibly prepare and respond but without over-reacting. We are experienced, as our people and systems previously effectively and efficiently worked through the 2017-2018 Thomas Fire and Mudslide. We aim to achieve an appropriate balance in this instance, too.
Herring Law Group is proud to have facilitated a $5,000 grant from the AAML Foundation for our signature non-profit, Casa Serena. Greg, who is deeply involved in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (aaml.org), identified the funding opportunity.
Herring Law Group’s Executive Director, Erin Schaden, again attended the annual joint conference of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. HLG is a member of the AFCC, which is the “interdisciplinary, international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.
Last year, while attending our AAML national meetings in Chicago, I received a call from my office, reporting that my hometown of Paradise, California, was under threat of fire and that my parents were evacuating. Initially, this was not shocking, as Paradise historically encounters fire drama.
Formed in 1999, the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation's primary objectives and purposes are to:
Provide scholarships for high school students, undergraduates and law students, and
Participate in, and support financially, educational and charitable projects that are consistent with the mission and goals of Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, including providing role models for young people, serving the Santa Barbara Community through pro bono legal services and promoting gender equality in the legal profession and society as a whole.
Santa Barbara’s Casa Serena celebrated its 60th birthday with a beautiful luncheon in early October at the Rosewood at Miramar Beach in Montecito. Making the event even more special for HLG, Casa Serena there presented us with its Leadership in Excellence Award for 2019.
Casa Serena’s mission is to “help women and their families recover from addiction by providing evidence-based treatment services while building community, instilling self-determination, and empowering them with educational opportunities and financial literacy.