The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”) lost a giant on August 21, 2017 when Southern California Chapter Fellow, Jim Hennenhoefer, unexpectedly passed away. Jim’s offices were in Northern San Diego County, but his presence extended throughout the state, the country and even internationally, through his involvement in the International Academy of Family Lawyers (“IAFL”). Jim was a former naval officer, and his proud stature was a hallmark.
Toward Protecting Children, In re Trever P. Provides a Commonsense Interpretation of California’s Invasion of Privacy Act.
Herring Law Group routinely advises our clients to refrain from eavesdropping on spouses, witnesses or others. This includes avoiding reading emails, texts, “snail mail” or any other communications that might be directed to others. These acts can constitute an invasion of privacy, for which financial damages could be ordered.
Herring Law Group is pleased to welcome Paralegal Kelsey Sturgeon to our team. Kelsey has worked in the law since 2008. She joined HLG after working nine years in Estate Planning and Trust Administration. She eagerly brings her experience and dedication to all clients to her new professional home.
Our AAML Southern California Chapter presented its third annual Trial Basics Seminar in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 7, 2017. As before, it was free to all 100 attendees. 2017 was better than ever.
Jim Schaefer, CPA and Justice Sheila Sonenshine (Ret.
Mediation Twenty Years Later: A Cautionary Story and Proposed Reforms
By Gregory W. Herring, CFLS, AAML, IAFL
With Cassandra T. Glanville, Esq.
In 1996 the California Law Revision Commission (“LRC”) developed and proposed legislation that eventually became the current mediation confidentiality statute, Evidence Code section 1119. As more and more litigation has flowed away from the courthouses and into mediation the past twenty years, mediation confidentiality has remained an ironclad doctrine in California, surviving multiple high-profile challenges.
October 2016 found Herring Law Group in the midst of a rapidly accelerating Ventura County Superior Court child custody/parenting case. Notwithstanding our client’s efforts to settle it on eminently reasonable terms, the other side, represented by a notorious Westside Los Angeles firm, was determined to force a showcase trial.
Herring Law Group is now opening its Santa Barbara office at 559 San Ysidro Road, Suite G. We expect to be furnished and fully operational by October 1, 2016. Of course, we will remain committed to our Ventura County office, clients, and staff. Our formal Santa Barbara presence will help us better serve in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, too.
“Disruptive Change” Needed Toward E-Discovery Competence
Electronically stored information (“ESI”) is information that is stored in technology having electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic or similar capabilities. Electronic Discovery, or e-discovery, is the use of legal means to obtain ESI in the course of litigation for evidentiary purposes.
Having completed one of our firm’s quarterly “all hands” retreats, I want to express my gratitude. Everyone contributed, and everyone obviously cares about what we are doing. Jessica West is completing a major case organization and tracking project.
Cyndi Hitsman is Herring Law Group’s Certified Paralegal. She has worked in the legal field since 1987, and has held her Certified Paralegal designation since 2001. She has an Advanced Paralegal Certificate in Discovery from the National Association of Legal Assistants.