Marriage of Winternitz Reminds that Experts Require Handling and Oversight

The California Court of Appeal recently published Marriage of Winternitz. The holding was that a court-appointed expert custody evaluator’s (1) failure to adhere to all the requirements of the California Rules of Court and (2) admission that he made significant errors does not require a trial court to automatically remove him or to exclude his written report. Rather, trial courts are...

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Trial Basics Seminar Success!

Our Southern California Chapter of the AAML presented the first annual Trial Basics Seminar on April 10, 2015 in Orange County.  The TBS is aimed at less experienced family law lawyers.  We designed it to (1) Reach out to potential future Fellows, (2) Help educate family law attorneys and (3) Give back to the courts and our family law community.  100 lawyers attended, with nearly...

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First Annual No-charge AAML Trial Basics Seminar

The Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers will present the first annual Trial Basics Seminar in April , 2015.  The TBS is aimed at less experienced family law lawyers.  It has two parts: (1) The main seminar in Costa Mesa at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel on April 10, 2015 and (2) Follow-up “break-out” sessions in Los Angeles, Orange...

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Judge William Q. Liebmann

At the AAML Southern California Chapter’s Institute of Trial Advocacy in San Diego last month, I was honored to introduce the Honorable William Q. Liebmann as one of our Chapter’s Distinguished Judicial Officers of 2015.  He is only the second judicial officer from the “805” area to have received this honor.  (I was pleased to have also presented the award to the...

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