2016 Family Law Paralegal Program

When:   August 3, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where:   Auditorium, California Western School of Law
350 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 92101
4 Hours Credit:   2 General Law, 2 Ethics.

Questions?  Contact Irasema Coronado at
(619) 235-5656, ext. 116 or

Registration Fee:

  • Before July 29, 2016: $100.00
  • Late Registration: $125.00

*Walk-ins if space is available. Limited Enrollment. *No refunds available. All Net Proceeds to Benefit SDVLP’s Domestic Violence Legal Clinics.

Topics of Discussion:
Judicial Perspective: Family Law Judicial Officer; Domestic Violence Statutory Update: Renee Cadmus, Esq.; Organizing Files and Managing Exhibits for Trial: Rusty Adams and Colleen Rigoli, Paralegals; Let’s Talk About Ethics: Sandra Mayberry, CFLS ; How to Get Records from Police: Brigid Campo, Esq.; How to Get Records from M.D.s & Psychiatrists: Garrison Klueck, CFLS; Ethical Considerations of Working with Your Supervising Attorney: Daniel Burke, CFLS; Family Law Ethics: Marilyn Bierer, Esq.; 2015 Cases and 2016 Statutes : Anna Romanskaya, Esq.

Guardianship and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Training–Free MCLE & Volunteer Opportunity

When:   May 23, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Where:   SDVLP
707 Broadway, Suite 1400
San Diego, CA 92101

MCLE: 1 hour each

Cost: Free, if you are willing to commit to accepting 1 pro bono case in the next six months.


SDVLP will be holding a free MCLE: “The Guardianship Process – San Diego County.” from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. This free MCLE is an opportunity to be trained in the practice, procedure, and advocacy skills needed to represent a petitioner in guardianship of the minor cases (no estates) in San Diego County. Guardianships are often needed when parents are deceased, uninvolved, incarcerated, or unwilling to continue to care for their child. It is difficult for proposed guardians to successfully navigate the legal system without assistance of counsel. Your representation will not only benefit the clients, but will enable the child to remain in a safe and stable home. All participants must agree to accept one pro bono case in the next 6 month and will be provided with a manual and mentorship. This live training focuses on San Diego specific practice and procedure. Participants are encouraged to watch online the first two hours of Practicing Law Institute’s free 2015 CA Guardianship training prior to SDVLP’s live training. Practicing Law Institute’s free online training is available here.

After the Guardianship training, SDVLP will be offering an additional free MCLE: “How to Obtain SIJS Findings in Probate Court.” from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. This MCLE is an opportunity to be trained in the practice, procedure, and advocacy skills needed to represent a petitioner in obtaining SIJS findings in San Diego County’s Probate Court. SIJS is a form of immigration protection for abused, abandoned, or neglected children under the age of 21 years old. SIJS allows children to apply for lawful permanent residency. Please note, this training does not address filing the SIJS immigration application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

If you have questions, please contact Leslie Mackay at

Please feel free to share this opportunity.

Overview: This training will emphasize basic practice in handling a family law dissolution case, including ethics and family law, preparation of pleadings, and discussion of special topics of interest to family law practitioners such as custody and child support issues. A judicial officer will provide the court perspective.

This activity is approved for 1.0 hour of ethics and 3.25 hours of general MCLE. SDVLP certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State of California governing minimum continuing legal education. Volunteers must be members in good standing of the State Bar of California who have accepted 2 pro bono cases in the past 2 years; or have volunteered at least twice at our legal clinics or in the office in the last year.