Guardianship Training – Free MCLE

When:   Monday, December 12, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

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

MCLE: 1 hour

Cost: Free, if you are willing to commit to accepting 1 pro bono case in the next 6 months.


The Guardianship Process – San Diego County” 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, in jail, 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 Practising Law Institute’s free 2015 CA Guardianship training prior to SDVLP’s live training. Practising Law Institute’s free online training is available here.

Register by Friday, December 9th. Space is limited. Please feel free to share this opportunity.

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Family Law Paralegal Training Materials

The training materials for the 2016 Family Law Paralegal program are available for purchase for $35.00

Online purchase price will be adjusted to help cover the payment processing fee. After your online order is received, an email containing the materials will be sent to the email address on the purchase order.

All net proceeds benefit SDVLP’s Domestic Violence Legal Clinics.

*No refunds available.

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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:

  • Online registration is now closed. You may register as a walk-in based on available space.
    Walk-in Registration: $125.00
  • *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: Roberto Sarmiento, 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.

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.