SCBA, under the direction of the Family Law Section, hosts a live training series for Minors Counsel every year. See dates below for this year's live programs. Past trainings are also available on-demand through SeminarWeb.
Training Required by CA Rules of Court, Rule 5.242 (c) and (d)
Before being appointed as counsel for a child in a family law proceeding, counsel must have completed at least 12 hours of applicable education. To remain eligible for appointment as counsel for a child, counsel must complete during each calendar year a minimum of eight hours of applicable education. Applicable training must include the following subjects:
(1) Statutes, rules of court, and case law relating to child custody and visitation litigation;
(2) Representation of a child in custody and visitation proceedings;
(3) Special issues in representing a child, including the following:
(A) Various stages of child development;
(B) Communicating with a child at various developmental stages and presenting the child's view;
(C) Recognizing, evaluating and understanding evidence of child abuse and neglect, family violence and substance abuse, cultural and ethnic diversity, and gender-specific issues
(D) The effects of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect on children; and
(E) How to work effectively with multidisciplinary experts.
2021 Special Issues in Custody and Representing Minors Series
1 of 6 -Stages of Child Development and the Effects of Move-Away Requests
August 4, 2021;12:00 - 1:00 pm | Speaker: Rhonda Lindsay, Psy. D.
2 of 6 -Representing Minors in Custody and Visitation Proceedings
August 18, 2021; 12:00 - 1:30 pm | Speakers: Hon. James Bertoli; Daniel Chester, Esq.
3 of 6 - How to Work Effectively with Multidisciplinary Experts
September 8, 2021; 4:00 - 5:00 pm | Speaker: Robin Estes, CFLS
4 of 6 - Family Law/Dependency Crossover
September 22, 2021; 4:00 - 5:00 pm | Speaker: Hon. James Bertoli
5 of 6 - Recognizing, Evaluating and Understanding Child Abuse, Neglect, Domestic Violence and their Long-Term Effects
October 14, 2021; 3:00 - 5:00 pm | Speaker: Robin Estes, CFLS
6 of 6 -Statutes, rules of court, and case law relating to child custody and visitation litigation
The above training consists of 8 hours of education. New Minors Counsel: to complete your 12 hours of training, please select 4 hours of the following recordings: