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Debra S. Frank's Letter to the Attendees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section 2011 Symposium, as published in the Family Law Practice Reference Book

Debra S. Frank's Letter to the Attendees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section 2011 Symposium

Los Angeles, CA May 7, 2011

 

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Debra S. Frank’s letter welcoming Attendees to the 2011 Family Law Symposium, in Los Angeles, California, was published in the 2011 Family Law Practice Reference Book.

Debra S. Frank’s letter welcoming Attendees to the 2011 Family Law Symposium, in Los Angeles, California, was published in the 2011 Family Law Practice Reference Book. Debra S. Frank, Esq. (http://www.DSFrankLawOffice.com), a Certified Family Law Specialist in Century City, California, currently serves as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and was editor of the Family Law Practice Reference Book given to Attendees of the 43rd Annual Family Law Symposium held in Los Angeles, California on May 7, 2011.

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Dear LACBA Family Law Section 2011 Symposium Attendees:

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section, welcome to the 43rd Annual Family Law Symposium, Family Law 2011, The New Realities.

Special thanks and recognition are due to Robert C. Brandt, Symposium Chair, and to his hard-working subcommittee for creating this exceptional program which focuses on an analysis of the changes to family law as a result of the Elkins reforms and their practical implementation in this new era of family law.

This year, our Family Law Section has sought to educate practitioners as to Elkins changes and their practical effect.  Some of our significant Elkins programs were the 32nd Annual Child Custody Colloquium focusing on the voices of the child in contested custody proceedings in light of the Elkins Task Force recommendations; a distinguished panel which discussed the practical application of AB 939 and AB 1050 and how to litigate a case under the new law, our interactive Evidence with the Masters Program: Family Code Section 217 Tamed, a program of particular importance to family law practitioners in the new “217 era of live hearings” and our outstanding brown bag lunch with Central District Judicial Officers responding to our questions about the effects of Elkins on their courtrooms and current courtroom procedures.

Thanks are due to our Supervising Judge, Marjorie Steinberg, and to all of our Family Law Judicial Officers who contributed so much of their valuable time to our education, to all of our CLE Chairs, Co-Chairs, and speakers for providing excellent programs throughout the year, and to the entire Family Law Section Executive Committee for their commitment to the practice of family law, the education of their fellow practitioners and their overall contributions to the court, especially in their enhancement of the mediation and voluntary settlement conference officer programs, to the community, including our focus on the low income and less advantaged populace through our support of the Domestic Violence Project of the Los Angeles County Bar and our significant donations to organizations serving those communities, and the administration of justice, including our review of legislation and proposed statewide and local rules of court.

Thanks also go to all of you for your participation and your support throughout the year at our programs and on our renowned listserve. I enjoyed and was honored to serve as Chair of the Family Law Section for the 2010-2011 term, a time of uncertainty and challenges in family law, and thank you for this opportunity.

We welcome your ideas and suggestions; please be encouraged to contact me, Robert C. Brandt, Chair-Elect, or any of the other members of the Executive Committee. We encourage you to become involved in our outstanding Section.

Very truly yours,

Debra S. Frank, Chair

LACBA Family Law Section

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