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Webinar: Facts and Fallacies: A Look at the Post-Covid Job Market

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November 9, 2022 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1 Hour MCLE; 1 Legal Specialization in Family Law

Are you wondering how the current job market is affecting your clients or the opposing parties? Please join Vocational Experts Soma McCandless and Marlis Bruns as they address various aspects of the current job market, such as opportunities for remote work, unemployment rates, which industries are faring better, or worse, and how searching for jobs has evolved. This may help you better understand the challenges and the opportunities of the current market in discussions around child and spousal support issues in your cases. Both Marlis and Soma evaluate individuals for the purpose of assessing future employability and wage-earning capacity in conformity with California Family Code, Section 4320. They are knowledgeable of training and education options, current employment conditions, job markets, and compensation.

Moderator: Billie-Jean Lee

Marlis Bruns, MA

Marlis has been a Vocational Evaluator Since 2001. She has qualified and testified as a court expert in Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Solano and Sacramento Counties. She has also performed out-of-area assessments and has qualified to testify in Colorado and Texas. Marlis has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico. She belongs to the following professional associations: Bay Area Vocational Experts, American Board of Vocational Experts (Diplomat), National Career Development Association, California Career Development Association, Alameda County Bar Association, and the Contra Costa County Bar Association.

Soma McCandless

Soma McCandless has been a Vocational Evaluator since 2018. She draws from her experience of over 14 years in the fields of technology consulting, education and the nonprofit sector. She has worked on cases throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area and qualified and testified as a vocational expert in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa Counties. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also has a Master of Arts degree in Education with focus on Multicultural Counseling and a Mental Health Recovery and Trauma Informed Care Certificate from San Diego State University. She belongs to the following professional associations: Bay Area Vocational Experts, American Board of Vocational Experts, National Career Development Association, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. She is a certified practitioner of the Strong Interest Inventory and welcomes the opportunity to work with clients that are in need of career counseling

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