Family Law

Third Annual San Luis Obispo County Minor’s Counsel Training

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Earn up to 12 hours credit; includes 12 hours of Family Law Legal Specialization

Saturday-Sunday, February 16-17, 2019

The Cliffs Hotel & Spa
2757 Shell Beach Road
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

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Program Description 

The Family Law Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association (FLEXCOM) is pleased to announce it will be hosting the Third Annual San Luis Obispo County Minor’s Counsel Training Symposium, in Pismo Beach, California on February 16 and 17, 2019. The program will provide a total of 12 hours of total MCLE credit, including 12 hours of Family Law Legal Specialization credit. The symposium will satisfy the annual 8 hours training requirement of Rule 5.242 of the California Rules of Court. Those attorneys needing to satisfy the 12 hours initial training requirement will be able to attend a morning session on February 16 to obtain the additional 4 hours.

Moderator: Stephen D. Hamilton, CFLS and FLEXCOM Chair


  • The Honorable Thomas Trent Lewis, Los Angeles County Superior Court.
  • The Honorable Erin Childs, San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.
  • Cheryl Scott, Manager Family Court Services, Fresno County Superior Court
  • Mary Kelly Persyn, founder and principal of Persyn Law & Policy
  • Gregory F. Gillet, Attorney at Law

Program Topics

Saturday, February 16, 2019

8 – 9 a.m. | Requirements, Rights & Duties of Minor’s Counsel  

Speaker: Stephen D. Hamilton

9 – 10 a.m. | Obtaining Records and Information from Health and Mental Health Providers 

Speaker: Gregory Gillett

10 – 11 a.m. | Preferences and Counsel’s Obligations under Fam. Code §3042. 

Speaker: Stephen D. Hamilton

11 a.m. – 12 noon | Ten Problems for Minor’s Counsel and What to Do About Them 

Speaker: Comm. Erin Childs

1 – 2 p.m. | The UCCJEA and How It’s Done 

Speaker: Comm. Eric Childs

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. | Interacting, Representing and Advocating for Victims of Childhood Trauma 

Speaker: Mary Kelly Persyn

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Secondary Traumatic Stress 

Speaker: Mary Kelly Persyn

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Minor’s Counsel Dilemma: Ethical Responses to Complicated Issues 

Speaker: Gregory Gillett

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Keeping Kids Out of Court – Alternatives to Child Testimony in Family Law Matters | 8 – 9 a.m.

Speaker: Thomas Trent Lewis

Advanced Evidentiary Issues for Minor’s Counsel | 9 – 10 a.m.

Speaker: Thomas Trent Lewis

Minor’s Counsel and Family Court Services: How to Coordinate in Recommending and Non-Recommending Counties | 10 – 11 a.m.

Speaker: Cheryl Scott, Manager Family Court Services Fresno County Superior Court

Questions and Answers with Panel regarding Role and Responsibilities of Minor’s Counsel | 11 – 12 noon

Speaker: Presenters Panel

Essential Information

Registration Fees

  • $300 if paid by 2/1/19
  • $350 thereafter

Pre-Registration Deadline

The deadline to pre-register is February 8, 2019.

How to Register


Due to the limited space available, refunds will not be given. However, if you register and are unable to attend, all program materials will be provided to you electronically.

Onsite Registration

On-site registration is subject to availability. Call to confirm space availability.

Special Assistance

For special assistance, please call (415) 795-7102.


For registration information call (415) 795-7025. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call (415) 795-7102.

California Lawyers Association and the Family Law Section are approved State Bar of California MCLE providers.

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