Family Law

Family Law News 2015, Issue 4, Volume 37, No. 4

Message from the Chair

Vanessa Kirker Wright

Iam excited and not a little nervous as I embark on this adventure as Chair of FLEXCOM. Fortunately, I have the support of a remarkable group of volunteers, including David Lederman as Vice-Chair and Paul Bonnar as Secretary. We are joined by fourteen other committee members and ten advisors. Together, we have our work cut out for us—and we are thrilled by the opportunity to serve.

I am in awe of the people who serve on this Committee and those who have served before me. FLEXCOM is one of the most active, relevant, and involved sections in the entire State Bar structure. Each and every committee member volunteers hours of (non-billable) time to maintain the vibrancy of our practice statewide. The section’s reputation has grown throughout the years by consistently providing quality legal education, representing the section in legislative analysis, and advancing necessary legislative changes to the Family Code. FLEXCOM maintains seventeen voting members and a small group of nonpareil advisors. The members staff the sub-committees with the help of the advisors, who provide us continuity, institutional memory, and, of course, fabulous advice. It is one of the best volunteer experiences any family law attorney could hope for—and I encourage you to apply. It is an easy process—go to, download the form, fill it in, and send it back. FLEXCOM needs you as much as you need us.

If you cannot devote the time or haven’t the inclination to apply to FLEXCOM consider another option—join a standing committee, submit an article for publication in the Family Law News, propose an educational seminar for inclusion in our on-line catalog, send us comments on pending legislation, provide us ideas on what changes you would like to see in the Family Code, send us ideas on how to increase membership, or nominate a colleague for an award. Honing your craft is only one part of your task as a professional; the other part is advancing the practice in your community. Here are some ways to help:

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