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Message from the Chair………………………………………………………………………………………………………..3

Message from the Editor………………………………………………………………………………………………………5

What Were They Thinking? A Look at the Benefits and Pitfalls of Using Audio/Video Platform in Hearings and Trials…………………………………………………………………….6
By Commissioner Michael Bishay
Avoid citations for contempt and other mishaps by reviewing these tips on preparing clients and practitioners for attending remote court appearances.

California Lawyers Association Family Law Section 2020 Court Staff Award Presented to Trina Blackshire……………………………………………………………………………………………..11
Award recipient, Trina Blackshire, goes beyond simply performing her job description and carries out her vision of what a family law system is really all about.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Peace: Coercive Control and the Domestic Violence Prevention Act……………………………………………………………………………………………………..12
By Pallavi Dhawan
The definition of coercive control is meant to elucidate the specific and most common and detrimental manifestations, not to designate behavior for automatic qualification.

Developing Your Powerful Mediation Brief………………………………………………………………………14
By Justin O’Connell, CFLS
Make the most of a mediation brief and help it stand out by reviewing these best practices for improving the potency of this meaningful settlement tool.

Why You Need to Take the Specialist Exam or Encourage Someone Else…………………..19
By Marc Kaplan, CFLS
Can’t think of a reason to take the specialist exam? Here are several good ones.

Can you get a Domestic Violence Restraining Order that Prohibits Abusive Speech in a Public Forum Towards a Public Figure?……………………………………………………………………22
By Alphonse F. Provinziano, CFLS
Explore the nuances of prior restraints on speech directed at public figures and how such restraint can be properly issued under the DVPA.

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