• Golden Gate University: JD, 1982
  • Antioch College (West): BA, Social Welfare, 1972
Continuing Education:
  • Family Law Specialist Certified since 1988
  • Mediation 40 hour trainings, 1984 & 1992 6-12 hrs/yr annually 1993-Present
Professional Experience:
  • Private Judge, Family Law Court – 2002 – Present
  • Temporary Commissioner (Traffic, Small Claims, etc.) – 2001 – Present
  • Special Master, Family Law Court – 1995 – Present
  • Pro-Tem Judge, Family Law Court (All calendars) – 1989 – Present
  • Pro-Tem Judge/Commissioner/Referee, Juvenile Court (All calendars) – 1989 – Present
  • Mediator, Juvenile Dependency Court
  • Member of committee that designed the program; author of the final program memo instituting the Juvenile Dependency Program in the Contra Costa Superior Court
  • 1995 – Present
  • Attorney & Mediator (Private Practice) Representation of all parties, including children, in Family Law, Juvenile Dependency, and Probate Guardianship proceedings. Mediation of intra-family disputes. 1984 – 2006
  • Founder & Director, BWA (now STAND!) Legal Services Program 1980 – 1983
Publications / Recognition:
  • Super Lawyer, Northern California Super Lawyers 2004 through 2010
  • Guest Editor, Contra Costa Lawyer August, 2004
  • Author of With Whom Shall This Child Live? Contra Costa Lawyer 1994
  • Independent Living Skills Program Advisory Committee, CCC Children & Family Services 2004
Professional Memberships:
  • Independent Living Skills Program Advisory Committee, CCC Children & Family Services 2004
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association: Volunteer, fee arbitration & mediations; currently serve on the Scholarship Committee; previously served on Fee Arbitration Committee; founder Minors’ Counsel Committee (for Family Law, Juvenile Dependency & Probate Guardianship cases) 1983 – present
  • Family Law Section, CCCBA: Treasurer; founding and continuing member Board of Directors; Co-chair Minors’ Counsel; Co-chair Special Masters’ Committee; Co-chair Mentoring Group; Past President; Past Chair, Bench/Bar Committee; Past Treasurer; Past Chair, Family Court Services Liaison Committee; Past Chair, Pro-Per Clinic Program; member Special Master Task Force; Past President & Treasurer, Mediation Sub-Section; Co-chair, Committee for Attorneys Appointed to Represent Minors; Past Chair, Affiliates Committee (Attorney mentor for CPA Pro Bono Program. 1988 – present
  • Juvenile Law Section, CCCBA: President, Private bar representative to Bench/Bar/CFS monthly meetings, Private bar representative to Social Worker-Attorney Training Committee 1989 – Present
  • JDCMA (Juvenile Dependency Court Mediation Association): Statewide association of Juvenile Dependency Court Mediators, Past Treasurer, 1998-Present
  • ACFLS (Association of Certified Family Law Specialists) 1988-Present
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