Family Law Section

A Family Law Section membership is indispensable for anyone who practices family law in Contra Costa County. The most visible benefits of membership are:

  • Dynamic monthly education seminars and periodic extended seminars led by experienced faculty
  • Early notification of changes in rules
  • Practice requirements in the family law departments
  • Annual State of the Court meeting and other programs with local family law judges. The bench often uses these meetings as an opportunity to make announcements. MCLE and specialization credits are provided for attending.

In Chancery, the Family Law Section’s monthly section newsletter keeps members abreast of section activities, news from the bench, and educational opportunities.

Section members receive exclusive use of the section website at www.familylawsectioncontracosta.org.

The Family Law Section maintains ongoing liaisons with the bench, Family Court Services, the Facilitator’s Office, the Department of Child Support Services, the Advisory Council Against Domestic Violence (ACAD), and the various legal aid providers in the county. Through its liaison with the court, the section is actively involved in reviewing court rules and policies and providing input and assistance in the creation of or changes to rules and/or policies. The Family Law Section has a long and respected history of robust, current programming in the form of monthly luncheon CLEs, mentoring/networking group evening presentations with speakers, Custody Issues Committee (CIC) brown bag CLE programs on child custody-related hot topics, and more.


Family Law Section
Board of Directors

David Lederman
President

David Lederman
Law Offices of David M. Lederman
[email protected]
(866) 463-2149

President Elect

Joe Wolch
Law Offices of Joseph H. Wolch
[email protected]
(925) 974-0808

Past-President

Shannon Wolfrum
Law Office of Shannon Wolfrum
[email protected]
(925) 708-6204

CIC Chair

Kim Kirkpatrick
Law Offices of Joseph H. Wolch
[email protected]
(925) 974-0808

Treasurer

Vanessa Candelaria
Candelaria PC
[email protected]
(925) 233-6222

Secretary

BJ Lee
Lee Family Law
[email protected]
(925) 265-8600

DCSS Chair

Greg Abel
Whiting, Ross, Abel & Campbell, LLP
[email protected]
(925) 296-6000

DPP Clinic/DPP calendar Chair

Selam Gezahegn
Simon Law
[email protected]
(415) 523-7847

Minor’s Counsel Chair

Alice Cheng
Candelaria PC
[email protected]
(925) 233-6222

 

 


Legislation Chair

Sharmeela Kawos
Law Offices of David M. Lederman
[email protected]
(866) 463-2149

In Chancery Chair

Christie Saenz
Law Offices of Joseph H. Wolch
[email protected]

Programs Co-Chairs

Ariel Brownell Lee
Law Office of Ariel Brownell
[email protected]
(925) 421-1529

Selam Gezahegn
Simon Law
[email protected]
(415) 523-7847

Mentoring Group Chair

Vanessa Candelaria
Candelaria PC
[email protected]
(925) 233-6222

Local Rules Chair

Greg Abel
Whiting, Ross, Abel & Campbell
[email protected]
(925) 296-6000

CCCBA Liaison

Joe Wolch
Law Offices of Joseph H. Wolch
[email protected]
(925) 974-0808

Technology Co-Chairs

Alice Cheng
Candelaria PC
[email protected]
(925) 233-6222

Anne Bonfiglio
Law Offices of Anne D. Bonfiglio
[email protected]
(925) 204-6185

Bench-Bar Liaison

Shannon Wolfrum
Law Offices of Shannon Wolfrum
[email protected]
(925) 708-6204