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 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 or 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 speaks, Custody Issues Committee (CIC) brown bag CLE programs on child custody-related hot topics, and more.

President

Anne Cochran Freeman, Esq.
Sideman & Bancroft, LLP
One Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 392-1960
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President-Elect

Kim Kirkpatrick, Esq.
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Treasurer

David Lederman, Esq.
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Secretary

Shannon Wolfrum, Esq.
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Bench Bar Liaison

Dan Harkins
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CCCBA Liaison

Joe Wolch
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David Erb
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Custody Issues Committee

Shannon Wolfrum, Esq.
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DCSS Chair

Kim Kirkpatrick, Esq.
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Minors' Counsel Chair

Dan Harkins
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Mentoring/Networking

Billie-Jean Lee, Esq.
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Robin Birnbaum, Esq.
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Legislation

David Lederman, Esq.
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Local Rules

Dan Harkins
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Greg Abel, Esq.
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MCLE

Vanessa Candelaria
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ProPer Clinic & DPP Calendar

Sharon Raab
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Website & IT Chair

David Lederman
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Robin Birmbaum, Esq.
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Advertisement

Vanessa Candelaria, Esq.
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Joe Wolch
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In Chancery: Editor

Jody Iorns
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IC Board Liaison:

Shannon Wolfrum, Esq.
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