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

Joseph Wolch

Joseph Hart Wolch
Law Offices of Joseph H. Wolch
100 Pringle Avenue Suite 200
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
925-974-0808
jhw@joewolch.com

President-Elect:

Billie-Jean Lee, Esq.
Lee Family Law
(925) 265-8600
bjlee@bjleefamilylaw.com

Treasurer:

Derrick Roehn, Esq.
Roehn Law Offices LLP
(925) 464 2202
derrick@roehnlaw.com

 Secretary:

Ariel Brownell Lee, Esq.
The Law Office of Ariel Brownell
(925) 421-1529
ariel@brownelllegal.com

Bench Bar/CCCBA Liaison:

Shannon Kathleen Wolfrum
Law Offices of Shannon Wolfrum
(925) 708-6204
shannon@wolfrumfamilylawyer.com

Custody Issues Committee:

Ariel Brownell Lee, Esq.
The Law Office of Ariel Brownell
(925) 421-1529
ariel@brownelllegal.com

 

Minor’s Counsel:

Alice Cheng
Candelaria PC
(925) 233-6222
alice@candelarialawoffices.com

Mentoring/Networking:

Vanessa Candelaria – Chair
Candelaria PC
(925) 233-6222
vanessa@candelarialawoffices.com

Legislation:

David Lederman, Esq.
Law Office of David M. Lederman
(866) 463-2149
David@ledermanlaw.net

Local Rules:

Greg Abel, Esq.
Whiting, Ross, Abel & Campbell, LLP
(925) 296-6000
gabel@disso.com

Programs & MCLE:

Ariel Brownell Lee, Esq., Co-Chair
The Law Office of Ariel Brownell
ariel@brownelllegal.com

Selam Gezahegn, Esq., Co-Chair
Simon Law
(415)523-7847
sg@simonlaw.com

Pro-Per Clinic/Double Pro Per calendar:

Selam Gezahegn, Esq.
Simon Law
(415)523-7847
sg@simonlaw.com

Technology:

Alice Cheng, Esq., Chair
Candelaria PC
(925)233-6222
Alice@candelarialawoffices.com

IC Board Liaison:

Christie Saenz, Esq.
Law Offices of Joe Wolch
(925) 974-0808
cms@joewolch.com