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
[email protected]

President-Elect:

Billie-Jean Lee, Esq.
Lee Family Law
(925) 265-8600
[email protected]

Treasurer:

Derrick Roehn, Esq.
Roehn Law Offices LLP
(925) 464 2202
[email protected]

 Secretary:

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

Bench Bar/CCCBA Liaison:

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

Custody Issues Committee:

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

 

Minor’s Counsel:

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

Mentoring/Networking:

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

Legislation:

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

Local Rules:

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

Programs & MCLE:

Ariel Brownell Lee, Esq., Co-Chair
The Law Office of Ariel Brownell
[email protected]

Selam Gezahegn, Esq., Co-Chair
Simon Law
(415)523-7847
[email protected]

Pro-Per Clinic/Double Pro Per calendar:

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

Technology:

Alice Cheng, Esq., Chair
Candelaria PC
(925)233-6222
[email protected]

IC Board Liaison:

Christie Saenz, Esq.
Law Offices of Joe Wolch
(925) 974-0808
[email protected]