Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee

Purpose:
Makes recommendations to the council for improving the administration of justice in all cases involving marriage, family, or children.

Date Established: 1993

Key projects of this advisory body are outlined in the annual agenda.

May 26, 2016 Meeting (Closed)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

June 1, 2016 Court Appointed Counsel/Funding Allocation Methodology Joint Subcommittee Meeting
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
1-877-820-7831; Listen Only Passcode: 3059688

June 8, 2016 Action by Email


Previous Meetings

Under rule 10.43 of the California Rules of Court, the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee includes members in the following categories: appellate court justice, trial court judicial officer, judicial administrator, child custody mediator, family law attorney, juvenile law attorney, chief probation officer, child welfare director, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) director, county counsel, domestic violence advocate, district attorney, child support attorney, and public interest children’s rights attorney.

Download the Committee Roster

  • Hon. Jerilyn L. Borack, Cochair, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
  • Hon. Mark A. Juhas, Co-Chair, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Hon. Sue Alexander, Commissioner of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
  • Hon. Craig E. Arthur, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Mr. Robert J. Bayer, Court Program Manager, Superior Court of California, County of Ventura
  • Hon. Louise Bayles-Fightmaster, Commissioner of the Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma
  • Hon. C. Todd Bottke, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Tehama
  • Mr. Brian Briggs, Deputy County Counsel, Tehama County Counsel
  • Hon. Carolyn M. Caietti, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • Hon. Carol D. Codrington, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two
  • Hon. Michael J. Convey, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  •  Ms. Mary Majich Davis, Chief Deputy Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino
  • Ms. Sylvia Deporto, Deputy Director Family and Children's Services, City and County of San Francisco , Human Services Agency
  • Ms. Christine N. Donovan, Senior Staff Attorney, Superior Court of California, County of Solano
  • Hon. Michael Gassner, Commissioner of the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino
  • Hon. Suzanne Gazzaniga, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Placer
  • Hon. Maureen F. Hallahan, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • Ms. Leslie Heimov, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center of California
  • Mr. John Daniel Hodson, Attorney, Hodson & Mullin Attorneys at Law
  • Ms. La Ron Dennis, Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office
  • Ms. Kathleen L. Hrepich, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Department of Child Support Services
  • Ms. Sharon M. Lawrence, Executive Director, Voices for Children, Inc.
  • Ms. Patricia Lee, Managing Attorney, San Francisco Public Defender's Office
  • Hon. Cindee F. Mayfield, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino
  • Hon. Kimberly J. Nystrom-Geist, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno
  • Hon. Jaime R. Román, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
  • Ms. Rebecca L. Ross, Attorney, Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo
  • Mr. Jim Salio, Chief Probation Officer, San Luis Obispo County Probation Department
  • Ms. Sudha Shetty, Assistant Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley
  • Hon. B. Scott Thomsen, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Nevada
  • Hon. Patrick E. Tondreau, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • Hon. Heidi K. Whilden, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Monterey
  • Ms. Alicia Valdez Wright, Esq., Family Law Facilitator, Self-Help Center, Superior Court of California, County of San Luis Obispo
  • Hon. Daniel Zeke Zeidler, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

CJER Governing Committee Liaison

  • Hon. Janet Gaard, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Yolo

Governmental Affairs Liaison

  • Mr. Alan Herzfeld, Associate Attorney, Governmental Affairs, Judicial Council of California

Judicial Council Staff to the Committee

  • Ms. Audrey Fancy (J), Supervising Attorney, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Judicial Council of California
  • Ms. Julia Weber (F), Supervising Attorney, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Judicial Council of California
  • Ms. Carolynn Bernabe, Administrative Coordinator, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Judicial Council of California

Background

The Judicial Council of California’s Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the council for improving the administration of justice in all cases involving marriage, family, or children. The committee is staffed by the Center for Families, Children & the Courts.

Mission

The mission of the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee is to:

  • Identify issues and concerns confronting judicial administration regarding family and juvenile law, procedure, and practice; and
  • Address issues related to domestic violence, self-represented litigants, juvenile delinquency and dependency, adoption, and general family law.

On an ongoing basis, the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee:

  • Reviews pending legislation regarding family and juvenile matters;
  • Reviews suggestions from the public for improving the administration of family and juvenile cases and recommends appropriate action to the council or one of its committees; and
  • Proposes to the council changes in rules, forms, and standards for family and juvenile cases.

Contact Information

Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Operations & Programs
FamilyJuvenileComm@jud.ca.gov

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