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Friday, January 13, 2023 - Monday, January 16, 2023 AAML Southern California Chapter's 31st Annual Institute of Trial Advocacy: New Waves in Family Law Litigation Newport Beach, CA | Balboa Bay Resort

Dear Fellows and Guests:

On behalf of the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Co-dean Stephen Hamilton and I welcome you to our 30th Annual Institute of Trial Advocacy: “New Waves in Family Law Litigation.” The Institute will present cutting edge continuing education programs designed to assist the advanced family law practitioner in preparing for and presenting a case at hearings and trials. As always, this will be a weekend of top-drawer CLE, social events, and fellowship in a grand setting – the Balboa Bay Resort. We look forward to seeing and serving you, and I invite you to contact me with any questions or comments: gherring@theherringlawgroup.com.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Platinum Dinner Gala

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Law Firm Sponsors

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Event Schedule


  • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Welcome Cocktail Reception | Lighthouse Room


  • 7:15 am - 8:15 am | Breakfast | Grand Ballroom Terrace
  • 8:15 am - 1 pm | MCLE Program | Grand Ballroom
  • 6:00pm - 11:00 pm | Cocktail Reception & Dinner Gala | Grand Ballroom


  • 7:15 am - 8:15 am | Breakfast | Grand Ballroom Terrace
  • 8:15 am - 1 pm | MCLE Program | Grand Ballroom
  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Fellows Event


  • 7:15 am - 8:15 am | Breakfast | Grand Ballroom Terrace
  • 8:15 am - 1 pm | MCLE Program | Grand Ballroom

*Event times are subject to change.


  • How to Present a Case (program in three parts)
  • California Rules of Court/Family Code Interplay
  • Pre-appellate and Appellate Considerations in Trial Court
  • Evidence Code Privileges and Policies
  • Audio-visual Presentations in Hearings and Trial
  • Gaining Leverage through Discovery Referees
  • Proving and Defending Domestic Violence Claims
  • Arbitration and Other Procedures for Enforcing Judgments and Orders
  • 2023 Family Law/Tax Update
  • Family Law Presumptions at Trial
  • Managing Expert Witnesses from Retention through Trial
  • "Hybrid" Custody Evaluations toward Settlements
  • Parentage Litigation Update

Our Presenters:

  • Hon. Scott Gordon
  • Hon. Melinda A. Johnson (ret.)
  • Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis (ret.)
  • Hon. Susan Lopez-Giss (ret.)
  • Hon. Laura H. Miller
  • Hon. Amy M. Pellman
  • Hon. Dianna Gould-Saltman
  • Hon. Sheila Prell Sonenshine (ret.)
  • Commissioner David S. Weinberg (Ret.)
  • Robert A. Benavente
  • Andrew J. Botros
  • John B. Chason
  • Ira M. Friedman
  • Saul M. Gelbart
  • Annette Hall Neville
  • Daniel J. Jaffe
  • Anne C. Kiley
  • Sandra L. Mayberry
  • Christopher C. Melcher
  • Shannon B. Miles
  • Michael A. Morris
  • Claudia N. Ribet
  • Glen H. Schwartz
  • Philip G. Seastrom
  • Kyle J. Siems
  • Robert A. Simon, Ph.D.
  • Marshall W. Waller
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