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It's Complicated isn't just a Hollywood movie; the phrase perfectly describes the challenges faced every day by CPAs and attorneys working in family law. The Family Law Conference addresses the wide range of legal, tax, financial and valuation issues related to separation and divorce. CPAs, attorneys, judges and other professionals attend this event to deepen their knowledge of the complex issues related to family law including: California community property, income available for support, forensic accounting related to dissolution and best practices to protect your client in court. Seasoned practitioners, who specialize in family law, will share their expertise with you. This conference provides an excellent opportunity to meet, mingle and discuss your questions with judicial officers, accountants and lawyers who specialize in family law.
All CalCPA Education Foundation conferences include:
2015 subjects will be available soon. 2014 major subjects included:
Wireless Internet access, continental breakfast and plated lunch will be provided at this event and are included in your registration fee.
Pay the lowest price and save up to 60% with the CalCPA Education Foundation’s discount programs.
To ensure that all credit is properly recorded, please review your information and update your CPA, CFP, CTEC or Bar license number(s).
General knowledge of family law or experience with tax planning or litigation.
CPAs, attorneys, judges, other professionals and staff who require current knowledge of family law cases and issues.
The Honorable Keith M. Clemens serves as a private judge for dispute resolution. He conducts trials and hearings as a temporary judge (judge pro tem), arbitrations, mediations, settlement conferences, and Code of Civil Procedure §§ 638 and 639 reference hearings. He also serves as a discovery referee, case management officer, and special master/family facilitator. He previously served as Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner. Commissioner Clemens presided over family law direct calendar courts in Los Angeles Superior Court Department NV-J (San Fernando) from July 1991 through December 2002, and Department 9 (Central District) from January 2003 to November 1996. During that time he also handled a four-month temporary assignment to a criminal court, which included felony jury trials and a criminal law calendar. He served as an adjunct associate professor of law at Southwestern University School of Law from spring 2006 to summer 2008, and in the fall of 2005, he was an adjunct professor of law at the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. Since 1991, he has been an instructor, panelist or speaker for more than 100 continuing legal education programs.
Commissioner Clemens was a partner at the Center for Enforcement of Family Support in Los Angeles, enforcing child and spousal support orders, from 1985 through 1991. He also worked as in-house counsel for the Atlantic Richfield Company from 1979 to 1984, and prior to that was in private practice from 1973 to 1979, emphasizing business litigation and business transactions. Commissioner Clemens served on several committees for the Los Angeles Superior Court, and participated in the revisions of the Family Law Court Stipulation Forms. He has authored many family law-related articles, including the last 24 annual Family Law Update books summarizing all new published California family law cases, other related cases, and new and revised California statutes applicable to family law. He has been a member of the board of directors of Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center, Inc., a non-profit law firm, since January 1998. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1964, and his juris doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1973 where he received the Order of the Coif and the Criminal Courts Bar Association Award and served as associate editor of the UCLA Law Review, as vice president of the Student Bar Association, and co-founder of the UCLA Corrections Law Program.
Garret C. Dailey is a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) emphasizing appeals and consultations. His office is in Oakland. He has been a member of the faculties of the University of California, Davis School of Law, Golden Gate University and the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow in both the American and International Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers. Dailey is co-author of Attorney’s Briefcase treatises on California Family Law, Evidence, and Children and the Law. He is also co-author of Lawgic Marital Settlement and Pre/Post Marital Agreements and the author of SupporTax.
Some of Dailey’s recent appellate cases include Marriage of Valli, Elkins v. Superior Court, and Marriage of LaMusga in addition to many appellate court opinions. He was named the CalCPA Education Foundation Outstanding Conference Speaker in 2005. His other distinctions include the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award by the State Bar of California, Family Law Section; the Association of Certified Family Law Specialist’s Hall of Fame Award; and the Brandeis Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He was named the 2006 Family Law Person of the Year by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter; listed in The Best Lawyers of America; and selected numerous times as one of Northern California’s Top 100 Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine.
Darlene L. Elmore, CPA, ABV, CFF has over 28 years of experience as an accountant and has worked in public accounting for the last 23. With an office in Santa Rosa, her practice is focused on providing forensic accounting analysis and services and business valuation, with a special emphasis on family law matters. In addition to her certification as a CPA, she is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the AICPA.
Theodore D. Israel (IFG, LLP, San Rafael, California) has been in public accounting since receiving his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Golden Gate University in 1976. In addition to being a licensed California CPA, he also holds the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) designations from the AICPA and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). Israel is a member of the AICPA’s Business Valuation Committee and the CalCPA Forensic Services Section Steering Committee, and a past chair of the CalCPA Business Valuation Section.
Israel has authored numerous articles on business valuation and is on the editorial advisory board of Business Valuation Update. From 1982 to 1994 he served on the part-time faculty of the department of management studies at Sonoma State University. He has spoken on business valuation and forensic accounting topics for the AICPA, CalCPA, New York and Arizona State Societies of CPAs, American Society of Appraisers, California Judicial Council, Business Valuation Resources, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and several local Bar Associations. He also served as a certification instructor for NACVA from 2006 to 2007. Israel provides business valuation consulting and expert witness services in a variety of contexts including estate and gift matters, mergers and acquisitions, family law and corporate dissolutions including court appointments.
The Honorable Thomas Trent Lewis serves in the Family Law Department in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County as the Assistant Supervising Judge of the Family Law Division. Judge Lewis practiced family law for over 28 years, and was designated a Certified Family Law Specialist in 1985. In 1988 he was inducted into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He served as the chair of the Board of Legal Specialization for the State of California and president of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.
Judge Lewis serves on the California Court’s Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee; and the California Court’s Judicial Training Committee for Family Law (CJER). He is the president of the California Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). Judge Lewis teaches for Thomson West’s Rutter Group CFLR Family Law Review Course, CFLR Advanced Family Law Course, the Expert Series on Evidence, and the Family Law Trial Advocacy and other programs. He is an author of the Rutter Group Family Law Practice Guide and has presented over 150 different continuing education programs since his appointment.
In 2010, Judge Lewis was awarded the Outstanding Jurist Award by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Southern California Chapter. In 2012, he was awarded the Ethel Levitt Humanitarian Award by Levitt Quinn Family Law Center, a nonprofit legal service provider in Los Angeles County and the Outstanding Contribution to Family Law Award from the California Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.