Family Law Executive Committee

The purpose of the Family Law Section is to further the knowledge of its members in all areas of family law, such as dissolution of marriage, legal separation, annulment, registered domestic partnerships, child custody, child and spousal support, community property, adoption and dependency.  The section produces the continuing legal education programs, the Family Law News and an electronic newsletter.

The executive committee:

  • consists of 15-17 members and several advisors;
  • reviews proposed family law legislation;
  • assists the State Bar in working with the legislature to develop family law legislation;
  • drafts affirmative family law legislation and lends its family law expertise by providing comments and testimony to the legislature;
  • meets several times a year, throughout the state, with each meeting requiring substantial preparation. 

Committee communications are conducted electronically, and each member must have an email address to receive committee meeting notices, agendas, etc.

The executive committee seeks members committed to family law and those who enjoy hard work in a collegia atmosphere. Section participation, bar activities, legal experience and diversity are factors considered in the appointment review. Lawyers throughout California who can make the time commitment are encouraged to apply.

For questions about requirements or how to become more involved in the section, please contact the section's staff or executive committee chair.

  • Expected 2017-18 vacancies: 6
  • Meetings per year: 4
  • 2016-17 Chair: David M. Lederman, Antioch
  • Staff contact: Mitch Wood 415-538-2594

Deadline for 2017 applications: February 8, 2017

2017-18 terms begin: Conclusion of 2017 State Bar Annual Meeting (September 22, 2017)