Friday, October 13, 2023
Via Zoom ONLY at 12:00pm

Description: In this session, presenters will give an overview of domestic violence issues in family law cases (including legal updates), tips on crafting enforceable custody orders and why it matters and explain how domestic violence criminal cases are handled by law enforcement and the district attorney’s office. 

  1. Overview
    1. Review of domestic violence laws (including legal updates)
    2. Domestic violence issue spotting
    3. Tips on being a trauma informed attorney
  2. Criminal Cases
    1. DVRO vs CPO: declarations, timing, hierarchy of orders
    2. How the district attorney decides whether to prosecute/plead/misdemeanor/felony
    3. How to advocate for victim witness
  3. Unsafe/unenforceable custody provision
    1. Enforcement challenges
    2. How to make orders safe/enforceable

Speakers: Tulin D. Acikalin & Paula Vielman-Reeves

Cost: Cost is $35 per person for members of the SMCBA Family Law Section and $50 for Non-Section Members. Cost includes 1.0 hour of General Law MCLE.

Registration and Information: Please click on the button above to register for this event. If you wish to pay by check, please still register online first and send your check payable to SMCBA, to 333 Bradford St., Ste. 150, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events. *Please note for which event you are paying and the name of the attendee.

Logistics: Your Zoom credentials will automatically be emailed to you shortly after you register online, as well as the day and hour before the event. Please note that you’ll need to be logged into a Zoom account to join the webinar. The written materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the morning of the event. 

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email

Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.