Friday, June 9, 2023
In Person and via Zoom at 12:00pm

If you plan on attending this event in person:
Please arrive at: Crowne Plaza at 11:40am
1221 Chess Dr Syracuse Room
Foster City, CA 94404

Join us for a dialogue that addresses how to better understand the complex relationship between psychology and family law, and how that relationship impacts the legal process, including the attorney-client relationship. We will discuss a range of issues, including how a client’s psychological state of mind might impact the client’s ability to retain information, make difficult decisions, and sustain a healthy alliance with their attorneys. We will also address how to identify the full range of professional support that clients may need, including locating resources for well-boundaried therapeutic intervention, as well as how psychological support can be provided to attorneys so that attorneys can better identify, understand and manage their own reactions, all to best support a healthy attorney-client relationship.

Jill Hersh, a California Certified Family Law Specialist, is the managing attorney at the Hersh FamilyLaw Practice, P.C., a mediation, transactional, trial, and appellate family law firm. Jill is a Fellow of the AAML and the IAFL. Since the anticipated reversal of Roe v. Wade, Jill has been presenting on the impact of losing reproductive liberty rights and assisted reproduction, speaking in Athens, Greece, in May of 2022 to the IAFL, about surrogacy and assisted reproduction. In September, 2022, she spoke to barristers and solicitors in London on the impact of Dobbs v. Jackson on reproductive rights and formation of the Modern Family. Jill was an invited speaker in May, 2023, at the annual symposium of the Family Law Bar Association of England and Wales to address the same subject. Jill received the 2006 CLAY (California Lawyer of the Year) Award for her work from trial up to the California Supreme Court to advance the rights of same sex parents who conceive using assisted reproduction. She specializes in domestic and international complex financial and parentage/custody issues, including Hague and non-Hague Convention disputes. Jill’s published opinions are Estate of MacDonald (transmutation of assets), Marriage of deGuigne (off-guideline/higher child support based upon assets), K.M. v. E.G. (establishing maternal parentage in a same-sex couple using assisted reproduction), In Re Guardianship of Olivia J. (using the probate court to obtain de facto parental rights for a same-sex partner), and Marriage of Priem (protecting an abused payor from liability for spousal support). Jill’s published opinions, published articles, and complete C.V. are available at

Rebecca Robbins, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. For thirty years, she has specialized in work with children, adults and families from high conflict divorce, providing therapy, parent coaching, co-parent counseling, and consultation to licensed clinicians and attorneys. In addition, she has provided Pro Bono clinical services to families and individuals in underserved communities. For much of her professional life, Dr. Robbins also has worked to develop and facilitate training programs for masters and doctoral level trainees at interdisciplinary agencies in San Francisco that serve the diverse mental health needs of children and families.

Speakers: Jill Hersh, J.D. and Rebecca Robbins, Ph.D.

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Syracuse Room 1st Floor
1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404 

Cost (includes lunch):  $55 for section members and $65 for non-section members. Cost also includes 1.5 Hours of General Law MCLE credit.

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

For in person cancellations, the cancellation must be received ONE WEEK BEFORE the event. If you do not cancel within one week prior to the event or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.

For zoom cancellations, must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee for those who register via Zoom. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.