May/June 2019


COVER STORY

The Burroughs Years – An Appreciation

Cover Photo Collage

 

EVENTS

Women on the Bench: SCBA International Women’s Day Breakfast Seminar

Four Northern California Inns Come Together to Hear Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

The Law and Human Trafficking – An SCBA Breakfast Seminar Series

 

ARTICLES

California Launches Its First Practice Analysis for Newly Admitted Attorneys

 

VLSP

New Family Law Services Offered by VLSP

 

AI

Robot Judge

 

SECTIONS, AFFILIATES AND DIVISIONS

The Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento

Wiley W. Manuel Bar Association Honors Black History Month

Barristers’ Club Update

Public Law Section’s Legislative Update 2019

Solo/Small Practice Division

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Message

President’s Message


EDITORS-IN-CHIEF
Betsy S. Kimball
Ellen Arabian-Lee
Editor@sacbar.org

STAFF EDITOR
Maureen Onyeagbako

MAGAZINE COMMITTEE
Betsy S. Kimball, Samson R. Elsbernd, David Graulich, Heather Cline Hoganson, Yoshinori H.T. Himel

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Mary J. Burroughs
(916) 564-3780 – mburroughs@sacbar.org

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Milenko Vlaisavljevic

ADVERTISING SALES
EVENTS – MEMBER CLASSIFIED ADS
(916) 564-3780 – scba@sacbar.org

SCBA OFFICERS
Sean McCoy – President
Shanae Buffington – 1st Vice President
Trevor Carson – 2nd Vice President
Bryan Hawkins – Secretary/Treasurer

SCBA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary J. Burroughs – mburroughs@sacbar.org

New Family Law Services Offered by VLSP

by Vicki Jacobs

Vicki Jacobs is the Managing Attorney of the Voluntary Legal Services Program. She can be contacted at vjacobs@vlsp.org.

At the Voluntary Legal Services Program, we have conflicting feelings about advertising our new project that benefits low income self-represented litigants. It is called the Family Law Assistance Project (aka “FLAP”) and, with the assistance of Sacramento area family law volunteer attorneys, is providing legal advice and forms assistance to family law litigants in the Sacramento Family Court.

Our conflicting feelings are caused by the knowledge that virtually everyone knows someone going through a divorce, custody, or support dispute, and we expect the referrals to our program for this project, once the word is out, will be substantial. We have hired staff to handle the incoming calls and to screen those callers for eligibility under VLSP’s low income guidelines.

The need for help with family law services is not in dispute. Our goal is to help increase access to the family law courts for those who are self-represented and make it a less intimidating process for them.

As VLSP co-founder, Judge James Mize of the Sacramento Superior Court, states: “Family law is one of the most crucial areas of law where folks need representation and yet 75% of the litigants who appear before us are self-represented. Having VLSP assisting these families will be a godsend to them and will greatly increase the likelihood that justice will be done and that innocent children will have better outcomes. Again, the dedicated and generous family law lawyers of Sacramento are stepping up and giving their time and talent to do right by these families. Good luck VLSP – and may you and your faithful volunteers have many years of successful and fulfilling service to our River City community.”

“Family law is one of the most crucial areas of law where folks need representation and yet 75% of the litigants who appear before us are self-represented.”
Judge James Mize

VLSP has experience providing family law services to the indigent. It has been about a decade, however, since VLSP provided family law services on other than a very limited basis. Long time practitioners will remember that VLSP used to operate a family law clinic at the Meadowview Community Center (now the Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center) in conjunction with the Sacramento Superior Court. We also operated a family law clinic at the then-new Family Relations Courthouse at the Family Law Facilitator’s office. These projects were closed due to changes in funding. Fortunately, there is funding again available to VLSP to operate an ongoing family law project.

VLSP’s services through the Family Law Assistance Project are provided by appointment only. Once clients are screened by telephone for eligibility for VLSP services, an appointment is set at VLSP’s office. At that appointment, clients can speak individually with a family law attorney about their situations and, if needed, family law forms will be completed for filing in pro per by the client. Unless a volunteer decides to take a case for full representation, the end of the appointment is the end of the services provided. Volunteers are not expected to handle the case on in their private practices. Clients can call again and receive additional services, if resources allow. There is no ongoing relationship between the client and the volunteer. The client may be helped by a different volunteer each time he or she is seen.

In March, VLSP had its first orientation for new volunteers and we are pleased that 12 family law practitioners attended. Volunteers are requested to provide help at VLSP’s office for 2-3 hours at least once per quarter. Support staff is available to assist.

If you are interested in finding out more about this project, whether as a volunteer or someone who will refer clients to this project, please email Vicki Jacobs, VLSP’s Managing Attorney, at vjacobs@vlsp.org. If you know of low income people who need help in the Sacramento Family Court, please have them call VLSP at (916) 551-2102 to be screened and scheduled for an appointment.  

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May/June 2019


COVER STORY

The Burroughs Years – An Appreciation

Cover Photo Collage

 

EVENTS

Women on the Bench: SCBA International Women’s Day Breakfast Seminar

Four Northern California Inns Come Together to Hear Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

The Law and Human Trafficking – An SCBA Breakfast Seminar Series

 

ARTICLES

California Launches Its First Practice Analysis for Newly Admitted Attorneys

 

VLSP

New Family Law Services Offered by VLSP

 

AI

Robot Judge

 

SECTIONS, AFFILIATES AND DIVISIONS

The Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento

Wiley W. Manuel Bar Association Honors Black History Month

Barristers’ Club Update

Public Law Section’s Legislative Update 2019

Solo/Small Practice Division

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Message

President’s Message


EDITORS-IN-CHIEF
Betsy S. Kimball
Ellen Arabian-Lee
Editor@sacbar.org

STAFF EDITOR
Maureen Onyeagbako

MAGAZINE COMMITTEE
Betsy S. Kimball, Samson R. Elsbernd, David Graulich, Heather Cline Hoganson, Yoshinori H.T. Himel

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Mary J. Burroughs
(916) 564-3780 – mburroughs@sacbar.org

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Milenko Vlaisavljevic

ADVERTISING SALES
EVENTS – MEMBER CLASSIFIED ADS
(916) 564-3780 – scba@sacbar.org

SCBA OFFICERS
Sean McCoy – President
Shanae Buffington – 1st Vice President
Trevor Carson – 2nd Vice President
Bryan Hawkins – Secretary/Treasurer

SCBA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary J. Burroughs – mburroughs@sacbar.org

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