Alameda County
Bar Association

Family Law Boot Camp 

Family Law Boot Camp: ACBA and ACFLA offer a comprehensive overview to the practice of Family Law

Boot Camp??  You might imagine yourself sweating over push ups, sit ups, squats and leg lifts. 

Not quite, but this spring but over 60 attorneys participated in the Family Law version of Boot Camp – they did the heavy lifting to learn about requests for order to show cause, short cause and long cause hearings, custody evaluations,  property division and more.

Local family law experts and Alameda County Superior Court bench officers offered a comprehensive training on the practice of Family Law.  The program was offered once a week over the course of 8 weeks.  In each weekly session, a bench officer and an attorney provided an overview of the law and shared courtroom expectations, practice tips and resources.  Some topics addressed include law and motion practice, property division, custody and visitation, domestic violence, support and attorney’s fees and the development of a sustainable modest means practice.

quote from Commissioner Michael Bishay


The training sessions focused on practical advice for those new to family law practice, especially those who are committed to assisting low income clients and clients of modest means.  In fact, the training session is being offered free of charge to ACBA members and to those who  volunteer with Legal Access Alameda’s family law clinics and who are interested in receiving modest means referrals through the ACBA’s Lawyer Referral Service.  Recently minted attorneys, those seeking to expand their practice and/or to transition their practice and those winding down their practice all attended. 

The entire Boot Camp training series has been recorded and is available for online viewing. ACBA members may access these recordings for free.

John Hurston, Horizon Corporate Counsel, attended the Boot Camp series and states, “the content covered during the bootcamp was extremely thorough, well organized and full of practical guidance. Each speaker that participated was passionate about the subject matter which made the trainings quite engaging.”

If you are interested in or have questions about the Family Law Boot Camp, please email Rachel Shigekane,