03 January 2011

Family Law Attorney References Used by Sacramento Family Court News - Newsroom Law Library Tour

Family Law Reporting Sources,  References & Newsroom Law Library

California Supreme Court Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Joyce L. Kennard, Justice Marvin R. Baxter, Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar, Justice Ming W. Chin, Justice Carol A. Corrigan, Justice Goodwin H. Liu, Hon. Robert C. Hight – Hon. Bunmi O. Awoniyi – Hon. Steven M. Gevercer – Hon. Tami R. Bogert – Hon. Thadd A. Blizzard – Hon. James M. Mize – CJP Victoria B. Henley  - Andy Furillo Reporter – Sacramento County courts - Sacramento Bee - Joyce Terhaar Editor and Senior Vice President – Deb Anderluh Senior Editor for Investigations and Enterprise – Sacramento Bee - Marjie Lundstrum Reporter-Investigations – Ken Chavez Senior Editor-Local News – Maury Macht Team Leader II-Local News – Kim Minugh Reporter-Crime – Charles Piller Reporter-Investigations – Cynthia Hubert Reporter-Social Services – Sacramento Bee – Tom Knudson Reporter-Investigaions – Denny Walsh Reporter-Federal/State Supreme Courts – Phillip Reese Reporter-Investigations – Anthony Sorci Team Leader-Local News – Steuart Leavenworth Editorial Page Editor – Gary Reed Forum Editor – Dan Morain Senior Editor – Sacramento Bee – Ginger Rutland Associate Editor – Foon Rhee Associate Editor – Brian Blomster Online News Editor - Hon. Jaime R. Roman – Hon. Matthew J. Gary – Hon. Thadd A. Blizzard – Hon. James M. Mize – Hon. Peter J. McBrien – Hon. Kevin R. Culhane – Hon. Laurie M. Earl – Hon. Steve White – Hon. Bunmi O. Awoniyi – Hon. Eugene L. Balonon - Scott P. Harmon Commissioner -  Danny L. Haukedalen Commissoner – Hon. Jane Ure – domestic violence – child support – child custody – spousal support - Sacramento County Superior Court – Family Court Sacramento -
Family law references used by Sacramento Family Court News are the same as those 
used by judges and family law attorneys, including California Practice Guide: Family Law.
Thank you for visiting Sacramento Family Court News, a news website featuring independent reporting about family court, judges, attorneys, pro pers, family law, divorce, child support, child custody and more. To learn more about us, please visit our About Page. This post describes the legal references we use in our reporting.

Family law is complex. Family court cases often involve conflicting he said/she said testimony, or "both sides do it" moral equivalency arguments. Sorting out the facts is a daunting challenge and one reason why most mainstream media avoid reporting on family court issues. 

But almost all family law and procedure is codified or otherwise established by court rules and decisional law, and not subject to reasonable dispute. The news, analysis, and opinion content at Sacramento Family Court News is in large part based on the family law and court procedure references used by judges and attorneys. 

When issuing orders, rulings, and decisions, superior courtCourt of Appeal and California Supreme Court judges and justices often rely on and cite legal references published by The Rutter Group. For example, a search for the phrase "Rutter Group" in published and unpublished California decisional law returns 3,270 results. Click here to see the Google Scholar case law search results. 

The Rutter Group publishes Practice Guides for virtually every area of law. "The judges and attorneys who write the Practice Guides are among the best in the nation," according to Rutter. 


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Victoria B. Henley Director, Jayne Kim Chief Trial Counsel, Elaine M. Howle State Auditor, Justice Vance W. Raye, Justice Coleman A. Blease, Justice Ronald A. Robie, Justice William A. Murray Jr., Justice George W. Nicholson, Justice M. Kathleen Butz – Mary K. Butz, Justice Elena J. Duarte, Justice Harry E. Hull Jr., Justice Louis R. Mauro, Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch, Judge Robert Hight – Judge Bunmi Awoniyi – Judge Steven Gevercer – Judge Tami Bogert – Judge Thadd Blizzard – Judge James Mize – Vance Raye - Victoria Henley CJP -Family Court - Child Custody - Spousal Support - Visitation - Sacramento Superior Court - California Practice Guide - The Rutter Group - Family Law - Civil Appeals and Writs- Judge Jaime R. Roman – Judge Matthew J. Gary – Judge Thadd A. Blizzard – Judge James M. Mize – Judge Peter J. McBrien – Judge Kevin R. Culhane – Judge Laurie M. Earl – Judge Steve White – Judge Bunmi O. Awoniyi – Judge Eugene L. Balonon - Scott P. Harmon Commissioner -  Danny L. Haukedalen Commissoner – Judge Jane Ure – domestic violence – child support – child custody – spousal support – Sacramento County Superior Court – Family Court Sacramento -
Family law is complex. When they need help, Sacramento Family Court judges
and attorneys turn to California Practice Guide: Family Law and other legal
 treatises published by The Rutter Group.

In Sacramento Family Court the Hon. Matthew J. Gary provides Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section attorneys with monthly "Bench Tips" using the California Practice Guide: Family Law treatise. 

Judge Gary provides his monthly tips in The Family Law Counselor, a newsletter for Sacramento County Bar Association family law lawyers. Click here to see more examples of Judge Gary's Bench Tips


Family Law & Civil Law References


In our coverage of family court issues, we often use California Practice Guide: Family Law, and other legal references from the SFCN newsroom law library. In our coverage of Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court issues we often use California Practice Guide: Civil Appeals and Writs, and other treatises. 

We also utilize California Practice Guide: Civil Procedure Before TrialCalifornia Practice Guide: Civil Trials and Evidence, and the Witkin Library publications California Procedure 5th Edition, Summary of California Law 10th Edition, and California Evidence 5th Edition
   

Federal Law References 


In reporting on issues involving federal courts and law, including the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California and the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, we often use California Practice Guide: Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial, and Federal Civil Trials and Evidence


Attorney Ethics and Professional Responsibility References


Victoria B. Henley Director, Jayne Kim Chief Trial Counsel, Elaine M. Howle State Auditor, Justice Vance W. Raye, Justice Coleman A. Blease, Justice Ronald A. Robie, Justice William A. Murray Jr., Justice George W. Nicholson, Justice M. Kathleen Butz – Mary K. Butz, Justice Elena J. Duarte, Justice Harry E. Hull Jr., Justice Louis R. Mauro, Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch, Hon. Robert C. Hight – Hon. Bunmi O. Awoniyi – Hon. Steven M. Gevercer – Hon. Tami R. Bogert – Hon. Thadd A. Blizzard – Hon. James M. Mize – CJP Victoria B. Henley -  Sacramento Bar Association - Attorney Ethics - Rules of Professional Conduct - State Bar  of California - Compendium on Professional Responsibility - State Bar Act -Elaine M. Howle State Auditor Bureau of State Audits - Victoria B. Henley Director Chief Counsel Commission on Judicial Performance - Steven Jahr Administrative Director of the Courts - Phillip J. Jelicich Principal Auditor Bureau of State Audits - Janice M. Brickley Legal Advisor to Commissioners Commission on Judicial Performance - Judicial Council and Court Leadership Services Division Jody Patel Chief of Staff - Doug D. Cordiner Chief Deputy State Auditor Bureau of State Audits - Bradford L. Battson Senior Attorney III Commission on Judicial Performance - Judicial and Court Operations Services Division Curtis L. Child Chief Operating Officer – Donna L. Neville Staff Counsel IV Bureau of State Audits- Sei Shimoguchi Senior Attorney III Commission on Judicial Performance - Judicial and Court Administrative Services Division Curt Soderlund Chief Adminstrative Officer

For legal authority on attorney ethics, an excellent treatise is California Practice Guide: Professional Responsibility. We often reference the Professional Responsibility practice guide when reporting on attorney conduct. We also use the State Bar of California Rules of Professional Conduct, the State Bar Act, and the California Compendium on Professional Responsibility

The SFCN attorney misconduct page contains news you can use about the California laws that apply to attorneys in the common family court situations we report on. The pages includes links to decisions of the State Bar Court, excerpts from the Compendium on Professional Responsibility, and statutory law applicable to attorney conduct. Click here to go to the SFCN attorney misconduct page.  

Judicial Conduct References


California Supreme Court Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Joyce L. Kennard, Justice Marvin R. Baxter, Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar, Justice Ming W. Chin, Justice Carol A. Corrigan, Justice Goodwin H. Liu, Judge Robert Hight – Judge Bunmi Awoniyi – Judge Steven Gevercer – Judge Tami Bogert – Judge Thadd Blizzard – Judge James Mize – Vance Raye - Victoria Henley CJP -Victoria B. Henley Director Chief Counsel Commission on Judicial Performance – Janice M. Brickley Legal Advisor to Commissioners Commission on Judicial Performance – Bradford L. Battson Senior Attorney III Commission on Judicial Performance – Sei Shimoguchi Senior Attorney III Commission on Judicial Performance- Janice M. Brickley Legal Advisor to Commissioners Commission on Judicial Performance - Sacramento Superior Court - Judge Jaime R. Roman - Judge Peter J. McBrien - Judge Steve White - Judge Laurie M. Earl - Judge Matthew J. Gary - Sacramento Family Court - Family Law - Divorce - Alimony- Spousal Support - Child Support
The California Judicial Conduct Handbook
is considered the gold standard reference
on judicial ethics and standards.
In reporting about family court judges, commissioners, referees, and temporary judges, we use several references, including  the gold standard for judicial ethics, California Judicial Conduct Handbook, by David M. Rothman and published by the California Judges Association

We also use CJA Ethics Opinions and Judicial Ethics Updates, the California Code of Judicial Ethics [pdf], and formal opinions from the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions.

The Rutter Group California Practice Guides Civil Trials and Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Family Law each contain sections about the legal and ethical standards for judges, commissioners, referees and temporary judges.

The primary government authority on judge misconduct is the Commission on Judicial Performance, the state agency responsible for judge oversight and discipline. CJP makes available all public judge discipline decisions since 1961 at this webpage. CJP Annual Reports include comprehensive information on the Commission's authority and procedures, and contain statistical data on Commission cases and summaries of disciplinary actions. Click here for the CJP Annual Reports webpage. 

Sacramento Family Court News indexes CJP disciplinary decisions by type of discipline and other criteria. For example:


Victoria B. Henley Director, Jayne Kim Chief Trial Counsel, Elaine M. Howle State Auditor, Justice Vance W. Raye, Justice Coleman A. Blease, Justice Ronald A. Robie, Justice William A. Murray Jr., Justice George W. Nicholson, Justice M. Kathleen Butz – Mary K. Butz, Justice Elena J. Duarte, Justice Harry E. Hull Jr., Justice Louis R. Mauro, Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch, Hon. Robert C. Hight – Hon. Bunmi O. Awoniyi – Hon. Steven M. Gevercer – Hon. Tami R. Bogert – Hon. James M. Mize – CJP Victoria B. Henley – Hon. Thadd A. Blizzard - family law - Sacramento Bar Association Family Law Section - FLEC - Family Law Section Sacramento Bar Association - Family Law Executive Committee Sacramento County Bar Association - Superior Court Sacramento County - Court Executive Officer - Sacramento County Family Court - Presiding Judge
Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court was a judge in Sacramento County Superior Court from 1997-2005, and established and presided over the first court in Sacramento dedicated solely to domestic violence issues. From 2005–2010 Cantil-Sakauye was a justice on the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento.