22 February 2013

Divorce Attorneys Hal Bartholomew and Diane Wasznicky Sacramento Firm Kills Public Access To The Family Law Counselor - Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter

Bartholomew & Wasznicky End Online Public Access To SCBA Family Law Section Newsletter

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Family law firm Bartholomew and Wasznicky has stopped providing online public access to the Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section newsletter The Family Law Counselor.

Prominent Sacramento family law firm Bartholomew & Wasznicky has cut off the public from online access to The Family Law Counselor, a monthly newsletter published by the Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section. The firm website previously provided the only online, downloadable access to the newsletter, which Sacramento Family Court News often uses in reporting on family court issues

Family court watchdogs have pointed out that many articles in the Counselor reveal an overly collegial relationship between for-profit family law attorneys and family court judges and employees, who are paid by taxpayers to serve the public interest. 

About 70 percent of family court users cannot afford to hire a lawyer and are unrepresented, but, as the newsletters often reflect, superior court judges regularly provide important family court policy, procedure and staffing updates and other information only to the attorneys who represent the 30 percent. The same information is rarely made available to the 70 percent without lawyers, many of whom face an opposing party represented by a Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section member. 

Family court Judge Matthew J. Gary regularly offers the family law bar "Bench Tips" in The Family Law Counselor on family law, law and motion tactics, and courtroom procedure. Unrepresented parties seeking the same advice and information from the Family Law Facilitator Office - which ostensibly serves the needs of pro per litigants - are told the subjects are beyond the scope of the services the office provides, or, worse, given inaccurate information.   

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Sacramento Family Court News was tipped off ahead of time that the newsletters would be scrubbed from the Bartholomew & Wasznicky website. We took a screenshot of the now deleted page where the newsletters were available to the public for download: 
United States District Court Eastern District of California – Sacramento Federal Court – United States Courts - Judge William Shubb - Judge Edmund Brennan - Judge Garland Burrell Jr - Judge Carolyn Delaney - Judge Morrison England Jr - Judge Gregory Hollows - Judge John Mendez - Judge Kendall Newman - Judge Troy Nunley - Judge Allison Claire - Judge Dale Drozd - Judge Lawrence Karlton - Judge Kimberly Mueller – Office of the United States Attorneys Benjamin B. Wagner Eastern District of California, Hon. Robert C. Hight – Hon. Bunmi O. Awoniyi – Hon. Steven M. Gevercer – Hon. Tami R. Bogert – Hon. James M. Mize – Vance Raye - CJP Victoria B. Henley – Hon. Thadd A. Blizzard -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 Administrative Officer - Judge Kevin R. Culhane – Hon. Kevin R Culhane – Judge Kevin Culhane -
Bartholomew and Wasznicky have deleted this page - which offered downloads of each issue of the Family Law Counselor newsletter - from the firm website. 

The URL for The Family Law Counselor downloads page at the Bartholomew & Wasznicky website was http://www.divorcepage.com/CM/Custom/The-Family-Law-Counselor.asp. The link now redirects to the homepage of the firm. Veteran family law attorney Mary C. Molinaro, Of Counsel at the firm and Sacramento County Family Court Temporary Judge is the "Editor Emeritus" of the newsletter, according to the newsletter masthead and her webpage at the firm. 

The family law sections of other county bar associations make similar newsletters available to the public. The Santa Clara County Bar Association Family Law Section provides its newsletter to the public through the SCCBA main website. Click here for the SCCBA Family Law Section newsletter archives.

In October, 2012 we reported that firm founders Hal D. Bartholomew and Diane E. Wasznicky were using the judge pro tem status of firm attorneys for promotional purposes in violation of the California Code of Judicial Ethics. The judge pro tem title implies influential, insider status at the courthouse and is used by some attorneys as a marketing tool to attract new clients. But, as we reported last year, using the title for advertising or promotional purposes is prohibited by judicial ethics rules. After our report was published, the judge pro tem reference was removed from the Bartholomew & Wasznicky website.


Judge Robert Hight – Judge Bunmi Awoniyi – Judge Steven Gevercer – Judge Tami Bogert – Judge James Mize – Vance Raye - Victoria Henley CJP - Judge Thadd Blizzard -Bartholomew and Wasznicky - family attorney Hal Bartholomew - family law attorney Diane Wasznicky - family attorney Mary Molinaro - Child custody - child custody and visitation - child support - child custody law - spousal support – alimony - child custody, domestic violence,  child support services – child support payments – child custody California – child custody law – child support payment – child support law – Divorce – attorney divorce – attorneys divorce – divorce attorney – divorce lawyer – divorce lawyers – lawyer divorce – lawyers for divorce – lawyer for divorce – domestic violence –Sacramento Federal Court Eastern District of California – United States Courts, US District Court Sacramento, Judge William B. Shubb, Judge Edmund F. Brennan, Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr, Judge Carolyn K. Delaney, Judge Morrison C. England Jr, Judge Gregory G. Hollows, Judge John A. Mendez, Judge Kendall J. Newman, Judge Troy L. Nunley, Judge Allison Claire, Judge Dale A. Drozd, Judge Lawrence K. Karlton, Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner,  Judge Kevin R. Culhane – Hon. Kevin R Culhane – Judge Kevin Culhane -
East Sacramento office of family law attorneys Mary C. Molinaro, 
Hal D. Bartholomew and Diane E. Wasznicky.
Family law attorneys Mary Molinaro, Hal Bartholomew and Diane Wasznicky all hold the Office of Temporary Judge, and all have held one or more officer positions on the Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee, known by the acronym FLEC

Family court watchdogs and whistleblowers contend that FLEC dictates and controls most family court policies and procedures - including local court rules - for the financial benefit of private lawyers who represent just 30 percent of family court parties. 

Family court reform advocates say many court policies and procedures work against the 70 percent majority of litigants who are financially disadvantaged and self-represented. Sacramento Family Court News has reported on these and other, related issues, including: 
 United States District Court Eastern District of California – Sacramento Federal Court – United States Courts - Judge William Shubb - Judge Edmund Brennan - Judge Garland Burrell Jr - Judge Carolyn Delaney - Judge Morrison England Jr - Judge Gregory Hollows - Judge John Mendez - Judge Kendall Newman - Judge Troy Nunley - Judge Allison Claire - Judge Dale Drozd - Judge Lawrence Karlton - Judge Kimberly Mueller – Office of the United States Attorneys Benjamin B. Wagner Eastern District of California, family law Bartholomew and Wasznicky - Hon. Robert C. Hight – Hon. Bunmi O. Awoniyi –attorney Diane Wasznicky - Hon. Steven M. Gevercer – Hon. Tami R. Bogert – Hon. James M. Mize – Vance Raye - CJP Victoria B. Henley – Hon. Thadd A. Blizzard -attorney Hal Bartholomew - Judge Kevin R. Culhane – Hon. Kevin R Culhane – Judge Kevin Culhane -
Judge pro tem attorney Mary Molinaro wrote this article for the
August 2002 issue of Sacramento Lawyer magazine.
 
  • A variety of illegal tactics used by court employees, judges, the Family Law Facilitator Office and judge pro tem attorneys to obstruct family court appeals by unrepresented, financially disadvantaged litigants.Click here.
  • Full-time family court judges failure to disclose judge pro tem conflicts of interest to opposing parties and attorneys. Click here.
  • Judge pro tem attorneys promoted a software program sold by the wife of a family court judge. Click here.  
  • Court administrators concealing from the public judge pro tem attorney misconduct, including sexual battery against clients. Click here 
  • Illegal use of California vexatious litigant law by family court judges to benefit judge pro tem attorneys. Click here
  • Waiver of judge pro tem qualification standards for attorneys at firms with other temporary judges. Click here
  • Preferential treatment provided to judge pro tem attorneys by family court judges, administrators, and employees. Click here.
  • Unfair competition and monopolistic practices by family court judges and attorneys who also hold the Office of Temporary Judge which may violate state unfair competition laws. Click here
  • Family court judges cherry-picking civil court procedure statutes and court rules to rewrite established law in order to reach a predetermined result to benefit judge pro tem attorneys. Click here
  • Sacramento County Superior Court Presiding Judge Laurie M. Earl failing to enforce the Code of Judicial Ethics provisions applicable to temporary judges. Click here

Hon. Robert C. Hight – Hon. Bunmi O. Awoniyi – Hon. Steven M. Gevercer – Hon. Tami R. Bogert – Hon. James M. Mize – Vance Raye - CJP Victoria B. Henley – Hon. Thadd A. Blizzard -Sacramento County Bar Associaton - Judge Pro Tem Russell Carlson attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Elaine Van Beveren attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Fredrick Cohen attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Paula Salinger attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Richard Sokol attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Charlotte Keeley attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Gary Appelblatt attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Bunmi Awoniyi attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Jill L. Barr attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Robert O’Hair attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Judith Winn attorney family law - Judge Pro Tem Mary Molinaro attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Hal Bartholomew attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Scott Buchanan attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Steven Burlingham attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Anthony Dick attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Frank Dougherty attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Jackie Eston attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Nancy Perkovich attorney family law– Judge Pro Tem Camille Hemmer attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem John O’Malley attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Jeffrey Posner attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Stephen Wagner attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Diane Wasznicky attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Kristine Cummings attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem Michael Jonsson attorney family law - Judge Pro Tem Joseph Winn attorney family law – Judge Pro Tem D. Thomas Woodruff attorney family law - Sacramento Federal Court Eastern District of California – United States Courts, US District Court Sacramento, Judge William B. Shubb, Judge Edmund F. Brennan, Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr, Judge Carolyn K. Delaney, Judge Morrison C. England Jr, Judge Gregory G. Hollows, Judge John A. Mendez, Judge Kendall J. Newman, Judge Troy L. Nunley, Judge Allison Claire, Judge Dale A. Drozd, Judge Lawrence K. Karlton, Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner,Judge Kevin R. Culhane – Hon. Kevin R Culhane – Judge Kevin Culhane -