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Committees of the Family Law Section

Appellate

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: Review pending appellate cases upon requests of section members which will have a significant impact in the area of family law. The committee shall report to council its recommendation on any such cases and whether the filing of an amicus brief is permitted and appropriate.

Charles Hardy, Chair
Assistant Chair: Jessica Janicek
Executive Liaison: Chris Nickelson
Members: Richard Orsinger
Georganna Simpson
Jessica Dixon Weaver
Karl Hays
Joe Indelicato

Awards and Scholarships (Excluding Best Article)

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: Accept nominations and suggestions for future recipients of the Dan R. Price Award, Hall of Legends, Family Law Article of the Year Award. The committee shall also review requests from pro bono legal clinics for tuition scholarships to the Advanced Family Law Course, and/or other State Bar sponsored family law courses.

Chair: Joe Indelicato
Assistant Chair: Kristal Thompson
Executive Liaison: Cindy Tisdale
Members: Wendy Burgower
Warren Cole
Tom Vick
Brian Webb

Best Article (New Committee)

Chair: Dick Sutherland
Assistant Chair: Kelly Ausley Flores
Executive Liaison: Jimmy Vaught
Members: Kyle Sanders
Anna McKim
Lynn Kamin
Lisa Moore
Constance Mimms

By-laws

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: Make suggestions to council as to any needed or required bylaws changes or amendments.

Chair: Brian Webb
Assistant Chair: Lisa Moore
Executive Liaison: Steve Naylor
Members: Tom Ausley
Lynn Kamin

Checklist (New Committee):

Chair: Charla H. Bradshaw
Assistant Chair: Sara Springer Valentine
Executive Liaison: Heather King
Members: Lon Loveless
Kyle Sanders
Heather Ronconi-Algermissen
Constance Mimms
Sarah Darnell
Lisa Hoppes
Cindi Barela Graham
Robert McEwan
John Nichols

Form Book

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: To amend, draft and/or revise any forms or practice notes contained in the Family Law Practice Manual. In legislative years, the committee shall also monitor legislation in order to assure updates to the Family Law Practice Manual in accordance with statutory changes to the Family Code or other applicable laws which affect the practice of family law.

Co-Chair: Georganna Simpson
Co-Chair: Norma Trusch
Assistant Chair: Bill Morris
Executive Liaison: Jimmy Vaught
Members: Bill Morris
Fred Adams
Warren Cole
Angela England
Mara Friesen
Melody Royall
Hon. Dean Rucker
Natalie Webb
John Withers
Sean Abeyta

Legislative

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: To draft proposed legislation commensurate with the needs and changing times of family law. The committee shall also be responsible for monitoring proposed legislation from other sources and to advise council as to any action or suggestions relevant to any such legislation. All such proposed legislation shall be submitted to council for review and vote as to the need, form and/or substance of any proposed bill.

Co-Chair: Jack Marr
Co-Chair: Diana Friedman

Assistant Chair: Chris Wrampelmeier
Executive Liaison and Committee Member: Heather King
Members: Steve Bresnen
Sherri Evans
Karl Hays
Joe Indelicato
Lynn Kamin
Kathy Kinser
Bill Morris
Hon. Dean Rucker
JoAl Cannon Sheridan
Kristal Thomson
Jimmy Vaught
Brian Webb
Cheryl Wilson
Charla Bradshaw

Membership and Member Services

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: To evaluate and suggest any program or procedure which will directly benefit family law section members.

Chair: Jonathan Bates
Assistant Chair: Jessica Janicek
Executive Liaison: Chris Nickelson
Special Advisor: Christi Langford
Members:
Bruce Bain
Charla Bradsha
Steve Bresnen
Sherri Evans
Karl Hays
Joe Indelicato
Lynn Kamin
Kathy Kinser
Lon Loveless
Anna McKim
Christina Molitor
Bill Morris
Hon. Dean Rucker
JoAl Cannon Sheridan
Dick Sutherland
Kristal Thomson
Jimmy Vaught
Brian Webb
Natalie Webb
Cheryl Wilson

Membership Drive (New Committee)

Chair: Charles Hardy
Assistant Chair: Kelly Ausley-Flores
Executive Liaison: Chris Nickelson
Members: Larry Martin
Sara Valentine
Cindi Barela Graham
Lon Loveless
Natalie Webb
Bruce Bain
Lisa Moore
Craig Haston

Nominating

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: To report to the executive committee suggestions and recommendations for candidates or nominees for member positions on the family law council in each upcoming year. Approval of new or replacement members are to be approved by vote of the current council members.

Chair: Kathryn Murphy
Members: Heather King
Cindy Tisdale
Steve Naylor
Chris Nickelson
Jimmy Vaught
Judy Warne
Gary Nickelson

Paralegals

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: To work with and assist in the development of and education of family law paralegals. This includes recommendations for CLE and publications geared to enhance the proficiency of paralegals who work in the area of family law.

Chair: Brian Webb
Executive Liaison: Kathryn Murphy
Members: Shannon Armstrong
Melissa Donald
Kapi Nance
Kay Redburn
Christine Trujillo

Predicates Manual

Chair: Kyle Sanders
Assistant to Chair: Christina Molitor
Executive Liaison: Jimmy Vaught
Members: Sally Pretorius
Patrick Upton
Jessica Janicek
John Nichols
Fred Adams
Anna McKim
Craig Haston

Pro Bono

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: To continue the work of the Family Law section in providing free CLE to pro bono legal clinics throughout the state. The committee shall be responsible for the selection of speakers and locales for such seminars for the upcoming section year.

Chair: Dick Sutherland
Assistant to Chair: Lisa Hoppes
Executive Liaison: Steve Naylor

SMALL CITIES/WEBCAST
Chair: Leigh de la Reza
Assistant to Chair: Fred Adams
Executive Liaison: Steve Naylor
Members: Bruce Bain
Laura Arteaga
Erin Bowden
Heather Ronconi-Algermissen
Joe Indelicato

MEDIUM CITIES
Co-Chair: Lisa Hoppes
Co-Chair: Dick Sutherland
Assistant to Chair: Kelly Ausley Flores
Executive Liaison: Steve Naylor
Members: Richard Fry
Joe Indelicato
Lisa Moore
Kyle Sanders
Anna McKim
Thelma Sanders Clardy

FAMILY LAW CARES
Chair: Sherri Evans
Assistant Chair: Eric Robertson
Executive Liaison: Heather King
Members: Pablo Almaguer
Erin Bowden
Kevin Dietz
Cindy Barela Graham
Lynn Kamin
Natalie Webb
Sara Valentine

Public Relations

Chair: Chris Nickelson
Executive Liasion: Sherri Evans
Members: Charlie Hodges
Diana Friedman
Jack Marr
Steve Naylor
The Hon. Dean Rucker
Brian Webb

Rule 194 ad hoc Committe

Chair: Karl Hays
Liaison: Chris Nickelson
Members: Kristal Thomson
Joe Indelicato
Steve Naylor

Section Report: Board of Editors

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: Facilitate the transition from the hard copy Section Report to a fully electronic Section Report, and develop the electronic version to a sophisticated, user-friendly, informative publication while carrying on the high standard of the previous hard copy version.

Editor: Georganna Simpson
Assistant Editor: Rebecca Rowan
Assistant Editor: Jimmy Verner

Section History & Archives

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: To research and record the history of the section and council.

Chair: Kathy Kinser
Assistant Chair: Ashley McDowell
Executive Liaison: Jimmy Vaught
Members: Kelly Ausley Flores
Jim Loveless
Gary Nickelson
JoAl Cannon Sheridan
Kristal Thomson
Judy Warne

Special Events

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: To plan and secure accommodations for council meetings, section member socials, and other council related activities.

Chair: Angela Pence England
Assistant Chair: Christina Molitor
Executive Liaison: Kathryn Murphy
Members: Thelma Sanders Clardy
Heather Ronconi-Algermissen
Kelly Ausley Flores

Website & Technology

COMMITTEE PURPOSE: To interface with the section website webmaster in updating and assuring that the information of Family Law Section website is current. The committee shall also be responsible for including current events of other matters of interests to section members.

Co-Chair: Craig Haston
Assistant Chair: Kristal Thomson
Executive Liaison: Chris Nickelson
Members: Jonathan Bates
Karl Hayes
Lisa Hoppes
Kenneth Raggio

Board of Advisors

Editorial Advisor: Georganna Simpson
Educational Advisor: Prof. Jessica Dixon Weaver
Foundation Liaison: JoAl Sheridan
Judicial Liaison (DJ): Judy Warne
Judicial Liaison (AJ): Scott Beauchamp
Legal Services Liaison: Kevin Dietz
State Bar Liaison: Amy Bryan
State Bar Liaison: Gary Nickelson
Supreme Court Liaison: Hon. Debra Lehrmann

Mentor Assignments

Lisa Hoppes Mentor: Steve Naylor
Lon Loveless Mentor: Jim Loveless
Heather Ronconi-Algermissen Mentor: Larry Schwartz
Sara Springer Valentine Mentor: Sherri Evans