Saturday, September 10, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6.0 CLE Credits 


Program Overview:

The purpose of this all day training is to prepare new volunteers to provide legal assistance to low-income clients of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (Center). The day will be spent understanding the work performed by volunteers and learning the fundamentals of family law practice at the Center. The sessions will focus on issues arising for very low-income family law litigants and the strategies and methods developed over time to help them.

Program Objectives:

At this interactive program, new volunteers will:

  • Learn and better understand the roles they will play at the Center, expectations about their service to clients, and Center operations;
  • Observe and discuss a mock initial client interview similar to that which will take place at the Center;
  • Review and become familiar with some family law forms and laws from the start of a case to the end as they pertain to Center clients and cases;
  • Interact with experienced volunteers, Center staff and new participants to become a member of the Center's team.

To view the draft agenda*, click here.

The Center's well-regarded publication CA Family Law Basics
will be available for purchase by program participants. 
To view information about the book, click here.

About Our Speakers and Trainers

The program will be taught by dedicated volunteer lawyers, both long-time practitioners and those relatively new to the profession, who have provided many hours of service to the Center for up to 15 years. They will be joined by the Center's staff attorneys who will be providing guidance and familiarity about all aspects of the Center's practice.  

*Agenda subject to change 


Here's what our volunteers have to say:
Making a Difference - Volunteering at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
Making a Difference
Volunteering at the Harriett Buhai Center for
Family Law
Who Should Attend this Training?

This training is ideal for lawyers, law students and certified paralegals wanting to give back in tangible ways using their skills and training to help others. It is perfect choice for individuals interested in addressing the needs of highly stressed low income families, protecting victims of domestic violence, and shepherding children to better lives. It will provide satisfaction to champions of equal justice committed to ensuring a fair playing field in the family law courts. Retired professionals, individuals returning to the workforce, as well as those at home caring for their children, are encouraged to apply.


Event Details    

Facilities for this event have been generously donated by:

Loyola Law School
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Parking: $10  
The entrance is located on Albany Street.

Registration Fee:

$75 for all day training (includes meals and training materials)*

$35 for students currently enrolled in law school

$249 reduced price for CA Family Law Basics (updated forms and text)
To register for the event, you will need to prepare all of the following documents: 
  • A copy of your current resume
  • Registration Fee - Please mail a check or fill in the credit card information section of the Registration Form (application not processed without payment)
Please note: Acceptance of applications from and enrollment of volunteers remains in the discretion of the Center.

R eturn form and payment to:
Taryn May, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 213-388-7505 ext. 319
Fax: 213-388-7503
Mailing Address: 3250 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 710
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Space is Limited 
Please Register Early - No On-Site Registration      



This activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 6.0 hours, and the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

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