Federal Representatives to State Courts: Improve Adjudications

From The Center for Judicial Excellence:

Guess what?

It’s August Recess — and federal lawmakers are home in their Districts until Labor Day!

Now is your chance to get your House Rep signed on
as a co-sponsor of H Con Res 72 to prioritize child safety in family courts!

Join us for a one-hour advocacy training with Kathleen Russell, Executive Director of the Center for Judicial Excellence, and Connie Valentine, the Founder of the California Protective Parents Association to learn:

  • What does H Con Res 72 say?
  • What happens when it passes the House of Representatives?
  • How do I schedule a meeting, and with whom? house concurrent res 72 8 2018
  • Who and what should I bring to the meeting?
  • What should I say there?
  • How should I follow up?
  • What is most effective? (hint: good legislators supporting good laws!)

To RSVP for the ZOOM call, send your: name, county, state, phone number and email address to: gettraining@yahoo.com

You will receive a personal invitation via email after speaking with us to ensure that this call is a good fit for you! Together, we will do this!!

child safety days dc september 9 to 12 2018

Also, join us this September 9, 10, 11 and 12 in Washington DC! We will train protective parents on Sunday afternoon to lobby for child safety in family courts and then fan out for three days of meetings to seek even more H Con Res 72 co-sponsors and supporters.

If you can get yourselves to DC, we can put you to work for child safety!

Let’s Do This!


Current list: Cosponsors: H.Con.Res.72 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)


Leadership Institute for Justice

 From The Center for Judicial Excellence:


Leadership Institute for Justice 

California Women of Color ~

Have the courts placed your children in harm’s way despite evidence of abuse? Has justice for you and your children been denied? If so, you have been confronting the crisis in the family courts. And you are not alone.


How can we fix the family courts? With a committed and vocal group of parents who are willing to share their stories and advocate for policies that can repair the broken aspects of the system. 

What can you do? Harness your power and become a leader in the nationwide movement for family court reform!


SILENT NO LONGER: Empowered Women of Color Confronting the Family Court Crisis
A leadership development program offered by the Center for Judicial Excellence thanks to a generous grant from the Community Action Fund of the Women’s Foundation of California Friday Evening, March 11th – Sunday, March 13th, 2011  At the Headlands Institute, beautifully situated on the pristine Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. 


  Join Us

Be part of this extraordinary weekend of healing, sharing, learning, and strategizing, as we prepare to take our movement to the next level in 2011. Space is limited, so please apply early. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to participate in the program at no cost to you. The program includes: lodging, meals, and all workshops and materials. English-Spanish translation and interpretation services will be provided.

Click here to apply online before February 8th!




More good news from The Center For Judicial Excellence!


 The following is from The Center for Judicial Excellence:


The Center For Judicial Excellence is excited to announce that we will be appearing on Nuestras Voces Television Show.  Nuestras Voces, a bilingual program, is doing a two-part special on the crisis in the family courts. Nuestras Voces will air Part One this Saturday, January 15th, at 6:00pm on Local Access Cable Channel 26.  (Don’t worry if you don’t have cable — you can also stream it live).

The Center’s Kathleen Russell and Carolyn Placente were interviewed by prominent community leader Flor Emert Campos for the program.  Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn more about the work of the Center and ways YOU can get involved. Tune in again to see Part Two on Saturday, January 29th, at 6:00pm.  

Please also check back with us frequently, as so many significant things are on the horizon this month, including:

  • the long-awaited release of the State Auditor’s Report regarding the Marin and Sacramento Family Courts, to be available for public download on the California State Auditor’s website at 9:00am on Thursday, January 20th;
  • the formal opening of the application process for acceptance into our LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE, taking place March 11th-March 13th at the Headlands Institute; and
  • lots of upcoming press coverage of the family court crisis you’ll want to be sure to follow.


Remember to check the Center’s website often for breaking news & action opportunities.
For more information, contact the Center at 415-388-9600, or at info@centerforjudicialexcellence.org

Together, we can rebuild public trust in our courts, reinforcing the judiciary as a well-managed model of integrity, justice and equality.
Center for Judicial Excellence | 495 Miller Ave., Ste. 304 | Mill Valley, CA | 94941

News from the Center for Judicial Excellence

News from the Center for Judicial Excellence:

Governor Signs AB 1050! 

Last Friday, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 1050 into law! This historic legislation took over 18 months to reach the Governor’s desk. We couldn’t have passed this bill without your help sending letters, faxes, and making phone calls to legislators and the Governor! This is a great victory for children and protective parents across the state.  

AB 1050 will allow children 14 and older to testify in family court, giving them a much needed voice in proceedings that greatly impact their lives. This is a first-of-its-kind measure and will change the limitations on children testifying, once it becomes effective on January 1, 2012.  
For the past 18 months, CJE, CPPA and our allies worked closely with Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and her Legislative Director Eric Dang to guide this bill through the legislative process, working to build a broad-based coalition of support to ensure the bill’s passage. Thank you to everyone who contributed their efforts to ensure that AB 1050 reached the Governor’s desk and that he signed this historic bill into law. We needed to compromise in order to get this bill passed, so we see it as a starting point, and we anticipate pushing for future improvements to the law as we are able to. 

Click here to view the AB 1050 bill language.  


CJE and our allies at JusticeCalifornia and CPPA are making the rounds with state lawmakers, calling for a criminal investigation into the destruction of court documents by Judicial Council Member and Marin Court Executive Officer Kim Turner while a state audit was underway. Stay tuned for more details. 


Click on the link below to read the Marin Independent Journal article about the court’s destruction of documents. 
Marin Independent Journal
Friday, August 6, 2010
Document purge in Marin family court draws scrutiny.  

Rally in D.C.
Mothers of Lost Children is planning another rally in Washington D.C. this October. Click here for more details.   

Remember to check the CJE website often for breaking news & action opportunities.



For more information, contact CJE at 415-388-9600, or at info@centerforjudicialexcellence.org



More Great News from California Protective Parents Association

More great news from the California Protective Parents Association… 

Dear Friends, 

1. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) conference is in Anaheim, CA  the end of July and beginning of august 2010. http://www.ncadv.org 

 NCADV gets it – they are presenting an entire track on family court!

On Monday, August 2 the Plenary Session is on Child Custody and Domestic Violence:  

Protective Mothers Were Right-They Are Being Mistreated by the Courts

Opening remarks from Ms. Joye E. Frost, Director, Office for Victims of Crime.  

The new book, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ABUSE and CHILD CUSTODY establishes that the routine use of outdated and discredited practices has resulted in thousands of children being sent to live with abusers.  The research is now readily available to challenge and prevent the common mistakes that so often harm children.  The success of the abuser tactic seeking custody to maintain control over their victims and failure of the courts to recognize this tactic undermine the work of our movement and have led to an increase in domestic violence homicides after many years of declines.  Mo Therese Hannah will discuss the research available to help protective mothers.  Judge Mike Brigner will explain how judges are getting it wrong so often.  Garland Waller exposes the failure of the media to report this scandal.  You will want to stay until the end because Barry Goldstein will explain how to use this information in your home communities as we use the research in the book to reform the broken custody court system, prevent the unfair attacks on protective mothers and make sure no child has to cry herself to sleep because a court separated her from her safe, courageous, protective mother.  
On Tuesday August 3 CA Protective Parents Association and Center for Judicial Excellence will present a workshop titled “Action: Let’s Roll” from 10:15 to noon.   
2. Kathie Justi, a wonderful protective mom who was instrumental in bringing down a judge and changing the culture of the Santa Clara California family court to better protect battered women and children, is interested in compiling testimonials about your journey through this ordeal. Let me know if you would like her contact information.
Her vision: “Many mothers have lost custody, some regained their child(ren), some didn’t until they were 18, and able to try to establish a relationship.  Many mothers have written their custody story, but this is about you!  Not about your dear children.  This story is about your own journey, your struggles, your successes, your triumphs, your losses.  Coping, not coping.  You didn’t give up, because you are here now.”
3. New resource: Safe Child International:

 4. Sexual Sabotage by Judith Reisman, PhD  http://wndbooks.wnd.com/sexual-sabotage-how-one-mad-scientist-unleashed-a-plague-of-corruption-and-contagion-on-america/ 

A new book about Alfred Kinsey’s early junk science that underlies the current junk science that encourages sex offenders to get custody of their victims.

5. September 12-15, 2010. The International Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) Conference is being held in San Diego http://www.ivatcenters.org/ There is an excellent training from September 10-12 by Child Abuse Solutions www.childabusesolutions.com  in the Affiliated Training section which is designed for evaluators and other court related professionals.  

6. Keep Friday October 1, 2010 open for another exciting demonstration at the White House with a parade to the U.S. Dept of Justice and the U.S. Senate!



Courtwatching in California

From the Center for Judicial Excellence:


WHAT: Family Court Hearing – Assawasuksant v. Heierle
WHEN:Thursday, June 10th at  9:00 AM
WHERE:Marin County Superior Court – Courtroom K, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael 94903 WHAT: Family Court Hearing – Zucconi v. Zucconi
WHEN: Thursday, June 10th at 2:00pm & Friday, June 18th at 9:00 AM
WHERE: Marin County Superior Court – Courtroom K, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael 94903

WHAT:Family Court Custody Hearing – Barnett v. Heflebower
WHEN: Tuesday, June 8th at 8:30 AM
WHERE: Napa County Superior Court: Courtroom N
820 Brown Street, Napa 94558


WHAT: Family Court Hearing – Kuhlman v. Tjoelker
WHEN: Thursday, June 17th at 8:30 AM
WHERE: Santa Rosa Family Law Courts at Empire College (law school), Courtroom 22, 3055 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa 95403


WHAT: Family Court Trial – Tessema v. Begashaw
WHEN: Thursday, June 10th & Friday, June 11th at 9:00 AM
WHERE: Dept. 123, Ridgeway Family Relations Court, 3341 Power Inn Road 95826


WHERE:Dept. 104, Ridgeway Family Relations Court, 3341 Power Inn Road 95826
WHEN: Thursday, June 10th at 1:00 PM
WHAT: Family Court Hearing – Karres v. Rapton

*Please note that we cannot guarantee attendance as Courtwatch is a volunteer program. However, as a means of increasing turnout, you can feel free to forward the eblast to anyone on your personal contact list that may be interested in attending.

Check the CJE website often for breaking news & action opportunities. We’ll be posting updates on CJE’s other legislative priorities & related hearings soon!

For more information, contact CJE at 415-256-9606, or at info@centerforjudicialexcellence.org

Together, we can rebuild public trust in our courts, reinforcing the judiciary as a well-managed model of integrity, justice and equality.

California…from the Center For Judicial Excellence website…


       Also from California, we’d like to include the following 

suggestion from the Center for Judicial Excellence.

        It really is all about the law.  Making laws that will protect

abused children in family courts and making sure that our

courts protect us with the existing laws.

       It’s also about education.  Most people don’t know what our family courts

 do with child abuse cases.

       Please contact your legislators and ask them to support an

 audit of the family courts in your state. Thank you!

Take Action!
It is critically important that each and every one of us contact our elected officials and urge them to make family court reform a priority. These are the people who can bring about the reform we need, and it is important that they understand how our current system is harming children. Click on the link below to find your state and federal elected officials in your zip code, and then call/email their office to urge them to take action.Instructions:
1) When you click on the link below, you will be taken to a webpage where you will be asked to enter your zip code to look up the elected officials in your area.
2) After you enter your zip code, hit “GO” and you will be taken to a page where all of the state and federal elected officials in your area will be listed.
3) Click on the legislator you want to contact. This will take you to the legislator’s info page
4) On the legislator’s info page, select the “Contact” tab and the contact info for that legislator will appear.
5) Call and email your legislator and urge them to take action.http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/