PROGRAM TOPIC: Maricopa County Family Court: An Update from the Bench.
Presiding Family Court Judge, Suzanne Cohen and Family Law Case Manager, Michael Rountree, will give us an overview of current court programs and recent developments including the impact of the new Family Court Rules. Our presenters will discuss the use of mediation, ERC's (Early Resolution Conferences) and other ADR processes in both pre and post dissolution proceedings. They welcome an interactive conversation with MCAFM members and guests.
PRESENTER: Judge Suzanne Cohen has been a judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2013 where she has served in the Family Court Division since her appointment. Judge Cohen has been the Family Court Presiding Judge since November, 2016. Prior to her appointment to the bench Judge Cohen was a Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office from 2000 to 2012. From 1998 to 1999 she was Deputy Distinct Attorney for Riverside County, CA. In 1997 she was a Law & Motion Intern with the Marin County District Attorney's Office and a Juvenile Hall intern with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office in 1996. Judge Cohen graduated with honors from the Golden Gate University School of Law in 1997.
PRESENTER: Michael D. Rountree, J.D., is a Family Law Case Manager for the Maricopa County Superior Court where he has mediated over 4000 active family court matters since 2009. His duties include teaching family court workshops on paternity and child support establishment and child and spousal support modification. He has been a licensed California attorney since 1994 where his Los Angeles practice focused on corporate civil litigation, including business disputes, attorney and accountant malpractice actions and commercial & residential landlord-tenant conflicts. In 1985 Mike was drafted by the Cleveland Indians as part of a Major League draft. He played as center fielder for the Indians' minor league system for 4 years after which he completed his undergraduate studies at Claremont McKenna College. Mike received his law degree from Santa Clara University.
PLACE: BLUEWATER GRILL