LACBA Family Law Section’s 2023 Sorrell Trope Trial Institute


As a member of the planning committee for the 6th annual Sorrell Trope Trial Institute held by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Family Law Section, I had the pleasure of leading a panel discussion on the topic of Testimonial and Documentary Evidence in Expert Examination. Along with me was Brooke Mulligan, Esq., a fellow associate in the office, who played the role of attorney actor in our panel.

Our distinguished panel included Judge Bryant Yang from the LA Superior Court and Jennifer Magnes, CPA from White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna & Hunt, LLP. Together, we explored the complex issues surrounding the use of expert testimony and documentary evidence in family law proceedings.

The Sorrell Trope Trial Institute is an annual event that brings together family law attorneys from across the state to learn from leading practitioners and experts in the field. As a moderator, I was responsible for guiding the discussion and ensuring that each panelist had the opportunity to share their insights and expertise.

One of the key topics we explored was the admissibility of expert testimony in family law cases. Judge Yang provided valuable insights on the factors that are considered when determining whether expert testimony is admissible, including the qualifications of the expert, the relevance of their testimony, and the reliability of their methods.

Jennifer Magnes, who specializes in forensic accounting and business valuation, shared her experiences as an expert witness in family law cases. She provided valuable insights on the types of documentary evidence that are often used in these cases, and how to present this evidence effectively in court.

Brooke Mulligan played an important role as our attorney actor, bringing the discussion to life by presenting hypothetical scenarios that illustrated the challenges faced by family law practitioners when presenting expert testimony and documentary evidence in court.

The program was a resounding success, with over 100 family law practitioners watching the panel discussion. We received positive feedback from many of the attendees, who found the discussion to be informative and engaging.

At Schweitzer Law Partners, APC, we are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest developments in family law and providing our clients with the highest level of expertise and service. Our participation in the Sorrell Trope Trial Institute is just one example of this commitment, and we look forward to continuing to serve as leaders in the field.

If you would like to learn more about the topics we discussed during the panel or have any other family law-related questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Our team of experienced attorneys is here to provide you with the guidance and support you need.

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