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SFLAC Subcommittees

 

SFLAC subcommittee members are appointed by the SFLAC chair to research issues in specific areas involving family law and the courts and make proposals to SFLAC for recommendation to the Chief Justice and the State Court Administrator.
Court/Child Support Agency Coordination
Focuses on how Oregon’s family law courts and the Oregon Child Support Program intersect, researches issues of inconsistency and concern between the courts and the program, and makes recommendations for appropriate rule, statutory, guideline and process changes as needed.
Co-Chairs: Hon. Keith Raines, Washington Circuit Court, Hillsboro, and Kate Cooper Richardson, Administrator, Child Support Program, Salem.  Members: Donna Brann, Presiding Administrative Law Judge, Salem; Laura Snodgrass, Interim Policy Section Chief, Child Support Program, Salem; Karen Coleman, Program Services Section Chief, Child Support Program, Salem; Tammy Kramer,  Field Operations Section Chief, Child Support Program, Salem; Claudia Groberg, Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, Department of Justice, Eugene; Carol Anne McFarland, Clackamas County DDA, Oregon City; Hon Maureen McKnight, Presiding Family Court Judge, Multnomah Circuit Court, Portland; Erika Hente, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Bend; Laurie Hart, Attorney, Corvallis; Diane Morse, Trial Court Administrator, Marion Circuit Court, Salem.
Domestic Violence
Serves as a resource to courts on domestic violence issues and legislation, provides input on FAPA and stalking procedures and forms, creates written materials for self-represented litigants and abuse victims, and advocates for improvements in protective orders.
Chair: Robin Selig, Family Law Support Unit Attorney, Oregon Law Center, Portland. Members: Senior Judge Dale R. Koch, Portland; Hon. Carol Bispham, Linn Circuit Court, Albany; Diana Fleming, DOJ Crime Victims Services Division, Salem; Trish Meyer, Community Partnership Manager, Saving Grace, Redmond; Cheryl O’Neill, Dept. of Human Services, Salem; Linda Scher, Family Mediator, Portland; Rebecca Orf, OSCA, Salem; Amber Frye, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Lincoln City; Erin Greenawald, Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, Salem; Of Counsel: Hon. Maureen McKnight, Presiding Family Court Judge, Multnomah Circuit Court, Portland.
Futures
Researches national and international models for resolving family law disputes outside of the traditional, adversarial legal system and the courts (e.g., the Australian family court system) and develops recommendations for implementation in Oregon.

Co-Chairs: William Howe, Attorney, Portland, and Stephen Adams, Attorney/Mediator, Enterprise.  Members: Hon. Paula Brownhill, Clatsop Circuit Court, Astoria; Hon. Keith Raines, Washington Circuit Court, Hillsboro; Hon. Maureen McKnight, Presiding Family Court Judge, Multnomah Circuit Court, Portland; Janice Garceau, Family Court Services, Multnomah County, Portland; Linda Scher, Family Mediator, Portland; Lauren Mac Neill, Director, Family Court Services, Clackamas County, Oregon City; Rebecca Orf, OSCA, Salem; Linda Hukari, Trial Court Administrator, Benton County, Corvallis; Amy Bonkosky, Trial Court Administrator, Crook/Jefferson, Prineville; Robin Selig, Family Law Support Unit Attorney, Oregon Law Center, Portland; Jim Adams, Sunriver; Ernest Mazorol, Bend.

Legislative

Makes recommendations for legislative concepts to improve family law and court processes, reviews and evaluates family law bills during legislative session, provides feedback to stakeholders on the effect of proposed legislation on the courts, and analyzes the fiscal impact of legislation on the OJD.

Chair: Richard Funk, Attorney, Bend. Members: William Howe, Attorney, Portland
Self-Representation
Identifies needs and develops strategies that will improve both access to justice for self-represented parties and the courts’ effective management of cases not handled by attorneys. Strives to establish guidelines and standards for OJD court staff and judges who work with self-represented persons. Co-Chairs: Hon. Maureen McKnight, Multnomah, and Joel Overlund, St. Andrews Legal Clinic, Portland judges who work with self-represented persons.
Co-Chairs: Hon. Maureen McKnight, Presiding Family Court Judge, Multnomah Circuit Court, and Joel Overlund, St. Andrews Legal Clinic, Portland. Members: William Cooksey, Manager, Portland Branch, Division of Child Support; Beecher Ellison, Law Librarian/Paralegal, Josephine County; Sue Gerhardt, Family Law Coordinator, Washington County; Dave Hakanson, Bend, Mediator; Cathy Keenan, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Portland; Catherine Petrecca, OSB Pro Bono & LRAP Coordinator, Lake Oswego; Kay Pulju, Communications Manager, Oregon State Bar, Lake Oswego.
Family Law Conference – inactive
Assists the State Court Administrator in developing, organizing and implementing the family law conference mandated by ORS 3.438 (when funds are available). Tasks include developing the conference theme, recommending and contacting national and local speakers, selecting a date and location for the conference, reviewing and selecting workshop proposals, and attending to various other conference details as needed.
Chair: Hon. Paula Brownhill, Clatsop. Members: Linda Scher, Family Mediator, Portland.
Forms Review - inactive
Serves as a contact for the creation and update of statewide and eCourt family law forms for use in Oregon’s courts. Advocates for and seeks solutions for on-going form revision and creation of new forms.
Chair: Rebecca Orf, Oregon Judicial Department. Members: Hon. Paula Brownhill, Clatsop Circuit Court, Astoria; Hon. Keith Raines, Washington Circuit Court, Hillsboro; Hon. Maureen McKnight, Presiding Family Court Judge, Multnomah Circuit Court, Portland.

Parenting Plan Outreach - inactive

 

Develops and revises parenting plan materials, including a basic introduction to parenting plans, safety screening questions, and the basic, medium- and long-distance and safety-focused parenting plan forms. Identifies and publishes resources for the development of family/child-focused parenting plans on the OJD Family Law website.
 
Chair: Linda Scher, Family Mediator, Portland. Members: Dave Hakanson, Bend, Mediator; Trina Klohe, Attorney, Hillsboro; Lauren Mac Neill, Director, Family Court Services, Clackamas; Collin McKean, Attorney, Portand; Michelle Prosser, Attorney, Hillsboro; Jeffrey Renshaw, Attorney, Portland; Nancy Ross-Bakker, Mediator, Portland; Judith Swinney, Parent Educator, Portland; Alison Taylor, Family Therapist, Director, OFI, Portland; Hon. Kirsten Thompson, Hillsboro; Ed Vien, Psychologist, Portland.

  

SFLAC WORKGROUPS
GAL Work Group
Will answer: (1) Should there be standardized minimum qualificatons for EPPDAPA GALs? (2) If so, should they be statutory, local rule or advisory? (3) if standards are appropriate, what should they be?
Chair: Hon. Keith Raines, Washington. Members: Hon. Rita Cobb, Washington County; Judy Giggi, DHS Senior Protect Services, Salem; Hon. Lauren Holland, Lane County; Bob Joondeph, Disability Rights Oregon, Portland; Stephen Owen, Clackamas County, attorney; Hon. Katherine Tennyson, Multnomah County, Rebecca Orf, Oregon Judicial Department; Mark Williams, Lane County Attorney.
Parental Involvement Work Group
Brainstorms and develops ideas for improvement of services to parents and children around parental involvement (parenting time and decision-making).
Chair: Linda Scher, Family Mediator, Portland.   Members: Adam Furchner, PhD, Therapist and Custody Evaluator, Portland; Janice Garceau, Director, Family Court Services, Multnomah County; Kelly Lemarr, Attorney, St. Andrew Legal Clinic, Washington County; Jane Parisi-Mosher, Therapist and Mediator, Yamhill County; Robin Selig, Support Unit Attorney, Oregon Law Center, Portland; Judith Swinney, Parent Educator, Portland; Hon. Diana Stuart, Multnomah County; Ed Vien, Psychologist, Portland.