November 2018,  OneVoice CSDA Newsletter

2018 Legal College Recap

By Adrienne Reed, Attorney, El Dorado County DCSS

The 2018 CSDA Legal College was held in Newport Beach at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from October 1 to October 5. The event attracted approximately 140 attorneys from local child support agencies all over the state.

The conference was organized around 11 sessions over four days. Topics included civil procedure, UIFSA, case law and policy updates, mediation strategies, ethics, and substance abuse and the practice of law. The diverse array of speakers ranged from current and retired LCSA attorneys, a retired IV-D commissioner, and a representative from the California State Bar.

The networking reception provided a great opportunity for the attorneys to meet and network with their peers in the relaxed and tranquil setting of the hotel’s outdoor amphitheater.

The 1st Annual CSDA Legal College Award for Outstanding Attorney was presented to Terry Symens-Bucher, Supervising Attorney at the Alameda County Department of Child Support Services. The Award recognizes an outstanding LCSA attorney who has made significant contributions to the Child Support Program both at a local and statewide level. Congratulations Terry!

Make sure to mark your calendar for next year’s National College, which will take place September 23–26 at the Wyndham in San Diego. The National College will feature speakers and attendees from all over the country and topics will include areas of interest to all IV-D attorneys.


Marissa de Almeida, Chief Attorney, Stanislaus County DCSS

Ron Ladage, Assistant Director/Chief Attorney, El Dorado County DCSS