Friday ReCEption Agenda

Friday, October 4th, 2019 6pm to 9pm

6:00 - 6:30:  Eat, Drink & Mingle, Feast Catering

6:30 - 8:15: Awards Ceremony, including Comedy by LA Comedian and Activist Betsy Salkind  and a live musical performance by amazingly talented singer/songwriter and family court survivor Kate Grahn.

8:15 - 9:00:  Socialize & Enjoy the Ocean Breeze

Saturday Conference Agenda

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 8:30am to 5pm

8:00 ~Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 ~Conference Welcome

Kathleen Russell, Executive Director, Center for Judicial Excellence

Catherine Campbell, Executive Director, California Protective Parents Association

Dianne Bartlow, Ph.D., Professor, Gender & Women's Studies, Cal State University, Northridge

9:00 ~ Keynote Speaker Ana Estevez 

Surviving the Unthinkable- One Mother's Heroic Strength & Courage to Take on a Broken SystemThis keynote presentation, a tribute to her son Piqui, will bring forward and expose "business-as-usual" systemic issues in her tragic journey, while highlighting the resilience it takes to fight for systemic accountability and change.  Ana will speak to surviving trauma and creating change while searching for justice.

9:45 ~Break

10:00 ~ Panel Discussion with Payal Sinha, Peace Over Violence

Kathleen Russell, Center for Judicial Excellence

Catherine Campbell, California Protective Parents Association

Speaking Truth to Power - How to Effectively Agitate for Change & Expose Judicial Child Trafficking.This panel will cover the nuts and bolts of effective advocacy for protective parents, children and their allies who wish to transform their family court trauma into meaningful social change work. Presenters will share real-world stories & tips on raising awareness & inspiring the bold action we need from the lawmakers, journalists & opinion leaders who matter most.

11:15 ~Panel Discussion with Courageous Kids

Surviving The Family Court Nightmare- Building a Life After Years of Court-Induced Trauma. These brave survivors whose childhoods were ruined by family court trauma talk frankly about the challenges they’ve faced as young adults working to build a rich life full of trusting relationships, meaningful work, happiness, healing and fun. 

12:30 ~Lunch Provided Outside

1:30 ~ Speaker Eve Sheedy, Executive Director, Domestic Violence Council, L.A. County Dept. of Public Health Domestic Violence as a Public Health Issue: Listening to the Voice of Survivors 

2:00 ~ Kathy Sherlock, Protective Mom of Kayden

2:15 ~Workshop with the Honorable DeAnn Salcido (Ret.)

Insider Insights- Learn How Family Court Judges Think.This workshop will explore matters of child sexual abuse and domestic violence from a judge's perspective, and help parents and professionals understand potential pitfalls involved in these cases.

3:15 ~Break

3:30 ~ Workshop with Jody Barnes, LCSW, RYT

Trauma Informed Mindfulness for Survivors & Practitioners. In this workshop, Jody will share her work as a trauma-informed yoga instructor and psychotherapist. She will specifically focus on her work with domestic violence and child abuse survivors, as well as addressing the issues of vicarious trauma for those who work in the trauma field. Leading participants through an experiential, somatic session will help bring peace, healing, and closure to the conference.

4:30 ~ Closing Remarks

5:00 ~ No Host Dinner next door at the Back on the Beach Café



On Sunday, October 6th, from 10am – 2pm, we invite you to join us next door at The Back to the Beach Café for a no-host brunch and casual Beach Day to relax and connect with one another before we all head home.