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Commissioner Josanna Berkow (Ret.)

Commissioner Josanna Berkow (Ret.)

Judicial Settlement
Certified Specialist in Family Law
Staatsburg, NY, USA

Hon. Josanna Berkow is a family law specialist certified by the California State Bar.  She recently retired from the Family Law bench of the Contra County Superior Court after twenty years of hearing custody, spousal and child support, allocation of marital property, debt and domestic violence cases.

Commissioner Berkow now serves by stipulation as a private judge, mediator and consultant.  See Judicial Settlement – Resolving Family Law Matters at www.jberkow.com.

Commissioner Berkow served on the California Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Family and Juvenile Law as well as its Family Law Education Committee.  She has taught extensively for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), Witkin Judicial College, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, State and County Bar Associations, and other professional organizations representing accounting and mental health professionals.  Commissioner Berkow is also an adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University School of Law in Pleasant Hill, California where she teaches Family Law and Jurisprudence and at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco where she teaches ADR for Children & Families.

Commissioner Berkow co-authored the Rutter Group book, Family Law Forms, an essential companion to TRG's California Practice Guide.  She also chaired Contra Costa County’s Domestic Violence Advisory Council and done extensive training on domestic violence for lawyers, judges, law enforcement and mental health providers.

Before her appointment to the bench Commissioner Berkow was a California Deputy Attorney General where she worked in the Criminal Appeals Division and later as Statewide Coordinator for Child Support and Child Abduction Programs.  Prior to that Commissioner Berkow was a Hearing Officer and Staff Attorney for the Federal Labor Relations Authority.  She began her legal career in Washington D.C. as Staff Counsel to United States Senator Paul Sarbanes of Maryland.  She received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1977 and graduated with honors from Towson State University in 1974 (Sociology).

Commissioner Josanna Berkow (Ret.) is associated with the following items:
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs California Family Law Basics: Pro Bono Representation in Low-Income Family Law Cases, Monday, February 13, 2017, San Francisco, CA

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