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NCFM Sponsors Webinar, The Gender Paradigm in Family Court

June 10, 2021

June 29, 2021, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Live Zoom Webinar


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Historically, men and women were confined to rigidly defined social roles determined by sex. Women were expected to find a man to protect and provide for them, and then stay at home and raise children. Men were expected to protect and provide for women, through military service and employment outside the home. Personality traits were ascribed to match and reinforce this paradigm. Men came to be stereotyped as dominant, aggressive, non-nurturing. Women came to be stereotyped as passive, frail, and nurturing.

The past fifty years have seen a wholesale rejection of this Gender Paradigm. Educational programs and a wide array of anti-discrimination laws ensure that women are no longer confined to traditional sex roles, and that they have at least as much opportunity for employment outside the home as men traditionally had. For the most part, they have been successful. Excluding farm labor and self-employment, women now outnumber men in the workforce. Women now serve alongside men in military combat positions.

This course examines whether family courts have kept pace with these changes, and explores possible explanations for why they have not. The focus of this course is on the operation and reinforcement of gender bias in the areas of child custody and domestic violence.

California; approved for 2.0 MCLE and 2.0 LSCLE Family Law Specialist credits. 

Minnesota: approved for 2.0 Elimination of Bias CLE credits.

Missouri: approved for 2.4 Ethics and 2.4 Elimination of Bias CLE credits.

Alaska, Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, and North Dakota attorneys may claim 2.0 Ethics CLE credits. The State Bar of Arizona does not accredit or approve CLE courses.

Arkansas attorneys may claim 2.0 Ethics credits, or may claim 1.0 Ethics and 1.0 Standard CLE credit.

Connecticut attorneys may claim 2.0 Standard or Ethics CLE credit.

Florida attorneys may claim 2.0 Legal Ethics or Bias Elimination CLE credits.

New Jersey attorneys may claim 2.4 Elimination of Bias CLE credits.

New York attorneys may claim 2.4 Diversity Inclusion & Elimination of Bias CLE or 2.4 Ethics credits. New York State Approved Jurisdiction policy applies; Minnesota is an approved jurisdiction. A financial aid policy exists for attorneys licensed in New York. Use the Contact form for more information or to apply. This course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. 

North Carolina attorneys may claim 2.0 Professionalism CLE credits.

Northern Mariana attorneys may claim 2.0 Standard CLE credits.

Application for CLE approval is pending in Vermont.

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NCFM Sponsors Webinar, The Gender Paradigm in Family Court


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3 Responses to NCFM Sponsors Webinar, The Gender Paradigm in Family Court

  1. Fred Hoogendijk on July 2, 2021 at 7:48 PM

    how many member does NCFM have?

    • NCFM on July 7, 2021 at 2:29 PM

      More than you may think and fewer than we would like…

  2. Thomas Carney on June 11, 2021 at 6:06 AM

    What’s scary is how obviously disingenuous many of these laws are. I remember the case where NOW (National Organization for Women) protested against alimony reform, even when they KNEW a plaintiff was a 72 year old man with dementia, Michael Morgan who was unable to get proper care because his lifetime alimony left him unable to afford it. HE had to pay $2400 a month. He was bedridden. I’m not sure if this comment format allows youtube links, but here it is:

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