Ethics for the Family Law Attorney

(833 Ratings)

Produced on: February 13, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Ethical minefields are lurking everywhere, particularly in the area of family law. Join Angela Scafuri, Principal at Bressler, Amery & Ross, for an informative program designed to identify the most frequent ethical violations in family law and how to avoid them.

This seminar will assist both new and seasoned family law practitioners in understanding the do’s and do not’s involving attorney-client privilege, e-discovery and social media, as well as provide tips and “best practices” that can be put to immediate use to avoid ethical pitfalls.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the “Cardinal Rules” of professional conduct: Competence, Diligence and Communication
  2. Develop an understanding of an attorney’s obligation to maintain competence in Electronically Stored Information (“ESI”)
  3. Identify the ethical challenges presented by electronic discovery and social media
  4. Examine how to ethically investigate a party and witnesses using social media
  5. Explore how to ethically advise your clients in the use of social media


Angela Scafuri

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

Angela is a Shareholder in the Firm's Family Law Practice. As a member of the firm's Family Law group, Angela routinely  works with clients whose needs lie in   all areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation, mediation and arbitration, alimony and child support, custody and parenting time issues, same-sex divorce  and dissolution, high asset divorces, separation and property  settlement  agreements  and  domestic  violence matters. Angela is also a trained collaborative law professional and a New Jersey Supreme Court approved R. 1:40 mediator, as well as only one of the few trained mediators in New  Jersey authorized to mediate cases that include a domestic violence Final Restraining Order.

Angela is admitted to the roster of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases  as well  as the roster of Civil Mediators for the Superior Comi of New Jersey for several  New Jersey  counties. She serves as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist for  Morris  County,  and  volunteers  her time for both the New Jersey Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project of Morris County and the Morris County Family Law Self-Help Clinic for prose litigants. 

She also devotes her time to  our service men and women through the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Military Project. Angela has been recognized by New Jersey  Super Lawyers  and New Jersey Monthly  as one of  the state's top "Rising Stars," was recognized  by her peers  as one of  the "Top  40 Under  40" by the New Jersey Law Journal in 2011, and was recognized  by "10  Leaders"  for matrimonial  law age 45 and under. Angela has been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court for her second term to the District XA Ethics Committee. She is also a Trustee and serves on the Executive Board for the Morris County Bar Association.  

Angela  received her B.A. from Colgate University and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is a frequent lecturer on a variety of family law issues, including those involving social media and  ethics.


Denise G.

Useful information.

Joseph C.

Thank you.

Belinda B.

This discussed important issues regarding social media and discovery. Excellent!

Bonnie D.

This is an excellent program with a great deal of "need to know" information going forward in our world of technology. Ms. Scafuri is an excellent speaker and captured every second of my attention.

Steven S.

Excellent course. Enjoyed faculty.

David T.

Very interesting, excellent presentation.

Ashley Renee E.

Great course

Andrew A.

very detailed

Laura G.

One of your best speakers!

natalie g.

REALLY liked her!

Tamara G.

Very good commentary on social media in family law proceedings.

Henry G.

Excellent course and speaker.

Bruce G.

good program

Brad M.

Excellent coverage of social media in divorce litigation!

Adam S.

The presenter was one of the most clear instructors on Lawline.

Neil M.

Very interesting.

Jay H.

Excellent presentation.



Robert F.

all is good

Rebecca H.

Very informative presentation!

Jennifer B.

This presenter was fantastic!

Eric P.

Timely and well done.

Lisa O.

Very informative presentation. I would definitely recommend this topic and presenter.

Joseph L.

Very good, knowledgeable presenter.

Bruce R.

speaker was knowledgeable and informative

Gretchen K.

A really informative class. I enjoyed the lecturer's voice and manner. Very easy to listen to. Highly recommend.

Andrea M.

This CLE was well done and made me expand my thinking on ESI.

Ryan A.

Well done!

Marvin C.

Provides some eye-opening info concerning social media obligations that go beyond what most attorneys would expect to be discoverable or an ethical obligation.

Peter D.

Excellent presentation! Ms. Scafuri is very articulate.

Jeffrey D.

Pretty good information.

William T.

My advise to friends is never post anything you don't want to be used against you....ever. This presentation explains why.

Benjamin H.

The social media coverage was very insightful

Ruth G.

Good reminders about social media.

Deanna R.

Angela is a great presenter!

Ivan K.

This course was very instructive, timely and relevant

Darlene D.

This was an excellent update on discovery in the age of social media and technology, particularly highlighting ethical considerations.

Julie A. B.

Friendly, knowledgeable speaker. All family law practitioners should watch this program. You’ll thank Lawline later.

Erika E.

Very informative and relevant to my practice.

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