About Debbie

ORANGE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT – Temporary Judge – since 2019
OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT  – Board of Trustees (2004 – 2016)
• Licensed Attorney in California and Texas
• Served as Mediator in over 150 cases
• California DRPA trained
• Texas Credentialed Advanced Mediator
• Versed in all areas of Family Law, including
     – Dissolution of Marriage
     – Child/Spousal Support
     – Child Custody
     – Division of Community Property
• Trained in the areas of:
     – Conservatorships/Guardianships
     – Family Law
     – Special Education
     – Elder
• Listed on the Orange County, California Court panel:
     – Temporary Judge
     – Eldercaring Coordinator
     – Probate Mediator
     – Elder Mediator
• Listed on the Bexar County Mediation Wheel
• Works with the Court on Civil Harassment and Elder Abuse mediations
• Works with local communities in HOA disputes
ADR Training:
2022    Advanced Family Mediation 
2022    40-hour Mediation Training
2021    Mental Health and Mediation: Promoting the Well-Being of Disputants
2019    Eldercaring Coordinator
2019    Elder Care Mediation
1999    DRPA Mediation Training
                 Associations & Memberships

AAM (Association of Attorney Mediators), since 2022
APFM (Academy of Professional Family Mediators), since 2022
ATLA (Association of Trial Lawyers of America), 1993 – 1999
California State Bar, since 1997
CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California), 1996 – 1999
CAALA (Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles), 1998 – 1999
CWL (California Women Lawyers), 1997 – 2004
Delta Theta Phi Fraternity, since 1996
NAFE (National Association for Women Executives), 1994 – 1996
OCBA (Orange County Bar Association), since 1996
     – Board of Directors (affiliate bar representative), 2000
     – Board of Directors (West District representative), 2003-2007
     – Elder Law Section Member, since 2019
     – Ethics Committee Member, 1997 – 2004
     – Family Law Section Member, since 1996
     – Resolutions Committee Member, since 2000
OCWLA (Orange County Women’s Lawyers), since 1995
     – OCWLA President 2000
SAEPC (San Antonio Estate Planners Council), since 2021
SCMA (Southern California Mediation Association), since 2015
Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2006 – 2011
Texas Association of Mediators, since 2022
William P. Gray Legion Lex Inn of Court, 2001 – 2014
WSUAA (Western State University Alumni Association), since 1998

                 Professional Honors

DRPA Sherpa Award (OC Superior Court), 2019
Dispute Resolution Program Act (DRPA) Mediation Program Contribution Award, 2019
CFRW Woman of the Year Nominee, 2016
Presidential Who’s Who, 2010
American Order of Merit, 2009
Who’s Who of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs, 2009
International Who’s Who of Professional & Business Women, 2008
2,000 Notable American Women
Leesfield/ATLA Law Student Scholarship, 1996

                    Historical Charitable Work

ATLA (Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
     –  Secretary, Family Law Section
BCDRC (Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center)
Brazos County DRC (Dispute Resolution Center)
Days of Dialogue / Future of Policing
HOA/ACC the Bluffs at Two Creeks
OCBA (Orange County Bar Association)
     – High School Law program
     – Public School Speakers Bureau
OCWLA (Orange County Women’s Lawyers)
     – OCWLA President
     – OCWLA President Elect
     – OCWLA Treasurer
      – OCWLA Board Member
Orangewood Foster Home Volunteer
Public Law Center
Stay in School Program
Waymakers – Court Mediations (formerly CSP),
Women’s Jail Project
CBAC (Community Budget Advisory Committee)
Ocean View School District
CHOC Sponsorship Council, Advisory Board Member
CSBA (California School Board Association) – Region 15 Delegate
Oak View Renewal Partnership (OVRP)
Ocean View Little League (OVLL) – Juniors Commissioner
OCSBA (Orange County School Board Association)
     – Board of Directors (Elementary School District Representative)
Circle View Elementary School
     – PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization)
     – Jog-a-thon chair
     – Read-a-thon chair
Golden View Elementary School
     – First Vice President
     – Membership chair
     – Jog-a-thon chair
Mesa View Elementary School
     – PTO
     –  Student Store
Ocean View High School
     – PTSO President
     –  School Site Council
     – WASC (Western Assoc. of Schools & Colleges) – Overview Committee
Baseball Boosters President
Soccer Boosters