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Bruce Harshman, Ph.D.

Dr. Harshman has 32 years of individual, marriage and family therapy in private practice and in clinical, legal and institutional environments; 18 years conducting child custody evaluations and testifying in child custody cases; family therapy for high conflict, high risk, and crisis management cases.

Michelle Miller, MFT

Michelle Miller graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelors degree in Psychology in 1992. From very early on in her studies, she has been dedicated to the practice of working with people experiencing emotional distress. Missing her native California, she returned to San Francisco to start her professional life. Ms. Miller worked at several residential facilities for the severely mentally ill both with troubled adolescents as well as with adults. Due to her background as a Mexican American and the ability to speak fluent Spanish, her focus and expertise has always been in working with the Hispanic community. It didnt take long before Ms. Miller was certain that a graduate degree was necessary to help her meet her professional goals and was accepted at San Francisco State University. Ms. Miller graduated with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology in the year 2000. In order to pursue her interest and work with the Hispanic community, Ms. Miller accepted a position in Oakland, California at La Clinica de la Raza as a mental health counselor. There, she had the opportunity to work with monolingual and severely mentally ill adults. Always seeking professional growth and new challenges, Ms. Miller decided to broaden her experience by working as a Child Welfare Worker for the City and County of San Francisco. Ms. Miller learned how to manage very difficult situations, make difficult decisions under pressure and how to write very clear and concise reports for the Court. It was this work that lead Ms. Miller to the position she holds today as a Family Court Mediator for the City and County of San Francisco. As a mediator Ms. Miller has gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about the Court, family dynamics, family law, and of course the importance of facilitating the Court in making good decisions on behalf of children.

Leslie Ellen Shear, JD, CFLS.

Ms. Shear is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and admitted to the California Bar in 1976 and maintains her practice in Encino, California. A frequent lecturer in custody matters, she has been involved in a number of high-profile custody cases over the years most recently, Marriage of LaMusga and Marriage of Seagondollar.

Commissioner Marjorie A. Slabach

Marjorie A. Slabach has been a San Francisco Superior Court Commissioner since May 1997, initially serving as the Child Support Commissioner, and then since 2000 as a Family Law Commissioner, where she has been presiding over child custody, family support and property matters. The Commissioner is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law and a Certified Family Law Specialist. She practiced with a small Sonoma County firm for fourteen years prior to her appointment. She has served as a speaker and panel member for many CLE courses and seminars for the Bar/Bench educational programs as well as for other professional groups related to the court. Prior to becoming an attorney, she taught junior high and high school students for fourteen years in Indiana. She continued her teaching career as an instructor of Family Law at Golden Gate School of Law and Empire School of Law for a total of ten years. Commissioner Slabach is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Court (AFCC), as well as other professional and judicial organizations and has a special interest in the welfare of children caught in the cross-fire of litigation.

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