Working with Mental Health Professionals to Benefit Your Clients



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August 16, 2023
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About the Program

The always-popular Meet the Mental Health Professional Night is back!

Occurrences in the greater community – be it the Covid pandemic or increased polarization – reverberate in the lives of the families we serve. This year’s panelists will share observations about behaviors on the rise in court and their practices, offer insights about how this impacts the work we do, suggest tools and strategies for addressing these challenges, and examine effective ways to work with mental health professionals to benefit our clients.

Join us for a stimulating conversation with panel members Michael J. Convey, Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court (Central District), Dr. Mesha Ellis of Ellis Evaluation and Consulting Services, Joseph A. Langlois of Langlois Family Law APC, and moderator Ellyn J. Stein, Esquire.

Following the panel discussion, participating mental health professionals from a variety of backgrounds will have several minutes to introduce themselves. All program attendees will receive an electronic Reference Booklet containing the detailed Questionnaires completed by participating mental health professionals.

Meet the Speakers
Joseph A. Langlois Esq.
Joseph A. Langlois Esq.


Langlois Family Law APC

Has been practicing family law for 35 years and he is a certified family law specialist. From his small firm’s office in Calabasas, California, he exclusively practices family law, mainly representing clients in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and Ventura County. He is an ardent proponent of mediation and settlement of family law disputes. He is also an experienced trial attorney, typically engaged 30 to 50 days per year in trial/evidentiary hearings.

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Dr. Mesha Ellis
Dr. Mesha Ellis


Ellis Evaluation and Consulting Services

Dr. Mesha Ellis is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who maintains a private practice in Torrance, California. Her areas of clinical specialty include child custody, juvenile delinquency, clinical, and psychoeducational evaluations. She additionally provides therapy services to children, couples, and families. Dr. Ellis earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and a Doctorate (PhD) in Clinical Psychology from The University of Alabama. She received formal forensic training as a postdoctoral fellow in juvenile forensic psychology and adolescent inpatient treatment through The University of Washington after completing a pre-doctoral internship at The University of Chicago Hospitals.

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Hon. Michael J. Convey
Hon. Michael J. Convey


Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court (Central District)

Judge Michael Convey started his judicial career in September 2002, when the judges of Los Angeles County appointed him as a Court Commissioner. Before his appointment, he practiced as a trial attorney, specializing in civil litigation, including insurance defense and coverage, and jury trials and appeals, in Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles, for fifteen years before his appointment. In September 2002, Judge Convey’s first assignment was to a family law general jurisdiction (home) court, in Lancaster. He has served in family law home courts in Van Nuys and at Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed him to the position of Superior Court Judge in June 2010. Except for a year-and-a-half rotation in civil trial courts, Judge Convey has served continuously in the Family Law Division since 2002. Judge Convey is currently assigned to a Dedicated (Long Cause) Trial Court at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse-Department 77, where he has been since December 2019.

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