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Second Annual National Conference for
Divorce Real Estate Professionals

October 2-4, 2024 | Omni La Costa Resort Carlsbad, CA

About the Event

Join us for our second annual CDRE® exclusive event, “Elevate” to sharpen your skills with the top CDREs from around the nation! Laurel Starks and the Ilumni faculty, Shelly Jean John, Esq., our incredible CDRE coaches and advisors all welcome you to this 3 day action packed event!


This event will be customized for you, as CDREs and will be filled with divorce real estate content, panel discussions, Q&A, key take aways, workshops and much more!


Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to connect and grow with our amazing CDRE family! 


The Ilumni Speakers Bureau LIVE is back!


Join us in person October 1st, 2024, at La Costa in Carlsbad, CA! For CDREs who meet the criteria (minimum of 12 months as a CDRE and at least 3 divorce transactions as a CDRE) and are ready to take their mastery to the next level, the Ilumni Speakers Bureau (ISB) program is the natural evolution of your expertise.


This program offers everything you need to deliver:

  • Lunch and Learns in law firms

  • Presentations to bar associations, community groups, and more

"Content was excellent and it's really great to be reminded again of things I have already learned.”

Michelle Appling, CDRE®

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Elevate Your Knowledge

  • Workshop skills

  • Deepen your expertise

  • Share best practices

  • Crowd-source knowledge 


Elevate Your Business

  • Share actionable strategies

  • Optimize lead-gen efforts

  • Remain relevant

  • Grow your business sustainably


Elevate Your Connections

  • Build relationships

  • Spark ideas

  • Grow together

  • Make long-lasting friendships

Event Admission

Ticket Includes:

3-Day Admission to Elevate

Happy Hour Welcome Mixer with Drinks and Apps

Lunch on 10/3

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Elevate Early Bird 

Ticket + Room Block: $999 

Limited Tickets Only

Valid until June 10, 2024


Standard Admission

Ticket Only: $1500

Ticket + Room Block $1200


Pay Over Time!

Ticket Only: $400 for 4mos

Ticket + Room Block $325 for 4mos.

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Dancing Through The Decades

$150 per ticket

Costa De La Luna
Thursday, October 3rd
6:30 PM

Past Events


2023 Elevate

Real estate professionals from around the country, both CDRE and Non-CDRE, gathered at our first annual event to share knowledge, collaborate, and network. 


2022 Mastermind

After the pandemic, we came together face-to-face to collaborate on skill-building, craft strategic business plans, and foster deeper connections. The future appeared bright with possibilities.

The Speakers

Learn from a panel of CDREs and family law attorneys, as they offer valuable insights
and strategies for successfully navigating the unique challenges and opportunities within the
divorce real estate niche. They'll discuss how to manage real estate transactions with confidence
and how to gain a competitive edge in today's market..


Laurel Starks

The Ilumni Institute Founder & CEO

Laurel Starks is arguably the nation’s foremost expert in the field of Divorce Real Estate, often regarded as the pioneer of the niche, and is the published author of “The House Matters in Divorce.” As the principal of Starks Realty Group founded in 2005, Laurel is a court-appointed listing agent under EC §730, and has worked in more than 1,000 divorce cases. In 2018, Laurel founded The Ilumni Institute, an education organization that bridges the gap between family law and real estate. She wrote and developed the Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert™ curriculum, which has become the most recognized credential for court-appointed Realtors in the nation. An Inman Influencer and Inman Innovator, Laurel is a frequent speaker and writer for state and national family law and real estate organizations, and has been featured as a subject matter expert in publications such as The Huffington Post, NPR, and Realtor Magazine. In addition, Laurel is the host of Raising the Bar, a national continuing legal education series for family law attorneys.


Shelly Jean John, Esq. 

Family Law Attorney & Mediator

A founding faculty member for Ilumni and a practicing divorce attorney, Shelly Jean John is passionate about supporting and educating Realtors as they learn to serve the legal community. Shelly is full of tips and information from the attorney's perspective.

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Jeremy N. Roark, CFLS

Certified Family Law Specialist

Jeremy N. Roark has practiced family law exclusively in the Inland Empire for over 10 years. He has experience in handling divorce cases and related legal issues, such as child custody and support, asset division, spousal support, custody jurisdiction, and domestic violence and restraining orders. Mr. Roark is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS). As a father of a young child with special needs, Mr. Roark recognizes the nuances involved in creating custody and visitation arrangements, and knows how to negotiate parenting plans that suit the best interests of the children involved. He has established a reputation as a fierce advocate for his clients, and a source of authority for educating the courts about issues related to co-parenting children with special needs. Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2008, Mr. Roark holds a Juris Doctor Degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He completed his undergraduate degree at University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in business economics.

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Jillian Duggan-Herd, CFLS

Certified Family Law Specialist

For over a decade, trial lawyer Jillian Duggan-Herd has represented clients throughout San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. For her entire career, Jillian has exclusively practiced family law. Jillian has been certified by the State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist. Jillian received her B.A. with honors in Sociology from UCSD. She received her juris doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law, where she participated on the National Moot Court Team, was in leadership positions with the Moot Court Honors Council, GSA Outlaws, and served as a practicing intern/extern with a private family law attorney, the Spokane Public Defender, and the Hon. Neal Q. Reilly. Jillian is well-known by the bench and the bar for her exceptional litigation skills. Her almost daily advocacy for clients in court gives Jillian a unique perspective in strategic planning and settlement positioning. Jillian’s thoughtful, "no-nonsense" approach to family law often results in the efficient and effective resolution of her cases. Jillian is a member of the San Diego Family Law Bar Association, the North County of San Diego Certified Family Law Specialists, and Lawyers Club. In January 2023, she commenced a three-year term on the San Diego Family Law Bar Association Board of Directors.

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Jason Gordon


Jason Gordon is a San Diego based licensed Residential Mortgage Loan Officer with extensive experience working with divorcing home buyers and homeowners as a Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP), Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert (CDRE), Certified Divorce Specialist (CDS), and a Real Estate Collaboration Specialist – Divorce (RCS-D). As a CDLP, CDRE, CDS, & RCS-D, Mr. Gordon has been trained to proactively identify obstacles divorcing clients face while trying to maintain mortgage financing, while providing collaborative guidance to Family Law Attorneys during the settlement process to better enable future mortgage financing opportunities. He actively presents educational content to Real Estate professionals to help them effectively and responsibly assist divorcing clients. Mr. Gordon’s NMLS ID is 259027.

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