Collaborative Practice

Basic & Advanced Collaborative Law Training

Participants:   Practicing lawyers/solicitors.  The training can be focused on Family, Commercial, or a combination.  Best if they’ve completed mediation trainings in the past.

Past Offerings:  I was an early adopter of collaborative practice and began practicing in the mid-1990’s   I offered my first basic training more than 10 years ago and began leading advanced trainings in 2004.  Since then, I have presented the training in several US cities, plus in South Africa.  In November, 2016, I offered a civil collaborative practice training in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Time:  A basic training takes 2-3 days. I often invite a local co-trainer who is familiar with local practice and procedure.

Content:  Collaborative Practice is a model of non-adversarial settlement. Practiced in over 20 countries with tens of thousands of lawyers trained, it is one of the most tried and true approaches, most often used in divorce but also appropriate for other matters, such as probate, business disputes, or employment. In Collaborative Practice, parties agree that their  attorneys will withdraw rather than litigate.  The parties and their attorneys agree to devote their energies to achieve a collaborative solution.  They focus on resolution and problem solving without the threat of court filings and process.  Thus, unlike other forms of alternative dispute resolution in which a lawsuit is filed first and then referred for mediation or arbitration, mutually satisfactory cooperative resolution is the focus of all parties from the outset.  Collaborative Lawyers work with their clients and each other, volunteer information to aid with resolution, and strive for a collegial atmosphere.  Often, they work in multidisciplinary teams with mental health professionals, financial experts, and others who bring different skills and viewpoints to the process.

Advanced trainings go deeper into one issue of the process.  I’ve led several advanced trainings, including on neuroscience, problem-solving skills, TKI conflict mode assessment, screening and intake issues, creating a safe space, domestic violence, etc.  Look at the other topics in this catalog for more ideas.