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Understanding Collaborative Law

Credit(s): 6 Professional Responsibility
Product ID: C2038-VID
Original Program Date: October 11, 2012
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    It is our goal that, after attending this program, an attorney will be better able to:

    • understand the basic underlying concepts of collaborative practice and how they differ from standard family law practice;
    • know the types of people involved in collaborative law cases and what each person’s role is in assisting the client; and
    • differentiate the types of cases suited for collaborative law from the ones where the client would achieve a better outcome through traditional legal services.


    Welcome / Defining Elements of Collaborative Practice

    Advantages and Cautions

    Paradigm Shift

    Skills Development and Interest-Based Negotiations

    Role Play One: Discussion with client using interest-based negotiations – Topic: “What to do with the house?”

    Q & A

    Interdisciplinary Approach

    • Attorney
    • Mental Health
    • Child Specialist
    • Financial Neutral
    • Mediation

    Role Play Two: Initial attorney interview with client presenting collaborative law as an option and explaining team concept

    Case Screening
    Client Intake
    Participation Agreement
    Q & A

    Role Play Three: Coach’s role and intake with client;
    financial neutral meeting with client

    Role Play Four: Team meeting

    Q & A


    Brigitte Schmidt Bell, Brigitte Schmidt Bell, P.C., Evanston
    Anna Markley Bush, Bush & Heise, Barrington
    Caralyn Graham, LCPC, Therapist/Divorce Coach, Northfield
    Sasha von Varga, LCSW, Northfield
    Christiana Zouzias, CPA, Zouzias & Zouzias, Inc., Chicago

    6 Professional Responsibility   6 Credits

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    Collaborative Law Program Materials-M-D.pdfNA4 MB

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