Tuesday, June 26, 2021

IACP Ethics Task Force Responds to Maverick Colorado Ethics Opinion

In February 2007, a committe of the Colorado Bar Association published an ethics opinion critical of collaborative law--the sole negative opinion to appear in the seventeen years that collaborative lawyers have been doing this work.

Many have criticized the opinion as poorly reasoned and a masterpiece of a technical legalistic approach that takes no account of clients as thinking people capable of making intelligent conflict resolution process choices on their own behalf.

Now, people concerned about the opinion have a useful resource to turn to which should help rebut the popular misconception in cyberspace that somehow the Colorado opinion means that the practice of collaborative law is unethical. Of course it's not. Not even in Colorado.

Read the opinion and use it. Here is the link (the article will appear in the next issue of the Collaborative Review):

http://www.collaborativepractice.com/documents/IACPEthicsTaskForcearticle.pdf

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