Friday, March 30, 2021

Collaborative Practice Development Seminars in Ireland

On March 29, thirty family law solicitors from across Ireland gathered for a practice development seminar with Pauline Tesler, sponsored by the Legal Aid Board of Ireland. The final segment of the day-long event focused on do-it-yourself public education and marketing, with participants being coached in simple techniques for getting the word out to their communities, individually and collectively.

At least one participant promptly implemented the suggestion to begin public education efforts right away, designing and putting her new collaborative law blog online the same day. Here is the link: http://lorrainekirwan.blogspot.com/index.html

A similar seminar will be presented in Cork, Ireland, on March 29 to family law solicitors and barristers who have previously attended Pauline's core training events.

110 More Irish Collaborative Lawyers

Last week in Dublin, more than 110 family law solicitors (and one barrister) attended a two-day introductory training in collaborative family law, presented by Pauline Tesler. The event was sponsored and subsidized by the Legal Aid Board of Ireland, which provides representation in nearly half of the divorces and legal separation actions in Ireland and which is strongly supportive of collaborative divorce.

The total number of trained collaborative lawyers in Ireland is now approaching 300. In addition, nearly 60 mental health counselors have become involved in providing coaching services to collaborative divorce clients in the southern part of Ireland, as a result of efforts of the Association of Collaborative Professionals, based in Cork, Ireland.