Saturday, February 16, 2021

A web resource for divorcing clients
is a site that provides information and cross-links offering a wealth of useful information for people contemplating or going through divorce. The emphasis is on approaches that encourage civility and keep conflict contained.

Friday, February 15, 2021

Really effective use of video for publicizing Collaborative Practice

Collaborative Practice California [also known as "CP-Cal"], our statewide association of practice groups, has put together a powerful short video clip meant to be used as a public service announcement and for other public education purposes. It is really well-done. Notice the use, at the end, of the really wonderful billboard image designed jointly by IACP and the collaborative lawyers' organization in Cincinnatti, Ohio.

CP-Cal has been asked about the possibility of licensing use of the video to other groups. No answer yet, but stay posted, and meanwhile, look at the video:

Friday, February 8, 2021

Final Training Schedule in Northern Ireland and Irish Republic

It's now been confirmed that in addition to introductory two-day collaborative law trainings in Belfast and in Dublin, there will be a third introductory training, to be held in Galway, Ireland.

These trainings have been scheduled around the time of the Second European Collaborative Conference, which is taking place on Fota Island, Cork, Ireland. The conference is co-sponsored by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the (Irish) Association of Collaborative Professionals, and it promises to be both rich in content and great fun. Full details can be found at

My training dates:

  • Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 24 and 25--Level One Lawyer Training. Contact John Reavey for details:
  • Dublin, Ireland, April 28 and 29--Level One Lawyer Training. Contact John MacDaid, Legal Aid Board of Ireland, for details:
  • Three hour intermediate/advanced training workshop at the Cork Conference, Saturday afternoon, May 3. See link above for conference registration information.

Thursday, February 7, 2021

Update on Pepperdine Strauss Institute Professional Skills Program

In addition to presenting a 2 1/2 day Intermediate/Advanced collaborative law workshop in June at the Malibu campus of Pepperdine Law School, it seems likely that David Fink and I will present the same training event a second time October 23/24/25, in Woodstock, Vermont, during the Fall session of the Straus Professional Skills Program. This is the week after the IACP Forum in New Orleans. For those of you on the East Coast who might be interested, mark your calendars.

Attendance at these workshops and trainings is strictly limited.

You can register for the June program by going to --click on "21st Annual Professional Skills Program. "

For further information about the October event, contact the coordinator,

Lori Rushford
Professional Education Program Administrator
Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
Pepperdine School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
(310) 506-6342
Fax: (310) 506-4437

Monday, February 4, 2021

An in-depth BBC Interview about Collaborative Law/Collaborative Divorce

You can listen here to an intelligent conversation about collaborative law which includes an in depth response to a therapist who argues that they need to be included in the process--that lawyers alone are not sufficient.

This interview was done in 2005. By now, the skeptical therapist would surely be aware of interdisciplinary team collaborative divorce, which addresses each of the concerns about which she contends lawyers alone will not suffice.

More Information about Trainings in Ireland

In Belfast, Northern Ireland, I'll be presenting an two-day basic training in Collaborative Law on April 24 and 25. Next, in Dublin, Ireland, there will be another two-day basic Collaborative Law training on April 28 and 29.

I'm delighted to be participating in the Second European Collaborative Law conference , which takes place in Cork, Ireland beginning May 1. In addition to sharing the keynote address with Stu Webb, I'll present a three-hour extended workshop for lawyers focusing on the "buy-in" phase of a collaborative case, addressing how to communicate passionate enthusiasm for collaborative practice while facilitating fully informed client process choices. This workshop is intended for lawyers who have had a basic collaborative law training.

Discussions are still in process about whether there will be a third two-day basic training after the Cork conference, in the Galway area.