Friday, April 4, 2021

Finally, I hope, workable information and registration link for Advanced Collaborative Family Law Training

Many of you have let me know that the links in my earlier posting do not work as they should. I'm delighted at the degree of interest that I'm hearing about this advanced training. For those of you who want to contact the Straus Institute for more information or to register, here is how to do it:

For registration fees, course descriptions, and faculty bios
contact Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342 or or go to
and click on Training and Conferences.

Apologies to those of you who found the earlier links I provided unworkable.

Thursday, April 3, 2021

Certified Family Law Specialists: 18 Hours of CFLS Credit for Advanced Collaborative Family Law Course

The Advanced Collaborative Family Law Course to be held at the Straus Dispute Resolution Institute (Pepperdine Law School, Malibu, CA) on June 19-21 has just been approved by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization for 18 hours of certified family law specialist education credits, including one hour in family law legal ethics, and two hours of credit in psychological and counseling aspects of family law.

The course also carries eighteen hours of California MCLE credit, including an hour of legal ethics credit.

The Straus Institute programs are recognized by many or most states for mandatory continuing legal education credit. If you are certified as a family law specialist in a state other than California, check with your own certifying authority regarding whether it will recognize this course for certified specialist purposes.

Advanced Collaborative Family Law course in gorgeous Malibu, California

Here is the link that will take you to detailed information about how to enroll in the two and one half day Advanced Family Law course at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law School, Malibu, California:

If you are tired of talking heads discussing the latest appellate decisions as your way of satisfying your continuing legal education requirements, consider joining me and David Fink in Malibu, where you will work intensively in a small group with experienced collaborative lawyers from across North America and elsewhere, in a seminar format that includes roleplay, demonstrations, and case conferencing.

In the evening, the course includes meals and socializing with trainers and practitioners from around the world who are participating in this and the many other courses being offered as part of this June Professional Skills Program.

The location can't be beat: a gorgeous modern campus overlooking the Pacific Coast Highway and the beaches of Malibu, about a twenty minute drive north of Santa Monica/Los Angeles.

The course is approved for eighteen hours of MCLE credit and approval is pending for California certified family law specialist credit, including credits for legal ethics and psychological and counseling aspects of family law.

Monday, March 31, 2021

Come to the ABA Professional Responsibility meeting in Boston

On Saturday morning, May 31, 2008, in Boston, Massachusetts, I'll be participating in a panel discussion about the ethics of collaborative legal practice, at the American Bar Association 2008 National Conference on Professional Responsibility, which is being held at The Seaport Hotel in Boston. Other panelists include Paula Noe, a collaborative lawyer from Massachusetts, Scott Peppet, a Colorado law professor with a special interest in the ethics of collaborative practice, and moderator Jim McCauley, of the Virginia State Bar.

The panel is going to take a constructive and practical approach, beginning with how to do it right (i.e., how to practice in a way that accords with professional legal ethical mandates) before discussing how practitioners might go astray and how to avoid that.

Anyone who is interested in attending can find conference registration and program information by clicking on the title of this post. I'd love to see lots of collaborative practitioners in attendance who can help the conversation stay focused on the degree to which we do it well, more than on the horrible things that could happen if someone made lots of errors.