Monday, December 27, 2020

Cutting Edge Issues in ADR

I will be participating in the University of LaVerne Law School's 2011 Symposium, entitled "Forecasting the Future: Cutting Edge Issues in ADR," on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Following a workshop I presented with my colleague Thomas B. Lewis, M.D., at the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's annual meeting in San Francisco last April, entitled "Neuro-Resolution: Applying New Understandings from the Behavioral Neurosciences in Conflict Resolution Practice, " organizers of the LaVerne Symposium invited me to participate in a panel that will focus on how how neuroscience perspectives will affect dispute resolution processes in the future.

Here is the announcement of the Symposium:

Join some of the nation’s leading academic experts on Alternative Dispute Resolution who will be gathered at the University of La Verne College of Law for the 2011 Symposium titled, “Forecasting the Future: Cutting Edge Issues in ADR.”

In coordination with the live event, the University of La Verne Law Review is publishing a Symposium Issue on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and will be accepting submissions through July 31, 2011.

Date: January 28 and 29, 2011 in Southern California.

How to get both spouses/partners committed to a civilized Collaborative Divorce

There is a book written specifically for divorcing couples that explains in straightforward readable terms how to navigate the emotional shoals of a divorce successfully with the help of an interdisciplinary collaborative divorce team. While each partner probably has different fears about the worst case scenarios for the separation and divorce, we find that for most people there is surprising agreement about highest hopes for a "best" divorce.

In collaborative divorce, the members of the professional team (a lawyer for each spouse, a specially trained divorce coach for each spouse, a neutral financial consultant, and a neutral child specialist) help the couple to focus on highest shared hopes and intentions, and to find areas of agreement and consensus as the foundation for negotiating solutions to more challenging issues.

If you know anyone who is about to divorce, the best possible gift is to give that person two copies of Collaborative Divorce: The Revolutionary New Way to Restructure Your Family, Resolve Legal Issues, and Move on with Your Life, by Pauline Tesler and Peggy Thompson--one for your relative or friend, and the other to be given to the spouse or partner. Their reasons for wanting a collaborative divorce may differ, but after reading the book, nearly everyone concludes that collaborative divorce is the best choice.