University of Florida Levin College of Law announces its 2nd annual Collaborative Law Training.
This year’s CLT is an intermediate training presented by Pauline Tesler. The program focuses on the lawyer’s role as an entry point into collaborative law practice, educating and screening clients, and participation on interdisciplinary teams.
The training will be held at the Levin College of Law in Gainesville on July 9-10, 2010.
Registration for the 2010 training is now open at http://www.law.ufl.edu/centers/childlaw/collaborativetraining/
Cooperative law focuses on settlement. Like collaborative practice, in cooperative law there is an agreement among the lawyers and clients for a peaceful settlement—however, it does not require the lawyers to withdraw if settlement cannot be reached. A leader in the development of cooperative law, the Wisconsin Cooperative Divorce website describes the principles of their agreement as follows:
Both parties and attorneys commit in good faith to do the following:
*Cooperate by acting civilly at all times and by responding promptly to all reasonable requests for information from the other party.
*Cooperate by fully disclosing all relevant financial information.
*Cooperate by obtaining joint appraisals and/or other expert opinions before obtaining individual appraisals or expert opinions.
*Cooperate by obtaining meaningful expert input (e.g., a child specialist) before requesting a custody study or the appointment of a guardian ad litem.
Pauline Tesler writes:
My colleague, author, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Tom Lewis, is working with me to put finishing touches on the course we are designing for the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution later this month, called "Neurocollaboration." The material is among the most intellectually exciting I've encountered in learning how to make the shift more fully into collaborative conflict resolution.
Tom is a remarkable presenter. Here is a link to a lecture he gave on the Google campus in 2007, about empathy.
Neuro-Collaboration: How New Perspectives from the Neurosciences Can Enhance Your Collaborative Conflict Resolution Skills
Faculty: Pauline H. Tesler, M.A., J.D., and Thomas Lewis, M.D.
Approved for 18 hours of California CFLS (Certified Family Law Specialist) credit, including 18 credit hours for psychological and counseling aspects of family law
Can an attorney tell if a client needs a coach or child specialist? In Part 5, Pauline Tesler addresses the economic arguments and assumptions that many bring to the collaborative process.
Truth in Labeling:
In this part, Pauline addresses the importance of fully informed consent for clients to understand the process. She talks about the "single coach model" and her deep concerns that it blurs the distinctions of coaching.