Dedicate to Collaborate

Reflections from a peacemaking lawyer and mediator dedicated to collaborative problem-solving.

Why Quitting Court was the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made — For Myself and My Clients

Why Quitting Court was the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made — For Myself and My Clients
Imagine that it's 1991. I've just graduated law school, passed the bar, and am tearing up the courtrooms like nobody's business. Divorce cases? Settled. Custody hearings? Taken care of. Business disputes? Done and done. I'd gone into law with an absolute passion for protecting my clients. I'm an advocate right down to my bones — there's nothing I l...
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When an Award is More than an Award...

When an Award is More than an Award...
This spring I had the great honor of receiving a Women of Achievement Iris Award — a wonderful tradition of celebrating women leaders in my area. As I stood on the stage, surrounded by women who've shaped not only the community I live in, but their industries as a whole, I was so grateful to be a small part of a much bigger movement. Because while ...
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Ron Ousky Advanced Collaborative Practice Training in Vancouver — Register Now

Ron and I are part of a North American training group called Peacemaking Practice Trainers. I'm thrilled he is coming to Vancouver to offer this summer workshop. Ron literally wrote the book on Collaborative Law, and has been in the movement since the beginning. Take advantage of this unique and incredible opportunity to learn from Ron Ousky! July ...
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ABA First Annual Practice Development Institute

ABA First Annual Practice Development Institute
Register Now for the ABA First Annual Practice Development Institute with Woody Mosten​ The American Bar Association Announces its First Annual Practice Development Institute Early Bird Rate Ends June 16, 2017 Check out the Brochure Hotel & Travel Information ​​ Please join Master Trainer Forrest (Woody) Mosten, and a team of co-associate train...
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My Approach To Family Law

My Approach To Family Law
During my first few years of practice, I was dismayed to see families battling in court and judges delivering verdicts with very little information to go on. Instead of searching for mutual solutions, clients and their attorneys were fighting to "win". This approach invariably cost the client and their family a lot of money and heartache.  I k...
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A Few Things I’ve Learned Along The Way…

A Few Things I’ve Learned Along The Way…
Today I celebrate 25 years as a lawyer. Holy smokes it's been quite a ride. When I first started practicing law, I was 27 years old. I was the fourth woman lawyer ever hired in a mid-sized law 'cowboy' law firm whose motto was "shoot first, ask questions later." Litigation was the default problem-solving tool, and I earned my chops in the cour...
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