Nancy Retsinas

Author, 2016 – Present

  • Contributing Author – Washington Practice Manual, Family Law, Volumes 19-21, West Publishing (2016)
  • Co-Author – Commentary on Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Family Law Practice, Family Court Review, Vol. 56 No. 3, July 2018, pages 470-473 (2018)
  • Contributing Author – Building a Successful Collaborative Law Practice (Forrest Mosten and Adam Cordover) (2018)
  • Blog, nancyretsinas.com/blog 

Chairperson / Member, Clark County Bench-Bar and Clark County Bar Association, 1996 – 2011

  • District Convener, YMCA Mock Trial Youth and Government Program
  • Chairperson, Family Court Mediation Steering Committee
    • An independent committee of community stakeholders, formed at the request of the CCBA Family Law Section and with the blessing of the Superior Court Bench, to develop a recommendation for a court-affiliated family mediation program
    • Facilitated consensus-building discussions with community stakeholders that led to development of vision, goals, work plan, and proposed charge
    • Researched, collected, synthesized, and analyzed data throughout the Washington Superior Court system; wrote and delivered Charge Request to Superior Court Bench and Court Administrator
  • Chairperson, Committee relating to development of standards for parenting coordination
  • Chairperson, Committee relating to the development of standards for visitation with under school-age children
  • Member, Committee related to standardizing discovery in family law matters
  • Member, Family Law Annex Committee
  • Member, CCBA Taskforce for Courthouse Improvement, relating to the development of a long-range strategy for improvement of court services and space
  • Member, Committee relating to the development of standards for Clark County Guardians Ad Litem in domestic relations matters

Moderator, 2018 – Present, and 1996 – 2003

  • Clark County Council Listening Sessions on Systemic Racism, JulyAug 2020
  • As Judges and Commissioners See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Family Court, National Business Institute, Vancouver, WA, Nov 2018
  • Candidates' Forums, League of Women Voters of Clark County, numerous between 1996 – 2003

Presenter, 2000 – Present

  • Domestic Relations Attorneys of Washington (DRAW), Impact of COVID on Family Law Issues, Virtual DRAW Conference, Co-Presenter, scheduled for November 2020
  • Clark County Bar Association
    • Managing Client Relationships: Establishing Rapport, Building Trust, and Earning Respect, Young Lawyers Section
    • Lawyer Ethics
    • Informed Consent
    • Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting
    • Navigating a Divorce Case from Initial Consultation to Decree
    • Mediation Advocacy
    • Interest-Based Mediation, Family Law Section
    • Conflict Resolution in Guardianship Matters, Guardianship Section
    • Collaborative Practice Primer
  • Oregon State Bar (OSB), Introduction to Collaborative Law, OSB Family Law Section Annual Conference, Bend, OR

Trainer, 2008 – Present

  • American Bar Association, 2018 Practice Development Institute, Co-Trainer, Chicago, IL
  • Collaborative Practice Northwest, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law 2-Day Training, multiple trainings in 2008 and 2009, Bend, OR and Vancouver, WA
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington (CPW)
    • Inside-Out Washington: Bringing the Conflict Professionals' Experience into the Heat of the Conflict, 2020 CPW Fall Training (Webinar Series Oct 2020 - February 2021)
    • Bridging the Gap: From Theory to Every Day Collaborative Practice, 2019 CPW Fall Training, Yakima, WA
    • Assessing Client Capacity, 2019 CPW Statewide Annual Conference, Vancouver, WA
    • Screening and Suitability for Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes, 2017 CPW Statewide Annual Conference, Lake Chelan, WA
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), Cultivating the Professional-Client Relationship, 2018 IACP Networking and Educational Forum, Seattle, WA
  • Mosten Divorce Mediation Training, Advanced Mediation Training, Associate Trainer, 2019, San Diego, CA
  • Two Rivers Institute for Dispute Resolution (now Two Rivers Collaborative Practice), Vancouver, WA
    • Dispute Resolution in the 21st Century: Cultivating a Satisfying Peacemaking Practice, Associate Trainer
    • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law 2-Day Training, multiple trainings in 2015 and 2016 
    • Lunch & Learns, multiple topics
    • Mastery Skills Trainings, multiple topics

Volunteer Lawyer, 1992 – Present

  • Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program (CCVLP)
    • LatinX Outreach Legal Clinic
    • LawyerTalk Clinic
    • CCVLP Advice Clinic and Direct Representation
  • Conducted more than 100 advice clinics, advising more than 500 individuals who could not afford lawyers; represented approximately 40 Pro Bono litigation clients; devoted approximately 75 hours a year to advice clinics and Pro Bono family law representation
  • Volunteer of the Year 1996, 2002, 2006

Volunteer Mediator, 2008 – Present

  • Community Mediation Services
  • Mediated at least 50 disputes involving more than 100 community members, ranging from neighbor-to-neighbor, small claims, landlord-tenant, small business, and public agency disputes