A summary of what’s going on in collaborative law across the globe.
What’s Going on in California?
Doug Rosner presented civil collaborative options for Estates and Trusts at a statewide conference in April, 2016 in Redwood, CA.
What’s Going on in North Carolina?
In April 2016, the recently formed Collaborative Law Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the North Carolina Bar Association planned and presented a two-day CIVIL collaborative training which was co-sponsored by the Construction Law Section of the NCBA. Thirty-eight attorneys attended, including the six members of the planning committee, who also formed the faculty for the training course. Three of these planners were trained and experienced collaborative family law attorneys (including Aida Doss Havel), two were construction attorneys who had not been trained in collaborative law but who wanted to bring collaborative practice to construction law disputes, and John Sarratt who is chair of the Collaborative Law Committee. Topics covered included the paradigm shift, interest-based negotiations, ethics, communication techniques, and how to build a collaborative law practice, with a particular twist towards construction practice. A lively hypothetical with fish-bowl demonstrations showed the attendees how actual collaborative conferences might look from start to finish.
The training received excellent reviews. Following the training, a group of North Carolina construction law attorneys who had been in attendance began planning to form a statewide practice group, whose first meeting was held in mid-May. The Collaborative Law Committee is now making plans for a similar two day training with an emphasis on employment law issues working with several labor and employment lawyers who attended the April training. Other future plans include collaborative training with a focus on additional areas of substantive law such as estate/fiduciary disputes and intellectual property disputes.
What’s Going on in Brazil?
In April, the Brazilian Bar Association’s Federal Council unanimously endorsed extrajudicial conflict resolution, including collaborative, to reduce costs and save time for parties in conflict. Recognizing the benefit of a more peaceful society which will result, the Brazilian Bar will encourage training of lawyers in collaboration, mediation and arbitration.
What’s Going on in Europe?
Marc Sheridan of New York presented, “Developing Your Collaborative Practice Beyond Divorce” on May 27 and 28 at the 5 European Collaborative Practice Conference.
What’s Going on in Florida?
Global Collaborative Law Council member Joryn Jenkins is offering a full day advanced collaborative training in Tampa on August 26, 2016.