September 01, 2011

Collaborative Law: Tools for a New Age

Holly M. Hohlbein

The last 30 years have seen unprecedented growth in alternatives to the traditional legal system. Escalating client—and lawyer—dissatisfaction with litigation coupled with myriad economic and cultural changes have fueled the development of new and improved models of conflict resolution. One of these evolving models is collaborative law, developed by lawyer Stu Webb over 20 years ago in Minnesota. More than just a friendly agreement to be civil and “work things out,” collaborative law and other processes like it are literally rewiring practitioners to a new way of lawyering, and paving the way for a new age of conflict resolution.

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