CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2023 — A new book from the American Bar Association, “Effectively Representing Clients in Family Mediation,” showcases the critical importance of a lawyer’s role as a peacemaker in family law disputes.
Family lawyers are in a unique position to defuse conflicts and manage disputes through the use of collaborative strategies and tools, active communication and a positive healing approach. This book guides lawyers on selecting a mediator, preparing clients for mediation and coaching the clients through the negotiation to a settlement.
About the authors
Forrest “Woody” Mosten, who has been in private mediation practice since 1979, is an international master trainer in mediation and collaborative practice, and is recognized as “The Father of Unbundling.”
Mosten is certified as a specialist in family law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and handles family law matters involving substantial assets and high‑conflict parenting matters both as a lawyer representing clients and as a neutral mediator — and he never goes to court. Mosten is the co-founder of the Mosten Guthrie Online Training Academy for Mediation and Collaborative Practice and is the author of six other books, “Collaborative Divorce
Handbook” (2009), “Building a Successful Collaborative Practice” (2018 with Adam Cordover), “Complete Guide to Mediation, 2nd edition” (2015 with Elizabeth Potter Scully), “Unbundled Legal Services” (2017 with Elizabeth Potter Scully), “Mediation Career Guide,” (2001) and “Unbundling Legal Services” (2000), as well as numerous articles.
Elizabeth Potter Scully is a family law judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court. Prior to taking the bench in December 2020, she was a certified family law specialist in private practice and a founding partner of Jacobson Scully LLP, providing mediation, collaborative and minor’s counsel services, in addition to traditional litigation representation. As an attorney, she was also vice president of the board of directors of Levitt Quinn, a nonprofit law firm serving the working poor and a member of A Better Divorce, a collaborative practice group in Los Angeles. She has taught experiential courses in mediation and negotiation theory and practice at UCLA School of Law and has co-authored numerous books and articles on topics relating to consensual dispute resolution in the family law context. She received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard in 1993 and her law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1996.
Lara Traum is a partner at Roytberg Traum Law and Mediation P.C. She practices matrimonial and family law in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and practices as a family and matrimonial mediator throughout the United States and internationally, in English and in Russian. Traum serves on the board of directors of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation and is an active member of Long Island Collaborative Divorce Professionals. Outside her practice, she lectures on matrimonial and conflict resolution matters, publishes academic works on mediation and family law and performs as a musician throughout New York City. Traum received her bachelor’s degree from New York University in music, literature and Judaic studies in 2010 and her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2016, where she graduated cum laude with a concentration in family and matrimonial law and a Jacob Burns Medal for Scholastic Achievement after serving as editor in chief of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Title: “Effectively Representing Clients in Family Mediation”
Publisher: ABA Book Publishing
Product Code: 5130257
Size: 7 x 10 inches