An important part of my role as a collaborative professional in dissolving a marriage/cohabitation is to ‘hold the center,’ to both support my client at a painful time and to help her or him to empathize with the other party, the children, and the extended family members during the transition from family living together to family living separately. The collaborative approach also improves the process of creating agreements like prenuptials, post-nuptials, and plans for unmarried couples so that planning for ‘the worst’ does not negatively impact the present relationship.
After fifteen years of “traditional” family law litigation, having experimented with a number of methods of alternative dispute resolution, I joined the Collaborative Law Institute because the predominant manner in which we are trained to resolve legal disputes (competitively), is a destructive process in the family context. Collaborative Process not only changes the experience of decoupling for everyone involved, it empowers people to be creative and positive at one of the most damaging times in their lives.
|2010||Basic Collaborative Law Training||Chip Rose||6.00|
|2010||Basic Collaborative Law Training||Fauss & Hembrey||6.00|
|2012||Reigniting Collaboration||Neil Denny||12.00|
|2013||The New Collaborative Experience||CLI Training Committee||13.75|
- Family Law
- Will & Estate Planning
Postgraduate Education: Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs 1994, MA
Law School: University of Minnesota 1994, JD cum laude
- Admitted to practice before the Minnesota State Bar in 1994
- Admitted to practice before the United States District Court, District of Minnesota in 1997
- Member Minnesota, Hennepin County, Ramsey County Bar Associations
- Volunteer Attorney for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) since 1994