Whether you've completed nearly five or more than a hundred collaborative matters, you'll leave this course with enhanced understandings and skills that you can use immediately on Monday morning. You will explore collaborative practice challenges through videos, discussion, role-play, demonstrations, and self-reflective exercises that target your personal growth points; you will experience new approaches for conflict resolution during spontaneous discussion and role play of thorny problems from your most difficult collaborative cases. The course, grounded in decades of collaborative and mediation work with clients, includes growth-edge material from systems theory, powerful non-defensive communications, positive psychology, and other vectors of the integrative law movement.
Both trainers are leaders in the collaborative divorce movement, as well as longtime family law specialists (certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization) and Fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Both have been named repeatedly as California Super Lawyers. Their style is spontaneous, interactive, challenging, and lively. And they don't always agree.
What you will learn:
Pauline Tesler, a pioneering collaborative lawyer, cofounded the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, was its first president, and cofounded its journal, The Collaborative Review. Her extensive writings include Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce Without Litigation (ABA 2008, 2nd ed.), and Collaborative Divorce: The Revolutionary New Way to Restructure Your Family, Resolve Legal Issues, and Move on with Your Life (HarperCollins, 2006). Recipient of the first ABA Lawyer as Problem Solver award, she has trained thousands of lawyers in North America, Europe, Australia, and Israel. Tesler practices collaborative law and directs the new Integrative Law Institute at Commonweal, a nonprofit program offering trainings and workshops for lawyers and judges integrating brain science, neuro-economics, and positive psychology with front-line dispute resolution practice.
David Fink is a member attorney and cofounder of Collaborative Practice San Francisco and currently serves as president of the board of Collaborative Practice California, one of the world's largest collaborative organizations. Former chair of the Family Law Sections of the California State Bar and the San Francisco Bar Association, Fink is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and served as chapter president in 2008. His legislative advocacy helped pass the California collaborative law statute, one of three in the nation. An experienced mediator and collaborative lawyer, he is consistently elected as a Super Lawyer by his peers. He brings skills from both roles into his work as a trainer of collaborative lawyers.