Collaborative Law: What's it all About Anyway?

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This program was recorded on December 3rd, 2018

Collaborative process is a relatively new method of alternative dispute resolution. The technique is similar to mediation but with a stronger emphasis on professional engagement with the family and a humanistic approach to problem-solving by use of an interdisciplinary team – not just attorneys. In recent years, at least 29 states have adopted the Uniform Collaborative Process Act, and many jurisdictions encourage collaborative process as the first option for family and marital disputes. Other practice areas, such as probate and business, are also seeing the benefits of collaborative practice. More than a process, it is the philosophical approach to legal problem-solving that may cause the most profound changes to law practice in the 21st century. This course offers background information on alternative dispute resolution and its evolution to the collaborative model, an overview of the UCLA and collaborative process, and an introduction to the collaborative community and training options.



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  • Joshua Jones
    Joshua Aaron Jones is a local, solo practice attorney. He holds an undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Montevallo, a JD and Master of Education Law from University of New Hampshire School of Law, and an LLM in Government and Public Policy, with an emphasis in school law, from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. His practice focuses primarily on family law, using the collaborative family law model, and mass tort settlement resolution. He has served as an adjunct professor at Pensacola State College and Virginia College and presently serves as an adjunct professor in legal studies at the University of West Florida. Mr. Jones often speaks on same-sex marital and family issues, including divorce, adoption, child custody, and estate planning, as well as school law topics.

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    1. Introduction
    2. Historical Background
      1. Pre-alternative dispute resolution
      2. Mediation and Arbitration
      3. Collaborative Process
    3. Sources
      1. The Uniform Collaborative Law Act
      2. Bar rules
      3. International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
      4. State collaborative law groups
      5. Local practice groups
    4. The Process
      1. Intake
      2. Participation Agreement
      3. Team Building
      4. Transparent Information Exchange
      5. Negotiation sessions
      6. Court filings and wrap-up
    5. Pros and Cons
    6. Training Options
    7. Conclusion

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