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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.