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Collaborative Law Section

Provides a forum for lawyers and other professionals who are interested in learning about the collaborative dispute resolution process and advancing their skills in the process. The goals of the Section are: (1) to promote the use of the collaborative process for resolving disputes in various areas of law, (2) to train lawyers and other professionals in the use of the process, (3) to educate the public as to the benefits of the process, and (4) to preserve the integrity of the collaborative dispute resolution process.

Meeting Schedule:

The Collaborative Law Section typically meets at noon on the LAST Thursday of each month at the Belo Mansion.   

Follow us on Twitter here:!/DBA_CollabLaw


Section News:

11th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Training

September 16-18, 2015
Dallas Bar Association
Belo Mansion - Dallas
Program and Special Guest Presenters

The 11th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference will soon be open for registration! We will have a two-day program on September 17 and 18 that will feature both classroom instruction and an interactive role-play case study concerning a medical error involving a same-sex couple. Special guest speakers Diann Siegel and Jessica Scott of Carolina Dispute Resolution Services will discuss their medical-error collaborative law program in North Carolina. On Wednesday, September 16, we’ll offer a stand-alone classroom instruction program on the basics of collaborative law.  Please join us for these fabulous CLE programs at the 11th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference! For updates, go to

Other news:

The State Bar Collaborative Law Section will hold its annual meeting at the State Bar Annual Meeting from 1:30 until 4:30 on June 18, 2015, in San Antonio.  The Section’s CLE program this year will feature a joint presentation with the LGBT Law Section entitled, “Coming Out – of the Litigation Closet:  How Collaborative Law can Minimize Damage in Same-Sex Breakups”, plus an update on the pending Texas Uniform Collaborative Law Act, now pending before the Texas Legislature.  For more information and to register, go to and search for “Annual Meeting”. 

2015 Monthly CLE Programs



Thursday, August 27, 5-7 p.m.       

Flirt with Improv, Improve your Lawyering Skills (MCLE 1.5), led by improv troupe Flirt Reynolds, this fun workshop is designed to help collaborative lawyers—and all others—enhance their effectiveness in group settings.  Limited seating.

Location:  The Social House, 2708 Routh St., Dallas  75201

Advance tickets at a price of $20 are available for purchase online at  

Day-of-event tickets (if available) will be sold at the door for $30

Appetizers are included in the ticket price. Cash bar (great happy hour rates will be available until 7:00 pm)

Bill Murray describes improv as "the most important group work since they built the pyramids."  The workshop, led by experienced improv troupe Flirt Reynolds, is specially designed for lawyers. No experience required, and it's not about being funny. (It just ends up that way.)  The exercises ("games" in improv lingo) can make you a more effective lawyer, from the fundamentals (listening scrupulously) to advanced collaborative skills used in joint meetings (e.g., improv's "yes ...and" rule means no response is rejected out of hand, a skill lawyers may want to enhance for option-creating in joint meetings). 

The workshop will begin and end with performances by the troupe Flirt Reynolds.

For more info email Ruth Rickard at ruth@rickardlawfirm or call 214-663-1010.



Thursday, April 30, 2015

Location:  Belo Mansion

Speaker:  Lainey Feingold

Topic:  "Structured Negotiations:  Skipping the Lawsuit – Dispute Resolution for Disability Rights and Beyond”

Structured Negotiations is an innovative advocacy and dispute resolution strategy that has been building a more inclusive society in the United States for two decades. An alternative to litigation, Structured Negotiations is based on collaboration and problem solving.  While developed at the intersection of disability rights and technology, the method has application to civil action beyond disability rights. Structured Negotiations shares with Collaborative Law the impulse to resolve disputes without conflict and adversarial posturing.

Lainey Feingold developed Structured Negotiations with a colleague and is its best-known practitioner.  She has negotiated more than fifty binding class-type agreements using the Structured Negotiations process without filing a single lawsuit.

The program qualifies for 1 hour of MCLE credit.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Location:  Belo Mansion

Speaker:  Ruth Rickard

Topic:  "The Qualities of Peacemakers".  This presentation will focus not on techniques, but on the personal qualities of successful peacemakers - those qualities that help the parties resolve their issues and, if possible, get to a deeper "yes".  The presentation primarily keys off Hoffman and Bowling's book, Bringing Peace into the Room, with its essays by successful mediators on the topic.  This is an exploration with no cookie-cutter answers, but there are teachers and observations to learn from.

The program qualifies for 1 hour of MCLE credit.



Joint Meeting with the Solo & Small Firm Section of the DBA

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

Location:  Belo Mansion

Speaker:  Anne Shuttee and Laura R. Schlenker

Topic: “Multiple Pathways to Settlement Success (and Client Satisfaction)”

This program will discuss the role of attorney as counselor in evaluating the client’s legal options, present an overview of the collaborative process, identify and discuss ethical issues involved in the Participation Agreement, and address how the collaborative law dispute resolution process might be effective in resolving disputes while maintaining the parties’ relationship.

The program qualifies for 1 hour of MCLE credit, including .25 hour of ethics credit.

2015 Section Officers:

Name: Julie Quaid
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Quaid Farish, LLC
Firm Address: 8150 N. Central Expressway, Suite 600
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75206
Business Phone: 214.373.9100

Name: Nicole T. LeBoeuf
Officer Position: Vice-Chair
Firm: Shackelford, Melton, McKinley & Norton, LLP
Firm Address: 3333 Lee Parkway, Tenth Floor
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75219
Business Phone: 214-780-1400

Name: Laura Schlenker
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm: Law Office of Laura Schlenker
Firm Address: 401 Tom Landry Hwy #224632
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75260
Business Phone: 214-923-5071

Name: Ruth Rickard
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Law Office of Ruth Rickard
Firm Address: 5156 S. Colony Blvd.
Firm City, State, Zip: The Colony, TX 75056
Business Phone: 214-663-1010

Name: Barrett Stern
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Dement | Stern, PLLC
Firm Address: 10440 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 800
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75231
Business Phone: 214-272-9429

Name: Wes Alost
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Jones Car McGoldrick L.L.P.
Address: 5910 N. Central Expwy, Ste. 1700
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75206
Business Phone: 214-828-9200

Resource Links

State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Section

ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Collaborative Law Committee

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Global Collaborative Law Council

Collaborative Law Institute of Texas

Houston Bar Association Collaborative Law Section

Lubbock Bar Association Collaborative Law Section

Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council

Section Membership:

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Collaborative Law section, please send a letter of request and a $20.00 membership fee to:
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the membership department at the Dallas Bar.


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