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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



Thursday, January 28, 2016, Noon-1:00 p.m.       

Topic: Your Elevator Pitch for Collaborative Law

Speaker:  Barrett Stern, Dement | Stern PLLC, Dallas, TX

You are in an elevator with a potential client, and collaborative law comes up.  Quick - what are you going to say? How can you succinctly inform clients and colleagues about a process they've never heard of, so they will want to know more?  Join us for this informative and interactive program.  (1.0 hr CLE requested)


Other Section News:


Call for articles!  Collaborative Law will be featured in the May DBA Headnotes.  We need articles about both civil and family law practices.  This is a fabulous opportunity to educate your peers as well as promote your practice. Topic submissions are due on February 4.  Have an idea and want to “collaborate”?  Interested but need more information?  Contact Laura Schlenker or any of your council members, below.


9th Annual TexasBarCLE Collaborative Law Course

Understanding Collaborative Divorce Inside and Out:  More than Just the Process

LIVE in Dallas, February 25-26, 2016 -- early bird discount ends February 11

The Collaborative Law Section will NOT meet at the Belo for a regular meeting.  INSTEAD our section members are invited to attend at no cost the Thursday luncheon presentation at the Collaborative Law Course, "Game Changer - The Texas Collaborative Brand".  Many thanks to Julie Quaid and Dr. Honey Sheff, the conference chairs, for making this valuable opportunity available to our members!


12th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference

Save the date!  September 15-17, 2016

The only exclusively civil collaborative law training event nationwide currently slated for 2016, to be held locally in Ft. Worth.  Check back soon for more information!



2015 Monthly CLE Programs


Thursday, December 3, Noon-1:00 p.m.       

Topic: The Care, Feeding, and Discipline of Collaborative Practice Groups

Julie Quaid
, Quaid & Farish, Dallas, Texas
Richard C. Price, The Price Law Firm, Fort Worth, Texas
Kelli Hinson, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, Dallas, Texas
Moderator:  Anne Shuttee, Law Office of Anne Shuttee, Dallas, Texas


The panelists in this program will discuss the value that practice groups provide for collaborative practitioners, why some groups succeed while others founder, and various  ethical issues affecting practice groups, including duties of client confidentiality and loyalty, rules governing referrals, and ethics of practice group marketing. 



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.

Section Officers:

Name: Laura Schlenker
Officer Position: Chair
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: Vice Chair
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: Elizabeth Chappell
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm Address: 106 N. Denton Tap Rd., 210-209
Firm City, State, Zip: Coppell, TX 75019
Business Phone: 214-614-8304

Name: Brett Christiansen
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Christiansen Davis LLC
Firm Address: 4100 Spring Valley Rd., Ste. 450
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75244 
Business Phone: 214-838-3501

Name: Julie Quaid
Officer Position: Immediate Past 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: Rocio Christina Garcia
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Hunton & Williams LLP
Address: 1445 Ross Avenue, Ste. 3700
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75202
Business Phone: 214-880-0011

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 click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $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 DBA membership department.

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