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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.   

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Thursday, October 29, Noon-1:00 p.m.       

Topic: Southfork meets Bleak House:  An Insider's View on Why Collaborative Law is So Suited to Family Business Disputes

Speaker: Doug Box, Family Business Advisor

Family-Business Advisor and author Doug Box will talk about how his storied family's business—his father is thought to be the inspiration for J.R. Ewing—devolved into four years of litigation that destroyed the family relationships in the process.  Doug will explain how he thinks collaborative law might have kept his family intact, and how CL can apply to many of the conflicts he sees as a family-business advisor.  Doug's recent book is Cutter Frisco: Growing Up On the Original Southfork Ranch.  


Section News:


11th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference

The Collaborative Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association is proud to be a sponsor of the only exclusively civil collaborative law training event nationwide slated for 2015, right here in Dallas.

September 16-18, 2015, the Global Collaborative Law Council, in conjunction with the Dallas Bar Collaborative Law Section, the State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Section, and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, will present the 11th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference at the historic Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue in Dallas.  

The first day of the Conference will be a basic training in civil collaborative, a program designed to introduce lawyers, other professionals and our clients to the fundamentals of civil collaborative law.  The second and third days will provide an in-depth study of collaborative resolution of a medical error and apology case, led by Diann Seigle, Executive Director for the Carolina Dispute Settlement Services, which administers the Integrative Accountability and Collaborative Transparency Program (IACT), and Aida Doss Havel, who serves on the IACT Executive Committee.  Both leaders have extensive training and real world experience resolving medical error cases through their work in helping North Carolina hospitals, physicians and patients resolve conflict.

This one-of-a-kind conference will also include presentations on the use of collaborative law to resolve issues involving same sex couples, apology, ethical considerations of collaborative practice, the nature and value of collaborative practice, and methods for getting stakeholders to buy into the collaborative process.  The current status of the enactment of Collaborative legislation in jurisdictions around the country will be discussed, as well as proposed legislation expressly providing for the use of Collaborative process to resolve medical error issues.

Make plans to attend this cutting-edge conference, and invite your colleagues and clients to learn more about how the collaborative process is being used to manage conflict and resolve disputes in multiple areas of law.

Save money! Significant discounts are available if you register by September 1, 2015.

You can view the Program, Presenters and Registration Form here . On-line registration is available here.


2015 Monthly CLE Programs



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: Anderson Tobin, PLLC
Firm Address: 13355 Noel Road, Suite 1900
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75240
Business Phone: 972-788-3795

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 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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