Norma Trusch

Collaborative Divorce Texas
1980 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, Texas 77056
United States
Office: 713-961-0256
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer

Norma Levine Trusch, Past President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals 2004 and 2005, is a founding board member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Inc. (CLI-Tx), and a frequent lecturer on Collaborative Law. She currently is the chair of the Training Committee of CLI-Tx, and an active trainer in the Texas model of Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation, Teaching, Trainer
License(s): Licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Texas ~Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Professional Activities: President, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals - 2004 and 2005; ~Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 1990-2006; ~Trustee, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Inc. 2001-2006; Member of Collaborative Law Section of the Houston Bar Association; Board Member, Family Law Section of State Bar of Texas; ~Frequent lecturer on Family Law and Collaborative Law; ~Member of the Collaborative Law Training faculties at the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Advanced Family Law Course presented by the State Bar of Texas; Faculty member of Spring Conference of Collaborative Law Institute of Texas; Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law teaching Texas Marital Property Law and Collaborative Law courses; ~Team member of LoneStar Collaborative Law Trainers; ~Observer to the Uniform Law Commissions's committee to Draft a Uniform Collaborative Law Act.
Comments: As a Board Certified family lawyer I have spent most of my career working to bring an atmosphere of calm and sanity to my clients involved in family law disputes. I believe that it is the responsibility of lawyers involved in divorce to defuse the hostility that threatens to destroy whatever hope the parties may have to co-parent their children or to put the divorce behind them and develop healthy relationships in the future. Collaborative Law holds out the hope for parties involved in family disputes that they can emerge from the process with their dignity and self-respect intact. I am a member of the Collaborative Law practice group that helped pass the first collaborative law statute in the United States, and have been conducting collaborative law trainings for the State Bar of Texas, The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Inc., and at South Texas College of Law since 2002. As a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Inc., I am a co-author of that organization's Protocols of Practice for Collaborative Lawyers of Texas. As immediate Past President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals I am dedicated to the transformation of the practice of law to Collaborative Practice.
Training Offered

Individually, Norma offers a basic collaborative practice training for lawyers and other collaborative professionals, utilizing lecture, power point, videotape demonstrations and role plays.
With Lone Star Collaborative Law Trainers: Norma offers an interdisciplinary team training with experienced collaborative mental health and financial professionals, utilizing demonstrations, lecture, videotape demonstrations and role plays.

Training Conducted

Norma has conducted basic and intermediate collaborative law trainings for family lawyers, probate lawyers and other civil lawyers throughout the state of Texas. In Texas and nationally, Norma and her Lone State Collaborative Law Trainers team (Linda Solomon, LPC, LMFT, LCDC, Scott Clarke, CFP, CDFA, and Deborah Slye Miller, JD) have conducted numerous interdisciplinary collaborative law trainings, emphasizing the neutral MHP team model developed in Texas and now being utilized in many other jurisdictions.

Collaborative Training Offered

Basic Collaborative Family Law Training, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, Trusch;
Intermediate Collaborative Family Law Trining, 2005, Trusch;
Basic Collaborative Probate Law Training, 2005, Trusch;
Basic Interdisciplinary Training - Trusch, Solomon, Clarke, Miller, 2005, 2006, 2007

Collaborative Training Reference

Denton, Texas Collaborative Lawyers - Camille Milner,
scm@denton-texas.com.
Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Inc. - Kris Algert, kalgert@ausley-algert.com; Jennifer Broussard, jabrou@aol.com.
Tampa Bay Collaborative Lawyers - Ky Koch, kkoch@kh-pa.com
Hill Country Collaborative Lawyers Association - Lad Mingus, lmingus@gvtc.com