Rosadele Kauffman

Central Counties Collaborative Law Community

432 Rolling Ridge Drive
State College, 16801
United States
Office Phone: 814-234-8834
Member since 2006
Membership Type: IACP

Profession(s)

Lawyer, Mediator

Rose Kauffman has practiced law with an emphasis on family law and estate planning/administration for over 25 years and has been a certified mediator for 20 years. She is a frequent speaker throughout the state on topics related to family law and mediation. Her background in business law allows her to handle complex financial cases as well as those of a more routine nature.

Area(s) of Practice: Business Law, Collaborative Law, Estate Law, Family Law, Mediation, Probate Law
License(s): Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ~United States District Court, Middle District Pennsylvania ~United States Supreme Court

Professional Activities

Pennsylvania Bar Association, past Council Member Family Law Section ~Centre County Bar Association ~Pennsylvania Council of Mediators -Central Counties Collaborative Law Community -Centre Region Estate Planning Council

Undergraduate Education

Pennsylvania State University, B.A. Summa cum laude, 1972

Postgraduate Education

Pennsylvania State University, M.S. 1983

Professional Education

Dickinson School of Law, J.D. Magna cum laude, 1987

Comments

After some years of practicing litigation it became obvious to me that this process was detrimental to the litigants -- financially and emotionally. This detriment was more pronounced in the family law area, particularly when the parties had children and could expect to maintain ongoing contact. I learned about and began to practice mediation, which allows the parties to craft their own resolution. Nevertheless, many parties wanted the continuing presence and counsel of an attorney. When I learned about the process of Collaborative Law developed by Attorney Stuart Webb, I found it met many of the needs not served by the mediation process. Since I have begun to focus on a Collaborative Law model with my family law clients, I have found that they are able to complete the divorce process in a much more civil, expedient and economically advantageous manner. When the process is complete they are able to 'own' their resolution rather than have it imposed upon them by a judge who likely is unaware of the nuances of the parties' relationship.