Central Iowa Academy of Collaborative Professionals
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Hello! I have over thirty years of experience as a lawyer and mediator. I'm a problem solver and I've handled cases in a wide array of conflict areas. I am also a highly regarded trainer in mediation and conflict resolution.
I'm known as an innovator and "pioneer" in my efforts to move legal intervention into a peaceful and compassionate form, limiting the financial and emotional devastation that people typically experience when working with lawyers.
I'm the author of "The Compassionate Lawyer", a book available on Amazon.com.
I also published the article "The Four Loves in Family Law" in The Collaborative Review, the magazine of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals in December 2014. I have a blog at attorneymediate.wordpress.com
Professional Activities~Adjunct Professor of Law, Drake University Law School. I have taught negotiation and mediation courses. ~Volunteer Attorney and Mediator, Polk County Volunteer Lawyers Program. -Selected "Alumna of the Year" for Drake University Law School, 2015. -Co-founder of the Central Iowa Academy of Collaborative Professionals (collaborative law practice group in Des Moines, Iowa).
BA Sociology, Drake University, 1978
JD Law, Drake University, 1981
Several classes in the MBA program at University of Phoenix 1993-1997.
Certificate in Christian Leadership, New Hope Christian College, 2015.
I've taken numerous professional development courses in mediation, collaborative law, conflict resolution, communication, dealing with emotion, and substantive areas of the law.