Past Presidents

Collaborative Practice Marin
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation, Teaching

Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation

Introduction:

The dissolution of a marriage is one of the most difficult events in a person's life. The legal process of divorce ideally should not contribute to conflict between partners, but instead should enable partners to restructure their families with dignity, respect and integrity. The Collaborative Practice model was borne out of this perspective. I was trained in the model in 2000, have had the privilege of representing many clients in this process and assisting them with a healthier restructuring of their families, and have served in a variety of leadership positions in the Collaborative movement.

Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Law, Family Law, Guardian Ad Litem, Mediation, Parenting Coordinator, Arbitration

Introduction:

As a Collaborative Practioner since 1997, I am proud to be a significant part of the Cincinnati Collaborative Community and the International Collaborative Community as the President of the IACP in 2014/205. As a former Magistrate for the Hamilton County Juvenile Court, I recognized the benefit and need to provide a 'better' way to help families separate with dignity and respect and with the best interests of their children truly taken into consideration!

Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation

Introduction:

My practice is devoted to collaborative practice, mediation, private judging and other appropriate dispute resolution as I believe that most people wish to resolve conflict amicably. My goal is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable guidance to assist people in reaching a well-informed and mutually acceptable agreement. My commitment to Collaborative Practice is reflected in my leadership roles in our local community and the co-authorship of a practice manual for collaborative practitioners. I am on the Board of Directors of IACP and the 2013 President.

Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Law, Family Law, Guardian Ad Litem, Mediation, Parenting Coordinator

Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin Inc
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation

Introduction:

As a past president of IACP, I am delighted to continue to work to establish consistently excellent Collaborative Practice worldwide. I served as a member of the Ethical Standards Rewrite Task Force, and currently am a co-chair of the Ethics and Standards Committee and the Bylaws Rewrite Task Force.

Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation, Trainer

Introduction:

I have been involved with Collaborative Practice since 1997 and believe that the Collaborative Process can provide a divorce transition with integrity and respect. The Collaborative Process is one part of a continuum of conflict resolution processes a divorcing client can choose. In addition to my law and mediation practice, I provide workshops on Collaborative Practice internationally. I am a proud past President of the IACP. I was recently named Best Cincinnati Family Mediator by Best Lawyers in America.

BC Collaborative Roster Society
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Law,Family Law,Mediation,Trainer

Introduction:

I was one of the co-founders (in 1999) of the Vancouver interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice group. I served 6 years on the IACP Board of Directors, from 1995 though 2010, and was President of IACP in 2009. I have written a book on Collaborative Practice, 'Collaborative Practice: Deepening the Dialogue'. I have written and trained extensively in the Collaborative Practice model. A list of the trainings I have given can be accessed through the training directory. I confine my practice to mediation and Collaborative Practice.

Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation, Trainer

Introduction:

Divorce requires people to make some of the most important decisions in their lives at at time when they feel the least able to do so. I believe that, with the right tools, each client has the capacity to make decisions that will help them rebuild their lives and preserve their highest dreams. The most important part of my job is to help people identify their best alternatives and to create an environment that allows them to achieve their most important goals.

Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Law,Family Law, Mediation, Teaching, Trainer, Facilitator

Introduction:

I have served on the Board of IACP as Secretary, President-elect, President and am now Past-President. I was Co-chair of the Civil Practice Committee. I have been Chair of the Advisory Board. I was Co-chair of the IACP FORUM in Boston in 2004. I have presented at every FORUM since 2003 from the first Vancouver Forum to the most recent Washington, DC Forum in 2015. I have also participated as Faculty at the IACP Institute, as part of the training team that presented the 2-day introductory interdisciplinary collaborative practice training in 2012, with Donna Smalldon and Yuval Berger. I offered an Introduction to Facilitation skills at the IACP Institute and at the Forum in San Antonio with
co-trainer Catherine Tornbom, and also gave 2 advanced workshops at the Institute in Milan, Italy in 2014. I co-created and presented the 2-day introductory interdisciplinary training again on the Gold Coast in Australia in 2015 with Anne Purcell and Lonnie Brossard.

Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin Inc
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Practice; Mediation

Introduction:

As a Past President of IACP, I continue to work to support the expansion of interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice worldwide. I also support the growth of family mediation for self-represented couples.

Collaborative Divorce Texas
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation, Teaching, Trainer

Introduction:

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.

Collaborative Practice East Bay
Area(s) of Practice:

Teaching

Introduction:

While working in the court system as a custody evaluator and high conflict counselor I saw first hand the damage of adversarial divorce. The court system and the adversarial divorce system increase conflict and pain in an already difficult situation. I knew there had to be a better way to restructure the family.

More than a decade ago I started a small group that developed the Collaborative Divorce team approach; a process to maximize the chances of minimizing the pain and of the divorce process while creating positive solutions to family problems.

As a family psychologist I have seen many different results of the divorce process from terrible to very good. My goal is to assist clients to find the best way to end their marriage in a thoughtful and constructive manner. My objective in the development and practice of the Collaborative Divorce model is to provide parents a supportive process in which they can develop an effective new relationship as co-parents, although no longer married.

Collaborative Practice Marin
Area(s) of Practice:

Collaborative Law, Other, Teaching, Trainer

Introduction:

I have been committed to providing collaborative legal services to family law clients since the early 1990's and have been instrumental in bringing awareness of this model to lawyers, mental health and financial professionals through trainings and workshops I have offered across the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Switzerland, Australia, Israel, South Africa, Brazil, and elsewhere since 1999. My practice has been limited to collaborative law and related services (second opinions, consultations) since 1999. In 2000, the American Bar Association published my book on collaborative law, the first in the field, and also conferred on me and Stu Webb the first 'Lawyer as Problem Solver' award for our work in developing and promoting awareness of collaborative family law. I helped found IACP, and served as founding co-chair and then first President. As chair of the Standards Project Committee I guided work that led to IACP's adoption in 2004 of comprehensive standards for practitioners, trainers, and trainings. I am certified as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and am a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Being able to provide superior collaborative divorce services for my clients, and helping colleagues learn to practice more effectively in this remarkable mode, give me enormous professional satisfaction.

Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey
Area(s) of Practice:

Divorce Coach, Child Specialist, and Mediation

Introduction:

I am a mental health professional working as a collaborative divorce coach to help families resolve their conflict in a respectful and dignified manner within the collaborative process.
Currently, I am serving on the Executive Committee on the IACP Board as President and a founding Board member on the New Jersey State Council for Collaborative Practice Groups. I am the past president of my local group, Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey, and I am serving on that Board as a Treasurer.