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Jose, the Divorce Therapy Dog by Lori D. Becker, Bloomfield Hills, MI

by Guest Blogger December 12, 2012

I adopted José, a 10-pound Chihuahua, at the “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo” pet rescue/adoption event. I initially brought him into the office for the day because he had not yet integrated with the other dogs I had at home. However, his first day ...  READ THE FULL POST

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Understanding Interests

by Mark Weiss November 17, 2012

My “Interests”? On my mortgage and credit card? Sometimes working with clients can seem like a conversation in the Tower of Babel. How often have you tried to explain interest-based negotiation only to get a blank stare from your client? Or watched your client di...  READ THE FULL POST

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Cooperating with Cooperative Attorneys

by Ron Ousky November 03, 2012

 I have been struggling with the right way to relate to Cooperative Attorneys in our community.   For those of you that are not familiar with Cooperative Law, it can be most easily described as Collaborative Law without the Withdrawal Agreement. I know that ...  READ THE FULL POST

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Collaborative Practice - It's Global!

by Sue Hansen October 12, 2012

I have been to several countries in Europe in the past few years presenting at and attending various Collaborative Practice conferences as well as participating in various brainstorming meetings about the nexus between IACP and European practitioners.  There are many di...  READ THE FULL POST

We've saved your place!

by Talia Katz October 12, 2012

Have you had a Collaborative "ah-ha" moment? We're holding open this spot for conversations you want to initiate. Go ahead - post away - we're eager to see where this takes us!...  READ THE FULL POST

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A New Door Has Opened

by Ron Ousky October 12, 2012

The greatest contribution of Collaborative Practice was opening the door to fresh thinking.   Taking divorce settlements out of the shadow of the courthouse has required professionals all over the world to think about family conflict in new ways.  Since 1990, ...  READ THE FULL POST

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Would You Hire a Lawyer to Fix Your Car?

by Robert Harvie October 11, 2012

I like to think I'm a reasonably intelligent person. I had the good fortune to attend University and ultimately obtain a law degree.  Beyond my formal education, I've learned a few other skills, I ski, I golf, and I play a mean game of Angry Birds. But when it comes to ...  READ THE FULL POST

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Uniform Collaborative Law Act – an update on current enactment progress

by Harry Tindall October 09, 2012

The Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) was unanimously approved by the Uniform Law Commission in 2009. Minor amendments were made in 2010 to allow for states to choose whether to have the act apply to family cases only or to all civil disputes. Also the act was edited to b...  READ THE FULL POST

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A Collection of Kindred Spirits

by Kevin Scudder October 08, 2012

  Between you and me, the Collaborative Brain Trust was not my idea.  Somebody else came up with the idea.  Perhaps Talia Katz is the inspiration behind this effort because one day I opened my email inbox to find an invitation from her to join this Team. ...  READ THE FULL POST

The Illusion of "Reason", and Accepting Emotions

by Robert Harvie October 05, 2012

  In this election season, emotions often run high, as supporters of Democrats and Republicans seek to vie for public support of their “team”. We turn on the television to see Jon Stewart or Bill O’Reilly staking out their position as the “reason...  READ THE FULL POST

Empowering Clients

by Mark Weiss October 05, 2012

  It all sounds so simple – we support and empower clients to resolve their own conflicts. Most of us probably have an innate sense that empowering our clients is important. Stanford University professor Frederic Luskin notes that in every conflict both parties fe...  READ THE FULL POST

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An Invitation to the Collaborative Brain Trust

by Kevin Scudder October 02, 2012

When I first heard the name of this Blog my gut clenched like it will during a Team meeting when something unexpected and unwanted happens. By the silence on the conference call we were on it was clear that others were experiencing their own gut clenching. Just as I do in a case when I experience that clutching sensation I explored what that clench was about. My initial feeling was that I was being asked to be part of something that others would consider elitist, arrogant, pretentious, or condescending, all synonyms for the word braintrust.   READ THE FULL POST

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