The UCLA --- Moving Forward by Harry Tindall, J. Mark Weiss and Maury White

by Guest Blogger April 09, 2013

How do you get the UCLA to become law?

We will be discussing this topic on an upcoming phone bridge hosted by the IACP Practice Group Development Committee. IACP members will receive more details about this presentation via email very soon.


In the meantime, we would like to hear from you! 

For those who have been involved with the UCLA in your legislative body, what lessons did you learn?

For those who have not, what questions do you have? What concerns you most about undertaking the task to get the UCLA adopted? 

What can you share with us about your experience? 

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rgh@huckvale.caUnited States
4/9/2013 1:27:45 PM #

I continue to work to try and influence change in Alberta, to have the Governement consider the enactment of the UCLA in our Province.  I have met with our Attorney General, I have met with our local Law Reform Commission chair, I have sent letters to members of our Legislature - but while I continue to receive verbal support - I am hitting a brick wall with respect to actual effort to produce legislative change.

Hints and other advice would be greatly appreciated  - I can say that within our own ranks - in Canada - there is not strong support for the UCLA - as in my conversations with some fellow Collaborative Professionals, there appears to be a concern that allowing government control or oversight over some part of our practice will open the door to taking away our right of self-governance - whcih is a huge concern having regard to the experience in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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4/11/2013 7:09:14 PM #

Here in the State of Washington we are currently in the throes of having our state legislature vote on adopting the UCLA.  

What strikes me is the Team approach required to get the Act in front of the legislators, educate them about it, be mobile enough to act within 24 hours of something coming up, and how to keep the Collaborative community enthused and energized so that when something needs to be done, it gets done.

Has the experience in other states been similar?  For some reason it seems like in Texas the UCLA was embraced with open arms.  On a scale of 1 - 10, with 10 being the most difficult, how would you rank the process of passing the UCLA in the states now have it adopted?

Are there commonalities in the states where the UCLA was easily passed?

In those states where passage was a struggle, was the resistance similar?

Mark, thanks for your work on the UCLA here in the State of WA.  Hi Maury.  Hi Harry.  Looking forward to your phone bridge on the 25th.

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