OACP News and Events

Business and Educational Meetings are generally held on the second Friday of each month.

For information about upcoming trainings in the Seattle area, click here.

Collaborative Divorce Training (January 22, 2018)

This workshop meets the standards or a basic interdisciplinary training set by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals ("IACP").

Trainers are experienced and knowledgeable members of IACP"
Kim Gordon & Jo Posey (Attorneys), Lee Hamilton (Mental Health), Bill Fussell (Financial), Diane Gans (Child Specialist)

INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: kim@collaborative.team

January 22 & 23, 2018

Location: Pringle Creek Sustainable Community - Painters Hall
3911 Village Cener Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97302

Holiday Party (December 9, 2017)

at The Historic Overlook House
3839 N. Melrose Drive
Portland, OR 97227

5:30 pm to 10:00 pm

How to talk with clients about process options. (November 10, 2017)

OACP Members and Friends,

Our meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 10, 2017, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Place:
We will be meeting a Laura Rackner’s office. Please note the change of conference rooms.
We will meet on the 7th floor in Laura’s conference room.
121 SW Morrison St.

The Topic:
We will have a round table discussion facilitated by Lee Hamilton.
"How to talk with clients about process options."
And your thoughts about addressing unbundled services to clients.

We hope to see lots of you there for this potentially lively conversation.
Bring your sack lunch, if you like!

OACP November 9 Social (November 9, 2017)

Henry's Tavern: 10 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Cost is waived if you are an AFCC member, otherwise $25

Joint OACP and AFCC Oregon chapter Fall Social - Nov 9th 5pm to 7pm (October 18, 2017)

Please consider joining AFCC Oregon chapter (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) professionals for a fun Fall Social at Henry’s billiards room on Nov 9th from 5pm to 7pm. It will be an energizing evening with many family law folks coming together and is open to all disciplines!

This event is complimentary for current AFCC Oregon members, or $25 if you want to drop by and enjoy a drink and hors d’oeuvres and learn more about AFCC. (The cost is waived if you would like to join the chapter.) Hope to see you there!

All Member Meeting (September 15, 2017)

At the conference center in Laura Rackner's building:
Second Floor Conference Room
121 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204

Feel free to bring a sack lunch, or even snacks to share!

Lee Hamilton and Jo Posey will lead us on brainstorming / visioning, following a very successful Board retreat and followup. No RSVP necessary - just show up!

The important work of OACP will be done in committees: Consider joining one of our working groups:

  • Member Support - Programming - Lee Hamilton, Chair

  • Member Support - Social Events - Patty Arjun, Chair

  • UCLA [Uniform Collaborative Law Act] - Angela Laidlaw, Chair

or taking on a whole new area:
Public Awareness / Marketing - ???
Internal Structure - ???
Statewide Outreach - ???

Board Planning Retreat (June 23, 2017)

Denise Dodson's home. Friday, 9 am to 3 pm.

Woody Mosten: "Dispute Resolution in the 21st Century" (May 19, 2017)

Woody Mosten will be in Vancouver, WA May 19-20 for a 2 day training on "Cultivating a Satisfying and Profitable Peacemaking Practice."
See this link for a brochure and to Register!

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting for the Oregon Association of Collaborative Professionals will be held from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017 (place TBA) (May 12, 2017)

The Annual Meeting for the Oregon Association of Collaborative Professionals will be held from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017 (place TBA)

Dues? Join or renew now. (May 12, 2017)

Please check if you are "current" with OACP dues, then click: Join or Renew HERE!

Basic Mediation Training in Hillsboro (April 28, 2017)

Basic Mediation Training April 28, 29, May 5, and 6, 2017
This is an introductory course for anyone who is interested in becoming a mediator or learning better communication skills in conflict situations. Participants will learn to use mediation skills to help resolve conflicts in the workplace, courts, business or community related disputes. Skills can also be used in your personal life!
Trainer: Tsipora Dimant has been a mediator for over 23 years. She is currently mediating workplace, community and business disputes for the Beaverton Dispute Resolution Center. She also has a private practice providing trainings in conflict resolution, emotional intelligence and mediation skills for managers.

Friday/Saturday (4/28 & 4/29) 8:30 – 5:00
Friday/Saturday (5/5 & 5/6) 8:30 – 5:00
(You must attend all four days of the training to receive a completion certificate.)

Location: Hillsboro Police Department, 250 SE 10th Avenue, Hillsboro

Cost: $525

For more information/registration, please email Tsipora Dimant

Registraion Deadline: April 15, 2017

Course Outline
Overview of the nature of conflict
The Three Parts of a Conflict
 Substantive
 Procedural
 Relational

Negotiation Theory

Stages of a Mediation Process
 Case Development
 Information Sharing
 Defining Issues and understanding interests
 Exploring Options – Dialogue and Negotiations
 Reaching a Resolution – Closure
 Post – Session/s meetings

Handling Special Issues in Mediation
 Private Sessions
 Managing anger and defusing hostility
 Dealing with interruptions and “talkers”
 Agreeing quickly/Withdrawing
 Reframing in Mediation
 Ethical Issues for Mediators
 OMA (Oregon Mediation Association) Core Standards of Mediation Practice

Annual Spring Program - Two Big Days! Training for all professionals: Thursday and Friday, April 20 & 21, 2017
This is the Seventh Annual OACP Conference. "Not to be missed!"
(April 20, 2017)

We are excited to announce that this year's speaker will be Gary J. Friedman.

Gary has been practicing law as a mediator with Mediation Law Offices in Mill Valley, California since 1976, integrating mediative principles into the practice of law and the resolution of legal disputes. Co-founder of the Center for Understanding in Conflict (formerly the Center for Mediation in Law), he has been teaching mediation since 1980 and also teaches in the collaborative law field.

After several years as an advocate, he sought a new approach to resolving disputes through increasing the participation of the parties in the resolution of their differences. At that time, he and his colleague, Jack Himmelstein, began to develop the Understanding-based model that is now practiced extensively in the United States and Europe. As one of the first lawyer mediators and a primary force in the current mediation movement, he has used this model to complete over one thousand mediations in the last two decades, including numerous two-party and multi-party disputes in the commercial and non-profit realms, in the area of intellectual property, real estate, corporate, personnel, partnership formations and dissolutions, and family law.

Through the Center for Mediation in Law, Gary has trained lawyers, law professors, judges, and psychotherapists in the Center’s method of mediation and collaborative practice. He teaches a mediative approach to lawyering and collaborative practice in the United States, Europe, and Israel. He has taught courses in negotiation and mediation at Stanford University Law School and the New College of Law and has taught at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

Gary has written extensively about mediation and conflict resolution and is the author of A Guide to Divorce Mediation, (Workman Publishing, 1993) and is the co-author, with Jack Himmelstein, of Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding (published by the American Bar Association and Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, 2008).

Several members of our community have attended Gary's 40 hour mediation training and have rave reviews. We are looking forward to having him here in Portland.

The focus of the program will be to train participants in ways of accessing their inner lives while working with clients in conflict that are constructive for the professionals and productive for our clients. We will learn together about connecting with our deeper impulses that fuel our commitment to working with people in conflict – such as compassion and the search for greater self understanding and mutual understanding. We also learn about dealing with the barriers to that understanding, such as judgment, anger and the desire for control, and how to recognize and work with those barriers to bring us closer to ourselves and our clients.

The program will be a combination of self-reflection exercises, role plays and didactic explanation, using the book INSIDE -OUT: WORKING THROUGH CONFLICT by Gary J. Friedman (American Bar Association in cooperation with Harvard’s Program on Negotiation). All conflict professionals are welcome to attend, including mediators, lawyers, therapists and anyone who works with people in conflict.

The program will be held in NE Portland at The Grotto. Registration is now open -- space is limited. This is an important program and a chance to get "up close and personal" with one of the true titans in the field. Don't miss it!

Click here for more information

Registration Options

The AFCC Oregon Chapter 3rd Annual Conference The Full Spectrum of Transitioning Families: Interdisciplinary Resources and Their Coordination (April 14, 2017)

Friday, April 14, 2017
8:30am ‐ 4:00pm
McMenamins Kennedy School

Afternoon Speaker:
Marjorie Gans Walters, Ph.D.
Morning Speaker:
Lisa Gabardi, Ph.D.
Afternoon Discussion:
Moderated by Scott Leibenguth, JD
A guided question and answer session will provide a chance for attendees to contribute and
ask questions of our presenters.

All member meeting: Ethics Challenges and Uniform Collaborative Law Act ("UCLA"), led by Angela Laidlaw (February 10, 2017)

The future of collaborative law in Oregon hangs in the balance. Our discussion topic will be the UCLA in Oregon, led by OACP President, Angela Laidlaw.

Friday, January 13, 2017, Noon to 1:30 p.m., at Laura Rackner's office:
Gearing, Rackner & McGrath, LLP
121 SW Morrison St Ste 750
Portland, OR 97204

rescheduled from December + January

OACP's UCLA sub-committee (Angela!) has been doing a lot of work in Salem with the Oregon Law Commission (the neutral, nonpartisan legislative reform body for the State of Oregon). Now is the time to get everyone up to speed on what's happening.

There have been lots of rumors floating around about whether Collaborative Practice is facing Ethics challenges and/or concerns in Oregon. Come learn and discuss what is happening at this important meeting.

It will be a good opportunity to put our heads together and discuss how we as a group can prepare for, and join in the effort.

We hope to see you! No cost to attend. Members and prospective members are invited. Bring your own lunch.

For more information, Click Here!

Holiday Social (December 11, 2016)

Please join the OACP in celebrating the holiday season with your fellow collaborative professionals. Significant others are welcome. OACP will provide food, but please bring either a beverage or a dessert to share.

The number listed on the Evite is Patty Arjun's cell number, 503-705-6289. Please call if you have any trouble locating Laura's condo.

Two Rivers Institute for Dispute Resolution To Conduct Two-Day Basic Collaborative Training (November 14, 2016)

CLE: Approved for 14 credits in Washington and Oregon

Registration: $495

Starts: Monday, November 14, 2016, 8:00 AM

Ends: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 6:00 PM

Location: The Grant House, Vancouver, WA

Contact: You may register online at http://tworiversinstitute.org/.

This Introductory Collaborative Training is designed to give participants a solid foundation in interdisciplinary collaborative practice so participants can immediately begin taking collaborative cases. Geared to all professionals interested in transforming their dispute resolution practice, including attorneys, behavioral health professionals, financial specialists, and mediators, this training will provide participants with an overview of the Collaborative divorce process and how to manage a Collaborative case from start to finish and includes hands‐on training methods such as videos, real‐time demonstrations, interactive exercises, role‐plays, small group discussions, and more, which will allow participants to develop the practical skills necessary to be successful in a collaborative case and to understand the theoretical and ethical considerations at play in these types of cases. This training meets IACP standards for Introductory Collaborative Practice Training and Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training.

Materials will be available online to all registrants, and will include practice protocols for each discipline, client handouts and sample forms, articles of interest and a bibliography of relevant readings.

This training is sponsored by Two Rivers Institute for Dispute Resolution and features trainers Nancy Retsinas, JD and Kathleen Zumpano, LMFT, with special guest Donna Smalldon, MBA, CFP, CDFA. All trainers are active collaborative professionals and mediators. The trainers meet the IACP Minimum Standards for Collaborative Trainers.

All member meeting (November 11, 2016)

Hear the latest and greatest from members just back from the IACP Forum in Lake Las Vegas.
Jo Posey and Lee Hamilton would like to share info from the Ethics Cafe, which will no doubt lead to a lively discussion.
Join us for lunch (on your own).

IACP 17th Annual Networking and Educational Forum in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada (October 27, 2016)

Click here to learn more!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: October 27 through October 30, 2016 for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals 17th Annual Networking and Educational Forum, in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada.

Reserve your room for the Forum today! With unbelievably Low Hotel Rates, the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa is filling fast. Just $150/night (+tax, but including resort fee). Take advantage of this amazing rate and book before it's too late!
Click here to book reservations.

Pre-forum Institutes on Thursday and Friday. Thirty (30) workshops to chose from Saturday and Sunday. AND, our own members are Presenters: Lisa Gabardi, Donna Smalldon, and Kathleen Zumpano.

IACP is the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict. IACP has more than 5,000 members of the Collaborative community who consider IACP the go-to place for Collaborative Professionals around the world. Attending the Forum will enable you to connect with the vibrant community of Collaborative practitioners and have access to essential tools to make you and your Practice Group more successful.

All member meeting: "Difficult Cases," w/ Jim O'Connor (September 9, 2016)

Jim O'Connor will be facilitating our discussion. We'll be talking about difficult cases you have encountered and how you have handled them. Come prepared to share, listen, and collaborate!

At Tonya Alexander's Beaverton office:
15220 NW Greenbrier Pkwy Ste 235, Beaverton, OR 97006

All member meeting: "Handling Initial Consultations" (July 8, 2016)

"Handling Initial Consultations" We will be discussing the best tactics for guiding new prospective clients toward a collaborative process. Be ready to talk about what you've done that works and what doesn't. Are there phrases or buzz-words you use that get people excited about collaborative work? Are there subtle things you do from the start of the consultation (or even before the consultation'begins?) that influence your clients' choices of process?

This is geared toward helping collaborative practitioners increase the number of prospective clients that choose collaborative process, once they're already in your office.

This is an ALL MEMBER MEETING: Please register, but IGNORE the "payment-required" pop-up: This is a FREE member meeting, UNLESS you haven't paid your 2016 dues, then click: Join or Renew HERE!

How to Generate Collaborative Cases - Roundtable and Social-June 9 from 5-8 (May 19, 2016)

June meeting is at Tonya Alexander's Office in Beaverton for a roundtable discussion for collaborative lawyers, coaches and financials with tips about how to bring collaborative cases through your doors. Followed by a social with drinks and hors d'oeuvres. No charge for this event. Please bring a beverage of your choice to share and RSVP to reserve your space at the table to dayna.alexanderlaw@gmail.com The roundtable is limited to the first 24. Everyone welcome for the social.

Click here to view the flyer

OACP Annual Conference: "Team Challenges: Working Together to Resolve Disputes" The educational event of the year not to be missed! Registration is CLOSED. (May 13, 2016)

This educational event is shaping up to change your life!
"Team Challenges: Working Together to Resolve Disputes"
with Nancy Cameron & Yval Berger

Friday, May 13, 2016 9 a.m. to 4 p.m (doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
...at The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St., Portland, OR 97220

Registration is CLOSED. Interested professionals can join OACP now and take the member-registration discount!
Before April 20, Members: $240
Before April 20, Non-members: $260
After April 20, Members: $255
After April 20, Non-members: $275

This is a one-day intensive workshop on Team Challenges, facilitated by Nancy Cameron, Q.C., Nancy Cameron Law Corp. and Yuval Berger, MSW, RSW, Family Therapist, Divorce Coach, Child Specialist and Parenting Coordinator, both from Vancouver B.C. and members of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver (CDV).

Consensual dispute resolution involves working in teams, whether it is a team of one mediator and two clients or a full interdisciplinary collaborative team working with two clients.

We have heard much about the strength of teams, and the importance of the team’s cohesiveness when working with conflict, but what about the challenges? As we strengthen our team practice and take on more challenging cases, team challenges are inevitable.

This workshop will give you an opportunity to work with some of the more challenging aspects of teamwork, to learn about the characteristics of the most successful teams and help build strategies to take home to your practice. We will explore how:

• we inevitability bring our own values and professional identity needs into our work with colleagues and the impact this may have on the team;
• to begin cases with team mates in ways that will maximize the chance for successful outcomes;
• to keep our focus on the children when we have an allegiance to one of the parents;
• to protect against splitting and becoming positional in the team, and strategies to address a spilt in the team after it has already occurred
• to build strategies to talk with a colleague whose behavior we feel is misguided, or even unethical;
• to handle the tension of making space to give voice to our client's concerns while at the same time protecting our relationship with each of the team members; and
• to address a behavior by one of the team members, who may be our friends as well as our professional colleagues, which undermines the ‘team spirit'.

Click for more about Nancy Cameron
Click for more about Yuval Berger

Friday, May 13, 2016 9 a.m. to 4 p.m (doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
...at The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St., Portland, OR 97220

"What's your beef?" Roundtable (April 8, 2016)

Free, wide-ranging, facilitated discussion of collaborative "best practices" far and wide....

Please REGISTER in advance

at Forrest Collins' office
1211 SW Fifth Ave Ste 2850
Portland, OR 97204

Collaborative Professionals of Washington Annual Conference "CPW" (March 4, 2016)

Click here to find out more.
March 3 and 4, 2016; in beautiful Central Washington
...at Suncadia Resort 3600 Suncadia Trail Cle Elum, WA 98922

Financial Issues in Collaborative Divorce / Working as an Effective Team (February 12, 2016)

February's OACP Educational Program: "Financial Issues in Collaborative Divorce / Working as an Effective Team"

OACP Financial CLE
Friday, Feburary 12, 2016
11:00 am - 1:00 pm (doors open 10:45 am)
MCLE Credits - 2 OSB Credits PENDING
Location: Meadows Executive Office Suites, Downstairs in the Training Room, 5200 SW Meadows Rd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035
This program will be a facilitated discussion about issues that arise in the collaborative divorce process regarding work with a financial analyst, and how we as a professional community are addressing financial issues in collaborative divorces. Ten CDFA's have been invited to attend. The discussion (between all collaborative professionals) will be facilitated by Nancy Retsinas and Kathleen Zumpano.
There have been bumps in the road based on differences between attorney assumptions and CDFA assumptions (maybe coach assumptions as well). This round table discussion is an effort to get us on the same page so we are offering a well orchestrated financial process.
Agenda - Topics For Discussion
1. Spousal Support
How are practitioners addressing spousal support? Based on budgets? Other considerations?Where does the law fit in; or does it?
Are we looking for alimony recapture issues?
2. Budgets
Are CDFAs collecting data/documentation from clients past spending to develop budgets or are teams relying on client provided budgets?
What is the CDFA's role in creating realistic post-divorce budgets?
How are teams deciding on what's a realistic budget?
3. Reducing Retirement Values for Tax Consequences Upon Withdrawal
It appears that this is being handled differently by different professions/ professionals.
What are the approaches and what are the reasons for each approach?
What discussions should we be having with clients about this?
4. Retirement Plans
How are defined contribution plans versus defined benefit plans being addressed (since they are hard to compare dollar for dollar)?
Are risks and benefits, and effects of interest rates and inflation being discussed?
How is PERS being addressed?
5. Projection Graphs
How are financial projection graphs being used with clients?
What are pros and cons of introducing the graph and agreeing what clients would like it to look like before projections are run?
6. Other Important Considerations? (Please submit topics by Feb 5th to kim@collaborative.team)
There is no fee for OACP members; but we expect approval for 2 MCLE credits for lawyers.

Holiday Party. Dinner, drinks and the Christmas Ships on the Willamette (December 11, 2015)

Holiday Party. Dinner, drinks and the Christmas Ships on the Willamette
Friday, December 11, 2015
Location: Kim Gordon's House Boat on the Willamette
Be sure to RSVP (it's floating!).
Bring your own beverage.

Summit Conference for Collaborative Professionals (November 11, 2015)

Click here for details.
The Oregon State Bar has granted MCLE credits for lawyers. Contact Michael Dwyer for details.

"Secrets of a Satisfying Family Practice" Fifth Annual OACP Conference, Friday and Saturday, May 1 & 2, 2015 at McMenamins Kennedy School (May 2, 2015)

OACP is bringing world-renowned Forrest ‘Woody’ Mosten to Portland for this two-day cutting-edge workshop on ‘how to’ enjoy a satisfying and profitable collaborative, mediation, ‘unbundled’ peacemaking practice. In conjunction with Seattle co-trainer, Kevin Scudder, he presents this very practical, yet deeply principled training to provide you with ideas, resources, and proven models of new ways of practice from which you can gain personal satisfaction AND increased income from your peacemaking work. Woody will share just how professionalism, civility AND peacemaking can and do pay. Sure, some things may have to change. But we’ll go over what you need to change, and show you how!

The course was SOLD OUT!

View Brochure (printable)

Forrest (Woody) Mosten is in solo private practice as a Family Lawyer and Mediator in Los Angeles. Non-litigation activities are the foundation of his professional work. He is the author of several books and numerous articles about issues of legal access and peacemaking. He serves as a keynote speaker for legal conferences worldwide and is Adjunct Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. Woody’s latest book, Complete Guide to Mediation, 2nd Edition, will be published by the ABA later in 2015. Woody can be reached at www.mostenmediation.com.

Woody received the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation Lifetime of Service Award in 2014 and has been named Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine and one of the top 25 Family Mediators in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Woody is recognized as the "Father of Unbundling" for his pioneering work in promoting Limited Scope and Discrete Task Services for lawyers. OSB CLE sponsored one of Woody's first presentations on the topic around 1997.

Kevin Scudder is a Seattle lawyer (sole practitioner) with a focus on family law and estate planning. Kevin started his Collaborative work in 2007 and since then has been working to develop and refine his skills as a peacemaker within the collaborative model as a Mediator and Collaborative Attorney. Kevin presented his Anatomy of An Elevator Speech at the 2012 IACP Forum in Chicago, IL., and has been part of the IACP Practice Group Development Committee presentations at the Chicago and San Antonio Forums. Kevin can be reached at www.scudderlaw.net.

Program Schedule

Friday, May 1, 2015
There will be a 15 minute break each AM & PM session
8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee Service
9:00 a.m. Welcome, introductions, protocols
9:30 a.m. Developing A Peacemaking Signature
• A Commitment to Excellence
• Developing Your Signature
• Utilizing Congruent Peacemaking Values to Make a Transition to New Paradigm Service Delivery
• Improve Negotiation Strategies by Moving From Debate to Discussion to Reflective Connected Dialogue
12:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

2:00 p.m. Offering Peacemaking Services that Clients Will Buy
• Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Using Your Peacemaking Skills in Different Models
• Closed and Open Practice Group Referrals
• Working with Untrained Collaborative Professionals
• Collaborative and Cooperative
• Unbundling within Collaborative Practice
• Collaborative Consultation in Mediation
• Unbundled Legal, Mental Health, and Financial Services to Pro Se Litigants
5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Optional: Dining Around Portland (Bernie's Southern Bistro)

Saturday, May 2, 2015
8:00 a.m. Gathering & Coffee Service
9:00 a.m. Review Friday, Burning Questions
9:30 a.m. The Journey To Becoming A Full Time Peacemaker
• How Giving Up Litigation and Committing to Peacemaking Will Create a Profit Center for Your Peacemaking Practice
• How to Make the Transition from a Collaboratively Trained Professional Who Offers Litigation Services to a Fulltime Peacemaker
• Overcoming Personal and Professional Challenges, Real and Perceived, that Prevent the Transition to Full Time Peacemaker
• Strategies to Maximize Profitability During and After Your Transition
• The Connection Between Your Profitable Individual Practice and the Success of Your Practice Group
12:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m. Planning Your Next Decade As A Profitable Peacemaker Through Daily Baby Steps
• The Commitment to Collaborative Excellence: A Daily Practice
• Peacemaker Self-Survey: Highlighting Your Strategic Plan
• Developing Your Mission Statement
• Drafting Your Peacemaker Business Plan
• Redesigning Your Office to Become a Client Education and Support Center
• Visioning Your Practice for Profitability and Personal Satisfaction
4:30 p.m. Workshop Concludes

Your Transition To Full Time Peacemaking Starts Now!

Collaborative Practice: A Primer (March 11, 2015)

The Clark County Bar Association presents.
The Forty-Seventh Nuts & Bolts CLE
Collaborative Practice: A Primer

Presented by:
Nancy Retsinas and Howard Marshack

March 11, 2015
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Red Lion at the Quay

$50.00 for CCBA Members
$70.00 for Non-Member Attorneys
$25.00 for Non Attorneys

2 MCLE Credits. Get the speakers' materials.

Prepayment is preferred.
Payment can be mailed to:
Clark County Bar Association
500 W. 8th Street, Suite 65
Vancouver, WA 98660
or by calling 360-695-5975 for credit card payment.

For more information about this CLE, Click Here

Copyright © 2015 Clark County Bar Association, All rights reserved

CPW Annual Conference in Cle Elum, WA: March 6-7, 2015 (March 6, 2015)

Seventh Annual CPW Conference CLE & CEU
Location: Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington

Visit CPW for more info.

Here are the links for program registration and the location:

Program and Registration

Suncadia Resort

The presenters are Pauline Tesler, Lisa Herrick and Kate Scharff
There will be a special plenary by Susan Gamache.

There is a limited number of rooms for the conference.
Call now to reserve your room: 866-904-6300
Mention that you are reserving for the Collaborative Professionals of Washington Conference.

This will be an event not to be missed. It is recommended that you arrive Thursday evening for the pre-conference social event. There will be two full days of quality training (but no pre-forum Institute this year).

Regular January Meeting Changed to January 16 (January 16, 2015)

Our January meeting is on the 9th from 11-1 at the training room at 5200 Meadows Rd., Ste. 150, Lake Oswego.

We will continue the Chip Rose video entering the substantive framework of the case and covering specific substantive issues like the family residence, spousal support and retirement assets.

Remember to save the date for the 2 day Woody Mosten training on May 1-2 on" How to Make Your Collaborative and Mediation Practices Profitable."

Happy New Year everyone!!

December 19 - 7 pm Holiday Party and Boat Parade on the Willamette (December 19, 2014)

OACP Holiday Party & Christmas Boat Parade
Friday, December 19th, 7 pm
Hosted by Kim & Mike Gordon at the Oregon Yacht Club
The party starts at 7:00 pm. In the past the Christmas boats have arrived between 8:00 and 9:00. If the weather is clear, we will likely have a fire on the deck.

We will be catering dinner and will make an effort to have at least one meat and one veggie gluten free option. We are asking guests to bring a beverage - alcoholic or non-alcoholic, to share.

Dress for the occasion is casual. Please dress warm (warm coat, hat & gloves) and wear comfortable walking shoes. The walk to our houseboat takes about 7-10 minutes from the parking area to the house. If the wooden walkway is slick, please walk on the metal grate on the ramp and walkway.
Our address is 6901 SE Oaks Park Way, Oregon Yacht Club #33. The houseboat moorage is located behind Oaks Amusement Park. Drive past all the rides and past the green metal buildings. You'll arrive at your destination once the road takes a sharp left turn after the dead end sign.
Google Maps link

There will be a gate attendant who may direct you to park in Oaks Amusement Park if the guest parking area is full. Once you have parked, you will walk thru the resident parking lot, down the gangway ramp, then turn right when you reach the walkway. We are #33, which is the last houseboat to the north (blue holiday lights).
Looking forward to seeing you. If you have any questions, feel free to call, text or email.

PLEASE RSVP by Monday, December 15th! We may be able to accommodate late RSVPs. Call or email to check.
Kim Gordon
503.539.0388 (texting is fine)

December 12 Meeting; 11-1 in Lake Oswego - Chip Rose new video (December 12, 2014)

Check out the trailer to Chip Rose's training video given last December to the Minnesota collaborative group.
We'll be watching the first morning of that training. It offers a deeper understanding of the paradigm shift to client empowerment and how to make that shift happen.
Location of meeting:
Downstairs training room
5200 Meadows Rd., Ste. 150
Lake Oswego, OR
11 am-1pm December 12
For information call Dona Cullen 503-867-1763

November 14, 2014 Meeting, 11-1, 5200 Meadows Rd. (lower training room), Lake Oswego (November 14, 2014)

Cassandra Marshall will lead a discussion on the uses of parenting coordination in a collaborative law setting. Parenting coordination is an alternative dispute resolution method where a neutral third party works with parents to assist in the resolution of their parenting disputes. In most situations, parenting coordinators are used when a case is completed to aid in the implementation of the parenting plan. Although commonly utilized in high conflict cases, a parenting coordinator can also assist couples who have used collaborative methods to craft their parenting plan.

Cassandra L. Marshall is a parenting coordinator, mediator and attorney, and is admitted to the bar in Oregon, Washington and Indiana. She has been in private practice since 1978, when she graduated from law school in Washington State. In addition to practicing law, she was also Adjunct Professor of family law at Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana and the editor and publisher of the Indiana Family Law Digest. She has been a speaker at numerous family law and trial practice seminars as well as at the Indiana 40 hour domestic mediator training.

Collaborative Law Basic Interdisciplinary Training to be given here in Portland! (November 13, 2014)

This training is a complete introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Practice.
12 hour program over 4 days:
Nov 13 afternoon
Nov 14 morning
Dec 4 afternoon
Dec 5 morning
CLE credits 15 hours.
$400 ($375 if paid in full via check or cash prior to the first session).

$200 for individuals who have already taken a basic collaborative training and for non-professional staff members who accompany a professional.

Part 1 of the training, on November 13 & 14, will focus on practice and skill development, as well as theoretical and ethical considerations. This portion of the training is designed to give attendees a solid foundation in collaborative practice to immediately begin taking collaborative cases.

Multiple options for Collaborative team development will be explored through video and real time demonstrations, and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in live exercises and interactive discussions. Materials are available online and include Collaborative practice forms, protocols of practice for each discipline, articles of interest and a bibliography of relevant readings.

Part 2 of the training will take place on December 2 & 3, 2014, and will focus on a more advanced skill set: negotiation methods, strategies for working as team, avoiding & breaking impasse, and additional ethical considerations of Collaborative Practice. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in a round table discourse with a team of experienced Collaborative Professionals.
The 2 day afternoon/morning format has been specifically designed due to the amount of material being presented. It will also provide Portland practitioners with the opportunity to work on each of those days. For those traveling to Portland, it will provide driving time and only require one night of accommodations.

Payment via check made out to Team Collaborative is appreciated. If you need to pay by credit card, then we request payment at the time of the training so the credit card can be present.
Questions can be directed by email to Kim Gordon or by phone, 503.539.0388.

Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon Teaching Basic Collaborative Training in La Grande (November 8, 2014)

Meeting October 10 from 11-1 at 5200 Meadows Rd. (lower training room), Lake Oswego (October 10, 2014)

Carrie Reed, an experienced mortgage loan officer, wonderful person and longtime participant in collaborative divorce settlements, has teamed up with Sara Yen, a local estate planning attorney (see, http://yenlaw.com/ ), for presentations on real estate and financial questions and estate planning considerations in family law. They are both very interested in what we do to settle family law matters collaboratively and they practice that way in their own areas.
Carrie will talk about how she assesses the best interests of the clients and the practical considerations of settlement options regarding their financing, refinancing, name deletion, qualification and the latest iterations of HARP and other programs out there to help our clients.
Sara can talk about blended families, how to use trusts to preserve the marital assets for the children of each family, what estate planning tools clients should consider after the divorce, how to secure obligations through estate planning documents. (Can you have a contract to make a will??) Perhaps more importantly it’s a chance to find out how she deals with family matters in a collaborative way in her own practice.
This is an opportunity to share our passion with other professionals and to model how we can share our work with the public by putting on similar presentations.
Sincere thanks to Carrie and Sara for presenting. They are fellow Peacemakers for sure.

September 12 Meeting - The " Business" of Collaborative Work (September 12, 2014)

“The BUSINESS of Collaborative Work”

As collaborative professionals it’s especially easy to overlook the business of the work we do. It shouldn’t be any secret that this work is how we make a living (or hope to make a living), but that requires us to address the details of our businesses. At this OACP meeting we’ll talk about the good, bad, and ugly about the business structures we’re using as we help clients through the collaborative process. You will leave this meeting with tips that will make your life and/or your clients’ lives better. A business that runs well gives you the opportunity to give your clients a better experience with your work and gives you the ability to ultimately serve more clients.

Some of the topics we will address include:
• Policies and procedures in your business
• Financial Controls & The Psychology of Money
• Staffing & Training
• Bringing in Business – Marketing & Client Generation

This workshop will be co-presented by Tracia Larimer of Tucana Professional Resources (http://www.tucanaprofessionalresources.com) and Angela Laidlaw of Laidlaw & Laidlaw (Mediator & Collaborative Attorney).

Tracia provides cash flow management services to Law Firms, incorporating organizational and receivable management solutions that encourage clients to stay consistent with timely payments. She understands the 5 stages of client receivables, which represents the continuum of the client’s money psychology as the case progresses. The client’s money psychology (their “internal story” about money) combined with their ability to manage their own stress levels and organizational barriers, will have a direct impact on aging of receivables and cash flow. When Tracia speaks with clients she is often able to help them have a light-bulb moment that allows them to bust through and make the necessary changes that will assist them with their own cash flow issues.

Angela is an active member and co-Vice President of the OACP. She is also the Managing Partner of Laidlaw & Laidlaw, PC, which has given her experience in successfully running a business that helps clients with legal problems. In the past few years she has invested substantial time, money, and energy to building a collaborative practice as well as building a solid business. Her “why” in life is to help couples experience divorces in a way that preserves important, lifelong relationships; sharing her knowledge with the OACP is one way of helping other members of our organization better serve their clients through the collaborative process, which ultimately helps make the world a better place.

Don't Miss It!
September 12, 2014 (11am-1pm)
5200 Meadows Rd., Ste. 150
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Call Dona Cullen at 503-867-1763 with questions

From Flying Solo to Sharing the Cockpit: How to Move from Traditional Practice to Shared Leadership (May 16, 2014)

Flying Solo to Sharing the Cockpit

Rita Pollak, internationally acclaimed Collaborative Law trainer, teaching on "From Flying Solo to Sharing the Cockpit: How to Move from Traditional Practice to Shared Leadership"

OACP Education Conference, at the Kennedy School, Portland, OR Friday, May 16, 2014

Family law attorneys, mental health and financial professionals are accustomed to being solely responsible for the well-being of their clients, and for being able to seriously influence the outcome for them. In collaborative practice we shift from that single-minded perspective to using a Collaborative Team of professionals to meet the multiple and diverse needs of clients and their families:

Attorneys are uniquely trained and experienced in knowing the law, educating their clients about their rights and options and leading negotiations to get clients what they want.

Mental Health Professionals, collaborative coaches and child specialists, are expert in understanding and dealing with the emotional underpinnings of separation and divorce, in helping the clients move from the "here and now" to a future after divorce.

Financial Specialists, who are neutral professionals on the Team, educate clients, create short-term and longer term options and help level the playing field of understanding and competence with money management.

This Team is designed and managed to share the "controls in the cockpit," so that the clients get the best from each member of the Team.

Sharing responsibility among colleagues this way has its benefits and its challenges; we will 'call them out' and address them.

Using co-facilitation skills, accessing the power of neutrality and learning how to trust your co-pilots will enhance your ability to be a skillful collaborative practitioner.

OACP has applied for approval of 6 CLE credits for Oregon and Washington state bars.

The charming Kennedy School, on NE 33rd Avenue in Portland will be the site of this special event; 8:00am- Doors open, coffee/snacks; 8:30am- workshop begins; 12:00 Lunch (included in registration), 4:00pm- workshop concludes.

The Kennedy School is a hotel and will hold up to 10 rooms for out of town registrants. There is no discount for rooms. See website for more details.

Cost of program, including snacks and lunch, is $195 for members of OACP and $225 for non-members. To join OACP and enjoy the member discount see our website.

Flying Solo to Sharing the Cockpit

April 11 Meeting - Pollak/Heenan Video on Innovative Problem-Solving Model (April 4, 2014)

On April 11 we’ll watch an interesting video from the Rita Pollak/Cathy Heenan series on a new problem-solving model to avoid impasse.
“This structured problem solving model engages clients and the whole Team in a very different kind of conversation – moving from a negative positional place, to creative thinking that offers options and choice.”
Following the video we'll have a business meeting to plan for the May 16 Rita Pollak training and our annual meeting on the same date.
The April 11 monthly meeting will take place from 11-1 at 5200 Meadows, Ste 150, Lake Oswego, OR (downstairs training room)
If questions, call Dona Cullen at 503-867-1763
See you there.

March 14, 2014 Meeting & Rita Pollack training (February 26, 2014)

Our March meeting will be on Friday, the 14th, from 11-1 at the address below. We’ll be watching the next 2 videos from the Rita Pollack/Cathy Heenan series on the 'Initial Five Way Meeting', and 'Team De-Briefs After Initial Five Way Meeting'.
Then we will hear and see what we can learn from some of our members who went to the Woody Mosten training in Seattle on 'How to Grow Your Collaborative Practice'.
We will reserve some time at the end of the meeting to report on preparations and needs for the Rita Pollack training in May.

May 16 training by Rita Pollack:
Rita Pollack will be here herself on May 16 for an OACP sponsored training designed to follow-up on the DVDs we are watching entitled 'Collaborative Practice in Action.' The teaching points will be: articulating your own motivation for being a collaborative professional; increasing confidence when talking about CP with a potential client (for all professionals); understanding the roles each professional plays; exploring team dynamics and preparing to work together; and understanding the value of shared leadership on a case. The title and theme will be 'Making the Shift: From Flying Solo to Team Practice.'
Watch for further information and registration coming soon on this website.

Dona Cullen, President OACP
5200 Meadows Road, Suite 150
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

February 14, 2014 Meeting & Rita Pollack training May 16 (February 10, 2014)

Our February meeting will be on Friday, the 14th, from 11-1 at the address below. We’ll be watching the next 2 videos from the Rita Pollack/Cathy Heenan series on the 'Coach Interviewing a Client', and 'Building a Team'.
The last half hour will be a business meeting to further plan the Rita Pollack training.

May 16 training by Rita Pollack:
Rita Pollack will be here herself on May 16 for an OACP sponsored training designed to follow-up on the DVDs we are watching entitled 'Collaborative Practice in Action.' The teaching points will be: articulating your own motivation for being a collaborative professional; increasing confidence when talking about CP with a potential client (for all professionals); understanding the roles each professional plays; exploring team dynamics and preparing to work together; and understanding the value of shared leadership on a case. The title and theme will be 'Making the Shift: From Flying Solo to Team Practice.'
Watch for further information and registration coming soon on this website.

Dona Cullen, President OACP
5200 Meadows Road, Suite 150
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

January 10, 2014 and future meetings (January 7, 2014)

Happy New Year to all of you. Wishing you each health, happiness and great prosperity in your practices. Prosperity in our practices at least in part is generated by the energy of regularly meeting together and sharing information, ideas and enthusiasm for the work that we do.
In light of that, this year we will be focusing on developing better understanding and skills by watching and discussing a video series called 'Collaborative Practice in Action' created by Rita Pollack (collaborative attorney) and Cathy Heenan (collaborative coach). They are both experienced trainers. These videos give what many have asked for – an inside look at what professionals do in the various aspects of a case. Included are episodes about how to talk to a prospective client; coach conducting an initial interview with client; building the team; initial five-way meeting; professional team debriefs after initial five-way meeting; a challenging meeting and professional debrief afterwards; innovative problem-solving model to move clients through impasse; and financial neutral and clients grapple with who should keep the house.
We will be watching and discussing these videos for the next 4 meetings. Then on May 16 we will be hosting Rita Pollack herself for our annual training. She will go deeper into whatever aspects of this we want. The plan is to have the training at the Kennedy School in NE Portland and invite Washington practitioners to join, as well as others interested in knowing more about the collaborative method of legal practice.
Our first regular meeting this year is this Friday, January 10, 2014, from 11-1 in the training room at 5200 Meadows Rd., Ste 150, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. We will have time to watch the first 2 episodes of the videos and discuss them – How to Talk to a Prospective Client and Coach Conducting an Initial Interview with a Client.
Although we have had other sessions about how to talk to a client about collaborative, Rita goes deeper into the communication pattern. She reminds the potential client that he does have the power of choice, at least about the process, even when he feels completely powerless. She finds evidence from the client’s own words to support his choice, by asking questions and reflective listening. Later in the process she has several occasions to remind him that he did have that power of choice and he exercised it. It was about all he could grab onto for confidence in those moments.
We lawyers wonder about what coaches do in their sessions with clients. The second episode is a bird’s eye view of a session.
Later we can talk about what we learned and can carry with us. We will also want to think of questions we have for Rita about these episodes and exercises that she could suggest so that we can plan a training that really fits our needs.
For the last half hour of our meeting on Friday I would like to have a business meeting to go over the arrangements suggested for the May training and the facility. There will be an e-mail later from Stefan who has been working on the facility options. Maybe we could keep the agenda to a treasurer’s report and the discussion about the May training. I would also like to create committees for the program, publicity, working with the venue and continuing education requirements.
Hope to see many of you there.
Dona Cullen, President

December 13, 2013 Meeting (December 13, 2013)

Our December meeting will be on December 13 from 11-1 pm at 5200 Meadows Rd., Ste 150, Lake Oswego. It will be from a legal and social perspective on divorce involving the elderly and disabled. Elder law attorney Dady Kathryn Blake has agreed to participate along with 3 other members (Tonya Alexander, Brett Lubic and Dona Cullen) to debrief a live case with these issues. Dady will give us a primer on Medicaid and disability law, including qualifications, income and resource implications, different trusts and how they work to protect assets, etc. It’s a very complicated and relevant topic because the divorce rate among the elderly is rising nationally and all of these issues should be considered.

November 15, 2013 Meeting (November 15, 2013)

Our November meeting will be on November 15 from 11-1 pm at 5200 Meadows Rd, Ste 150, Lake Oswego. It will be from the perspective of the child specialist. Three child specialists – Dr. Lisa Gabardi, Kathleen Zumpano and Lynne Smith - have agreed to participate. An article which appeared in the February, 2013 OSB Family Law Newsletter entitled “Parenting Time & Shared Custody – Ten Common Myths” will be the beginning point. It should be a lively conversation.

October 11, 2013 Meeting (October 11, 2013)

Our October meeting will be October11 from 11-1 pm in the training room at 5200 Meadows Rd., Ste 150, Lake Oswego. The topic of that meeting will be “Mentoring and Debriefing.” The goal will be to make it possible for new trainees and more experienced practitioners to share information including debriefing a case; asking and answering questions; and maybe view a little of the collaborative divorce video series we hope to have by then. The first episode is “How to Talk to a Prospective Client” and is 35 minutes.

Educational Meeting -- Sandy Voit teaches on Divorce Financial Planning and College Financial Aid (September 13, 2013)

Join us on Friday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Dona Cullen's office.

Sandy Voit, CDFA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and collaborative professional from Kirkland WA spent 27 years in higher education administration, including serving as a financial aid director. He has put together a training to assist other collaborative professionals to understand this mysterious process which is so important for the financial futures of parents and children. Even the increasingly frequent baby boomer divorce very often includes a parent student loan component that makes settlement difficult.

The program will cover financial aid calculations, how aid is awarded, what changes occur during divorce, planning tips to assist aid eligibility or avoid eligibility mistakes that reduce aid, tax aspects (including tax credit/deductions), and how to incorporate college financing considerations into divorce planning to meet your clients' goals.

Also, Elaine Brady-Mahoney will lead a discussion on the elements of debriefing cases to prepare us to make debriefing cases a part of our regular meetings.

Please note: The meeting time has changed to 11 – 1 to minimize the disturbance of the normal business day. Please bring a bag lunch. We’ll have coffee, tea and water available. Feel free to bring a goody to share.

Thanks to Dona Cullen for arranging for the meeting room.
Cullen Mediation and Collaborative Law
5200 Meadows Road, Suite 150
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

1. Take Kruse Way exit ( # 292)
2. Turn onto Kruse Way towards Lake Oswego
3. Take right onto Kruse Woods Drive
4. Turn left onto Meadows Rd.
5. 5200 Meadows Rd. is second large building on right (former Oregon State Bar building)

Business Meeting June 14; 11-1 in Lake Oswego (June 14, 2013)

Business Meeting Friday, June 14, from 11-1 at Dona Cullen's office at 5200 Meadows Rd., Ste 150, Lake Oswego.
We will be planning programs and activities for the coming year. If you can't make it, please e-mail any ideas you have and things you would like to see us do in the organization. Let us know how you can help also. Hope to see you there. Bring a bag lunch or we can order from the deli nearby.

Interest-Focused Negotiation for Divorce Professionals (May 10, 2013)

Join other attorneys, mediators, financial planners and mental health coaches for a day centered on increasing your skills in collaborative practice and facilitative mediation through in-depth emphasis on interest-focused negotiation. Back by popular demand is collaborative attorney Mark Weiss, co-founder of the Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group. In addition to his work as a collaborative attorney, mediator and trainer, Mark currently serves on the board of directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
This day-long session will also include the Annual Meeting and a box lunch!
This program has been approved for 6.25 Oregon MCLE credits.

Washington passes Uniform Collaborative Law Act (May 3, 2013)

Washington State has enacted the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA). Passed by the legislature in April 2013 (not without a bit of pressure from collaborative professionals!), it was signed by Governor Inslee on May 3, 2013. The UCLA will become effective July 28, 2013.

Educational Meeting -- Collaborative Teams – Function and Dysfunction, Problems and Solutions – the final chapters of Navigating the Emotional Currents: 10 a.m. to Noon, at Dona's office. (April 12, 2013)

Join us on Friday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to Noon, at Dona Cullen's office.

Lee Hamilton and Gail Nicholson will lead a discussion on Collaborative Teams – Function and Dysfunction, Problems and Solutions, covering the final chapters of Navigating the Emotional Currents of Collaborative Divorce.

We may "adjourn" to a nearby restaurant for a "no host" lunch at Noon.

Thanks to Dona Cullen for arranging for the meeting room.
Cullen Mediation and Collaborative Law
5200 Meadows Road, Suite 150
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

1. Take Kruse Way exit ( # 292)
2. Turn onto Kruse Way towards Lake Oswego
3. Take right onto Kruse Woods Drive
4. Turn left onto Meadows Rd.
5. 5200 Meadows Rd. is second large building on right (former Oregon State Bar building)

Educational Meeting -- How to Assess Prospective Clients, from Navigating the Emotional Currents of Collaborative Divorce (March 8, 2013)

Join us on Friday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to Noon, at Dona Cullen's office.

Lee Hamilton will lead a discussion on how to assess prospective clients, from Navigating the Emotional Currents of Collaborative Divorce, including the assessment tool of the flexibility to rigidity continuum.

Several of us "adjourned" to Oswego Grill for a "no host" lunch at Noon.

Thanks to Dona Cullen for arranging for the meeting room.

Educational Meeting -- How to Talk to Prospective Clients about Collaborative. (February 8, 2013)

Join us on Friday, February 8 from 10 a.m. to Noon, at Dona Cullen's office. Tom Johnson (The Divorce Shoppe) will lead a discussion on how to talk to prospective clients about collaborative divorce when they come into your office.

Educational Meeting--Navigating Emotional Currents in Collaborative Divorce (January 11, 2013)

Just like a river guide, collaborative professionals must navigate around not only the visible rocks of marital dynamics but the invisible rocks below the surface that threaten to puncture and capsize the process. These lurking unseen threats are sometimes evident only as emotional white water – stubborn, baffling behaviors that cause trouble, provocative or abusive behavior, threats to litigate. Like positionality, they can lead to impasse. A successful journey to river’s end requires a map for navigating a couple’s particular course, as well as tools for stabilizing the boat when the going gets rough or we wander off the map.

This, taken from the introduction of the book, Navigating Emotional Currents in Collaborative Divorce, is what we will begin to explore on January 11. This book offers an introductory theoretical framework for lawyers and financial specialists and a review of those concepts for mental health professionals so that we can chart the course together.

We’ll talk about individual dynamics, couple dynamics and the collaborative container with time for comparing notes on our experiences with these concepts in our cases.

Come join us as we learn together, sharing our specialties to become the best river guides we can be for our clients.

If you have the book, we’ll be covering the first 3 chapters. If you don’t, no worries, we will review the material together.

December Social + Tasting (December 14, 2012)

Friday, 6:00 p.m.
At the home of Randy and Joanne Poff (Northeast Portland).

Everyone is invited, members or soon-to-be members, including spouses, friends, significant others.

Business Meeting (November 16, 2012)

All members are welcome to come to our next business meeting on Friday, November 16 at noon in the US Bank Tower Conference Center, located on the north end of the building on the ground floor. (Head towards the elevators, and you'll see it tucked away.) We'll be discussing what programs we want to do in the coming year.

Business Meeting (October 12, 2012)

If you're interest in collaborative law, we need your ideas and energy on Friday, October 12 at noon at 700 NE Multnomah, Third Floor, Conference Rooms A & B, in Portland, to join in the discussion and planning for the upcoming program year. Need more information? Contact info@collaborativepracticeoregon.org.

August 10 Meeting Cancelled--Join us in September (September 14, 2012)

August Business Meeting Cancelled (August 10, 2012)

Business Meeting (June 8, 2012)

Nuts and Bolts of Creating Your Collaborative Practice with Mark Weiss (May 18, 2012)

Business/Educational Meeting (April 13, 2012)

Lillian Watson came back from the 2012 Second Annual IACP Institute in Phoenix with lots of great information, and we've asked her to share some of it with us. Presenters in Phoenix were Nancy Cameron, QC, a Vancouver, BC collaborative lawyer, writer and educator, and Julie Macfarlane, Ph.D., law professor at the University of Windsor. Attendees were collaborative attorneys from around the world. Lillian will be focusing on the importance of being both an effective attorney and a collaborative professional while remaining client-focused and understanding the clients' needs in a manner that allows the collaborative team to use their complementary skills to the benefit of the clients. We will have a brief business meeting in which we discuss plans for our May 18th training with Mark Weiss and our new membership year. Thanks once again go to Steve Silver for arranging for our meeting space!

March Business/Educational Meeting (March 9, 2012)

For March, we're switching up our usual pattern of having a business meeting or education session. We'll begin with planning our May 18th Forum and our new membership year. But we will also spend time talking about Dr. Brene Brown's "power of vulnerability and how we can apply her research to our own collaborative teams and practice. Dr. Brown was the keynote speaker at the 2011 IACP conference in San Francisco, and her talk generated a great deal of interest. If you can, please take a few minutes before our March 9th meeting to watch Dr. Brown's TED talk on the power of vulnerability, then share your thoughts with our group. Paste the following link in your browser: http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html

February Educational Meeting (February 10, 2012)

Presenters include financial professionals Donna Smalldon, Steve Silver and Jaclyn Garber, CPA. Beyond the broad topic of how and when to use a financial professional, there will be specific discussion of the child contingency rule, short sales, foreclosures and bankruptcies in the context of family law.

January Business Meeting (January 13, 2011)

Location: 700 NE Multnomah, Third Floor, Conference Rooms A&B
Date/Time: Friday, January 13/noon until 1:30 p.m.

There is parking near the building (fee applies) or take the MAX free from downtown to the 7th Avenue stop.

Thanks to Steve Silver for hosting us once again!