WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW ASSOCIATION
Collaborative Practice is a voluntary out-of-court process for you and your spouse to resolve the legal, financial and emotional issues of your divorce or separation. You and your spouse are represented by collaboratively trained attorneys. These attorneys are disqualified from representing you in court. Successful teams include coaches for each spouse, the use of a child specialist, and trained divorce financial advisors.
Leon F. Bennett
First and foremost, thank you to outgoing President, Steven Garelick for all of his hard work and dedication to the Collaborative Dispute Resolution community. Steven’s knowledge and experience, and hard work have been invaluable to the continued success of LACFLA. THANK YOU Steven.
2016 promises to be a very exciting year for our Collaborative Community. As we have seen the world of Collaborative Dispute Resolution grow in numbers and popularity, we have also had to accept the challenge presented to the ADR Community by the California Law Revision Commission’s. attack on the Mediation Confidentiality protections of the Evidence Code. We are also likely to see the California Commission on Uniform State Laws revisit the adoption of The Collaborative Law Act in California.
As President of LACFLA for the 2016 term, I am both humbled and excited about the challenges that lie ahead. With the dedicated and hardworking members of the LACFLA Board, 2016 promises to be filled with new learning opportunities for our Collaborative Professionals and new opportunities for the growth of CDR in the greater Los Angeles area.
LACFLA has been the leader in Basic Training for Collaborative Professionals in the Los Angeles area for many years. In addition to the Basic training courses, this year LACFLA will add advanced courses for all Collaborative Professionals. We also expect to continue with our children’s and diversity programs as well as workshops to assist in developing the highest level of collaborative training to our members.
In an effort to expand the development of Collaborative practices in our area, LACFLA will increase it’s role in establishing new practice groups for our members. Practice groups in the Downtown Los Angeles and Eastern Los Angeles County communities will be our first priority. Enhancing the experience of each LACFLA member through educational and networking opportunities is a high priority for this year’s Board.
In the weeks ahead, we will be rolling out our new website. Our members will be quite excited about the changes coming. Better visibility and higher traffic are the goals. In addition our new website will provide our members with opportunities to share their knowledge with others and to promote their Collaborative Events.
In general I expect 2016 to be a year of exciting new developments for LACFLA and its members. This year’s membership offers discounts to practice groups for 100% membership in LACFLA. I hope to see all of you soon.
Very truly yours,
Leon F. Bennett
LACFLA INTRODUCES OUR FEBRUARY MEMBER OF THE MONTH
LACLFA'S DISTINGUISHED MEMBER
AVERY M. COOPER
LACFLA is taking this opportunity to feature one of our long time supporting members, Attorney, Avery M. Cooper. Read more about Mr. Cooper here. LACFLA is proud to feature Avery as our member of the month.
LACFLA SPOTLIGHT BOARD MEMBER - FEBRUARY
KEVIN J. CHROMAN!
LACFLA Board Member, Kevin J. Chroman works closely with Loyola and leads the very successful Loyola Collaborative Project! Have you volunteered yet? This project is always looking for volunteers and you could be the next one. Contact either Victor Pham or Kevin Chroman and get involved.
One more thing Kevin would like you to know...
On March 22, 2016 the Center for Conflict Resolution will host a volunteer appreciation event! Light dinner will be served. Please join us from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm and show your appreciation to the volunteers who support this program! Please RSVP to Mercedes!
Center for Conflict Resolution 800 South Figueroa 11th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017
A little bit about Kevin:
Kevin J. Chroman, Esq.
I have always believed that reason can prevail, if given the proper opportunities and resources. On rare occasions issues are absolute. More typically there are shades of gray, as in Family Law where legal and financial issues are emotionally and psychologically charged.
My interest in conflict resolution began while attending Loyola Law School when I was chosen to participate on the Mediation team. Competing against Pepperdine and USC, our team won the Regional Mediation Tournament, and advanced to the Nationals. As an associate at the law firm of Wolf, Rifkin and Shapiro, I practiced Real Estate Law. Later, in private practice, I transitioned into Family Law where I immediately recognized the need for a resolution-based process.
As a member of LACFLA's Board of Directors, I look forward to raising the public's awareness of, and accessibility to, collaborative law.
Law Office of Kevin J. Chroman
15130 Ventura Blvd., Suite 244
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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See new collaborative horizons at Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association’s Monthly Collaborative Law Study Group & Round-Table Discussions
New and Seasoned Collaborators come together to master case success and develop a satisfying and profitable collaborative practice. We will learn about practice-enriching topics and discuss your questions, concerns, goals, and cases. The ValleyWhen: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location:21900 Burbank Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Woodland Hills, California 91367Host: Michelle Daneshrad (818) 991-0519 email@example.com West Los AngelesWhen:1st Friday of each month from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Please BYO brown bag lunch.) Location:11340 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 265, Los Angeles, California 90064Hosts:Carol Hirshfield & Jena Stara (310) 207-2500 firstname.lastname@example.org Light refreshments provided. RSVPs are welcomed, but not necessary. Please let us know if you want a monthly LACFLA Study Group in a new location.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH & LEARNING:
2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 - 7:00 participate in our Monthly Collaborative Law Study Group & Round-Table Discussions
Held in the Valley and on the west side, this is a great opportunity to network and learn from seasoned professionals.
Contact Michelle Daneshrad for Valley locations:
(818) 991-0519 email@example.com
Contact Carol Hirshfield & Jena Stara for locations in West Los Angeles:
(310) 207-2500 firstname.lastname@example.org
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