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.

 


 

ANOTHER HUGE SUCCESS!

LACFLA DIVERSITY WORKSHOP GRAY DIVORCE

Thank you to all those who spent their day with us at the Diversity Workshop.  LACFLA is proud to of this workshop and this year set the bar even higher!

Special thanks to our distinguished speaker panel and to our program chiar.

Till next year...

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH:

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 completionlawfirm@yahoo.com
 
Contact Carol Hirshfield & Jena Stara for locations in West Los Angeles:
(310) 207-2500 jstara@heidituffias.com
 
GET INVOLVED!

 

LACFLA IN THE NEWS

LACFLA’s partnership with Loyola Law School continues to reap rewards.

 

On May 27, 2014 the Loyola Collaborative Clinic received the “Outstanding Program Award” by the Board of Supervisors of LA County.  Supervisor Ridley-Thomas from the Second District presented the award to Loyola Law School’s Clinic director, Mary Culbert. This was at a televised hearing with hundreds of people present from our community as well as Supervisor’s Knabe, Yarslovsky and Antonovich.

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Supervisor Ridley-Thomas commended LACFLA for teaming up with Loyola to provide excellent service to those in need. He described collaborative practice in glowing terms explaining how allied professionals assist parties going thru the divorce process.

This project is a partnership between Loyola's new Collaborative Law Clinic (C-LAW), Loyola's Conciliation and Mediation Assistance Clinic (C-MAC), and Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association.

Congratulations to Mary Culbert of Loyola Law School and Kevin Chroman of LACFLA.

 

Thank you all  for making the Collaborative Law Clinic such an unbridled success! Without you volunteering your time, this would not have been possible.

 


 

LACFLA PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE :

  Hopefully everyone is enjoying their summer.  Our Board took its own vacation from meeting this month.  This has not prevented our hardworking training professionals from planning our annual LACFLA educational program.  The program will be at Loyola Law School on August 13, 14 and 15, 2014.  We expect to have a great audience for our three full days of fun packed education and entertainment.  It is not too late to sign up to hone those collaborative skills!                                                     

   Our membership chairman, Steve Garelick, advises that we have more members this year than we had last year at this time.  Kim Davidson, Jena Stara and Michelle Daneshrad have been working on inviting Dr. William Doherty to do a program about discernment counseling that helps people decide whether to work on their marriage or transition toward divorce.  Dr. Doherty is a professor of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota.                                                                                     

   Ellen Stein is organizing LACFLA’s fifth annual diversity workshop on “Gray Divorce”.  It will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014.  We look forward to this informative, interdisciplinary and interactive event. 

   Kathleen O’Connor and Dawn Strachan are working on revamping our web site and we hope that it will be more friendly to the public.

      Finally, please save the date for the 36th Annual Child Custody Colloquium.  It is sponsored by the LACBA’s Family Law Section and Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.  It will be held at the Universal City Hilton on September 20, 2014. 

 This year’s topic is “When a Child Rejects a Parent: Exploring Rejection, Resolution and Reunification.  Several LACFLA members will be presenting.

  Please enjoy the rest of your summer!

 

Sincerely,

Joe Spirito, LACFLA President, 2014

 


 

LACFLA MEMBERS IN THE NEWS:

  Congratulations to Stephanie Maloney, recipient of the 2014 CP Cal Eureka Award.  Stephanie has been tireless in her commitment to share the collaborative process with our community and to bring trainings to Los Angeles County.  We are honored that Stephanie, a LACFLA member, received this prestigious award.


LACFLA INTRODUCES OUR SEPTEMBER MEMBER OF THE MONTH 

 JOHN C. ATTWOOD

Mr. Attwood is proud to have served clients around the world in his Los Angeles office for the last seventeen years. Johnny said, “both large and small cases have been interesting and challenging, I am grateful for the opportunity.”

 

Visit Mr. Attwood on the web and read more about his great work here!

 



 LACFLA SPOTLIGHT BOARD MEMBER - SEPTEMBER 2014

DIVERSITY WORKSHOP CHAIR ~ ELLYN J. STEIN

Ellyn J. Stein, Attorney at Law. 

Ellyn J. Stein is a solo practitioner whose Beverly Hills-based practice is limited to family law matters.  Ms. Stein represents clients in litigated cases and well as in mediation (attending mediations with her clients and as a consulting attorney) and in the Collaborative Divorce process.  She provides pre-divorce counseling to individuals uncertain whether they wish to remain in their marriages, offering information about the range of legal outcomes to assist them in their decision-making process and referrals to allied professionals who can assist them in overcoming the difficulties in their marriages if they elect that path.
 
Ms. Stein is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and Stanford University (A.B. in International Relations) and has over 25 years of litigation experience.  In addition to family law, Ms. Stein has practiced in the areas of aviation litigation (products liability), redevelopment law and general civil practice.  Ms. Stein chairs LACFLA’s Diversity Committee and coordinates LACFLA’s annual Diversity Workshop.  She serves on the Family Law Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, is a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals and participates in numerous professional study groups as a member and speaker.
 
Ms. Stein takes an eclectic approach to family law practice, mixing and matching process options as is warranted by the needs and dynamics of each case.  She believes parties and counsel can be cooperative and proceed with kindness and integrity in any process and, similarly, that any process can be abused.
 
Ms. Stein appreciates the interdisciplinary professionals she has met through LACFLA and the expanded resources she is now able to offer her clients and their families due to her participation in LACFLA.  She encourages litigators and non-litigators alike to join LACFLA to increase the range of options and resources they can provide and to enrich their practices.
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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 Valley
When:
2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
                                                            
Location:
21900 Burbank Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Woodland Hills, California 91367
Host:
Michelle Daneshrad (818) 991-0519 completionlawfirm@yahoo.com
 
West Los Angeles
When:
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 90064
Hosts:
Carol Hirshfield & Jena Stara (310) 207-2500 jstara@heidituffias.com
                                                                              
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.

 

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Marital dissolution is not often  merely legal or economic disputes. Because they arise out of the most intimate relationships, they implicate the basic personal, emotional and familial needs of parties and their children. Our court system increasingly has recognized that a judicial decree is far from the final word in a divorce; parental and fiscal responsibilities may last for many years.
The collaborative approach, which includes attorneys for each party, as well as mental health professionals and neutral financial experts to support the family and guide the parties to mutually acceptable resolutions, can provide parties with complementary resources and dispute resolution methods that are simply unavailable in court.
--Ronald M. George, Chief Justice of California Supreme Court of California

 

 
 

 
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