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LACFLA 2014 PRESIDENT

Joseph P. Spirito Jr., Esq.

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - APRIL 2014

 

  As you may know, under Fred Glassman's leadership, CP CAL is developing a statewide Diversity Initiative. Ellyn Stein has graciously taken on the responsibility on behalf of LACFLA to assist in gathering information necessary to provide education and training in this essential endeavor.

 

    Please participate in the development of this Initiative by completing the attached Diversity Questionnaire and letting us know what elements you would like CP CAL's Diversity Initiative to include.

 

    Return your completed Questionnaire to Paula Jackson at info@cpcal.com and to Fred Glassman at fglassman@fglawcorp.com by Friday, April 4, 2014. 

 

    CP CAL's Diversity Initiative will be unveiled at Celebration 9 in San Francisco during the weekend of April 25-27, 2014. I want to thank Ellyn, Fred and the LACFLA Board for its support in this initiative.
 

Joseph P. Spirito, Jr., Esq., LACFLA President 2014

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LACFLA IS PROUD TO INTRODUCE OUR 
APRIL MEMBER OF THE MONTH 
 

LACFLA MEMBER DAVID KURODA LCSW

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David Kuroda is the former Division Chief, Family Court Services, Superior Court of Los Angeles and directed the Mediation and Conciliation Service, the first and largest court mediation program in the nation. In his 18 years with the Superior Court, he was also responsible for the district courts, the PACT and Contemnors’ Programs, Divorce Seminars, and Visitation Monitors.

 

In addition to directing the program, he has personally provided mediation services to over 8,000 families, and has made presentations on collaborative divorce, mediation and divorce to numerous groups of attorneys and mental health professionals. He was invited to teach a course on mediation at the graduate school of social work at USC. He is a member of A Better Divorce, LAWCDP, and the LA Collaborative Family Law Association. He serves on the Family Law Executive Committee, LA County Bar Association. He was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers, NASW, California, with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003; he was honored for his contributions to help establish Collaborative Divorce by Collaborative Practice California; in 2007 with the George Nickel Award, California Social Welfare Archives.

 

Mr. Kuroda’s practice is located in Torrance and Westwood and he specializes in child custody mediation, collaborative divorce, co-parent and reunification counseling; he also provides parenting coordination as a special master in selected cases. One of the important reasons for working with Mr. Kuroda is his experience in collaborating with attorneys and judges. Clients gain an additional benefit from his relationship and reputation with the members of the bench and bar.

 

Find David Kuroda on the web at DavidKuroda.com

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LACFLA SPOTLIGHT BOARD MEMBER - APRIL 2014

 

ELLYN STEIN

  

 

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.
 
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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LACFLA NEWS FLASH!

CP CAL 2014.

Many of own members are a big part of CP-Cal, some as presenters and many on the Program Committee!  CP-Cal will be held in April (25-27) in San Francisco.  Download the brochure here!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS!

 

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READ What Is "Collaborative Divorce" Without Collaboration?

 

by LACFLA Member Mark Baer HERE

 

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READ A REVIEW OF DIVORCE CORP 
 
by LACFLA Member Susan Carlisle HERE 
 

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 REMEMBER ~ 2014 Training ~ 2014 Training ~ August 13-15th ~ SAVE THE DATE
 
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ENTIRE CALENDAR OF EVENTS!
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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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BROWN BAG LUNCHES!!!


Look for more Brown Bag Lunches in the months ahead!

Find out what all the buzz is about.  Join in with the Brown Bag Lunches.

One Brown Bag Lunch, hosted by Board Member Vi Ballard was a huge success.  Read a few words from Vi:

“…Regarding the brown bag lunch held yesterday in my office.  Three people attended. Everyone had very good energy and was very enthusiastic. They commented on how enjoyable our discussion was. We discussed many things about collaborative divorce even though there were no attorneys present. ”

 
Kevin Chroman and Jeff Jacobson hosted a Brown Bag Lunch.  This lunch was so well recieved, participants even chimed in.  Read some participant feedback:

A few words from participant Dvorah Markman:

       “Many, many thanks to Jeff and to Kevin.  That "Brown Bag" lunch was the best time I've had in a long time.  No kidding.  It was invigorating, interesting and inspiring.  Probably principally to the comfortable surroundings and to the fact that while some of us knew each other, we also had the opportunity to learn of the work of other like-minded professionals.”

 …And from participant Tara:

“My sentiments exactly. I look forward to new and renewed connections for good. Thank you again and to the firm and staff who made it possible.”

 …And from participant Debi Graboff:

“Jeff thanks for hosting today. I enjoyed seeing you, reconnecting with a few others and meeting new colleagues. I am very excited to continue building a collaborative law practice…”

…And from co-host Kevin Chroman:

“Jeff, thank you so much for organizing such a successful lunch. The food, the company and the discussion were all thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to remaining in contact with everyone. You did a fantastic job. Your efforts are very much appreciated.”

 A terrific Brown Bag Lunch was held in the office of Diana Martinez.  Read what Diana had to say:

Diana Martinez

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