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.
Greetings! Here’s a special invitation to a live workshop on Discernment Counseling to be held at the Embassy Suites near LAX (9801 Airport Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045.For the first time, divorce professionals and marriage therapists are joining forces to prevent unnecessary divorces and to assure good divorces for those who choose that path. We have never done a training where both professions were in the same location. It will be a great opportunity to build your direct referral network. Therapists will learn from Bill Doherty, creator of “discernment counseling,” about a special protocol for how to work with “mixed agenda” couples where one is leaning out of the relationship and the other wants to save it. Lawyers and financial professionals will learn from Louise Livesay, an expert in divorce ambivalence. You will focus on recent research of divorce ambivalence, the discernment protocol, and client intake. The sessions will be running parallel with a networking reception after the training where you can meet other professionals to build your organic referral network. Hurry! Registration has already begun, and we are anticipating spots to fill up quickly, so don’t wait! For TherapistsDiscernment Counseling for Couples on the BrinkFriday February 6th from 9 to 4. Networking mixer with lawyers and financial professionals held from 4 to 6 Therapist Learn More and Sign Up Here Bill does not do many live events. This is your opportunity to speak with him directly.
This event will also be eligible for NBCC continuing education hours for an additional $20. You can select this option on the payment page. Divorce Ambivalence and NetworkingFriday February 6th from 1 to 4. Networking mixer with therapists held from 4 to 6 Lawyers/Financial Professionals Learn More and Sign Up Here
For more information:
Contact: LACFLA SPONSORED PROGRAM
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – JANUARY 2015
As many of you know, I announced at this year’s Holiday Party that I was stepping down as President of LACFLA. I did so not because it wasn't enjoyable, or it was too much work, but because I truly believe our collaborative community needs new participants and leaders to continue the success that our predecessors have achieved. Donna Beck Weaver and Fred Glassman have navigated the stormy waters of gaining acceptance in the Family Law community for a different approach to representing parties going through a restructuring of their family estate. It took such leadership to gain the respect of our Bench and Bar. Although LACFLA now has its sea legs, there is still much more work to be done. We look to seamless changes in leadership to accomplish our Board’s vision, which is as follows:
“LACFLA is a non-profit corporation offering continuous education to the public. LACFLA also provides education and training for professionals in law, mental health, finances and other related fields to facilitate the success in non-adversarial resolutions using the collaborative process. LACFLA guides and supports collaborative practice in LA County and coordinates with regional, state, and international collaborative practice organizations, as well as other consensual dispute providers”.
Whether this year’s Board accomplished the above lofty goals, I leave to you to decide. However, in 2014 for the first time, LACFLA provided not one, but two, interdisciplinary training programs at Loyola Law School in January 2014 and August 2014. Many of you were participants and/or trainers. Survey results from the training program were extremely high in every category.
LACFLA members stepped up and contributed to Loyola Law School’s Collaborative Clinic. Members were able to practice their considerable collaborative skills with real cases resulting in a high percentage of full global resolutions of cases. LACFLA’s partnership with Loyola Law School continued to reap rewards. On May 27, 2014 the Loyola Collaborative Clinic, headed by Kevin Chroman, received the “Outstanding Program Award” by the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas from the 2nd District presented the award to Loyola Law School’s Clinic Director, Mary Colbert. This was a televised hearing with hundreds of people present from our community, as well as Superviors Kanbe, Yarslovsky and Antonovich.
The 5th Annual Diversity Workshop was held at Southwestern Law School.
Several LACFLA members participated in divorce options workshops throughout Los Angeles.
The Protocols Committee revised our collaborative stipulation for the first time in several years, so that it is consistent with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and our teaching values. Special thanks to Jane Euler, Fern Salka and Jim Hallett.
Many of the CP-Cal and IACP presenters were from our distinguished LACFLA membership.
Fred Glassman helped develop a Statewide Diversity Initiative.
Michelle Daneshrad, Jena Stara and Carol Hirshfield initiated Study Groups throughout Los Angeles County.
Forrest “Woody” Mosten announced the return of his hotly anticipated Peacemaker Study Group, only open to paid LACFLA members.
In 2014 our membership increased from 110 members in 2013 to 126, and our financial status is strong.
There are so many people to thank for this year’s accomplishments. Below is a list of our 2014 Board and the positions they held, which speak to many of the events noted in this message.
Vice President Kim Davidson, Esq.
Secretary Michelle Daneshrad, Esq.
Treasurer Warren Sacks, CPA
Membership Committee Steven Garelick, CPA
Programs/Education Committee Jena Stara, Esq.
Kim Davidson, Esq.
Judiciary Liaison Leon F. Bennett, Esq.
Frederick J. Glassman, Esq.
Diversity Workshop Jena Stara, Esq.
Protocols Committee James J. Hallett, Esq.
` Fern Topas Salka, Esq.
Jane Euler, Esq.
New Member Training Theresa Heyes, LMFT
Judith C. Nesburn, Esq.
Frederick J. Glassman, Esq.
Website Coordinator Kathleen O’Connor, Esq.
Dawn Strachan, CDFA
Children’s Programs Vi Ballard, LMFT
Loyola Collaborative Clinic Kevin J. Chroman, Esq.
Gala Holiday Party Jena Stara, Esq.
Warren Sacks, CPA
It was an absolute pleasure to work with this talented and generous Board. Special thanks to Alana Bermudez, LACFLA Executive Director, for her tireless efforts in assisting LACFLA.
Finally, I congratulate Steven Garelick, our incoming President, who has been a member of LACFLA since its inception, has been our Membership Director, and whom I know will make 2015 a fabulous year for our membership.
Joseph P. Spirito, Jr., President
LACFLA INTRODUCES OUR JANUARY MEMBER OF THE MONTH
LACLFA'S DISTINGUISHED MEMBER
LYNN ROSENFIELD LCSW
I have been working as a clinical social worker for over 30 years, and still feel passionate about providing psychotherapy. In my private practice, I see individuals, couples, families and groups, ages preteen to seniors. It is an honor to work closely with my clients, and to share in the journey of self-discovery. As we build our relationship, we have the opportunity to use it as a context for sorting out feelings and reactions from the past as well as the present.
Over the years, I have grown up along side my clients. I began my career working with adolescents who had run away from home. Then I saw adults, couples, and families. More recently, I have added seniors. I value following clients off and on throughout their lives.
I am a trained mediator and work with an attorney to help couples negotiate a Divorce Settlement Agreement. I provide Collaborative Coaching and co-parenting counseling throughout the divorce process. As adjunct faculty at Smith College School for Social Work, I do field advising and have an expertise in supervision
LACFLA SPOTLIGHT BOARD MEMBER - JANUARY
FERN TOPAS SALKA, ESQ.
After being actively involved in family law for more than 30 years, as a Certified Family Law Specialist since 1983, a select fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (an organization for advanced family law trial attorneys), and the former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar, about eight years ago I decided to devote my entire practice to consensual dispute resolution. Profoundly affected by my work exploring the impact of divorce on the lives of children by presenting panels of adult children of divorce to judges, mental health professionals, teachers, and parents, I concluded that how people divorce matters and that children do best when parents do not go to war over them.
As a result of this experience and insight, I set about to help families avoid the devastation of adversarial divorce. My work today includes only consensual dispute resolution (CDR) - mediation, collaborative representation, consulting, and collaborative negotiation and drafting of prenuptial agreements. CDR permits couples who are ending their relationship as romantic partners take control of how they will divide their assets, manage their finances and parent their children. The result is far better for them, their children and our society as a whole than battles overseen by overworked court professionals.
For my work in this field, I am proud to have been named SuperLawyer by Los Angeles Magazine during all of the past ten years. I am also both a founding and current board member of LACFLA (Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association), an association formed to advance the practice of collaborative family law; and the co-chair of the State Bar Family Law Consensual Dispute Resolution standing committee, an umbrella group dealing with legislation and education about CDR family law matters. I have edited the Los Angeles County Bar Family Law News and Review, written and published many articles in the field of family law, been a lecturer as well as a law school professor on a wide range of topics related to dissolution of marriage, and worked to establish policy and legislation for a more humane family law process.
SAVE THESE DATES
FUTURE LACFLA TRAINING DATES ARE ON THE HORIZON
Block out these days on your 2015 calendar:
August 12, 13, 14.
LACFLA IN THE NEWS
JUST ANNOUNCED ~ WOODY MOSTEN PEACEMAKER STUDY GROUP!
January 20, 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Carol Hirshfield & Jena Stara for locations in West Los Angeles:
(310) 207-2500 email@example.com
JOIN OR RENEW TODAY!
CLICK HERE & RENEW OR JOIN RIGHT NOW!
DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION
DOWNLOAD THE WEB ROSTER APPLICATION
DOWNLOAD THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Once you have renewed (or joined) you qualify for our valuable WEB ROSTER! For an additional $100 our Web Roster gives you a full profile right here on our site! Renew today and add Web Roster to your paid renewal!
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING LACFLA!
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