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New ABA book provides an intentional guide for ­growing collaborative law

The American Bar Association has published Building a Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice, a new book that outlines practical, clear advice from a team of experienced professionals who have bridged the gap from learning to doing in their family practices.

Whether lawyers want to learn more about collaborative divorce, grow their practices or eliminate litigation from their work, this new anthology from experts throughout North America provides down-to-earth explanations about how to use the law and interest-based negotiations for building resolution. From implementing the ethical standards to forming a rewarding (and profitable) practice focused on peacebuilding, "Building a Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice" explains the ins and outs of collaborative law.

Editors Forrest "Woody" Mosten and Adam B. Cordover established their careers by strengthening the practice of collaborative family law and have brought together a collection of in-depth essays from practitioners in the field. These peacemakers span generations and interdisciplinary backgrounds-including psychology, accounting and marketing-and detail a breadth of information that will help families reach productive and peaceful solutions. With this book as a tool, attorneys and others will learn the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively resolve disputes outside of the courtroom with peace, intention and pragmatism.

Mosten is a collaborative attorney (Certified Family Law Specialist) and mediator in Los Angeles and La Jolla, Calif. He is a full-time peacemaker and never goes to court on any case. He is the author of five previous books and numerous articles. He has received several awards including Peacemaker of the Year, the ABA Lawyer as Problem Solver Award and the ABA Lifetime Legal Access Award for his contributions to unbundling, mediation and collaborative law. Mosten is adjunct professor of law at UCLA School of Law.

Cordover is a collaborative attorney, trainer and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator in Tampa. He is co-chair of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) Research Committee and incoming member of the IACP Board. Cordover is the former president of Next Generation Divorce, guiding it to become the largest local collaborative practice group in North America. He now practices exclusively in private dispute resolution and is managing attorney of Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm.

Published: Tue, Sep 25, 2018