American Bar Association
Section of Dispute Resolution: Collaborative Law Committee

Section of Dispute Resolution:
Collaborative Law Committee

Committee Updates

Uniform Collaborative Law Rules / Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLR / UCLA)

The UCLA has been enacted in three states: Utah, Nevada and Texas. The legislatures in Nevada and Texas unanimously approved the UCLA. Several other states have introduced the UCLA, including Alabama, Hawaii, Massachusetts and District of Columbia.

The Collaborative Law Committee has prepared an Updated Executive Summary of the UCLR / UCLA which provides a section by section analysis of the UCLR / UCLA as approved by the Commission.


Meetings will be the fourth Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October, and December. All meeting are scheduled for 5 PM US Eastern time. The toll free number will be sent to committee members prior to the meeting date..

If you have items that you believe need to be discussed, please contact co-chairs Larry Maxwell (, David Hoffman (, or Linda Wray (

If you are not currently a Committee Member, please subscribe to the committee HERE. You will be added to the Committee ListServ to receive the dial-in number. Please ecourage your collaborative collegues to join the Collaborative Law Committee. All ABA and Section members may join the Committee by going to the Committee's web page.


Why a Uniform CollaborativeLaw Act?

By Norman Solovay and Lawrence R. Maxwell, Jr.

This article was originally published in the Spring, 2009, Vo. 2, No. 1 edition of the New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, a publication of the New York State Bar Association. The article provides an in-depth analysis of the core provisions of the Act, including the when the collaborative process begins and terminates, confidentiality, the disqualification of the collaborative lawyer if the process terminates without settlement, the lawyer's duty upon termination, the voluntary disclosure requirement, and the evidentiary privilege.

Readers are reminded of the 1976 Pound Conference convened by the American Bar Association to examine concerns about the efficiency and fairness of the courts systems.

Following the Pound Conference, Derek Bok, the former Dean of Harvard Law School and former President of Harvard University reflected on the significant events of the conference and opined. "Over the next generation, I predict, society's greatest opportunities will lie in tapping human inclinations towards collaboration and compromise rather than stirring our proclivities for competition and rivalry. If lawyers are not the leaders in marshaling cooperation and designing mechanisms that allow it to flourish, they will not be at the center of the most creative social experiments of our time."

The authors believe that collaborative law is indeed on of the "mechanisms envisioned by Derek Bok, and that the further growth and development of collaborative law holds out significant benefits for clients and the legal profession.

Mission and Committee Meetings


DRAFT - Summary of Ethics Rules Governing Collaborative Practice - Updated

This is a discussion draft and is not the policy of the American Bar Association or the Section of Dispute Resolution. Please direct any comments on this draft to the co-chairs of the Collaborative Law Committee, David Hoffman ( and Larry Maxwell (


A. Explores the use of Collaborative Law in both family and non-family settings

B. Monitors and advises the Section Council about developments in the field - such as the efforts by Uniform Law Commission, formerly the NCCUSL, to draft a Uniform Law, the emerging set of state ethical opinions on CL, and legislation around the country

C. Encourages the use of Collaborative Law

D. Helps the Section build bridges to such organizations as the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

E. Educates the Section, the ABA, and the public about the use of Collaborative Law.


Committee Members will receive a meeting agenda and dial-in information prior to phone conference. If you have any items that you would like to add to the agenda, please contact the Committee co-chairs, Larry Maxwell ( or David Hoffman ( You are encouraged to join the Collaborative Law Committee. If you are not currently a Committee Member, please subscribe to the Committee ListServ list to receive the dial-in number.


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    The Committee will hold monthly meetings via dial-in conference call on the fourth Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October & December at 4:00 pm Central time (the phone number and pass code will be sent to each member of the Committee by email during the week before the call.

    Programs, Meetings & Events

    Committee Events

    Collaborative Divorce Training: Streamlining the Process

    June 5, 2014 - June 7, 2014
    Location: One East Washington Street Suite 1900 Phoenix, AZ 85004-2554
    This Training is open to New Practitioners who would like to learn the art of Collaborative Divorce or to Collaborative Lawyers, Divorce Coaches, Child Specialists and Financial Specialists previously trained in Collaborative Practice who would like to advance their skills in Collaboration.

    Interdisciplinary Family Collaborative Practice Training

    June 13, 2014 - June 14, 2014
    Location: Embassy Suites, Boca Raton, FL
    Basic & Refresher Course for Attorneys, Mental Health Professionals, Financial Professionals & Mediators

    Interest Based Negotiations

    September 11, 2014 - September 14, 2014
    Location: Birmingham, AL
    This course is an intensive four-day, 30-hour training designed to engage participants in identifying, developing and honing the interest-based negotiation and mediation skills required for professionals to satisfy the training requirements established by of The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

    Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training

    September 19, 2014 - September 20, 2014
    Location: Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL
    Attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals interested in Collaborative Practice begin by attending this two-day Basic Training seminar highlighting the important, yet subtle ways in which each of their roles in a Collaborative divorce differs from their more traditional roles. Join us in learning about this dynamic, empowering, and effective model of practice.

    Global Collaborative Law Council's 10th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Training Event

    October 8, 2014 - October 10, 2014
    Location: Dallas, TX
    October 8: Symposium: Unbundled Legal Services and Limited Scope Representation
    October 9-10: Civil Collaborative Law Training

    Collaborative Law Two Day Training

    October 9, 2014 - October 10, 2014
    Location: Seattle, WA
    The Uniform Collaborative Law Act took effect in Washington in July 2013. Now is a great time to become trained in Collaborative Law. This Collaborative Law training is taught by a highly experienced interdisciplinary team. You will learn from trainer-practitioners with solid real-world experience

    IACP 15th Annual Networking & Educatoinal Forum

    October 23, 2014 - October 26, 2014
    Location: The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, Canada

    ABA Dispute Resolution Section; Collaborative Committee Teleconference Meeting

    June 24, 2014
    5:00 p.m. Eastern / 4:00 Central / 3:00 Pacific

    ABA Dispute Resolution Section; Collaborative Committee Teleconference Meeting

    August 26, 2014
    5:00 p.m. Eastern / 4:00 Central / 3:00 Pacific

    ABA Dispute Resolution Section; Collaborative Committee Teleconference Meeting

    October 28, 2014
    5:00 p.m. Eastern / 4:00 Central / 3:00 Pacific

    ABA Dispute Resolution Section; Collaborative Committee Teleconference Meeting

    December 23, 2014
    5:00 p.m. Eastern / 4:00 Central / 3:00 Pacific

    Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida

    August 1, 2014 - August 2, 2014
    Location: Wyndham Grand Resort, Orlando, FL
    The Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida’s 2nd Annual Conference serves to advance knowledge & educate current and potential collaborative professionals. It’s been designed to ensure your time at the event is not only productive, but enjoyable. Whether you are a practicing collaborative lawyer, collaborative mental health professional, financial professional or you are interested in learning about Collaborative Practice this conference is for you!

    Basic Training in the Interdisciplinary Team Model

    August 15, 2014 - August 16, 2014
    Location: Barry Univ. School of Law, Orlando, FL
    This 2-day basic training is appropriate for Lawyers, Mental Health Professionals, Financial Professionals, and Students interested in practicing Collaborative Family Law

    Collaborative Interdisciplinary Trusts & Estates Team Training for Trust and Estates Professionals

    November 7, 2014 - November 8, 2014
    Location: San Mateo County, California
    Collaborative Interdisciplinary Trusts & Estates Team Training for Trust and Estates Professional Attorneys, Licensed Mental Health and Eldercare Professionals, and Financial Planners
    Section Events

      Business Divorce: Understanding Its Dynamics and Formulating Solutions


      The event will be held on 12/06/2016. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Section of Dispute Resolution,Section of Family Law,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Division for Public Services,Senior Lawyers Division. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

      Online Dispute Resolution: What You Need to Know Now


      Program Description : Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) is not just one thing. It spans an array of approaches that use web-based communications and (often) artificial intelligence to assist or substitute for human ADR neutrals in varying ways. ODR can potentially help resolve almost any ...

      The All-Important Preliminary Hearing Essentials—For Both Advocates and Neutrals


      Program Description : Skillful handling of the preliminary hearing in arbitration can have a major impact on the rest of the process. In this CLE webinar, the experienced faculty will explore the reasons why and provide insight on how to run or participate in such a hearing successfully. ...

    Modified by Matthew Conger on January 29, 2015

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