American Bar Association
Section of Dispute Resolution: Collaborative Law Committee

Section of Dispute Resolution:
Collaborative Law Committee

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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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Fink, Jeffrey
Kuhn, Irwin

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Committee Meetings

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.

Modified by on October 19, 2018

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