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Healers of Conflict

At the annual convention of the American Bar Association in 1984, Chief Justice Warren Burger said:

“The entire legal profession: lawyers, judges, and law professors, has become so mesmerized with the stimulation of the courtroom contest, that we tend to forget that we ought to be healers of conflict.  For many claims, trial by adversarial contest must in time go the way of the ancient trial by battle and blood… Our system has become too costly, too painful, too destructive, too inefficient for truly civilized people.”

Alex Baldwin wrote a book called A Promise to Ourselves in which he decries the California “divorce industry”. It is no secret that the courts are in crisis. If you try to have a traditional divorce today, it will likely take you twice as long as it would have five years ago, simply because budget cuts have reduced court resources to nearly zero. For years Ron and Robert have envisioned a way to transform the business of law. Last year they teamed up with Kathryn Dager, an organizational expert, to help develop the process.  The current system may be in crisis, but now we have a solution.

The Center for Collaborative Learning (CCL) is The Law Collaborative’s brand-new educational division, designed to empower legal professionals to be what they truly are: Healers of conflict. CCL aims to change the way law is practiced; to turn what has traditionally been an adversarial system into a system that heals, helps, nurtures, and thrives.

The world is changing. Every second of every day new advances are being made in medicine, technology, architecture, security, agriculture, education, the list is endless. Collaborative Law is the newest and fastest growing method of alternative dispute resolution and it is revolutionizing the way law is practiced. Whether you are a lawyer, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, divorce coach, child custody mediator, psychotherapist, or judge, CCL is committed to providing the tools, skills, and support necessary to help change the face of America’s legal industry. Together we can create a community of professionals who are committed to healing conflict.

This November 12, 13, and 14th we are proud to introduce The New Model for The Business of Law, a three-day workshop that will give participants the skills, strategies, and structures to create a thriving collaborative legal practice. Last month we gave some of our esteemed colleagues a sneak peak at what we have to offer, and here is what they had to say:

“It’s really exciting to be a part of this revolutionary business model and the idea of having a more peaceful way to practice law.” Christine Campisi, Child Custody Mediator

“The most beneficial thing for me was really understanding how people process information and how powerful the exercises were in getting to resolutions and ideas.” Byron Lane, Estate Planning Attorney

“Collaborative Law really does look to be the future. The old system, as it works now, everyone knows it’s broken. It’s not a perfect world. It needs to be pushed forward into the next decade.” Jesus Silva, Family Law Practitioner

“We have an opportunity to get trained to practice collaboratively. Then they give you all the structures, all the tools, all the tricks of the trade that they’ve built for so many years to be successful. They provide that for you. These are leaders, successful practitioners, and they are compassionate. One out of five lawyers suffer from drug, alcoholism, or stress related issues. But if you are practicing collaboratively you can take the compassion you learn into your home and into your life. It’s incredible.” Michelle Daneshrad, Esq.

If you’re a legal professional and would like more information, visit www.TheLawCollaborative.com/Events, where you can watch video testimonials, view our online brochure, and register to attend.

Center for Collaborative Learning – We hold the key to a massive paradigm shift.


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  • Tara

    This is a very nice article – thank you!

  • admin

    You are very welcome! 🙂

  • Many lawyers and many judges are alcoholics, drug abuser and suffer mental illness because they are involved in a hostile representation. Collaborative law will save these miserable lawyers and judges. Michelle Daneshrad, Esq. Completion Law Firm

  • admin

    Thank you for your comment, Michelle!

  • Caroline Moneer

    The conference was quite helpful. Meeting angels like Michelle Daneshrad as a divorce lawyer gave us energy. As Michelle says in her SELP and WEBINAR meet ups, it is the time that women show the power of control of their life. Her powerful challenge to divorce her own abusive and promiscuous husband is guiding me and others. It is correct and her reference to David Brinkley is right on. This conference was wonderful
    Caroline Moneer

  • Your conferences will assist abused women in search of fairness without abuse of judges during divorce. I have experienced the misery during my own divorce from an abusive man. Collaborative law is the guide. Michelle Daneshrad, Esq. Completion Law Firm

  • Eileen Mareno

    Thank you for your excellent representation and I agree with Tara. This article is fantastic. The discussion is quite elating. I met counsel Daneshrad in the aftermath and noted the reference to the collaborative law in her practice. I am not sure if I appreciated her remarks about her own divorce and mentioning the specification and identification of her marital partner. The collaborative law must not be hostile

  • Mybigbearplace

    No thank you.

    I thrive at contibuting to the growth of your relationships, finances, and your personal growth. I learned it first in my Chicago Conference.
    My experience in my own painful divorce with an eccentric scientist doctor gave me the power to represent women in my condition. My passion is to help women without fightful divorce to see smiling face dealing with husbands like mine with power and position but insane.
    love, MICHELLE DANESHRAD
    COMPLETIONLAWFIRM  

  • Michelle Daneshrad

    Michelle Daneshrad: What is the best way for the parent who idolized the child to now deal with the Narcisisstic Adult child? Could it be because his father was narcisisstic doctor with god complex and sexual deviation?

  • Michelle Danesharad

    Michelle Daneshrad What is the best way for the parent who idolized the child to now deal with the Narcisisstic Adult child? could it be beacuae the father was narcisisstic doctor with god complex and sexual deviations?

  • This is an excellent question, Michelle. It is best asked of an experienced, licensed mental health professional. If you seek assistance from a mental health professional about this concern, you will learn much that will enrich your professional practice.

  • This is an excellent question, Michelle. It is best asked of an experienced, licensed mental health professional. If you seek assistance from a mental health professional about this concern, you will learn much that will enrich your professional practice.

  • Michelle Daneshrad

    Thank you Ron, I will be in the next conference. I asked this from a professional. father, my ex, was mentally deviated man having sex with my family members when i was married, BTW, You will not believe this. Werner hugged me and kissed me and told me that I Am a Warrior!!! I will never forget this for the rest of my life.