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Voted a 2012 Super Lawyer

I am proud and honored to once again be recognized by my peers as a California State “Super Lawyer”. Here’s to 2013!

Ron Supancic is a 2012 Super Lawyer

Recognized for Excellence and Achievements by the Legal Community.

Second Saturday = Self-Empowerment

Just a quick reminder that our next Second Saturday Divorce Workshop is this Saturday, May 14 at our new office in Woodland Hills.  Register before 4 p.m. Friday, May 13 and save 50% on the registration fee. Register today by calling (888) 852-9961 or register online at TheLawCollaborative.com.

Zen and the Art of Handling Divorce

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One of our goals at The Law Collaborative is to support the professionals who assist families in crisis in creating and maintaining collaborative practices. We believe that the California Family Law system as it stands today is destructive and harmful to families in transition, and we work every day to make a difference.  That said, when we find other professionals in the U.S. who are working just as hard as we are to create a kinder, gentler way for families to reorganize in the face of divorce, we like to send them a little love.

Today we’d like to point you in the direction of Nanci Smith, a family law attorney in Vermont who advocates for Collaborative Law and Mediation. From an article by Mel Huff of the Times Argus Staff:

A former client characterizes her approach as “Zen,” although Smith says she wouldn’t call
it Zen with a capital Z. She explains what she does as “trying to help people get through the
divorce process, or civil union dissolution process, purposefully, mindfully and as humanely
as possible, given the circumstances.”

Sometimes, however, what people want is for their lawyer to be their gladiator or pit bull or
their shark. “That’s under-standable,” Smith says, “because divorce is so overwhelming. It’s
as if there’s a death in the family, except nobody is bringing food. It’s a great loss. There’s
sadness and anger and regret and fear. You have to work through all of those emotions to
get to acceptance, and hopefully, a sense of freedom at the end.”

If a couple can preserve some sense of decency, she says, they can move on “without
ruining their relationship with somebody they once loved.” Choosing the “warrior path,” on the other hand, can lead to a process that is “indecent and cruel and vicious.”

Read the full article here…

Trendsetter Justice Sheila Sonenshine on Family Law (Part 2 of 4)

This week Judge Sonenshine discusses the lessons she’s learned about family dynamics during her years as a family law attorney, how she became a judge, why she loves settling cases, what’s the best advice she can give to an attorney, and what’s the best advice she can give a person testifying in court. (Podcast #54, Part 2 of 4)

Missed Judge Sonenshine’s interview last week? Click here to listen now.

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Helping Families, This Saturday

The State Bar Family Law Section CDR/ADR Standing Committee (South)
Dispute Resolution Services, Inc.,
Los Angeles County Bar Association and LACBA Family Law Section
invite you to attend our Spring Symposium

HELPING FAMILIES: New Directions in Consensual Dispute Resolution
Cutting edge theories, techniques, tactics and tools

Saturday, April 10, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Pepperdine University School of Law

If you practice mediation or collaborative law, are a mental health professional, coach, financial specialist, or family law attorney with an interest in expanding your knowledge of the latest issues in consensual dispute resolution and in developing your skills to best serve the needs of families, this program is for you:

  • Presiding Judge Marjorie Steinberg will discuss CDR and LA County practices
  • Renowned child custody mediator and child psychologist, Dr. Donald Saposnek will address the ethics and practice of “Bringing Children into the Process”
  • Judge Mark Juhas will discuss the Elkins Report and other responses to the difficulties of bringing children into the process
  • A panel of adult Children of Divorce will present the divorce experience from the eyes of the child
  • Former litigators will share the difficulties and methods of making “The Internal Mind Shift” to practice Consensual Dispute Resolution as their primary practice
  • Experienced CDR providers will give practical tools for keeping CDR on track “Between the Sessions”
  • Financial Experts, Career Counselors and Mental Health Specialists will offer a “Tool Box for Post-Divorce Planning”
  • You will hear from attorneys Leslie Ellen Shear about children’s participation in custody decision-making and Fern Topas Salka about how other jurisdictions are putting families first

The price for this program is $125.00.  Student rates are $45.
A continental breakfast, as well as light snacks, will be provided throughout the event.

To sign up, contact the Los Angeles County Bar Member Services at 213/896-6560 and mention the LACBA program number 10832.  Or go to http://onlinestore.lacba.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=ViewCalendarEvent&CalendarEventID=31<http://onlinestore.lacba.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=ViewCalendarEvent&CalendarEventID=3117>

CLE and BBS credits will be given for attendance.

For more information about this program, go to www.cdr4-10-10event.com or contact co-chair of the State Bar Family Law Section on CDR/ADR Standing Committee (South), Fern Topas Salka, at fern@wgn.net

For more information about this program, go to www.cdr4-10-10event.com or contact co-chair the State Bar Family Law Section on CDR/ADR Standing Committee (South), Fern Topas Salka, at fern@wgn.net.

CLE and BBS credits will be given for attendance.

Helping Families – Sat., April 10

The State Bar Family Law Section CDR/ADR Standing Committee (South)
Dispute Resolution Services, Inc.,
Los Angeles County Bar Association and LACBA Family Law Section
invite you to attend our Spring Symposium

HELPING FAMILIES: New Directions in Consensual Dispute Resolution
Cutting edge, theories, techniques, tactics and tools.

Saturday, April 10, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Pepperdine University School of Law

If you practice mediation or collaborative law, are a mental health professional, coach, financial specialist, or family law attorney with an interest in expanding your knowledge of the latest issues in consensual dispute resolution and in developing your skills to best serve the needs of families, this program is for you.

Presenters will include Judges Marjorie Steinberg and Mark Juhas, renowned child custody mediator and child psychologist, Dr. Donald Saposnek, notable appellate attorney Leslie Ellen Shear, attorney-CDR professionals Fern Topas Salka, Wendy R. Landes, Judith C. Nesburn, Heidi Tuffias, Kathleen Dillon, and Ronald Supancic, collaborative attorneys Joe Spirito, Kim Davidson, and Donna Beck Weaver, financial expert Stephanie Maloney, career counselor Daisy Swan, coaches David Kuroda and Brook Olsen, Ph.D., Andrea Bush, M.F. C.C., Judith Mcleese, and a panel of adult children of divorce.

Pointers will cover how we as attorneys and other divorce support professionals can:

* Ethically and responsibly include the voices of children in the mediation process

* Facilitate the settlement processes between the sessions

* Make the internal shift from litigator to consensual dispute resolution professional

* Help give divorcing families the necessary tools to assist them in establishing their post-separation lives

The price for this program is $125.00. Student prices are available. A continental breakfast as well as light snacks will be provided throughout the event.

To sign up, contact Thee Los Angeles County Bar Member Services at 213/896-6560 and mention the LACBA program number 10832.

For more information about this program, go to www.cdr4-10-10event.com or contact co-chair of the State Bar Family Law Section on CDR/ADR Standing Committee (South), Fern Topas Salka at fern@wgn.net

CLE and BBS credits will be given for attendance.

About Pourya Keshavarzi

Pourya Keshavarzi joined The Law Collaborative, LLP in 2009 where he has devoted his practice to conflict avoidance and dispute resolution. Prior to joining the firm, Pourya was a Ventura Superior Court Intern for the Family Court’s Facilitator’s office where he acquired extensive knowledge in litigated Family Law matters. He has also worked in Civil Litigation firms.

Pourya graduated from California State University of Northridge in 2004 with a B.A. in Politics. He received his Juris Doctor from the Ventura College of Law in December of 2008. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in June of 2009.

As a former Banker, Pourya dedicated his practice to consumer loans, mortgages, and lines of credit. He is also a Real Estate Salesperson, licensed in 2005 by the California Department of Real Estate. Pourya believes that his knowledge of the California real estate market and lending practices has and will continue to help his clients who are facing the sale or foreclosure of real estate.

Pourya regularly attends lectures and seminars on new and developing legal topics. He enjoys the practice of law and believes that his broad range of work experience benefits his clients.

About Ron Supancic

Ronald M. Supancic has been a Family Law attorney since 1970. Ron was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States on October 15, 1975. He has been certified by the California Bar Association Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist since the inception of that certification program in 1980. Ron has handled hundreds of contested dissolutions, child custody cases, and disputed post-marital proceedings. He has served as a Mediator and as a Judge Pro Tem with the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 1976. Ron holds an AV rating with the Martindale Hubbell Law Register. The ‘A’ signifies the highest level of legal ability, while the ‘V’ denotes ‘very high’ adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. Ron is regularly voted one of L.A.’s Super Lawyers by a jury of his peers in Los Angeles Magazine. At a special ceremony held this September, Ron was honored by the California State Bar for 30 years of service as a Certified Family Law Specialist.

In addition to having taught Family Law at the University of Southern California School of Law, Ron is a frequent presenter at the California Bar Convention, and various other professional associations. In the last six months Ron gave a workshop on Unbundled Legal Services to the California State Bar, he presented twice at the Mediator’s Beyond Borders conference in Italy, he taught a workshop at the 2011 Orange County Mediation Conference along with partner Robert Borsky, and he presented The Law Collaborative’s unique Employee Assistance Professionals Divorce Tool Kit to the San Fernando Valley chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association to rave reviews.