Three Day Basic Team Training in Birmingham

Join Us for a very special event! EARLYBIRD Registration discount ends July 31st….. DON'T MISS OUT!! Collaborative Law Training Co-Sponsored by the Alabama State Bar Family Law Section and Birmingham Collaborative Alliance Top Collaborative Law Trainers Coming to Birmingham Interdisciplinary Training, Led by Nationally-Recognized Collaborative Law Experts, Will Be Held in Birmingham September 15-17, 2011 The Birmingham Collaborative Alliance (BCA), in conjunction with the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, is sponsoring Alabama's first-ever collaborative law practice training in Birmingham this fall. Collaborative law provides a private, voluntary, no-court option for resolving divorce and other family-related disputes that is utilized by parties who prefer to avoid the costs and stress of litigation. The collaborative process provides a method for respectful and open discussion of issues designed to generate creative solutions and compromise in the interests of all concerned. Everyone involved – both spouses and their attorneys – pledge not to litigate, but to work together to settle the case by agreement. The collaborative process is client-centered, more predictable and allows the parties to have more control of the cost. In addition, parties can engage the services of specially-trainedneutral financial analysts, child specialists or coaches to work with them and their attorneys in coming to a resolution. Many legal, mental health and financial professionals recognize the need to help their clients move through the divorce process as efficiently and respectfully as possible. Divorce is often a person's first encounter with the American judicial system and they find it confusing and scary – an added stress they are ill-equipped to handle at such an emotional time in their lives. The collaborative process is particularly beneficial to couples with minor children who understand that divorce does not mark the end of their need to co-parent. There is a growing demand for collaborative divorce in Alabama, and BCA members have already begun accepting collaborative cases. The upcoming three-day, basic interdisciplinary training is the standard, accepted minimum training for collaborative practice professionals and is required to join most collaborative practice groups. The training will be held on September 15, 16 and 17, 2011 at First Church in downtown Birmingham. For the registration form CLICK HERE. Led by Pauline Tesler, JD, a specialist in family law, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 1984, and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Tesler co-founded the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) in the late 1990's, served as its first President and authored Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce Without Litigation (published in 2001 by the American Bar Association), the first book-length treatise for collaborative lawyers. Psychologist Peggy Thompson was instrumental in development of the use of mental health professionals in the collaborative divorce process more than fifteen years ago and has been teaching and training collaborative professionals ever since. Thompson co-authored with Tesler, Collaborative Divorce: The Revolutionary New Way to Restructure Your Family, Resolve Legal Issues, and Move on With Your Life (Harper Collins, 2006). Lisa Schneider, CDFP, has devoted her practice to Collaborative Divorce since 2000. This is the first basic training to be offered by Tesler and Thompson in almost five years. The Birmingham Collaborative Alliance was recently formed to serve as a training and development group for local collaborative professionals. The Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar is a statewide practice group for family law practitioners. For more information and to register for the upcoming training, visit the BCA website at Additional information about collaborative law is available at For more information on the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar visit our website at Thanks! Candi Peeples Chair, Alabama State Bar Family Law Section Save $100 Remember, If you send in your registration form on or before July 31, 2011 you can save $100 on the total cost for the training. This is a amazing opportunity for this type training here in our state. Don't miss out!!!!! Offer Expires: July 31, 2011 For more information about Collaborative Divorce, check out: and

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