Sept 8-9. Collaborative Basic Interdisciplinary Training, Dallas.
- Sponsored by Collaborative Divorce Texas and Melinda Eitzen, Duffee & Eitzen, LLP.
Sept 15-17. 12th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference, Fort Worth.
- Sponsored by The State Bar of Texas, Collaborative Law Section, Texas A&M University School of Law, Tarrant County Bar Association, Texas Center for Legal Ethics, and The Global Collaborative Law Council.
Local Collaborative Community
A non-profit organization of collaborative professionals with the mission to help couples resolve divorce using the collaborative process and to provide its membership training, education, and resources.
An organization of attorneys with a mission of advancing the use of the collaborative process for resolving civil disputes beyond divorce.
An international community of legal, mental health, and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict.
- Texas Bar Association, Collaborative Law Section
- Dallas Bar Association, Collaborative Law Section
- Collin County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution/Collaborative Section
- Tarrant County Bar Association, Collaborative Law Section
- Denton County Bar Association
Brief History of Collaborative Law in Texas
Collaborative Law is a voluntary dispute resolution process, initially implemented in 1990 by a seasoned family lawyer in Minnesota. At the same time, a group of California lawyers developed the interdisciplinary approach to incorporate mental health and financial professionals. The two groups joined efforts, and, by 1994, the practice of collaborative law began in northern California.
The Uniform Collaborative Law Act was adopted in 2009, and the collaborative movement began in Texas. In 2010, Texas enacted the collaborative law act into the Family Code. Texas has rejected the act for all civil matters, but hope is increasing that the act will be reconsidered and enacted for all civil matters in the next legislative session.