CLE Seminar: Early Mediation Models in Family Law Cases

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CLE Seminar:  Early Mediation Models in Family Law Cases

Time: February 14, 2014 from 8am to 4:15pm
Location: WSBA Conference Center
Street: 1501 4th Ave Ste 308
City/Town: Seattle
Event Type: cle, seminar
Organized By: Paul W. McVicker
Latest Activity: Feb 12, 2014

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Presented by the WSBA in partnership with the WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section


Through demonstration, video, and interactive techniques, the faculty of this seminar will examine early mediation models in family law cases: benefits to clients, counsel, and the court system; impediments; screening for appropriate cases; preparing clients; and special considerations when children are involved. Among the early mediation models analyzed will be that employed by the Circuit Court of Cook County Domestic Relations mediation service in Chicago. A detailed review of this service, which provides mediation for nonfinancial parenting issues and focuses on parenting plans, will be presented by David Royko, Psy.D, director of the service, and Cookie Levitz, JD and Sharon Zingery, MA, two professional mediators associated with the service.

A panel of Washington family law practitioners and Judgeswill respond to the ideas presented as they pertain to the Washington court process and will also discuss how passage of HB 1353 on mandatory mediation in family law cases involving children may affect that process. The panel includes Judge Judith H. Ramseyer, Judge Lori K. Smith, Kathleen L. Royer, J.D. and Yoshimi Pelczarski, LICSW, ACSW.


Family law practitioners, mediators, and judges will find this seminar – which is jointly sponsored by the WSBA Family Law Section and Alternate Dispute Resolution Section – highly relevant to their own policies and practices as well as their assessment of the ethical implications of encouraging early use of mediation in the dissolution process.

Paul McVicker - Seattle Law and Mediation, P.S., Seattle

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