Promoting Informed Use and Best Practices for ADR in Washington
May 4-5, 2012
19th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference
5.6 The Transformation of the Collaborative and Mediation Processes: A New Paradigm
Rachel Felbeck, Counselor at Law, Kirkland, WA
Anne Lucas, MA, LMHC, Kirkland, WA
Don P. Desonier, Counselor at Law, Kirkland, WA
Saturday, May 5, 2012 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Collaborative Law reshaped the process of cooperative problem solving by incorporating the use of a professional team to meet all the needs of the parties. Mediation has woven its way into the collaborative process as a proven and effective dispute resolution option – yet another tool in the parties’ tool box. This program will expand on these developments by both exploring how the team approach works in mediation delving into the emerging role of mediation in the collaborative process.
Don P. Desonier helps divorcing or separating individuals achieve a respectful resolution. He is a collaborative family law attorney, divorce legal coach, FasTrack Divorce™ attorney, and family mediator. As an additional component of his dispute resolution practice, Don provides foreclosure mediation services through the Washington State Department of Commerce. Don also provides 30-hour interest based negotiation skills trainings. Mr. Desonier is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, teaching in the areas of Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Collaborative Law, Negotiation, and Client Counseling. Don is a past President of King County Collaborative Law.
Rachel Felbeck is an active trainer with Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group and is a full-time collaborative attorney. She had been training collaborative professionals steadily for the last 5 years and presented at the 2008 IACP Forum in New Orleans, and the 2010 IACP Forum in Washington, DC. Rachel has also previously presented at the NW ADR Conference in 2006. Rachel is the founder and past President of King County Collaborative Law, a founding member and former Secretary for Collaborative Professionals of Washington and has served on the Washington State Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee.
Anne Lucas MA LMHC practices as a Divorce Coach in Collaborative Law and mediator alongside her private practice as a therapist in Kirkland. She brings a mixed bag of skills to her work gathered from a prior career in the corporate arena in accounting as well as her years as a therapist working with families in crisis and couples in all stages of relationship. Anne is an educator and trainer – she is a founding member of the interdisciplinary Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group, adjunct faculty at Saybrook University/LIOS College where she teaches Law and Ethics as well as an Approved Supervisor for licensure candidates in Washington State. She is very active in the Collaborative Law community having served as chair of several practice groups, Chair of the Mentoring Committee as well as having been elected to the King County Collaborative Law Board of Directors where she is currently serving as President.