Free Collaborative Law Training for all KCBA Collaborative Section Members

The King County Bar Association was the first county bar association in the country to create a Collaborative Law Section and is taking a new leadership role by being the first Bar Association in the Country to offer basic training in Collaborative Law that includes a significant focus on practice outside family law.

What makes this training unique is that it is being offered in monthly two hour modules allowing participants to get as little or as much training as they want and to focus their training on the substantive areas of law that are of greatest interest to them.  The trainings are offered at no additional cost to all members of the KCBA Collaborative Law Section. One need not be an attorney to join this section.  For more information about how to join the section please contact the KCBA at (206) 267-7100.

The section will issue certificates of completion of this basic training to participants taking the three mandatory units and at least seven total units.  All units qualify for CLE credit for participants.

Trainings will be held the second Thursday of each month from 2 pm to 4 pm, on the 30th Floor of Rainer Tower, 1301 5th Avenue, Seattle.  To RSVP, contact Jamie Clausen at

The upcoming schedule of training is:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

      Collaborative Law and the Paradigm Shift:       

An overview of Collaborative Law as an ADR model including how it varies from both litigation and standard mediation and interest based negotiation vs. competitive advocacy.  Mandatory for Certificate.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

      Informed Consent & Participation Agreements:            

Step by step walk through model participation agreements for family law, probate, and elder law.  Includes examination of ethical and practical considerations for getting informed consent from all parties.  Mandatory for Certificate.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

      Assessing Cases and Assembling Teams in Probate & Elder Law Cases:

Determining whether a case is a good fit for the model, identifying all necessary parties, determining what allied professionals might be useful and including them in the process.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

      Information Exchange:

Understanding the scope and process for sharing information including Privilege and Confidentiality.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

      Diffusing Conflict & Non-Violent Communication:  

Methods for reducing stress and tension; modeling non-violent communication, and encouraging active listening.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

      Collaborative Resolution of Will Contests:

Understanding the law and strategies for resolution.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

      Probate Conflicts regarding Inventory, PR duties, and Real Estate Issues:

Understanding the law and strategies for resolution.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

      Conflicts Regarding Fiduciaries of the Living:

Understanding the law around claims regarding powers of attorney, trustees, and guardians and strategies for resolution


Thursday, October 10, 2013

      Managing Cases & Other Practicalities:

How to keep things moving, coordinate with statutory and court deadlines, file management, and email communication norms.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

      The Emotional Side of Probate & Elder Law Disputes:

Understanding the mental health components of grief, entitlement, control, and capacity.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

      It All Falls Apart:  

How to save failing cases, when to involve other team members or mediator, how a case gets terminated, disqualification transitioning after termination. Mandatory for Certificate

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