Weber Elected to MA Collaborative Law Council Board

At the March 2015 Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council Annual Meeting, Attorney Emily Weber was elected to the organization’s Board of Directors, along with Linda Cohan, MSW, CSC, Attorney Jeffrey Fink, and Cathy Heenan, Ed.D. Emily looks forward to continuing her work with the organization in further developing the practice of Collaborative Law in Massachusetts. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Emily was named Chair of the Advanced Training Subcommittee for 2015-2016.  Emily is joined on the subcommittee by Attorneys Patrice Brymner and Karen Levitt, and Dr. Allison Bell, Psy.D. Emily also continues as Co-Chair of the Tri-River Practice Group with Karen Levitt.

On May 1,  2015, MCLC’s Advanced Training Subcommittee hosted an Advanced Training Forum, “Money Talks: What Does it Say & What Does it Really Mean?” In addition to working with the rest of the subcommittee to organize the Forum, Emily also co-presented a workshop at the Forum.

Levitt Article Published by American Bar Association (ABA)

Karen Levitt recently had an article published by the American Bar Association (ABA) in June 2015 regarding Access to Collaboration. As Chair of the IACP Access to Collaboration Task Force, and as a member of the MCLC Access to Collaboration Ad Hoc Committee, Karen has been very active this year in looking at how to bring Collaborative Law to clients of no, low, or modest means. See the ABA article at Karen’s Dispute Resolution Article.

Karen Levitt received high marks from Peers in 2014!

Karen Levitt has been honored by being selected as an AV Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, which is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards. For more information go to www.martindate.com/ratings .

Karen has also been selected for the 5th year in a row as one of the Best Lawyers in America and appeared in their 2014 edition, see www.bestlawyers.com. Finally, Karen has been selected as a “ Super Lawyer” in the area of Family Law in 2014-New England. This selection is made as a result of nomination by peers, third party research, and a further review process. For more information go to www.superlawyers.com

Emily Weber Named Co-Chair of MA Collaborative Law Council’s Advanced Training Committee

Attorney Emily Weber has been named as Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council’s Advanced Training Committee with Clinical Psychologist Gina Arons for 2014-2015.

Emily is excited to join Dr. Arons and the other committee members, Certified Financial Planner Jessie Foster, and Attorneys Dawn Effron, Cynthia Runge, Vicki Shemin, and Karen Levitt, in organizing trainings, workshops, and presentations for Collaborative Law Professionals interested in developing their Collaborative Law skills and building the Collaborative Law community. In May of 2014, MCLC’s Advanced Training Committee organized a widely successful workshop on “The Power of Expectations in Conflict Resolution: Managing Multiple Mindsets.”  Congratulations Emily!

Karen Levitt 2015 Chair of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (“IACP”) Access to Collaboration Task Force (“ACTF”)

News from the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

Karen will be serving as the Chair of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (“IACP”) Access to Collaboration Task Force (“ACTF”) for 2015.  Karen currently co-chairs this committee with Attorney Catherine Conner of Santa Rosa, California, and will be taking over as Chair.    This past year, the IACP provided grants to Access to Collaboration programs around the world including the United States, Canada, and Israel.  These programs provide clients with no or little income, with the ability to have access to Collaborative Law  and Practice programs to help them resolve family law disputes.  The IACP Access to Collaboration Task Force helped create the criteria for the program, reviewed the grant applications, and determined the grant recipients.  The committee is currently working on a set of written materials that can be used by programs whether starting or already in progress, and will be creating its work plan for next year.

Karen is  currently serving on the IACP Board Development Task Force with Attorney Talia Katz, Chief Executive Officer, IACP, Phoenix, Arizona,  Attorney Ross Evans, President, IACP, Cincinnati, Ohio, Shireen Meistrich, LCSW, Secretary, IACP, Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Attorney Suzan Barrie Aiken, IACP Board Member, Sausalito, CA.  The task force has been exploring board development and understanding for IACP for the upcoming year.

Karen will also in 2015 be co-chairing the IACP Trainers Network and Development Committee, with Attorney Kimberly Fauss, Richmond, Virginia, who will be a new IACP Board member this upcoming year.  This committee is preparing a handbook for best practices for Collaborative Law  and Practice trainers, and will also host several educational phone bridges in 2015 for trainers.

 

Karen Levitt Co-Authors Award Winning Book “Collaborative Law: Practice and Procedure”

Last year, Karen was invited to participate in a multi-authored handbook on Collaborative Law published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (“MCLE”), the leading continuing legal education provider in Massachusetts.

The Levitt Law Group is pleased to announce that in July of this year, MCLE was honored by the International Association for Continuing Legal Education (“ACLEA”), with the award for Outstanding Achievement in the “Publications” category, for its publication of “Collaborative Law:  Practices and Procedures” which Karen co-authored with a chapter regarding prebriefs and debriefs in the Collaborative Law process.

Published in January of 2014, the handbook addresses the burgeoning field of Collaborative Law from both multistate and multidisciplinary perspectives.  It encompassed chapters written not just by Karen and other Massachusetts professionals, but by practitioners from other northern New England states.  The book is a “how to” for conflict resolution using Collaborative Law’s team based approach which is unique in its use of interdisciplinary professionals to resolve family law disputes out of court, including attorneys, mental health professionals, coach/facilitators, financial specialists, and mediators.

Congratulations Karen for being part of this important award winning book!

Levitt Invited to Speak at Massachusetts School of Law

Karen has been invited to speak to law students at Massachusetts School of Law who are taking the Collaborative Justice course as part of their law school curriculum.

She will be speaking on October 8, 2013, on Collaborative Law and Mediation, and where these forms of dispute resolution fit into the continuum of processes available to clients to reach equitable and just resolutions of their cases.

Lively discussion is anticipated between Karen, the law students, and their law professor, in comparing these processes to other models such as litigation, arbitration, and restorative justice.  The course provides an opportunity to educate law students about new forms of dispute resolution that will be available to them and their clients in business or family law as they graduate and practice law.

Levitt authors chapter in book on Collaborative Law in New England

Karen has been invited to author a chapter in an upcoming Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education book about Collaborative Law in New England.

Karen’s chapter will focus on Pre-Briefs and De-Briefs in the collaborative process, two critical components of the process which are integral to its success for clients.

We will keep you posted on the publication date!

Levitt Elected to IACP Board

Karen has been honored by being elected to a three year term on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (“IACP”), beginning January 2014.

IACP is an interdisciplinary organization with over 5000 members from around the world, including lawyers, judiciary, financial professionals and mental health professionals.

For more information about IACP, go to www.collaborativepractice.com.