A collaborative practice group is a network of independent professionals who promote the use of the collaborative process to resolve disputes outside of court. A practice group is similar to a local bar association (i.e. Hillsborough County Bar Association, St. Pete Bar Association, etc.), in that it provides an opportunity for professionals to get to know one another and to increase their skills so that they can better serve clients. Practice groups are oftentimes also used to help educate the public about this form of alternative dispute resolution that is most often utilized in divorce and family law matters.
In 2008, Cutting Edge Law interviewed Catherin Conner, a California attorney and immediate past president of the Redwood Empire practice group, on creating a practice group. You can find part 1 of 3 videos after the jump (and 2 of 3 here and 3 of 3 here; the other video will come in later posts and are also available on the Cutting Edge Law website):
As an epilogue, Catherine would go on to become president of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, which can be thought of as the international umbrella organization of collaborative practice groups.
If you are in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota, or Manatee counties in Florida, there is a collaborative practice group in your community: Next Generation Divorce. Next Generation Divorce is Florida’s largest collaborative practice group, and one of the largest in the nation, with attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals available to help families privately and respectfully resolve their disputes.
Adam B. Cordover is the Immediate Past President of Next Generation Divorce, and he now practices exclusively in out-of-court dispute resolution. Adam is on the Executive Council of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals and on the Research Committee of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Adam is also the co-author with internationally-renowned collaborative attorney Forrest (Woody) Mosten of an upcoming American Bar Association book on Building a Satisfying and Profitable Collaborative Law Practice.