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December 3, 2016
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- When: Saturday, 12-03-2016 - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
- Cost: $35.00 General / $20.00 Students Continental Breakfast will be provided.
- Where: Southwestern Law School Bullocks Wilshire Building, Fifth Floor, Sally Moderne Room, 3050 Wilshire Blvd., LA, CA 90010
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Collaborative Practice is a voluntary out-of-court process for you and your spouse to resolve the legal, financial and emotional issues of your divorce or separation. You and your spouse are represented by collaboratively trained attorneys. These attorneys are disqualified from representing you in court. Successful teams include coaches for each spouse, the use of a child specialist, and trained divorce financial advisers.
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Collaborative Practice California’s (CPCal) eleventh annual state wide conference recently concluded at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City. This year’s conference saw the largest attendance of any year in CPCal’s history, pronounced CPCal President, Sean Weber. Leading the way was the contingency from LACFLA led by yours truly, Leon F. Bennett.
The weekend’s activities commenced Friday with the Pre Conference Institute, which included advanced collaborative training provided by State and Nationally known Collaborative Professionals. The Conference of Delegates held their annual meeting, where they conducted the business of the organization, including the election of the 2016-17 Board of Directors. LACFLA member, Doug Rosner (Collaborative Probate and Estate Planning Attorney) was elected to the CPCal Board. Congratulations Doug!
The faculty for the weekends work shops included many LACFLA members, including Fred Glassman, Warren Sacks, Joe Spirito, Doug Rosner, Jami Fosgate ,Ria Severance, Mary Ann Aronsohn, Jaye-Jo Portnova, James Walton, Jena Stara, David Kuroda, Vi Ballard, Judy Colish, Paula March, Gloria Flores-Cerul, Lisa Rapoport, and more.
At Conference XI two LACFLA members received the prestigious Eureka Award for outstanding service to the Collaborative Community. Mary Ann Aronsohn and Lisa Zonder were this years recipients. Well deserved. Lisa Zonder was also sworn in as CPCal President for the 2016-17 term. Congratulations Mary Ann and Lisa.
During the Conference, Fred Glassman announced that the California Commission on Uniform State Laws has elicited his assistance in connection with adding California to the list of States enacting the Uniform Collaborative Law Act. Good luck Fred. We are all behind you.
Outgoing President Shawn Weber announced the launch of an extensive public relations and marketing campaign that will promote Collaborative Dispute Resolution Statewide.
Attendees were treated to a Video Conference with CPCals Marketing Specialist, who laid out the multi dimensional and multimedia approach being implemented. CPCal is calling on all members to donate to the campaign. The fund raising commenced with the Delegates deciding to donate their $50 stipends back to CPCal for the marketing campaign. In total, CPCal hopes to raise over $120,000 to promote CDR.
All in all, it was a fabulous educational experience and an incredible opportunity to exchange ideas with Collaborative Professionals from all over California. Here are some pictures of our LACFLA contingency at CPCal Conference XI.
Next years conference will be held in Redondo Beach.
Very truly yours,
Leon F. Bennett
LACFLA INTRODUCES OUR MEMBER OF THE MONTH
LACLFA'S DISTINGUISHED MEMBER
Profession:Mental Health Professional
Ester Agopian, LMFT
1:5743 Corsa Avenue, Suite 222
Westlake Village CA 91362
Education:M.S. in Counseling Psychology
One year specialized training at California Lutheran University in attachment theory,
Professional Affiliations: AFCC, AFCC-CA, CAMFT, AAMFT, VC-CAMFT, SFV-CAMFT
Training:1) PACT - Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy with Dr. Stan Tatkin
2) Woody Mosten's Basic Mediation Training
3) One Year specialized mediation training with Dr. Robert Beilin at California Lutheran UniversityRegions Serviced:L.A. County, L.A. Metro, San Fernando Valley, Ventura/Oxnard/Camarrillo
LACFLA SPOTLIGHT BOARD MEMBER
2015 LACFLA Past President - 2013 CP Cal Eureka Award Recipient
Steven B. Garelick, CPA/ABV/CFF CVA is the Membership Chair of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, and its past treasurer. He has worked with the legal community as a mediator and collaborative family law financial consultant for over 25 years, and is a recipient of the 2013 State of California Collaborative Practice Eureka Award given for distinguished service and dedication in resolving disputes respectfully.
Steven serves as a pro bono court mediator at downtown Los Angeles Central District for the Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law CPA Mediation Program, and has been a guest speaker for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section, several study groups on family law matters, the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
As a collaborative financial specialist, Steven aids divorcing couples in the financial process by helping them gather, prepare, and share their monetary documents. He assists legal counsel with child and spousal support calculations while taking into account the clients' budgetary constraints, needs and wants. In addition, he prepares marital business appraisals, marital standard of living analysis, tracing, reimbursements and other fiscal schedules. With compassion and conviction, Steven offers creative solutions in alliance with the collaborative team to enable divorcing couples reach a dignified successful financial settlement.
For more information, you can reach Steven at
Steven B. Garelick, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA
Litigation / Mediation / Collaboration
STEVEN B. GARELICK CPA
8387 Sausalito Avenue
West Hills, CA 91304
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New and Seasoned Collaborators come together to master case success and develop a satisfying and profitable collaborative practice. We will learn about practice-enriching topics and discuss your questions, concerns, goals, and cases. The ValleyWhen: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location:21900 Burbank Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Woodland Hills, California 91367Host: Michelle Daneshrad (818) 991-0519 firstname.lastname@example.org West Los AngelesWhen: 1st Friday of each month from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Please BYO brown bag lunch.) Location:11340 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 265, Los Angeles, California 90064Hosts:Carol Hirshfield & Jena Stara (310) 207-2500 email@example.com Light refreshments provided. RSVPs are welcomed, but not necessary. Please let us know if you want a monthly LACFLA Study Group in a new location.
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