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Program on Alternative Dispute Resolution

2010 Lawrence Negotiation Lecture

Collaborative Practice and Deep Resolution of Client Conflicts

September 30 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Drinko 348

Pauline TeslerPauline Tesler
Tesler, Sandmann & Fishman

The 2010 Lawrence Negotiation Lecture will feature Pauline Tesler, speaking on "Collaborative Practice and Deep Resolution of Client Conflicts". Ms. Tesler is a specialist in family law, and a pioneer in the Collaborative Law movement. She will be speaking about her experiences and lessons from her many years in the collaborative law field, with an emphasis on practical anecdotes that negotiators can use.

Pauline began her legal career doing test case litigation on behalf of children as staff counsel with the National Center for Youth Law, handling a docket including cases decided by the California and U.S. Supreme Courts. After conducting a vigorous family law litigation and appellate practice for twenty years, in the mid-1990's she became a pioneer in developing and extending the practice of collaborative law in California and internationally. Since 1996 she has limited her practice with clients to collaborative representation and consultation. In addition to speaking widely and writing about collaborative law, Pauline trains lawyers (as well as mental health and financial professionals) in how to become more skilled at collaborative practice. She also provides mentoring, coaching, and case consultation to lawyers across North America and in Europe who are learning how to practice collaboratively or whose cases are in difficulty. Pauline co-founded the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals , and served as its first President and chair of its Standards Committee. She is co-editor (with Jennifer Jackson, J.D., also a member of San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Practice Group) of the IACP's journal, The Collaborative Review.

Pauline earned her B.A. from Harvard University, her M.A. from the Victoria University of Manchester, England, and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) Law School, where she graduated first in her class. Her publications include: "Collaborative Law: A New Approach to Family Law Alternate Dispute Resolution," Conflict Management Newsletter (American Bar Association, 1996); "Collaborative Law: What It Is and Why Lawyers Need to Know About It," 13 American Journal of Family Law 215-225 (Winter 1999); "Collaborative Law: A New Paradigm for Divorce Lawyers," 5 Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 967 (December 1999); and numerous articles and columns in The Collaborative Review. Her critically-acclaimed treatise and practice manual for collaborative lawyers, entitled Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce Without Litigation, published by the American Bar Association in September 2001, was the first book-length manual for collaborative lawyers.

The Program on Dispute Resolution annually hosts a speaker with a distinguished career as a negotiator.