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April 16, 2012

Christine Morganti , (505) 797-6028

cmorganti@nmbar.org

Collaborative Law Focus of Lawyer Symposium

Albuquerque, N.M.—Now there’s a new way to think about divorce. Collaborative law (also called collaborative practice, divorce, or family law) is a legal process enabling couples who have decided to separate or end their marriage to work with their lawyers and, on occasion, other family professionals in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of court. The goal is to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children without the underlying threat of contested litigation. The collaborative process can also be used to facilitate a broad range of other family issues, including disputes between parents and the drawing up of pre- and post-marital contracts.

The Center for Legal Education and the New Mexico Collaborative Law Practice Group, Inc. will co-sponsor the “2012 New Mexico Collaborative Law Symposium: The Basics” April 27–28 at the State Bar Center. The program will assist attorneys in understanding the roles of the various team members involved in collaboration—the attorney, the divorce coach, the child specialist, and the financial coach. In addition, topics will cover building and growing a collaborative practice, ethics issues, and working within a team framework.

Visit http://www.nmbarcle.org/catalog.aspx?browse=ViewProg&catid=1736 to register and http://www.nmbarcle.org/additionalfiles/1736/CLE-Collaborative-0427-28.pdf to view the full schedule.

Note: News media are welcome to attend and cover this event. Please notify Christine Morganti, cmorganti@nmbar.org or (505) 797-6028 if you plan to attend.

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.