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Collaborative Law Section

Provides a forum for lawyers and other professionals who are interested in learning about the collaborative dispute resolution process and advancing their skills in the process. The goals of the Section are: (1) to promote the use of the collaborative process for resolving disputes in various areas of law, (2) to train lawyers and other professionals in the use of the process, (3) to educate the public as to the benefits of the process, and (4) to preserve the integrity of the collaborative dispute resolution process.

Meeting Schedule:   The Collaborative Law Section typically meets at noon on the LAST Thursday of each month at the Belo Mansion.   

Follow us on Twitter here: @CollabLawTx



May 26, 2016 noon

"Shall We Dance?  Dealing with Concerns about Collaborating”.  Melinda Eitzen (Duffee + Eitzen LLP) will present a discussion of collaborative law skills, including how to explain it in a way that is compliant with statutory law and attractive to the potential client.  Additionally she will address how to meet the statutory collaborative law requirements of full disclosure, and how to begin successful option development from the first consultation, through goal setting, information gathering, and into negotiation.                   (1.0 hr. CLE requested)


2016 Upcoming Monthly CLE Programs


NO MEETING IN JUNE -- SBOT Collaborative Law Section meeting and CLE in Fort Worth on June 16, 2016. The presentation will focus on pro bono and sliding scale legal services for parties who do not qualify for pro bono representation -- but can afford to pay something for legal services. For more information, see the section website at


12th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference

Save the date!  September 15-17, 2016

The only exclusively civil collaborative law training event nationwide currently slated for 2016, to be held locally in Ft. Worth. Click HERE for information. Online registration available at

  • DAY 1: Training in the "Basics of Collaborative Law" (7 hours of CLE, 1.75 Ethics)
  • DAY 2 & 3: Advanced Civil Collaborative Law Conference (15.5 hourse of CLE, 1.25 Ethics)


Other Training Opportunities

  • Basic Collaborative Interdisciplinary Training, May 5-6, 2016 in Dallas. Collaborative Divorce Texas. Click HERE for more information.
  • Advanced Collaborative Interdisciplinary Training, June 24, 2016 in Austin. Collaborative Divorce Texas. Click HERE for more information.




Other Section News:

Stay tuned... exciting events are in the works!




Section Officers:

Name: Laura Schlenker
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Law Office of Laura Schlenker
Firm Address: 401 Tom Landry Hwy #224632
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75260
Business Phone: 214-923-5071

Name: Ruth Rickard
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Law Office of Ruth Rickard
Firm Address: 5156 S. Colony Blvd.
Firm City, State, Zip: The Colony, TX 75056
Business Phone: 214-663-1010

Name: Elizabeth Chappell
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm Address: 106 N. Denton Tap Rd., 210-209
Firm City, State, Zip: Coppell, TX 75019
Business Phone: 214-614-8304

Name: Brett Christiansen
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Christiansen Davis LLC
Firm Address: 4100 Spring Valley Rd., Ste. 450
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75244 
Business Phone: 214-838-3501

Name: Julie Quaid
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Quaid Farish, LLC
Firm Address: 8150 N. Central Expressway, Suite 600
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75206
Business Phone: 214.373.9100

Name: Rocio Christina Garcia
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Hunton & Williams LLP
Address: 1445 Ross Avenue, Ste. 3700
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75202
Business Phone: 214-880-0011

Resource Links

State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Section

ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Collaborative Law Committee

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Global Collaborative Law Council

Collaborative Law Institute of Texas

Houston Bar Association Collaborative Law Section

Lubbock Bar Association Collaborative Law Section

Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council

Section Membership:

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Collaborative Law section, please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $20.00 membership fee to:
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the DBA membership department.

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