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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:!/DBA_CollabLaw

To view photos from the 2012 Collaborative Law Symposium, click here.



Section News:

10th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Training

October 8-10, 2014
Dallas Bar Association
Belo Mansion - Dallas
Program and Special Guest Presenters

The 10th Annual Collaborative Law Conference is now open for registration!  We will have Woody Mosten open the conference with a special 3-hour seminar on Wednesday afternoon, October 8, on unbundled legal services and limited scope representation - this program is applicable not only to Collaborative Law but also to many other practice areas.  On Thursday and Friday, October 9-10, we'll have our annual Civil Collaborative Law Training program featuring an international employment law dispute with special guest speakers Marc Sheridan of New York and Florence Gladen of Paris, France!   Here is a link to the program details and registration forms:   Please join us for these fabulous CLE programs at the 10th Annual Collaborative Law Conference!

Other news:

  • The State Bar's annual Collaborative Law Course will take place on February 12-13, 2015, in Austin.  For more information, go to
  • The IACP Networking and Educational Forum will take place in Vancouver, Canada, on October 23-26, 2014.  For more information, go to

2014 Monthly CLE Programs

As previously announced, we will instead meet at noon  on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, AT MOMO’S PASTA, 2800 Routh Street, Dallas, TX 75201 (in the Quadrangle) – and yes, they have plenty of free parking!  This will NOT be a CLE meeting - instead, it will be a general membership meeting to talk about what's happening in the Collaborative Law world and ideas for encouraging actual and potential clients to try the process.  Among other things:

  • Anne Shuttee will provide an update on what is happening with the State Bar's Collaborative Law Section (short answer:  a lot!)
  • Gary Ashmore and/or Bill Roberts will discuss ideas for promoting CL in the probate world
  • A special guest will provide an update on the IACP Vancouver meeting that just concluded - from all accounts, it was very interesting!
  •  We'll also provide the latest on the Uniform Collaborative Law Act.
  • And last but not least, we'll discuss YOUR ideas on making 2015 the best year yet for Collaborative Law in Texas!


Please mark your calendars for December 11 and join us at MoMo’s Pasta for lunch – and please invite other members of  your practice group to join us for what will be a lively and informative meeting! 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Location:  Belo Mansion

Speaker:  Alan Busch 

Topic:  "Collaborative Law within Employment and Labor Law" - This program will address the nature of the collaborative process within the the area of employment and labor law and the necessity/benefits of the collaborative process within this area of the law.

The program is expected to qualify for 1 hour of MCLE credit.




Joint Meeting with the Franchise Law and Distribution Section of the DBA

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location:  Sevy's (8201 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75225)

Speaker:  Brad Jackson, of Law Offices of Brad Jackson and Lawrence R. Maxwell, Jr., of the Law Office of Lawrence R. Maxwell, Jr. The Moderator will be Anne Shuttee, J.D. of the Shuttee Law firm in Dallas

Topic: “Collaborative Law - a New Approach to Resolving Franchise Disputes” 

This program is expected to qualify for 1 hour of MCLE credit (including .25 hours of ethics credit).




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Location:  Belo Mansion

Speaker:  Barrett A. Stern - Moderator with Multiple Collaborative Law Client's on a Panel

Topic:  Collaborative Law from the Client's Perspective

This program is expected to qualify for 1 hour of MCLE credit.



Thursday, February 27, 2014

Location:  Belo Mansion

Speaker:  Sherrie Abney of the Law Offices of Sherrie R. Abney

Topic:  "The Participation Agreement:  Your Roadmap to Settlement" - This program will address the advantages and protections provided by various clauses of the Participation Agreement and discuss ethical considerations that parties and lawyers must bear in mind when participating in the collaborative process.

The program is expected to qualify for 1 hour of MCLE credit, including .25 hour of ethics credit.



Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 12:00 noon

Location:  Belo Mansion

Speakers:  Gary Ashmore of The Ashmore Law Firm, P.C., and Ruth Rickard, of the Law Office of Ruth Rickard

Topic:  "Increasing Client Satisfaction by Adding Collaborative Tools to Your Probate Toolbox" - This presentation will cover developments in the use of collaborative techniques in connection with probate and guardianship matters, including examples of how the process has been successfully used in pre-mortem planning and post-mortem conflict resolution.

The program is expected to qualify for 1 hour of MCLE credit.

2015 Section Officers:

Name: Julie Quaid
Officer Position: 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: Nicole T. LeBoeuf
Officer Position: Vice-Chair
Firm: Shackelford, Melton, McKinley & Norton, LLP
Firm Address: 3333 Lee Parkway, Tenth Floor
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75219
Business Phone: 214-780-1400

Name: Laura Schlenker
Officer Position: Secretary
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: Treasurer
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: Barrett Stern
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Dement | Stern, PLLC
Firm Address: 10440 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 800
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75231
Business Phone: 214-272-9429

Name: Wes Alost
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Jones Car McGoldrick L.L.P.
Address: 5910 N. Central Expwy, Ste. 1700
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75206
Business Phone: 214-828-9200


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 send a letter of request and a $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 membership department at the Dallas Bar.


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