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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



(Formerly August 26, 2016 - New Date TBD)
Creative Negotiation CLE and Workshop

Unleash Your Creative Powers for Negotiation:
An Interactive Workshop on New Ways to Tap the Imagination

3 hours CLE

Attention Collaborative Negotiators:  Brainstorming is a great way to develop options for resolving disputes, but are you getting everything from it that you could?  What other techniques can you use to break out of established patterns and come up with new ideas?  How can you overcome psychological obstacles to innovation?   Join the Collaborative Law Section on  August 26 from 2-5:30p for an interactive workshop by Professor James Hart, Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, and learn new ways to develop creative solutions to your clients’ disputes!


There will be NO monthly section meeting in August


12th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference

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 hours of CLE, 1.25 Ethics)


Other Training Opportunities

  • Collaborative Basic Interdisciplinary Training September 8-9, 2016 hosted by Scott Clark, CFP, CDFA, Melinda H. Eitzen, JD, and Linda Solomon, LPC, LMFT, LCDC.  2-day overview of the basics of collaborative practice for lawyers, financial professionals, and mental health professionals.  Lawyers will earn 12.50 CLE hours with .50 in ethics. To register, please contact Lindy McMahan by phone at 214-416-9010 or by email at or click here for REGISTRATION documents or 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 $25.00 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.

Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage

For questions regarding Section email/roster/webpage, email Jessica Smith or call 214-220-7477.  

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