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25 Concil. Cts. Rev. iii (1987)

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        EDITORIAL
Two  Were Chosen  to Replace One


   Stan  Cohen  and Hugh   Mclsaac  were selected as
co-editors of the Conciliation Courts Review-a tribute
to Meyer Elkin, the founding editor of this pioneering
journal.
   The editorial policy will continue to solicit and pub-
lish the practical, the philosophical and the poetic. This
journal has distinguished itself by being the first to
publish articles on joint custody, mediation, divorce
reform and an  occasional children's poem. This focus
will continue. We will also expand the focus to other
issues, as well: support, legal representation, evaluation,
linkage to the juvenile court, allegations of abuse, do-
mestic violence to meet the needs of our interdisciplinary,
court-connected audience. One  feature to be added,
beginning with this issue, is the publication of signifi-
cant court opinions and a summary of legislative devel-
opments around the world.
   Another  feature of this journal has been its interna-
tional scope. In a crowded planet, we must learn from
one another. We  will continue to solicit and publish
articles from around the world. The editorial board will


have a special international section. It will help keep
everyone informed of developments  worldwide and so-
licit articles from all of the far-flung places where a
concern exists for the pursuit of a more perfect system.
   The  editorial board will be expanded to strengthen
interdisciplinary representation. This board, composed
of judges, attorneys, mental health professionals, evalu-
ators who  have made  significant contributions to the
field, will provide a blind peer review for all submitted
articles. They will be an outstanding group, who repre-
sent the best of our profession. We also consider every-
one who  reads this journal a member of our Editorial
Board.  We  need your ideas, your thoughts and your
critical analysis.
   Welcome  to the garden of ideas. From the boy from
Brooklyn, who nursed this journal for 25 years from the
grass growing in the concrete of a city street to a luxuri-
ant garden, the baton has been passed to the two of us,
and we  see our duty to make this garden continue to
grow.


Meyer  Elkin  In Transition


   In 1972, eons ago in terms of the family, the British
Columbia   Bar, disturbed about  family law  and its
practice, organized a joint conference with Family Court
counsellors and other mental health professionals. We
invited Judge Victor Baum and Meyer Elkin.
   Of  Judge  Baum,  an AFCC past-President,   more
should be said-  of his accomplishments, his scholar-
ship and his humanity.
   Mike Elkin closed the proceedings. His eloquence we
all know. He  introduced us to a way and a language
with which  to address  the problems:  Parents  are
Forever, Close the Book  Gently and so on. It was
vintage Elkin. We came  away better practitioners and
better people.
   The ripples of his talk-it was not a speech-still lap
upon  the practice in British Columbia. It is not that
there was an immediate transformation. The transfor-
mation  is still going on. The millennium of a benign
family policy and family practice remains a distant goal,
here as elsewhere. It is that Mike set us a goal towards
which we continue to strive.
   Mike  Elkin, long ago, in this one small settlement on
the edge of the rainforest stimulated and inspired us-
and he still does. But not just here. What is truly remark-
able is that his inspiration, his practical humanity, have
permeated the whole of the English speaking world and


beyond  it and in so doing fundamentally changed not
only the practice but society itself. Mike truly says:

       ...future historians will record this revo-
       lutionary movement   (the Conciliation
       Court  movement)  as one  of the most
       significant social movements   of the
       Twentieth Century.

       Most   amazing  of  all is that these
       changes  have been brought about by a
       very small group of caring dedicated per-
       sons  from the law and  the behavioral
       sciences.. .As a group of pioneers, they
       have  forever changed  the process of
       divorce, social attitudes and public pol-
       icy regarding families of divorce...

       (He)  is the only person alive who has
       been deeply and continually involved in
       the growth and development of this rev-
       olutionary movement  from the very be-
       ginning...

   The  Review, which Mike established and edited for
25 years is a significant part of his still incomplete
legacy. He made it unique among professional journals.


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CONCILIATION COURTS REVIEW/VOLUME 25, NUMBER 1/JUNE 1987

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