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38 Hofstra L. Rev. 569 (2009-2010)
A Vision for Collaborative Practice: The Final Report of the Hofstra Collaborative Law Conference

handle is hein.journals/hoflr38 and id is 573 raw text is: A VISION FOR COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE:
J. Herbie DiFonzo*
In November 2009, Hofstra University School of Law's Center for
Children, Families and the Law hosted a Conference on the Uniform
Collaborative Law Act, in conjunction with the Uniform Law
Commission, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), and the
American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. This event
marked the first time a law school has sponsored a conference
exclusively focusing on the innovative practice of collaborative law.
The goal of the Conference was to assess collaborative practice in
light of the adoption of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA).
Specifically, the Conference Working Groups sessions addressed the
central legal and practical issues in collaborative law, and began the
process of evaluating how the new practice modality alters the way
lawyers approach dispute resolution. This Final Report summarizes the
work of the Conference and addresses the vision of collaborative
practice for twenty-first-century lawyers, as well as for mental health
and financial professionals.'
* Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Hofstra University
School of Law. My thanks to those who helped me so much in thinking about these issues and in
drafting this Report: Ruth C. Stern, Andrew I. Schepard, Franca Sachs, and Patricia Kasting. I also
thank the law student reporters to the Conference Working Groups (whom I credit in the text), as
well as the Working Group facilitators whose efforts were vital to the success of the Conference:
Sherrie R. Abney, Maria Alba-Fisch, Yishai Boyarin, Nancy Cameron, Gay G. Cox, Diane S. Diel,
Gary Direnfeld, Jennifer Gundlach, Jim Hilbert, Neil E. Kozek, Katharine S. Lazar, Theo
Liebmann, Lawrence R. Maxwell, Jr., Forrest S. Mosten, Susan Miller, James Sample, Arnold T.
Shienvold, Roy D. Simon, Jr., Jana Singer, Sherri Goren Slovin, and Nancy Ver Steegh. All these
individuals can be credited; only I can be blamed for any flaws.
1. The term collaborative law refers to the legal dimensions of collaborative practice as
embodied in the UCLA. See UNIF. COLLABORATIVE LAW ACT (2009), in 38 HOFSTRA L. REV. 421


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