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Collaborative Law Section 

    Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings – especially practitioners who are new to Collaborative Law. You do not need to be a member of our Section or collaboratively trained to attend. All of our meetings are very interactive with plenty of time to answer individual questions.
     Please join us for our spring CLE: The Role of Neuroeconomics and Flexible Thinking in The Collaborative Process by Mary Atwater, Psy.D., LLC, Executive Coach and Family Mediator on March 9, 2015 from 5:30-8:30PM. Collaborative clients often become entrenched, taking rigid positions that hinder the process.  Rigid positions are often a result of inflexible thinking and the inability to see another person’s perspective. Rigid positions can be fueled by past disappointment and fears of future conflict. Current neuro-science research helps to explain how the brain responds under duress. Some of our clients respond by working towards resolution, while others become entrenched into defended positions. This workshop will illustrate the difference between flexible and inflexible thinking as well as the obstacles to perspective-taking and respectful communication. Workshop participants will learn the communication skills necessary to promote flexible thinking and respectful perspective taking. Small group role-plays will enhance skill acquisition and participants will gain the necessary tools to create workable and enduring agreements.  Register on the BAMC website: http://montbar.
     The Collaborative Law Section will not meet in April.  We encourage you to attend the ADR Section of the MSBA’s Annual Spring Training and Dinner:  47 THINGS EVERY MEDIATOR AND COLLABORATIVE PROFESSIONAL SHOULD KNOW on Thursday, April 9, 2015 beginning at 9:00 AM at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Maryland.   Forrest “Woody” Mosten, International Trainer in mediation and collaborative practice, will present
     • The top things that many mediators and collaborative professionals don’t do.
     • The most common places where settlement discussions go wrong and how to fix them.
     The Spring Dinner Presentation will follow with featured speaker, Chief Judge, Lynne A. Battaglia, Maryland Court of Appeals and Bell Award Presentation by Retired Chief Judge Robert M. Bell.
     For more information please contact:,, OR
     Register on the MSBA website:
     We hope to see you at the
21st Annual Meeting and Law Day Celebration on April 17, 2015.  More details are available at
     Stay tuned for more information about our section meeting on May 19th, details will be announced in an upcoming newsletter.


LJ Pelham
Joan M. Weiss


Section Meetings

May 19, 2015

Meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of the Bar Association building, located at 27 West Jefferson St., Rockville, MD, unless otherwise noted.

CLE Seminars

March 9 - Role of Neuroeconomics and Flexible Thinking in the Collaborative Process