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Collaborative Law Section 

Please, RSVP for section meetings to:

Our next meeting will be held on April 16, 2019.


Our next meeting on April 16th at noon at the Bar Association of Montgomery County will feature guest speaker Raechel Parolisi, J.D., LL.M.  Raechel is an ERISA attorney who serves as a neutral in collaborative cases and hails from Dallas, Texas.  Her practice focuses on the division of employee benefits in both litigated and collaborative divorce cases.  Prior to earning her degree from SMU Dedman School of Law, she worked in the retirement field which provided her with hands-on retirement planning experience.  Raechel’s LL.M. from The John Marshal Law School is in Employee Benefits.  She is also a volunteer attorney with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, handling all of their QDRO and benefit-related cases.

Raechel will cover Expert Tips and Tricks for Dividing Employee Benefits and Drafting QDROs in Divorce cases with our section.  Please send in your RSVP 36 hours in advance if you plan to attend.

Save the date, because on May 21st, Author and Workshop Facilitator Izolda Trakhtenberg will join us.  Izolda will engage and interact with our members and guests on communication methods that are ideal for creative problem solving to strike the right bargain on behalf of our client(s).  Izolda has been featured on "Let's Talk Live" and her latest book, Speak From Within: Engage, Inspire, and Motivate Any Audience will be discussed.   All BAMC and collaborative colleagues are welcome to attend.
Our section is working to educate the community and support collaborative attorneys who practice both civil and domestic law so they may hone their skills and offer this valuable form of legal services to as many clients as possible.  As always, we welcome your suggestions about discussion topics and future speakers at our meetings, CLEs, and roundtable discussions on managing, marketing and growing a Collaborative Law practice.  Please invite your partners, associates, mentors, mentees, colleagues, and fellow practitioners to join one of our meetings.  We welcome professionals who would like to speak at a meeting and contribute to the collaborative practice movement by sharing their experiences and practical knowledge.  Please reach out to any of your co-chairs if you want to get more involved in collaborative practice or have suggestions for future CLE or meeting topics.

Please reach out to any of your co-chairs if you want to learn more about collaborative practice or have any suggestions for future discussion topics.

For more on Collaborative Practice:
Please contact LJ Pelham at if you are interested in taking advantage of upcoming collaborative training opportunities and incorporating collaborative law into your civil practice. 

Collaborative Law is interdisciplinary and can incorporate the advice and counsel of civil practitioners, child specialists, financial neutrals, business valuation specialists, mental health professionals, real estate agents and more into the dispute resolution process.  It encourages two or more disputing parties to engage in candid and effective out-of-court communications and empowers them to find their own voices to craft voluntary, durable and mutually beneficial solutions.  In 2014, Maryland passed its own version of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act.  To learn more about how to provide Collaborative legal and related services to your clients, please visit:


Laura Duncan
Roger A. Hayden
Anshu Karki


Section Meetings


April 16, 2019
May 21, 2019


Meetings are held from Noon - 1PM in the Upstairs Conference Room of the Bar Association building.

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