Karen was a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover, MA in November, where she spoke about Collaborative Law to a group of second and third year law students.
Karen was invited to speak by Paula Kaldis, Esq., Professor of Law, and Assistant Dean of the law school. The law school course, entitled “Collaborative and Alternative Justice”, focused on the theory, practice, and skills of law as a helping or healing profession. Students studied developments in the legal profession that provided alternatives to the adversarial process, such as Collaborative Law in divorce. Many of these alternatives to the traditional court process, like Collaborative Law, are interdisciplinary, and the focus on problem solving and resolution rather than “the fight”. The students in the course came from many diverse backgrounds and professions before attending law school, and participated in a lively discussion with Karen about Collaborative Law and conflict resolution, not just in family law but in civil, criminal, and even international practice! It was great to see the interest and excitement of the law students in talking about bringing different models of conflict resolution to their future legal endeavors.