The collaborative movement is continuing to grow and is providing the public with the opportunity to resolve disputes peacefully. The section’s two-day civil course included national and international attendees
and will be expanding to Florida this year. In March, the two-day family course drew more attendees—including law students—than it has in many years and featured internationally respected keynote speakers.
The section has continued to focus on bringing the collaborative process to a broader base of clients and diligently worked to get a civil statute through the Legislature. The successful Houston Pro Bono Project won the Access to Justice Pro Bono Service Award, and the section expanded its pro bono efforts to Dallas, where they are gaining significant strength. The section has continued to educate the public and other lawyers about the collaborative process by educating law students, bar associations, civic groups, and faith leaders. The section’s website is being redesigned to make it easier for its members to stay informed. At the State Bar Annual Meeting, the section was honored to have Linda Solomon, a world renowned collaborative leader, present Sitting With, or Running From, Conflict.

-Julie H. Quaid, Chair