June 1979 admitted to practice law in California. 1982 became a Professional Mediator. 1985 became a Certified Specialist in Family Law, re-certified to present. 1993 became the Founder and Director of Legal Alternatives Mediation Services. 1993 began training others to mediate. 2004 started a Year-Long Mentorship Program assisting litigation attorneys in having a mediation practice. 2005 Became a Collaborative Law Lawyer. 2012 Started the Cooperative Divorce Project. 2012 became a fellow of American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers. 2013 Chair of the San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists Committee.
California State Bar Activities
Actively involved in the California State Bar beginning in 1983, serving on various subcommittees of the Bar, being a member of the State Bar of California Family Law Executive Committee for five years, culminating by being elected as the Chair of the State Bar of California Family Law Executive. Recipient of the Award of Recognition from the State Bar of California Board of Governors for outstanding contributions to the delivery of pro bono legal services in California.
Media Speaker and Consultant
Frequent guest on radio and television speaking on current California family law issues. Legal consultant and program developer for a Buena Vista-Disney television pilot about divorces being mediated and arbitrated for a nationally syndicated five-day a week daytime program.
Developed a mediation model used widely in California by many professionals who have taken her introductory and advanced seminars. Wrote, produced, lectured and taught this Model in California beginning in 1993 and continuing to the present. After taking this training, several judges in the California courts implemented a pro bono mediation program for family law litigants and trained lawyer mediators.
Panelist, Speaker, and Writer
A respected participant and speaker on various panels held by the California State Bar, Continuing Education of the Bar [C.E.B.] and for many local Bar Associations seminars, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego; and the Mediation Editor for the California State Bar Family Law News and contributor to legal journals and other publications on family law issues.
Adjunct Professor teaching Advanced Family Law Mediation in a Master of Arts Behavioral Science Graduate Program entitled, “Negotiation and Conflict Management Options” at California State University, Dominguez Hills, College of Arts and Sciences.