The ACBA (Allegheny County Bar Association) recently implemented its newest committee, the Collaborative Law Committee, in January 2011. The committee will address the needs specific to those attorneys practicing or interested in practicing collaborative law, and promote the use of collaborative law across a diverse spectrum of parties and practitioners. The Committee shall provide a forum for attorneys to share ideas and experiences in an open and engaging environment, as well as provide ongoing education to both attorneys and the public on the use of the collaborative process in a commercial, education, elder, employment, family, Orphans’ Court, and other civil law practice areas; and will lead the development of pro bono collaborative practice programs. The Committee will accomplish its mission by using the core principles of collaborative practice: civility, mutual respect, and cooperation.
Lea Anderson has been appointed to serve as the committee’s first Vice Chairperson. In previous years, she has held numerous leadership roles within the ACBA, having been elected to the Council of the Family Law section, as well as the Mentoring Committee. Under her leadership, the Mentoring Committee has piloted a shadowing program, providing young and inexperienced attorneys with the opportunity to shadow an experienced attorney for a custody, support, divorce or PFA matter. She has also co-chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.