On September 27, 2012, Lea will speak before the ADR Society at the West Virginia University College of Law on the topic of Collaborative Law –Out of Court Resolution of Disputes.
Since 2007, Lea has concentrated her practice in the methods of collaborative law, which reaches resolution by settlement customized to address the needs of each separate case. Collaborative law is practiced outside the court process and, in family disputes allows the parties to maintain healthy relationships with children and extended family during and after the divorce or will contest.
She is an active and founding member of CLASP (Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania) and a member of the IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals). Lea currently is serving on the Visiting Committee for the West Virginia University College of Law and she holds a membership with the American, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Allegheny County Bar Associations. She was instrumental in the formation of the Collaborative Law Committee of the ACBA in 2011. She serves as it’s Chairperson.
A 1976 magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia University, Lea received her B.A. in Psychology. She was also elected into Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi and Phi Kappa Phi. She attended the West Virginia University College of Law, earning her J.D. in 1979.