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Extensive training in mediation and collaboration through the Center for the Development of Mediation in Law / Center for Understanding in Conflict, Mill Valley, CA

J.D. ‑ University of San Francisco ‑ December 1976

Admitted to State Bar of California ‑ June 28, 1977

Certified by the State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist -

February 8, 1983; recertified 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013


San Francisco Magazine, one of top 50 Northern California women lawyers in 2006

Northern California Super Lawyer, every year since 2005

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow since March 17, 1984; 2000-01 Northern California Chapter President; Chapter Delegate to Nat’l Board of Governors 2004-2011

Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

California Women Lawyers

Sonoma County Bar Association, Family Law Committee ‑ Founding Member; Co‑chair 1981‑83; Collaborative Law Committee - Co-chair 2003-04

State Bar of California, Family Law Section: Executive Committee 1983‑90; Legislative Coordinator, 1984‑86; Vice Chair 1986‑1987; Chair 1987-88; Advisor 1988-90

State Bar of California, Council of Section Chairs: Member 1987-90; Chair, 1989-90

Member, Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Family Law 1987-90

State Bar Family Law Advisory Commission, Member 2004-08, Chair 2007-08

Founding member of Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire (CCRE); vice-president 2004-2006, secretary 2006-08, director 2008-2010; Chair of CCRE Dispute Resolution Day program committee since 2011

Collaborative Practice California (CP Cal): CCRE delegate 2011-2012; Board member 2011-2013; Eureka Award in 2007

Internatinoal Academy of Collaborative Professionals, member since 2003

Presenter at numerous IACP Forums and CP Cal Celebrations


Member of Collaborative Practice Trainers, presenting in 2007 a ten-part series of monthly full-day trainings focused on the understanding and development of collaborative practice excellence. The 2008 eight-part series was also conducted in the monthly full-day format. Additional trainings presented have included numerous facilitations of collaborative practice-related topics for the Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire, and to three other Northern California collaborative practice groups, involving group development, practice building and public relations. In addition, two-day interdisciplinary collaborative trainings have been presented to Santa Barbara and Fresno practice groups, and to Melbourne, Florida practice group.


Seeds of Change, State Bar Legal Specialization Digest, Issue 1 2008

Collaborative Practice Materials - a Resource Manual (2004, rev 2008), co-authored with Catherine Ann Conner

"Divorce Mediation's Strengths", California Lawyer, July 1983, co‑authored with Gary J. Friedman

"Child Support - Looking Backward and Forward", California Family Law Service News Alert, June 1988