The Board of Directors of the Collaborative Family Law Council invites you to attend the 2020 CFLCW Annual Meeting on November 12, 2020.

You can register online today.

This meeting will be a virtual session hosted on the Zoom Meeting platform beginning at 9 AM. The expectation is that the meeting will be approximately three hours in length and will feature an online business meeting, keynote presentation and social breakouts.



This keynote explores the essential challenge of advocacy in Collaborative Practice – the tension between advancing the interests of our client and achieving consensus acceptable to the other spouse.
It highlights the evolution from traditional advocacy to conflict resolution advocacy, identifies a spectrum of advocacy within Collaborative Practice from ‘facilitative advocacy’ to ‘partisan advocacy’, and the importance of customizing advocacy to the needs of the client.  It offers suggestions on how collaborative practitioners can provide strong advocacy when that is required and yet remain true to the essential values of Collaborative Practice.

An experienced Mental Health Professional and neutral Financial Professional will also provide their observations and recommendations for effective advocacy.

Victoria Smith, JD will be featured keynote speaker along with Deborah Graham, JD. 

Ms. Smith is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the IACP and a founding Member and Past Chair of the Peel Halton Collaborative Family Law Association in Canada and is a family lawyer in Toronto with over 30 years of experience.

For over a decade she has confined her practice to settlement work – Collaborative Practice and Mediation.  Victoria’s practice focuses on serving professionals, business owners and their spouses. She has extensive experience dealing with complex property and high income support cases.

Deborah Graham, JD, also of Toronto, has spoken and led workshops at the annual conferences of the IACP, the Ontario Collaborative Lawyer’s Federation, the Ontario Association of Family Mediators, AFCC, and the World Congress on the Rights of Children and Family Law.

She was also adjunct faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School where she taught Collaborative Lawyering. She is a guest speaker at Osgoode’s LLM program and their Certificate in Family Law where she teaches consensual dispute resolution.

Victoria and Deborah will also be the trainers at a special workshop on Advocacy in Collaborative Practice to be held by CFLCW early in 2021. That session will be a highly interactive 6 hour training over two half day sessions, limited to 40 participants. Complete details about that session will be forthcoming


The 2020 Annual Business meeting will be conducted by 2020 CFLCW Chair Robert Arthur, JD.

The session will include the installation of Elisabeth Bach-Van Horn, JD as the 2021 Chair of CFLCW as well as the announcement of the 2021 Kathleen M. Baird Dolphin Award recipient and other presentations. Registered attendees will receive an Agenda for the business meeting by email.



Report of the 2020 Nominating Committee

The 2020 Nominating Committee recommends the following member for election to the position indicated:

Daniel K, Smith, CDFA – 2021 Chair-Elect, to serve as Chair in 2022
Grant Zielinski, CDFA – Treasurer, to succeed Daniel Smith, CDFA
Katherine Harrell, JD – Secretary to succeed Christine D’Angelo, JD
Casey Holtz, PhD – Director for 2021-2023, to succeed himself
Amy Everson, LMFT – Director for 2021-2023 to succeed Anne Scipior, JD
Matthew Bellin, CDFA – Director for 2021-2023 to succeed Gaylene Stingl, CPA
Jill Klotz Flitter, PhD – Director for 2021-2022 to fill the term of Catherine La Fleur, JD
Holly Mullin, JD – SE Chapter Chair, succeeding Graham Wiemer, JD
Janice Wexler, JD – Dane Collab Group Chair, succeeding Rhonda Hazen, JD
Robert Arthur, JD – Fox Valley Chapter Chair, a newly created regional Chair position
Susan Schramka, PsyD – Chair, Membership Committee
Megann Hendrix, JD – Chair, Training Committee
Tiffany Highstrom, JD, Chair – Public Policy Committee
Catherine La Fleur, JD, Chair – Public Education Committee
Rhonda Hazen, JD, Chair – Best Practices Committee

In addition, the Board of Directors will be recommending the Membership adopt an amendment to the CLFCW Bylaws to create a Finance Committee as a Standing Committee of the Board, with the Treasurer serving as Chair, with the Board Chair and Chair-elect as members along with at least 2 other CFLCW members with an interest in financial matters, at least one of whom must be a certified public accountant.

REGISTER TODAY FOR THIS SESSION AND THE TRAINING. CFLCW will apply for a minimum of 1.5 continuing education credit for the session. The registration fee is only $40 for CLFCW Members. More details will be announced in the coming weeks including the social component of the meeting and how to obtain materials for the training.