Chaired by Megann Hendrix, JD, the Training Committee is charged with the development and delivery of training programs and services related to the Collaborative Process. It is a Committee mandated by the CFLCW Bylaws. Historically, the Committee focused primarily on the introductory Building Blocks Program offered at least annually and the Committee consisted of the Building Blocks trainers.

Beginning in 2017, the Committee has assumed a broader responsibility to discuss, develop and implement all training programs about the Collaborative Process within CFLCW. Committee members may be trainers of the Committee’s programs (for example, Building Blocks), but committee members are not limited to trainers and any member is invited to participate in the committee.

The training committee will plan and implement Building Blocks, the Collaborative Academy and any other training program it decides to undertake in each year. The Collaborative Academy is a year-long series of sessions designed specifically for newer members as an extension of their Building Blocks participation. The goal is to use the Academy structure to deliver ongoing training at the local and regional level. If interested, contact Megann Hendrix.


Chaired by William Block, JD, and established by the CFLCW Bylaws, the Membership Committee is responsible for membership standards. The Committee periodically reviews the requirements for membership in the Council and, if appropriate, proposes changes to those standards to the Board of Directors. The Committee also is focused upon expanding the membership into all areas of Wisconsin. As part of that effort the Committee develops recruitment messages, makes contacts with professionals in those areas of potential expansion, and conducts presentations and other informational activities in areas of expansion. The Committee also reviews and recommends changes in all materials developed regarding membership in CFLCW.



The Committee was established by the CLFCW Board of Directors in July 2017. Robert Arthur, JD was named as Committee Chair for a two year term. The committee was established to provide advice to the Board regarding:

Programs to be offered by CFLCW that could:

  • Expand the knowledge base of CFLCW Members, 
  • Be of interest to non-members on general family law topics, and
  • Generate revenue to support Council activities.

The Committee is also tasked with developing a rolling multi-year schedule of topics/events and assist the Board with securing speakers and others for programming

Committee Members are: Robert Arthur, Karen Youso, Gaylene Stingl, Erica Gittings, Jane Probst, Grant Zielinski , Michelle Fitzgerald, Kathleen Curran, Wendy Althen, Patricia Grove, Patricia D’Auria, Roberta Steiner and Sarah Holmes.

The committee has developed the following work groups:

  • 2018 Annual Meeting                            
  • 2018 Ongoing Collaborative Academy – with Training Committee
  • 2018 Financial & Tax Seminar
  • Child Focused Session
  • Professional Outreach ideas – other programming


The UCLA  is a model law drafted by the Uniform Law Commission that is intended to be usable in all U.S. jurisdictions with minimal change: a ready-made law that can be tweaked for each state. The UCLA was finished in 2010, and already 12 states (including the District of Columbia) have enacted it.  It is under consideration in the legislatures of three additional states.  We'd like Wisconsin to become one of those states!

The CFLCW "UCLA Committee" is a group of collaborative professionals that started work in late 2015 to study the applicability of the UCLA, the recent limited scope rule in Wisconsin, and the practical implications of both with an eye towards the enactment of the UCLA here.

The committee is chaired by Jared Potter, JD and includes Megann Hendrix, JD, Peggy Podell, JD, Diane Diel, JD, David Kowalski, JD, Mari Zimmermann, JD and Rebecca Oettinger, JD.



Chaired by Gerard Zielinski, CDFA, the purpose of this committee is to provide resources and networking opportunities for young and/or new collaborators (under 40 or within the first 5 years of collaborative practice).   Our goals  are to create an environment that will keep new collaborators involved in CFLCW by providing them with available resources and tools to build a successful collaborative practice, with a focus on creating a collaborative case.  The committee plans to host regular meetings throughout the year to help new collaborators network and build their practice.  This committee also plans to network with other new professional groups to expand the collaborative network.  This committee is new, so the number and format of meetings will be determined at the first meeting, but no more than once per month. If interested, contact Gerard Zielinski.