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2023.09.29 Fearless Feedback: How to Structure Debriefs to Deepen Collaborative Skills
Friday, September 29, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
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Fearless Feedback: How to Structure Debriefs to Deepen Collaborative Skills

Friday, September 29, 2023

Ivan Alter, Esq., New York
Anthony Diaz, Esq., Florida
Katherine Morneau, Esq., New Hampshire
Karen Van Kooy, Esq., Massachusetts

Debriefs in the Collaborative Law process often receive short shrift, both from a training perspective as well as in practice. But sharing feedback with our colleagues can be one of the richest opportunities for professional development, team building and fine-tuning of the collaborative process. Join us in an interactive workshop, using demonstrations and group discussions to explore why and how we might design and implement regular professional debriefs into our collaborative work.


Meet Our Presenters:

  Ivan Alter received his degree in 1993 and began practicing litigation in New York City where he amassed over a decade of experience conducting trials and appeals in a broad range of matrimonial and complex commercial matters. While he enjoyed and appreciated the strengths of the judicial system, he also recognized its shortcoming in delivering meaningful and satisfying resolutions to conflicts. Ivan discovered mediation and collaborative law after his three daughters were born and realized he did not want to return to litigation practice. He earned a master’s degree in landscape which helped him clear his mind and reassess how he could contribute to peoples’ lives and resolved to reinvent his legal career to align with his values and goals. Ivan continues to further his lifelong education and shares his knowledge through teaching at the forefront of alternative dispute resolution, conflict management, mediation, and Collaborative Law.
  Anthony J. Diaz is a divorce attorney, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and is known as The Peacemaker in guiding others from pain to peace and conflict resolution. He specializes in private and Pro-Se Divorce Mediation. Anthony is one of the very few professionals who is Florida Supreme Court Certified in both family and Circuit Civil Mediation as well as State Qualified as an Arbitrator and trained in Collaborative Practice. He received his J.D. in May 1998 from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida. Anthony is a member of IACP; Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Outreach Committee – Co-Chair, Practice Group Committee; Collaborative Family Law of Central Florida; Brevard Collaborative Association; and Orange County Bar Association – ADR Committee.

Katherine J. Morneau is the owner and founding attorney at Morneau Law in Nashua, NH.  She has been practicing family law since 2006 and recently celebrated her firm’s 10th anniversary.  As a current Co-chair of Collaborative Divorce New Hampshire, Kate is passionate about the collaborative divorce process, which allows families to resolve their family matters without the need for Court intervention.  Having attended the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, New Hampshire’s only law school, Kate regularly returns to the school to educate students about the collaborative process and invites students to join her firm for a Legal Residency to get first-hand experience with the process. Kate was selected to be part of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Leadership Academy for the 2021-2022 year. As an active member of IACP, Kate is part of the Fundraising Committee and is looking forward to presenting on the collaborative process at the 2023 Annual Forum in Toronto. 


Karen Van Kooy is the owner of Van Kooy Law and Mediation, with offices in Newton and Southborough, Massachusetts. Karen practices family law and estate planning. Using mediation, collaborative law, or attorney-to attorney negotiation, Karen provides out-of-court, client centered approaches to these sensitive family matters. Karen is past president and current board member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, and is a trainer for the MCLC Introductory Interdisciplinary Training on Collaborative Law. Karen is also a recent graduate of the IACP 2022- 2023 Leadership Academy.



Members: Free
Non-Members: $75.00

Attendee Information

  • All Collaborative professionals are encouraged to attend this training.
  • This event is a virtual event via Zoom.
  • Agenda subject to change.
  • 1.5 Areas of Skills CLE Credits will be available for this program. The content of this program is appropriate for experienced attorneys, as well as newly admitted attorneys. This continuing legal education program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board.
  • Financial aid is available for this program.  Please click here for more information.