The Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group grew from a collective vision of four Collaborative professionals who thought there might be a more effective way to teach the concepts and skills of Collaborative Law. We are an interdisciplinary group whose Collaborative experiences and diverse professional backgrounds provide a unique backdrop for designing exceptional training programs. Each of us brings hands on knowledge of the challenges for all levels of practitioners and we use that to infuse our courses with practical tools and tips.
Our goal is to design trainings that allow learners to become leaders, to inform and inspire practitioners and set the bar for training standards.
The Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group’s experiences and diverse professional backgrounds provide a unique backdrop for designing exceptional training programs. We create trainings that meet the needs of beginning and advanced practitioners and are dedicated to constructing trainings that inform and inspire the practice of Collaborative Law and Collaborative practitioners.
Rachel Felbeck has been a practicing family law attorney since 1995, initially focusing on litigation. In 2003, she founded the Collaborative Law professional community in Washington State, which has since grown dramatically, as exhibited by the many Collaborative Law groups and associations that currently exist within the state. In 2006 she transitioned her practice to exclusively collaborative cases and mediation. She has frequently presented on Collaborative Law to various legal and non-legal groups, and has been regularly training professionals on the Collaborative Law model since 2006 www.felbecklaw.com
Anne Lucas is the Clinical Director of the Evergreen Clinic in Kirkland where she has had a therapy practice specializing in couples for the last 13 years. In addition to her therapy practice, Anne is a Collaborative Coach participating in over 130 collaborative and mediation cases over the last six years in both King and Kitsap Counties. She has a growing mediation practice and has been an Affiliate of Alhadeff and Forbes Mediation in Seattle for two years.
In addition to her therapy and Collaborative practice, Anne is also a trainer and teacher. She is one of four founders of the Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group and through that organization has trained future Collaborative practitioners throughout the United States and Canada. She is adjunct faculty er at Saybrook University/LIOS College teaching master’s level therapists and is a supervisor for post-graduates seeking licensure. Anne has been very active in the Collaborative community creating and serving as chairs of several practice groups, including King County Collaborative Law where she has served on the Executive committee for three years with her last position being that of president. You can learn more about her private practice at www.theevergreenclinic.com
J. Mark Weiss
J. Mark Weiss is a full-time Collaborative Law attorney, mediator, trainer, and consultant, and among the most experienced Collaborative practitioners in Washington. Mark has taught and written extensively on Collaborative Practice, dispute resolution, and substantive legal matters. Mark consults internationally on Collaborative Practice and ethics, and has received numerous honors, including 2005 Attorney of the Year from the Family Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association. In November 2008, Mark was rated among the Top 25 family law attorneys in Washington State by Washington Law and Politics magazine. Mark is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, was President of the Washington chapter in 2011, and continues to serve as a member of the Collaborative Law Committee of AAML. He is a former Board member and Secretary of King County Collaborative Law, a former Trustee of the King County Bar Association, and a former Chairperson of the Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section after serving on its Executive Committee for six years. Mark is a founder of Seattle Collaborative Family Law Practice Group, and a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders. www.mark-weiss.com