Anne Freeman co-presents “The Case for Maintaining Collegiality in the Adversarial Arena” at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts conference

February 2019

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter Annual Conference:
When Civility Breaks Down: Consequences and Solutions for Families and Professionals
February 22-24, Costa Mesa, CA

The Case for Maintaining Collegiality in the Adversarial Arena
Presenters: Lorie Nachlis, JD, CFLS, S. Margaret Lee, Ph.D., Anne Cochran Freeman, JD, CFLS

We begin with the premise that benefits can be derived from devoting time and effort to maintaining respectful, collegial relationships with our adversaries, whether attorneys or mental health professionals. It is highly likely that each of us working in this field has had experiences with colleagues that have left us sad, troubled and somewhat bitter. Does the adversary system cause us to mirror the parties’ underlying conflict or can we transcend the conflict and model appropriate behavior that includes the obligation to repair relationships that have been hurt? Is there something that the courts can do to facilitate respect and collegiality? For those of us who are not giving up litigation any time soon, we will provide thoughts and guidance designed to help us maintain and strengthen these important relationships.