Talking With…. Pauline Tesler

Few names are as well known world wide in connection with Collaborative Practice as that of Pauline Tesler.  Pauline shares her journey into Collaborative Practice and talks about the attorney’s influence as part of the ‘system’ created in working with a divorcing couple, including team and practice group implications.  Which leads into discussion of her current work as the director of Commonweal’s brand new Integrative Law Institute to expand the “Law as a Healing Profession” attitude at the core of CP into all legal endeavors.  Her first offering there is available here.



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Pauline H. Tesler is a specialist in family law certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 1984, and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. After conducting a vigorous litigation and appellate practice for 20 years, in the mid-1990s she became a pioneer in extending the practice of Collaborative Law and interdisciplinary team Collaborative Divorce worldwide. For her groundbreaking work as a collaborative lawyer, Pauline was recipient of the first “Lawyer as Problem Solver” award from the American Bar Association in 2002. Pauline and a small group of colleagues co-founded the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and its journal, The Collaborative Review, in the late 1990s. Pauline is author of the critically acclaimed practice manual for lawyers, Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce Without Litigation (published in 2001 by the American Bar Association) and Collaborative Divorce: The Revolutionary New Way to Restructure Your Family, Resolve Legal Issues, and Move On With Your Life. Most recently she became director of Commonweal’s new Integrative Law Institute.  For even more details about Pauline, check her website here.