Peacemaking as a Profitable Practice

You like Collaborative Practice but struggle with the question… Can I make a living doing this?

Woody and carl Michael talk about their combined 25+ years as full time peacemakers.  What does it take?  What are the ‘risks’?  What are the ‘rewards’?

Woody offers an entire 2-day workshop on this topic, so this 30 minutes is just a start. To find when and where you can experience this workshop, click here.

With your questions and comments, we see this being a very lively as well as practical discussion which we’ll be continuing soon.

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Here’s the video:

Here’s the slides Woody mentioned about Peacemaker percentages:

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Forrest “Woody” Mosten is a collaborative attorney (Certified Family Law Specialist) and mediator in Los Angeles who handles matters involving substantial assets and high conflict. He is a full time peacemaker and never goes to court on any case. He is in constant demand as a keynote speaker for Collaborative Law conferences (he was CP Cal’s 2011 Plenary Speaker) and trains Collaborative Practice Groups worldwide in creative convening and agreement building strategies, ethics, format design, current hot issues and future trends, and how to build a profitable peacemaking practice and most recently, has offered a Master Class for Collaborative Professionals nationwide with Pauline Tesler. He teaches Collaborative Law in law schools and is the ABA Chair on integrating Collaborative Law into law school curriculum. His 40 Hr Basic Divorce Mediation Training sells out months in advance and is recommended by Collaborative Practice Groups. Woody is the author of four books, Collaborative Divorce Handbook (2009), Mediation Career Guide (2001), Unbundling Legal Services (2000), and Complete Guide to Mediation (1997) and numerous articles on Collaborative Law, Mediation, and Unbundling Woody is the recipient of the ABA Lawyer as Problem Solver Award and Lifetime Award for Legal Access as the “Father of Unbundling and the Client Library, the Los Angeles County Bar Conflict Prevention Award, was named Peacemaker of the Year by the Southern California Mediation Association and Collaborative Member of the Month by LACFLA. He is the Guest Editor of Family Court Review’s Special Issue on Collaborative Practice (April 2011) in which he authored an article on the future of Collaborative Practice. Woody is a member of the faculty at UCLA School of Law, and can be reached at


Jul19 Christopher Swan The video has reinspired me to work as a peacemaker; just sent a supportive email to Family Relationship Specialist having initial intake this afternoon; ‘May you bring peace to the room’ Let’s support each other as you do so well Woody to spend our limited time being peacemakers.