Helping Communities Build Collaborative Law through
Assessment • Consulting • Training

Nora Kalb Bushfield
President

NORA KALB BUSHFIELD, MSW, JD: Nora is a national Collaborative Law trainer, having conducted more 30 training's throughout the United States, including writing community focused training manuals. Beginning her specialization in collaborative practice over 10 years ago, she has successfully completed over 250 cases. Nora has over 25 years of experience in the area of family law, including custody and divorce litigation, child support, modifications and adoptions. Nora is committed to assisting family resolve conflict without resorting to litigation.

Nora is a former family, marriage and individual therapist. Nora is a mediator registered by the Georgia Office on Dispute Resolution (GODR) in Domestic Relations and Family Violence cases, as well as child custody arbitrator, and both early and late case evaluator. Nora is a Guardian ad Litem, and a certified Parent Coordinator.

Nora is President of the Collaborative Law Training Assoc., Inc., and the Collaborative Law Center of Atlanta, Inc. Nora is past president of the Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia, Georgia Mediators Association, and International Alliance of Holistic Attorneys. Nora serves on the Collaborative Law Subcommittee of the Dispute Resolution Section and Family Section of the American Bar Association. Other memberships include: International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; State Bar of Georgia, Family Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution Sections; Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution Sections; DeKalb Bar Association, Family Law Section; Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts; National Association of Parent Coordinators; and Association for Conflict Resolution.

Prior to attending law school, Nora was a family and individual psychotherapist at Family's First in Atlanta, Georgia. While in Washington, D.C. Nora was National Project Director for several action, research and demonstration programs in the area of juvenile justice, child welfare and child abuse and neglect, as well as assisting in the writing of National Standards in Foster Care and Child Abuse and Neglect.

Nora holds a JD, Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C.; MSW, Atlanta University School of Social Work, Atlanta, Georgia; and BA, Georgia State University, major: Psychology, Atlanta, Georgia.

Nora's recent and relevant presentations include: Using Dispute Resolution Tools As A Guardian ad Litem, Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) International Conference, Chicago, Illinois 2010. Mediator Facilitated Collaborated Practice, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) Forum, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009; "How Mediators Can Enhance Collaborative Practice" and "What's Your Style", ACR Conference, Austin, Texas 2008;"Balancing You Heart and Your Head in Collaborative Practice," IACP Forum 2007, Toronto, Canada; "Beyond the Four Way", IACP Forum 2006, San Diego, California; "Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk", IACP Forum 2005, Atlanta, Georgia; "Psycho-barble Meets Legal Mombo Jumbo", 2004, National Association of Marriage and Family Therapist, Atlanta, Georgia; "Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Law Communities," IACP Forum, 2003, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; "Challenges in Establishing Collaborative Law Practices", IACP Forum, 2002, Galveston, Texas; "Different Models in Collaborative Law Practice," Canadian National Collaborative Law and Lawyering Conference, 2002, Toronto, Canada; "Collaborative Law - The New Divorce," 2002, Annual Meeting, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia; "Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law," 2001, DeKalb County Superior Court Judges, Decatur, Georgia. 2000.


Nora works together with Trainers and a team of experienced interdisciplinary professionals to help you build & enhance your Collaborative Law community.


Diane ShearerDiane Shearer
Trainer

DIANE SHEARER, M.A., CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator): Diane has been a part of a training team in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice for over five years. Diane is a family counselor at Covenant Counseling and Family Resource Center in Snellville, and she is the executive director of the Center for Navigating Family Change, which provides the court-ordered divorcing parents seminars in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. She is also a registered mediator, mediating domestic relations cases in court-connected and private settings since 1999 and author of the book Solo Parenting: Raising Strong & Happy Families (Fairview Press, 1997). Diane currently publishes the quarterly newsletter, The Peaceful Co-Parent, for divorced parents and the professionals who help them.

 

Diane ShearerSusan Boyan
Trainer

SUSAN BOYAN M.ED., LMFT,
Susan is a national trainer in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice and Parent Coordination. Susan is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, member of multiple professional organizations and co-founder of the Cooperative Parenting Institute and Family Solutions. Susan as a Psychotherapist, Child Specialist, Divorce Coach and Parent Coordinator. She is the author of Cooperative Parenting and Divorce, Parents R Forever, Changes, Psychotherapist as Parent Coordinator and Show and Tell Cards. Susan has worked with children and families since 1972 and has been in private practice since 1984.

 

Diane ShearerPaul A. Tigner
Trainer

PAUL A. TIGNER
Pau is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud
Examiner, and is Accredited in Business Valuation by the AICPA
and the Institute of Business Appraisers. Mr. Tigner has
participated in numerous Interdisciplinary Collaborative Family Law and Civil Practice trainings throughout the country. He has over 25 years of financial analytical experience in legal matters. As founder and President of FairShare Financial, Inc., Atlanta, GA, he provides consulting and expert witness services as well as financial neutral services primarily to law firms and their clients in the areas of forensic and investigative accounting, economic damages and financial valuation.
Mr. Tigner holds memberships in various professional organizations including the American Institute of CPA's, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Institute of Business Appraisers. He is a past president of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners-Tampa Bay Chapter and a past member of the Georgia Society of CPA's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Committee, the Florida Institute of CPA's Litigation Services Committee and Relations with the FL Bar Committee. Mr. Tigner is a frequent instructor to CPA societies, bar associations, and educational organizations. He holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration-Accountancy from Georgia State University.

 

 


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