The DC City Council today passed the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA), which supports the practice of Collaborative Law in the District of Columbia by creating uniform standards as well as safeguards for consumers who choose to utilize the Collaborative Law model in resolving their disputes.
Mary S. Pence, who has been offering Collaborative Law as an option to her clients since 2004, took a lead role in organizing efforts to pass the legislation. DC now joins Texas, Nevada and Utah where the uniform act has already been enacted into law.
Collaborative Practice is an alternative legal process that takes disputes out of the courtroom and focuses on helping the parties to the conflict move forward with their lives less painfully and more productively.
“The Collaborative process stresses cooperation over combativeness, and engages the parties in a safe and respectful environment. It is increasingly being chosen by clients with family and civil disputes in the DC region,” said Mary Pence, a partner with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, which has offices in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland.
Securing passage of the UCLA is a continuation of the leadership which Feldesman Tucker’s family law attorneys have taken in the development and utilization of the Collaborative Law model in the District, Maryland and Virginia.