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CP Cal Newsletter

Dear Collaborative Colleague,


We are pleased to bring you the CP Cal Newsletter, the electronic newsletter of Collaborative Practice California.

If you have comments or questions, please contact Margaret (Peg) Anderson, Managing Editor. Peg`s email address is

The opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the individual author(s), and not necessarily the opinions of CP Cal as an organization.

Past issues of the CP Cal Newsletter are archived here.  Just click on the button below for a list of previous newsletters. 


April 2014


Interview with Paula Jackson


Your CP Cal Board is pleased to introduce you to our very own EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PAULA JACKSON, who brings such efficiency, thoughtfulness, humor, and foresight to this grand organization. 







Name (including nickname)?

Paula Jane Jackson, also known as "PJ."


Your family composition?

I live in Novato with my husband Doug and our cat Jill.


Work history before becoming involved with Collaborative Practice? What responsibilities did you have then?

In the mid `70s -early `80s I lived in Hawaii and managed a bookstore called The Book Cache, which was a branch of a bookstore chain in Alaska. In the mid `80s-mid `90s I worked at the San Francisco Foundation, wearing many hats. As Administrator, I handled operations and facilities management, human resources management, ran the multi-cultural fellowship program and the philanthropy grantmaking program, and provided special assistance to the Director. In the late `90s I was a program executive at Northern California Grantmakers, coordinating the professional development program for member grantmakers, staffing the Summer Youth Project and the AIDS Task Force, and producing the Guide to California Foundations. I also did consulting for the California Maritime Academy, planning and implementing their first donor database program. In the 2000s, I worked with both AFCC and AAML, coordinating the AFCC-CA conference and the AAML-NorCal Chapter Annual Symposium.


When did you first become involved with collaborative practice?

That was in 2001, when I got involved with the American Institute of Collaborative Professionals (now known as the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals).


Who roped you in?  

That would be my sister Jennifer Jackson. Jenni was one of the founders of AICP/IACP, together with Pauline Tesler, Nancy Ross, Peggy Thompson and others.


What was your job title? What were your responsibilities?

There were no titles back then! Jenni and I had worked together on one of the AAML Symposiums, and she enlisted me to coordinate the second IACP Forum in Emeryville, California. This was in October, 2001 just after 9/11--100 people showed up, surpassing our wildest expectations. My responsibilities grew quickly, from coordinating the annual Forum to managing the database, maintaining membership files and corporate documents, coordinating board meetings and retreats, copyediting and laying out the Collaborative Review and working on the website (together with editor and webmaster Jenni), producing the online newsletter, and handling the bookkeeping. My title evolved into Administrator.  It was a great ride.


Then, in 2006 I was contacted by Hal Bartholomew to coordinate the first annual Celebration for CP Cal in Sonoma. That was great fun. It was co-sponsored by IACP. Over 200 people attended! I`ve coordinated all of the CP Cal Celebrations since then (except in 2007 in Pasadena).


When did CP Cal beg you to come on board?

In October, 2011, Randy Cheek--who was president at the time--invited me on board to do work similar to the work I did for IACP.


What were your responsibilities initially? How has that changed?

At first, in addition to coordinating Celebrations, I worked on producing the newsletter, managing content on the website, maintaining member group lists and corporate documents, and working with the board on meetings and retreats. My time has increased to include more board, finance and committee work.


What was your job title? Now?

At first, Administrator. Now it`s Executive Director.


What is your estimate of how much of your time is spent on CP Cal work?

It`s roughly 35 hours a month or so, but is always more time than I realize.


What is it about non-profits that attracts you?

I guess I would give the classic response: Making a difference in the world. I like to follow the "path with heart": I look forward to each day because I love what I do; I have balance in my life and have time for myself, friends and family; I feel motivated and productive in my work; I feel valued and appreciated; and I feel that the work I do is of service to others.


Are you part of any professional organizations for folks who do the kinds of administrative work that CP Cal receives from you? How does that help you with this work?

Yes, I belong to ASAE (the American Society of Association Executives), an organization with more than 20,000 members in the U.S. There is a wealth of resources on the website, as well as a magazine and various listservs (they even have a private social network called "Collaborate"). I can post a question and get answers immediately from colleagues across the country. I learn best practices and benefit from the research they do. I can share articles and items of interest with board and committee members.


What is your favorite thing about your work with CP Cal?

The people! This is an amazing group of dedicated professionals. I love coming to Celebration and seeing familiar faces, reconnecting with friends, and meeting new people--all working toward a shared goal. It`s fantastic.


Your vision for where/what the collaborative community generally will be five years from now?

Whenever I mention "Collaborative Practice/Collaborative Law/Collaborative Divorce," everyone will know what that is. People will know the difference between Collaborative and mediation. People can easily distinguish between Collaborative and collaborative (little `c`) processes. There will be enough public awareness of the Collaborative process option that people will be asking for it and practitioners can make a living doing it. The Collaborative model is flexible enough to fit different budgets and different needs of different couples without sacrificing the core components (participation/disqualification agreement, transparency amongst professionals, full, honest and voluntary disclosure, etc.).


Your vision for CP Cal five years from now?

I would like to see all Collaborative Practice groups in California be members of CP Cal. I hope to see more and more talented and diverse people get involved who are not yet members of practice groups, so that groups have a wider pool from which to select delegates and we have a wider pool of delegates as board candidates. I look forward to seeing our outreach to mental health, financial and other communities bear fruit. I`d love to see our website as the "go-to" place for information and resources. We have an ever-growing "Toolbox" of resources in the member area of the website (and I`d love to know that every member of every practice group knows how to log in to the member area. Contact me if you don`t! I hope that CP Cal--board, committees, delegates and groups--stays focused on its values and objectives and always remembers what it`s here for, while staying human, collegial and fun.


The person who influenced you the most to be in this community?

No surprise--My sister Jenni (and other AICP/IACP founders, not to mention Stu Webb!) who got me started, and also the many folks with whom I`ve worked over the years who have been so inspiring and supportive. Presidents Randy Cheek, David Fink, Fred Glassman and incoming President Suzan Barrie Aiken, to name a few among many.


What is your favorite activity when not doing your professional work?

I take tap dancing classes, I`m in a reading group, I attend my husband Doug`s concerts and gigs, I`m an avid Scrabble player, I love to cook and have parties, I love kids (11 nieces and nephews, 20 grand-nieces and -nephews), and I love to travel.


Thank you!

Thank you, Peg!   You`ve been a great newsletter editor and an outstanding Board member. It`s been a pleasure working with you. And, since one of my responsibilities at CP Cal is producing the newsletter, I`m taking the liberty of including a photo of you!





Report on Southern California Delegates Conclave           


The CP Cal Southern California Delegates` Conclave took place on Feb. 22, 2014, in Manhattan Beach. All Southern California practice groups were represented, with 27 attendees, including CP Cal`s President Fred Glassman.


Attendees were:


Past CP Cal Presidents Hal Bartholomew (also a current Board Member) and Kathleen O`Connor


Board members Jann Glasser, Carol Hughes, Stephanie Maloney, Warren Sacks and Shawn Weber


Delegates Mary Ann Aronsohn, Yaffa Balsam, Kevin Chroman, Jerry Cohen, Michelle Daneshrad, Bruce Fredenburg, James Hallett, Linda Gross, Delilah Knox Rios, Leslie Hart, Mickey Katz, Matthew Long, Judith Nesburn, Doug Rosner, Joe Spirito, Jena Stara, Dawn Strachan, and Barbara Zipperman


Guest speaker Diana Martinez


Carol Hughes, the Conclave organizer, noted that the Conclave agenda reflected topics that the delegates reported in their delegates` surveys that their practice groups wanted addressed.


The program began with Warren Sacks instructing how to access the CP Cal website and how to use the Professional Toolbox. The login info is as follows:

Username: Your practice group`s initials in capital

Password: Your practice group`s initials (in capital letters) group

for example, UN:, PW: CDSOCgroup


Shawn Weber demonstrated CP Cal`s new blog, and how to use social media to educate the public and other professionals about Collaborative Practice. Shawn is available to speak with any group in person or via Skype to educate them about how to use social media. He reported that he had conducted a training with the Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire via Skype, and in person at an Orange County practice group luncheon. Shawn encouraged delegates to contact him to speak with their groups about how to use social media to educate the public and professionals about Collaborative Practice and create a "buzz." His email is .


Next, Shawn informed us about the success of the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego in hiring a publicist for the past year and a half. Their membership has almost doubled and they are getting more Collaborative cases. Shawn encouraged delegates to contact him to speak with their groups about this success. Carol reported on the success of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County`s February luncheon- the vision of CDSOC`s Financial Specialist Cathleen Collinsworth-in which the documentary film "Split: Divorce Through Children`s Eyes" by acclaimed filmmaker Ellen Bruno was screened.   CDSOC had their largest luncheon attendance in their ten-year history (almost 100 attendees), including some bench officers. Delegates were encouraged to contact Carol at to find out how their group could replicate CDSOC`s success.


Stephanie Maloney shared the updates to the Divorce Options program and how best to prepare to present a Divorce Options workshop. Delegates who have been presenting the new Divorce Options program during the past months also shared their successes and feedback regarding the presentation. For example, it is best to rehearse the program with fellow presenters prior to presenting. We learned how to give feedback to the Divorce Options Committee and were reminded that all feedback, both favorable and constructive, is welcome. Kathleen showed us the new Divorce Options brochures and how each practice group can order them. We also discussed how some groups have been offering local mental health professionals free attendance so that they can better understand the options provided for the groups` consensual dispute resolution processes for divorce. Groups are having success posting the dates, times and locations of DO programs on social networks such as Meet-Up, practice groups` Facebook and LinkedIn pages, and by posting on their local practice groups` websites a link to the CP Cal website`s DO page. We expect that the attending delegates will bring information about this valuable tool back to their practice groups for consideration.


Warren, Fred and Dawn shared information about CP Cal Celebration 9 taking place April 25-27 at the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel. The brochure`s cover design ties in directly with our commitment to diversity. They highlighted some of the presenters and remarked on the high quality of the many presentation proposals that were received. We were also reminded that CP Cal`s Board is continuing the Matching Grant Program for CP Cal Celebration 9 registration fees. $5000 has been set aside in the CP Cal budget to partner with practice groups by providing matching grants of up to $200 per individual toward registration fees for the groups` members. The delegates received a packet describing the Matching Grant Program and were asked to share it with their practice groups. The Matching Grant application is due by March 21 to Fred reminded us that it is important for each practice group to ensure that their delegates attend the delegates meeting at Celebration at 4:15 on Friday afternoon, April 25.

Warren reported on the Fundraising Committee`s efforts and how to encourage our practice groups to become sponsors for Celebration 9. He also shared the numerous ways that CP Cal is able to benefit local practice groups because of the monies raised by the Fundraising Committee-for example, the revamping of the CP Cal website, the Matching Grant program for attendance at Celebration, the development of the new Divorce Options PowerPoint slides and brochures.


Carol reported that one common request on the delegates` survey was to learn How To Enroll the Client and How To Enroll the Spouse. Diana Martinez- Collaborative attorney practicing in the Inland Empire, Los Angeles and Orange County-presented on this topic, which was very well received with lots of note taking going on! We hope that the delegates will share this information with their practice groups as well.


Fred reported on the progress being made by the Diversity Committee and also informed the attendees of statistics regarding diverse populations in California. Fred and Jay Bray are co-chairing the committee. A representative from the DC committee will visit CP Cal member groups to educate on diversity as relating to the Collaborative community and to give the practice group a questionnaire for feedback to the DC.


Fred also gave us an update on the status of the UCLR/A legislation in California, noting that at this point it looks like a long road to passage.


Carol reported on the work of the Professional Outreach committee, having staffed CP Cal exhibit tables in 2013 at the CA Social Workers conference in San Diego, the AFCC conference in LA, the psychologist convention in LA and the upcoming CAMFT conference in Indian Wells, May 1-3. (By the way, volunteers are still needed for the CAMFT event!)


Carol distributed a list of CP Cal committees on which practice group members are encouraged to serve, especially the So Cal Public Education Committee. Members were invited to contact Warren Sacks at for more information and to volunteer to serve on this important committee.


After the conclave was adjourned, delegates and other attendees had an opportunity to network.


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