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Article: An Empirical Analysis of Collaborative Practice

by Beth Graham
May 2011

From the Disputing Blog of Karl Bayer, Victoria VanBuren, and Holly Hayes.

Beth Graham
John Lande, Director of the LLM Program in Dispute Resolution and Isidor Loeb Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law, recently published An Empirical Analysis of Collaborative Practice, Family Court Review, Vol. 49, pp. 257-281, April 2011; University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-10. In his article, Professor Lande summarizes empirical studies conducted to date on collaborative practice. The publication discusses many topics including the “demographic characteristics of collaborative clients,” “clients’ reasons for choosing collaborative practice,” “collaborative lawyers’ backgrounds and practices,” and “additional professionals.”

Here is the abstract:
This article summarizes empirical research about Collaborative Practice, the Collaborative movement, its interaction with other parts of the dispute resolution field, and its impact on the field. It reviews studies of Collaborative Practice describing the individuals involved in Collaborative cases, how the process works, the operation of local practice groups, and the impact of Collaborative Practice on legal practice generally. Based on this analysis, it suggests an agenda for future research. Finally, it offers suggestions for constructive development of the Collaborative field.

The article may be downloaded here (without charge) from Social Science Research Network. Other publications by Professor Lande are available here.

Biography


Beth Graham received a J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2004 and a M.A. in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri in 2006. She also holds a B.S. in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and the District of Columbia.



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