Roger B. Ley was a litigation lawyer in Seattle from 1971 to 2007 and represented clients in business, divorce, malpractice, criminal and other practice areas. He learned about mediation and collaborative law starting about 2005. In 2007 He relocated to Oregon, near Astoria, and practiced law on a limited basis there. He developed my ideas about compassionate or benevolent divorce in the course of representing clients in coastal Oregon. The idea that clients should think about where they want to be when their life is ending came from attending the funeral of a dear friend in Seattle. His former wife, with whom he had conducted a bitter divorce for years, was there, along with his current wife. The idea of avoiding focus on preparation for courthouse conflict as a means of invoking imagination comes from personal experience with clients. He has not located any literature on the role of imagination in conflict resolution.