Zeytoonian Appointed Chair of Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council Public Education Committee
-- Committee’s mission is to inform the public about Collaborative Law as an alternative to going to court or litigation --
Michael Zeytoonian, founder and director of the Zeytoonian Center for Dispute Resolution, was recently appointed Chairman of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC) Public Education Committee (PEC). The appointment was made by new MCLC Board of Directors President Dan Finn.
Zeytoonian’s responsibilities include revamping and re-organizing what was formerly the MCLC’s Marketing Committee. The new PEC has embraced its mission of “making Collaborative Law a household word by the end of 2010.” Zeytoonian has advised the members of the committee that “by household word, we should think in terms of every workplace, business and organization as well as every household.” He is very familiar with the MCLC’s public education challenge, having served on its Board for six years, one as president and three on the Marketing Committee.
“Our task is to educate people about how Collaborative Law works as an alternative to going to court or litigation: that it is being utilized not only in divorce cases but also to successfully resolve business, employment, probate and other disputes,” Zeytoonian noted. “Once people know that they have a clear alternative to the court process, an option that has proven to be faster, less expensive, more efficient, less damaging and able to design creative solutions to legal problems, we are confident that Collaborative Law will be used more and more.”
The reorganization has moved quickly. By the PEC’s initial meeting on April 6, 2010, four new subcommittees had already been created, charged with specific purposes, populated and chairs have been appointed for each:
- A Website Committee, charged with the task of redesigning the MCLC website and improving its search engine optimization, has been busy at the tasks, and is chaired by MCLC member and mental health professional Shel Miller of Brookline.
- A Judiciary/Legislative Outreach Committee, charged with working to mainstream Collaborative Law into our state laws and judiciary, has begun by focusing on then task of getting the Uniform Collaborative Law Act approved by the state legislature. David Hoffman, principal of the Boston Law Collaborative in Boston, is the chair of this committee.
- Designing and scheduling presentations on Collaborative Law to the public, as well as scheduling lectures at law schools, business schools and colleges is the mission of the Presentations & Lectures Committee. Linda Cohan, a business and executive leadership coach from Boston, is the chair of this committee.
- Finally, an Articles and Publications Committee has been formed and is being co-chaired by Karen Levitt, a lawyer and mediator with offices in Chelmsford, and Michael Zeytoonian, Director of the Zeytoonian Center for Dispute Resolution in Wellesley and Westborough. This committee is focused on getting articles published in the print and online media, letters to the editor and publications efforts.
About the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
The Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC) is a multi-disciplinary organization serving members committed to empowering clients to resolve legal disputes in a respectful manner. The MCLC’s goal is to advance collaborative practice through educating professionals, promoting public awareness and supporting the collaborative community. For more information, please visit www.massclc.org.