Thank you so much, Arlington, for voting me Best Attorney in the Sun Gazette 2018 Best of Arlington Poll! I very much appreciate this honor.
This week I've been busy reviewing, proof reading, and editing the final draft of a new book by Larry Gaughan called Concepts, Strategies, and Skills for Divorce Professionals. I think of Larry as the Father of Mediation in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Larry has been involved with the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) of family law cases for over thirty-five years. Larry is a lawyer and mediator and is also certified for collaborative practice. He has studied family systems at Georgetown University, and he has taught ADR seminars as a professor at George Mason University law school. I had the pleasure of meeting Larry at the Academy of Professional Mediators conference a few year ago, and he has been guest speaker at the ADR class I currently co-teach at George Mason's Antonin Scalia Law School.
Larry's book is about the roles of divorce professionals in helping divorcing spouses resolve the details of their divorce while avoiding the frustration, expense, delays, and stress of litigation. It is also about obtaining individuals who are separating and divorcing the assistance they need for effective personal, financial, and vocational planning and in managing the various transitions of divorce. Stay tuned for its upcoming release this year.
Have a wonderful spring break. Enjoy the sunshine and the start of a new season. Happy Passover and Happy Easter! "The first blooms of spring always make my heart sing." -- S. Brown.
Ellice Halpern, J.D., is a Virginia Supreme Court certified general and family mediator.