Collaborative Divorce Texas Receives 2016 Pro Bono Service Award

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State Bar of Texas recognizes Collaborative Divorce Texas with its 2016 Pro Bono Service Award

Camille Milner and Jack Emmott accept State Bar Pro Bono Award.

Shown in the photograph alongside Camille Milner and Jack Emmott are Frank Stevenson, the President of the State Bar of Texas and Tom Vick, the President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas.

As we continue to spread the word across the state about Collaborative being a better way to untie the knot, this project, developed by some of our Houston members, will enable Pro Bono Collaborative Divorce to be available throughout Texas.

On July 16, 2016 at the State Bar of Texas Annual Leadership Conference, the Texas Access to Justice Commission presented its 2016 Pro Bono Service Award to Collaborative Divorce Texas (formerly the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas) and the Collaborative Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Receiving the award for Collaborative Divorce Texas was Camille Milner, its current President. Receiving the award for the Collaborative Law Section of the State Bar of Texas was Jack H. Emmott III, its former Chair.

The Collaborative Law Pro Bono Project was created through the joint efforts of Collaborative Divorce Texas and Houston collaborative attorney, Norma Trusch, who was instrumental in developing the forms used and in the training of the attorneys who participated in the project; Alissa Gomez, Executive Director of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers who enthusiastically supported this endeavor; and the Collaborative Law Section under Jack Emmott’s leadership.

Proponents of the Collaborative Divorce process believe that every family should be entitled to a dignified, confidential, client-centered, peaceable divorce resolution process which protects children from the harm done to them in adversarial litigation. “The collaborative dispute resolution process should not be a privilege of the purse. Parents, married couples and their children have serious problems and needs that are not confined to the wealthy, upper social-economic part of our society, said Emmott. “One could argue that the poor have an even greater need for such help than do the wealthy. The poor do not have access to the array of highly qualified therapists and mental health care professionals that others do.”

“We are honored to be recognized with this Pro Bono Service Award,” said Camille Milner, President of Collaborative Divorce Texas. “As we continue to spread the word across the state about Collaborative being a better way to untie the knot, this project, developed by some of our Houston members, will enable Pro Bono Collaborative Divorce to be available throughout Texas. Jack Emmott and Norma Trusch have given our members a blueprint for successfully implementing this project in their communities.”

“I believe this project in Texas holds hope for thousands of poor families and their precious children to have legal outcomes which preserve and protect important and sacred relationships; in short to bring about a change that is generational and with an incalculable positive and lasting impact on society for years to come,” said Jack Emmott.

There are over 300 members of Collaborative Divorce Texas including attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals committed to making the collaborative process the preferred method of divorce in Texas. For more information about Collaborative Divorce go to http://www.collaborativedivorcetexas.com.

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