Forming and Maintaining an Effective Attorney-Client Team: The Cornerstone for Successful Representation of Clients (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $180 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 11/30/2018


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the November 2015 webcast, Forming and Maintaining an Effective Attorney-Client Team: The Cornerstone for Successful Representation of Clients.

Building an effective attorney-client team is the cornerstone of a successful attorney-client relationship. It is vital for attorneys to learn and use effective communication skills to establish and maintain positive attorney-client relationships. Beginning with a discussion of the initial attorney-client interview, this seminar will teach the skills necessary to effectively communicate and negotiate with clients, assess cases, and negotiate and work together with clients as a team. This seminar also will cover the importance of the attorney’s own self-awareness during such representation, as well as the ethical considerations in establishing the attorney-client team and the roles of the attorney and client during representation.




Frank West Morrison, Phillips Morrison Johnson & Ferrell / Lynchburg
Frank Morrison is an attorney and mediator in Lynchburg.  He is a former Chair of the Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, a former President of the Lynchburg Bar Association, a former Chair of the Family Law Section of Lynchburg, a former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Family Law Section of Virginia State Bar, and a former Chair of Domestic Relations Council of The Virginia Bar Association.  Mr. Morrison has conducted numerous basic and advanced team collaborative practice trainings, and for the past 11 years has been an adjunct professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, teaching negotiation and mediation and advanced negotiation and collaborative practice.  Mr. Morrison is the recipient of Founder Alternative Dispute Resolution in Virginia award, recipient of the Gardner G. DeMallie, Jr. Continuing Legal Education award, recipient of the Life Time Achievement award presented by the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section, and certified by the Virginia Supreme Court to conduct basic, juvenile, and domestic relations district court and family circuit court mediation trainings.

Lisa L. Schenkel, Schenkel & Donaldson, P.C. / Lynchburg
Lisa Schenkel has practiced family law for 33 years in the Lynchburg area.  Ms. Schenkel graduated from Cornell University in 1978 with a B.S., and from William and Mary School of Law in 1982 with a J.D.  She was trained as a collaborative attorney in 2004 and has engaged in the collaborative process since that time.  Following her passion to understand and appreciate how people make decisions and how to help people make decisions, Ms. Schenkel has attended numerous programs pertaining to the collaborative process including Neuro-Collaboration in the Collaborative Process and Mindful Mediation in the Mediation Process. She is a founding member of the Collaborative Practice Training Institute and has trained many professionals in the Collaborative Process and in Interest-Based Negotiations.

Dillina  Wimer Stickley, Hoover Penrod / Harrisonburg
Dillina Stickley has extensive experience and skills in domestic cases focusing on complex equitable distribution, and uses a collaborative approach to domestic relations issues.  Ms. Stickley also maintains a diverse general civil practice focused on business, employment law, and personal injury.  She is a founding member and current Chair of Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley.  Ms. Stickley has assisted with mediation and collaborative practice training at Washington and Lee University School of Law, and as a trainer in several webcasts for the Virginia State Bar.  She is a Founding Member of the Collaborative Practice Training Institute.  Ms. Stickley is also currently a member of Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Collaborative Professionals, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and Chair of the Collaborative Law Section of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Bar Association.  She is a Past President of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Bar Association and Virginia State Bar Executive Committee for the Conference of Local Bar Associations. 

P. Marshall Yoder, Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC / Harrisonburg
Marshall Yoder is of counsel with Wharton, Aldhizer and Weaver, PLC.  In addition to collaborative practice, he also is a mediator and provides services in the areas of business law and succession planning.   Mr. Yoder was a litigator for 15 years in Charlotte, N.C., where he was the co-head of the litigation section of a large North Carolina law firm before moving to the Shenandoah Valley in 2005 to change the focus of his practice.  He has an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, where he concentrated his studies on organizational leadership, restorative justice, and collaborative practice. Mr. Yoder is especially interested in applications of collaborative practice outside the family law setting and is Chair of the Civil Practice Committee of the Virginia Association of Collaborative Professionals. He serves as an assistant affiliated professor at Eastern Mennonite University, where he co-teaches a course in the Summer Peacebuilding Institute on designing conflict-transformation training programs using a dialogue education framework.    

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