November 30, 2011
Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
P.O. Box 5933
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
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Jeralyn Lawrence Trains Lawyers on the Collaborative Divorce Process
Bridgewater, NJ (November 30, 2011) – Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was an instructor for a two-day program, “Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training,” sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE). Her topics were “Collaborative v. Litigation,” a comparative analysis; “The Paradigm Shift,” a discussion of the movement to more collaborative approach in divorce; “Business Valuations in the Collaborative Process;” “Team Benefits and Challenges;” and “Recap of Key Issues from Training Program.” The program was held November 19 and 21 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The intensive two-day training provided a solid foundation on the basics of the collaborative divorce process, which is now practiced in every state in the United States and in 24 other countries. Using real and hypothetical scenarios, as well as role play demonstrations, attendees explored the role of each member of the collaborative team—the attorney, the financial expert and the mental health professional. The program compared the collaborative process to traditional approaches to divorce for a unique perspective on how the collaborative process often results in more amicable, long-lasting solutions benefitting of the entire family. The program meets the standards set forth by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
A resident of Watchung, Lawrence devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law, and collaborative law. A Family/Divorce Mediator and certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, she works with clients whose needs lie in all areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony. She takes great pride and care in helping her clients make it through difficult personal matters.
To complement the breadth of her matrimonial, divorce and family law practice, Lawrence involves herself in various professional engagements outside the firm. She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars, and has been admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County. She devotes time to serve as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County.
Lawrence serves as Second Vice President of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Family Law Section and sits on its Executive Committee, as well as several other committees. She serves as an Associate Managing Editor of the New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the Family Law Section. She is also Second Vice President of the Somerset County Bar Association. She serves on the Board of Managers of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the preeminent family law association in America. Lawrence was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group, as a representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section. She is currently a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, and the NMM Women’s Forum Steering Committee.
Lawrence was honored as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business in 2011 for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and community. She was also selected as the 2009 Kean University Distinguished Alumna, the highest award for alumni, by the Kean University Alumni Association. She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County for 2008 by the Somerset County Commission On the Status of Women. She has been selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40, and recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40. For several years, she has been listed among New Jersey’s Super Lawyers, which rates her among the top 5 percent of New Jersey lawyers. She has also been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2009, as well as Top 50 Female New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2007, Lawrence received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award and the Annual Legislative Recognition Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association. In recognition of her valuable contributions, Lawrence has received Certificates of Appreciation from 1998 to 2010 from the Somerset County Superior Court.