Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Profile of Former Divorce Lawyer

From the Washington Post:

How do you make peace happen? I’ve noticed that wearing a T-shirt that says “PEACE” on it hasn’t been working.

I’ve gone through a series of different types of careers, but all in some way were focused on helping people build a better life. So I started off as a divorce lawyer.

A utopian divorce lawyer!

Well, most of my clientele were women who were trying to transition to a better life for themselves. My parents had been divorced, so I kind of experienced that. Then I was teaching legal studies at a community college. This is where I started to realize that a lot of the stuff we deal with in our life has to do with being able to get along with somebody on a one-to-one basis. Negotiation is very important to relationships. It’s the substance of how we interact with each other. I remember I was at a college and was talking to the career director. She was saying she has to train college students to be able to talk on the telephone. These types of interpersonal skills, these are all peace-building and conflict-resolution skills.

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