Is there a non-adversarial approach to divorce? Can two people dissolving their marriage actually do it in a respectful way that takes into account their interests and protects their children from their parents’ dispute and saves them a whole lot of money and time? Welcome to Jewish Latin Princess, I’m Yael Trusch your host and today I’m talking to my dear mother in law, Mrs. Norma Levine Trusch. Why? Well because she is one of the pioneers of Collaborative Law in the state of Texas and in this country.
What is Collaborative Law and why should people pursue it in lieu of litigation. Is it for every couple? Who is the perfect couple to go through this process? Why should collaborative law be a course that should be taught in every law school? What about the Jewish Get, how does it play into the picture? If you want to know anything about collaborative law either because you or someone you know might be undergoing divorce or because you are contemplating going to law school, Norma Trusch is the person to talk to.
Norma has been a collaborative lawyer since the turn of the century when the certification first came to Texas and get this, she was already 63 years old and ready to retire from practicing law! Why was she burned out from law? And why does she say now that she’s not planning on retiring ever! Norma was Board Certified in Family Law in 1983, became also a mediator a few years into her career as a lawyer and entered the field of Collaborative Law in the year 2000. Has been named Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, many years consecutively and Elected to the Best Lawyers in America in 2006. She’s a recipient of the Dan R. Price Award for Outstanding Contributions to Family Law and the Gay G Cox Collaborative Law Award. And most recently, in 2018 received the lifetime achievement award for her work in mediation and collaborative law by the Association for Conflict Resolution. This is certainly a topic that I knew nothing about before I came into the Trusch family – even though my own mother is an attorney as well – and I think we all need to learn about it. Here’s Norma Trusch.