Requirements

Join KCCL Requirements for Collaborative Professionals

We’d love to have you join us! King County Collaborative Law is an organization devoted to supporting high standards for practicing Collaborative Professionals. Please review the membership requirements below before starting your application process.

New Members $150/year

(or $130/year if a member of KCBA CL Section)

  • Must be a Member of IACP or plan to become a member within the next 7 days

  • Commit to and comply with the IACP minimum ethical standards and IACP Standards for Collaborative Practitioners

  • Must be a member of a voluntary practice group and have attended at least 2 meetings in the past year

  • Must carry professional liability insurance

  • Join and actively participate in a KCCL or other qualifying Collaborative Law committee

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Renewing Members $150/year

(or $130/year if a member of KCBA CL Section)

  • Must be a Member of IACP or plan to become a member within the next 7 days

  • Commit to and comply with the IACP minimum ethical standards and IACP Standards for Collaborative Practitioners

  • Attend 6 meetings per year in a voluntary practice group

  • Must carry professional liability insurance

  • Actively participate in a KCCL or other qualifying Collaborative Law committee

  • Every two years, complete 6 hours of continuing education, which may include presenting or attending training, in Collaborative Law, alternate dispute resolution, and/or peacemaking. Members are encouraged to dedicate 2 of those hours to the topic of domestic violence

  • Every three years, engage in a minimum of 3 hours of interactive cross-discipline training

Training Skills for Collaborative Practice

Basic skills for a Collaborative Practitioner are learned in Mediation training and introductory Collaborative skills training. Mediation trainings are offered by Dispute Resolution Centers in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties as well as other places. Basic skills are only the start; there are many excellent training opportunities to help you expand and hone your skills. Watch for announcements and check our calendar.

Collaborative Skills Training

  • IACP Training

Mediation Training

  • Dispute Resolution Center of King County

  • Volunteers of America Western Washington – Everett

Scholarship for Collaborative Law Basic Training

King County Collaborative Law (KCCL), through its Membership Committee, offers one $300 scholarship per year towards the cost of a Collaborative Law basic training that meets KCCL’s membership standards.

Benefits

In addition to the financial benefit of the scholarship award, the award recipient receives a one-year membership to KCCL at the “Friends of KCCL” level at no cost to the award recipient. Through that membership, the award recipient can learn of additional training opportunities and of opportunities to meet members of the KCCL community, all of which will help the award recipient meet the requirements of becoming a new member of KCCL. Receiving the training helps the scholarship award recipient to connect with our vibrant Collaborative Law community and to establish a Collaborative Law practice with our members.

Eligibility

The application must:

  • Attend the training within one year of receiving the scholarship award (see all training requirements above)

  • Be willing to join KCCL after completing all new membership requirements

  • Be income eligible, which is at or below the most recently posted King County Median income

  • Not have previously undergone the Collaborative Law Basic Training; and

  • Be interested in becoming a Collaboratively trained professional and in engaging in Collaborative Law work.

Timelines

The applicant must submit her or his application to the Chair of the KCCL Membership Committee at least two months before the Collaborative Law basic training she or he intends to attend (see training requirements above).

Application Process

The application must:

Frequently Asked Questions About KCCL Membership

If you’re interested in joining King County Collaborative Professionals but have questions about membership, check out these FAQs. If you don't see your question answered here, contact us.

Do I have to join IACP before or after joining KCCL?

We ask members to join IACP within 7 days after joining KCCL. KCCL is a “Whole Group” under IACP meaning all our members are also members of IACP. This assures our members have the training to offer the highest standard of Collaborative practice. As a member of KCCL, you get a discount on your IACP membership.

If I join IACP before joining KCCL, how do I get the discounted membership?

You can join KCCL and promise to join IACP within 7 days. When you sign up for IACP indicate that you are a member of KCCL. You are expected to follow through on your pledge and join IACP.

What is a Practice Group?

These are voluntary groups of Collaborative Law Practitioners who meet regularly to build community and discuss topics of interest to Collaborative Practice. Some offer continuing education credits for professionals. KCCL has a Family Law Practice Group that meets monthly, check the calendar for more information. Involvement in a Practice Group is a great way to get known in the Collaborative community and to learn more about the challenges and rewards of Collaborative Practice.

How can I get more information about Collaborative Law Professional Practice Groups?

Some practice groups are open and some are closed to new members. There are open practice groups operating in this area, check the Collaborative Organizations page for links to their websites. Most open practice group meetings are included on our calendar.

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