NORA KALB BUSHFIELD, MSW, JD:
Nora has over 25 years of experience in the area of family law, including custody and divorce litigation, child support, modifications and adoptions. Beginning her specialization in collaborative practice over 10 years ago, she has completed over 200 collaborative cases. Nora is committed to assisting families resolve conflict without resorting to litigation.
In addition to Nora’s work representing clients, Nora is registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution as a mediator, custody and divorce mediator, child custody arbitrator; early and late case evaluator and family violence mediator. Nora has training from both Fulton and Cobb Counties as a Guardian Ad Litem, and has been appointed to numerous child custody cases in Fulton, Cobb and Douglas Counties. Nora is a Certified Parent Coordinator for court appointed and private high conflict family law cases.
Nora is President of the Collaborative Law Center of Atlanta (CLCA); President of Collaborative Law Training
Associates, Inc.(CLTA); Past President of the Collaborative Law Institute of
Georgia (CLIG); Past President, International Alliance of Holistic Attorneys,
(IAHL) and Past President of the Georgia Mediators Association, Inc (GMA)
Memberships include: State Bar of
Georgia, Family Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution Sections; Atlanta Bar
Association, Family Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution Sections; DeKalb Bar
Association, Family Law Section; American Bar Association, Family Law, Alternate
Dispute Resolution Sections and Collaborative Law Committee; Association of
Family and Conciliatory Courts; National Association of Parent Coordinators;
Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR); and the International Academy of Collaborative
Nora is a national trainer in
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice and Civil Collaborative Practice with
extensive experience in developing community models in collaborative practice.
As President of Collaborative Law Training Associates, Inc., Nora has
conducted more than 40 Interdisciplinary family and civil collaborative
training’s in 9 states since 2000.
Prior to attending law school, Nora was a
family and individual psychotherapist at Family’s First in Atlanta, Georgia.
While in Washington, D.C. Nora was National Project Director for several action,
research and demonstration programs in the area of juvenile justice, child
welfare and child abuse and neglect, as well as assisting in the writing of
National Standards in Foster Care and Child Abuse and Neglect.
Nora holds a JD, Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C.; MSW, Atlanta
University School of Social Work, Atlanta, Georgia; and BA, Georgia State
University, major: Psychology, Atlanta, Georgia
Nora’s recent and relevant presentations include: Using Dispute Resolution Tools As A
Guardian ad Litem, ACR International Conference, Chicago, Illinois 2010. Mediator Facilitated Collaborative Practice,
IACP International Forum, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009; “How Mediators Can Enhance Collaborative Practice” and “What’s
Your Style”, ACR International Conference, Austin, Texas 2008; “Balancing You Heart and Your
Head in Collaborative Practice,” IACP International Forum 2007, Toronto, Canada; “Beyond the
Four Way”, IACP International Forum 2006, San Diego, California; “Walk the Walk and Talk the
Talk”, IACP International Forum 2005, Atlanta, Georgia; “Psycho-bable Meets Legal Mombo
Jumbo”, 2004, National Association of Marriage and Family Therapist, Atlanta,
Georgia; “Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Law Communities,” IACP International Forum,
2003, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; ”Challenges in Establishing
Collaborative Law Practices”, IACP International Forum, 2002, Galveston, Texas; “Different
Models in Collaborative Law Practice,” Canadian National Collaborative Law and
Lawyering Conference, 2002, Toronto, Canada; “Collaborative Law - The New
Divorce,” 2002, Annual Meeting, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia;
“Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law,” 2001, DeKalb County Superior Court
Judges, Decatur, Georgia. 2000.