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AAML Videos

1) Introduction to the AAML Best Practices Video Series (02:01)

Marlene Eskind-Moses, 2010 President of the AAML, invites law students, new family law associates, and experienced family law attorneys to learn about client interviewing, lawyer relationships, and the role of emotions in family law practice. The following videos were produced by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Best Practices Committee to improve the practice of family law.

2) Introduction to Attorney Styles: 3 Models of Lawyer-Client relationships (01:18)

Professor Mary Kay Kisthardt, and Fellows Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich and Thomas Wolfrum, describe and demonstrate 3 types of attorney-client work dynamics.

3) Directive/Authoritarian Attorney Style (06:19)

Traditional lawyer-client relationship model, with the lawyer as a professional who is in charge.

4) Client Centered Attorney Style (06:18)

Attorney doing what the client asks, with the client in charge.

5) Collaborative/Cooperative Attorney Style (06:05)

Lawyer and client work together as partners.

6) The Initial Client Interview and the Role of Emotions in Family Law Practice (38:43)

Michael Albano and Professor Mary Kay Kisthardt enact an initial meeting of a family law practitioner and a client, with analysis by psychologist Santo Albano, Ph.D.

7) Lawyer to Lawyer Issues (12:29)

Fellow James McLaren talks about Attorney-to-Attorney relationships and the importance of professional reputation in the practice of family law.

8) Best Practices Round Tabl. (29:32)

Professor Mary Kay Kisthardt (University of Missouri School of Law (Kansas City), President and Fellow Marlene Eskind-Moses, James McLaren, Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich, Thomas Wolfrum, Michael Albano, and Santo Albano, Ph.D. discuss "What I Wish I Had Known When I First Started Practicing Family Law..."

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