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The Power of Dignity: Communicating with Clients Utilizing the Dignity Model

Produced on September 23, 2018

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Course Information

Time 75 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Dignity is an internal state of peace that comes with the recognition and acceptance of the value and vulnerability of all living things. In our world and relationships, the experience of indignity can quickly lead to conflict. Based on the research work of Donna Hicks (Harvard University), this course presents a new model of dignity: concrete ways to honor dignity in ourselves and in  our relationships in the legal system. Participants will learn the 3 parts of the Dignity Model which are: 1) the essential elements of dignity: ways to honor dignity in ourselves and others; 2) Ten Temptations, or traps that put us at risk of violating dignity; and 3) How to use the power of dignity to rebuild a relationship, promote reconciliation and resolve conflict. We will examine how to communicate effectively and persuasively with our clients, other attorneys, judges and legal clerks through examination of the Dignity Model.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Study the three parts of the Dignity Model
  2. Explore how to use the Dignity Model to promote reconciliation and resolve conflict
  3. Examine how to communicate effectively with clients, attorneys, judges, and legal clerks using the Dignity Model


This course originally appeared as a part of our September 2018 Bridge the Gap Event.    

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Faculty

Joy Rosenthal

Rosenthal Law & Mediation

Joy S. Rosenthal, Esq. founded Rosenthal Law & Mediation in 2006 to help NYC families coping with transitions through divorce and elder mediation; and legal services including prenuptial agreements, collaborative divorce, adoption, and representation in custody and visitation disputes. She also serves as a Trustee, Guardian ad Litem and 17A Guardian in the New York City Surrogates’ Courts.

Before opening her own practice, Joy spent 10 years representing children, youth and parents in New York City’s Family Courts involved in custody, visitation, foster care and adoption cases, as well as in delinquency and PINS cases through her work with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice and as a fellow at NYU School of Law’s Family Defense Clinic.

Joy has extensive mediation, negotiation, trial and appellate experience. She has trained colleagues in cultural competence, bias awareness, domestic violence, elder mediation, and alternative dispute resolutions. She has given workshops and presentations for families, mediators, and attorneys.

Joy S. Rosenthal, Esq. graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, receiving a BA in Women’s Studies. She obtained her law degree from the City University of New York School of Law in 1996 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1997. She is the former president of the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, and served on its board from 2007-2014.



Teresa Calabrese

Mediation & Law Office of Teresa D. Calabrese

Teresa Calabrese, Esq. is a mediator and collaborative lawyer concentrating her practice on serving the NYC Queer community. Teresa assists individuals, couples and families in creating agreements relating to relationship formation, family building, and separation and divorce. Teresa also handles second parent adoption matters and provides basic estate planning services including the preparation of wills, health care proxies and advance directives.

Teresa has presented LGBTQ CLE programs for the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, CUNY School of Law Community Legal Resource Network, the Practicing Law Institute, and Brooklyn Law School.

Teresa is a founding member of the Community Legal Resource Network & the LGBTQI Family Professionals of NYC. She is also a member of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York Committee on Family & Matrimonial Law and the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation.

Teresa was a member of the second graduating class of the City University of New York School of Law and obtained a BA in Political Science from Queens College of the City University of New York.



Andrea Hirshman

Andrea Hirshman - Mediation & Collaborative Law

Andrea Hirshman, Esq. is a family mediator and collaborative law attorney serving the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. After learning the limitations of litigation, Andrea saw mediation and collaborative law as healthier forums for couples and families to resolve with dignity the challenges they face when ending marriage. These options support constructive dialogue and lead to durable divorce settlements that align with each spouse’s values and goals. Andrea is immersed in the community of mediators and collaborative attorneys: she has served on the board of the Family and Divorce Mediation Counsel of Greater New York (FDMC), as well as on the board of the NY Association of Collaborative Professionals. Andrea chaired the FDMC Continuing Education Committee bringing monthly educational forums together for the mediation community for four years. She is a member of the NYS Council on Divorce Mediation where she sits on its Ethics Committee. She is a founding member of the Academy of Professional Mediators and is also on the FamilyKind Team. Andrea is a consultant mediator for the NYC Family Courts. She is a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, NYS Women’s Bar Association and Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association. She received her BA in American Studies from SUNY at Buffalo, and her JD from CUNY Law School in 1993. She was admitted to the NYS bar in 1994. Andrea’s practice includes all matters having to do with marriage and divorce. 



Reviews

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Michelle K.

excellent topic and presentation

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Wayne K.

Great presentation on a timely topic!

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Shin M.

This is certainly enlightening.

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