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POSTPONED!! Access to Collaborative – A New Age of Streamlined Models

March 26 • 6:00 pm

CT United States





Access to Collaborative – A New Age of Streamlined Models

Guest Speakers:
Jill D. Bicks, J.D.
Margaret M. Bozek, J.D.
Sharon Wicks Dornfeld, J.D.
Elizabeth Thayer, Ph.D.

The Access to Collaborative projects supported by the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) provide a new approach to the process of Collaborative Divorce. They all offer a streamlined and standardized fee approach and allow families of all income levels to have the option of using a collaborative team to help their family complete a divorce and to transition respectfully. The panel will present an international review of these models and discuss the Rebuilding Families project developed at the Children’s Law Center. This exciting project and its affiliation with Quinnipiac University Law School will provide Connecticut collaborative divorce professionals and all families an affordable and efficient opportunity to manage their own divorce process outside of court litigation.

About the Speakers

Jill D. Bicks, J.D.
Jill D. Bicks practices in the area of domestic relations, including pre- and post-nuptial agreements, divorce, child custody, the representation of minor children as attorney or guardian ad litem (GAL), and post-judgment enforcement or modification. Jill brings to the Family Law practice a solid background in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and Collaborative Divorce.  Jill is recognized for providing clients with cost-effective, sophisticated representation that includes a wide variety of services tailored to their individual and family needs.


Following law school, Jill worked at a New York firm where she handled complex litigation in a variety of areas including antitrust, securities fraud, ERISA and RICO.  She also represented victims of domestic violence, and later focused her practice exclusively on domestic relations.

Jill worked as an advocate for children and directed a program in the Stamford Court for volunteer GALs.  She served as Founder and Executive Director of Child Advocates of Connecticut, a nonprofit authorized by the Connecticut Judicial Branch that trains court-appointed volunteers. Jill also served as a consultant to the hit HBO series “Divorce” starring Sarah Jessica Parker.


Margaret M. Bozek, J.D.
Margaret M. Bozek joined The Children’s Law Center as a Staff Attorney and Program Liaison in April of 2019. Prior to that, she was in private practice at Mickelson, Jacobs and Bozek, LLC and later at Berman, Mickelson, Dembo, Jacobs and Bozek, LLC practicing exclusively in the area of Family Law. Her services included divorce litigation, mediation and collaborative divorce. Margaret has served Connecticut courts for almost 20 years as a guardian ad litem and attorney for minor children. She is a certified parenting coordinator. Margaret is a former co-chair of the Hartford County Bar Association, and appeared on the WTIC radio program “Law Talk” for 15 years to speak and answer caller question on the annual Family Law show. She is a graduate of Albertus Magnus College and UCONN Law School.


Sharon Wicks Dornfeld, J.D.

Sharon Wicks Dornfeld, J.D. is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School. She has practiced in Danbury since 1983. Her private practice primarily consists of representing minor children as an attorney or guardian ad litem in family, probate and criminal proceedings and serving as a mediator or parenting coordinator in custody cases. She also accepts appointments in the probate courts to represent or serve as a conservator for elderly or disabled persons. In addition to her private practice, since 1991 she has served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Danbury and, since 2017, as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Attorney Dornfeld is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, (Chair, Family Law Section 2011-12), Danbury Bar Association (President 1995), National Association of Counsel for Children, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Collaborative Divorce Group of Western Connecticut. She is also a Life Fellow of both the Connecticut and American Bar Foundations. She currently serves as co-Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the CBA Family Law Section.


Elizabeth Thayer, Ph.D.

Dr. Thayer is a licensed psychologist at Beacon Behavioral Services LLC in Avon and West Hartford, CT. She is trained in mediation and collaborative divorce and has many years of interdisciplinary experience as a mental health collaborative divorce coach. She is the past Co-President of the Collaborative Divorce Group of Connecticut and the Co-Leader of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)Trainers Group. She is a member of the Connecticut Collaborative Training Team teaching the Basic Collaborative Divorce Training. Dr. Thayer is also a member of the IACP Access to Collaborative Committee. She is a co-founder of the PEACE Program, a parent counseling program for parents of divorce, and the co-author of two publications: The Co-Parenting Survival Guide and Adult Children of Divorce.

Dr. Thayer provides individual therapy and mediation and has given numerous presentations, workshops, and trainings for professionals. She is on the board of the Children’s Law Center and a former board member of CCND.


March 26
6:00 pm
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CT United States