The Kentucky Collaborative Family Network, Inc. (KCFN) elected its new officers for 2006-2007. Steven Kriegshaber of Conliffe, Sullivan and Sandmann will succeed Patricia Bennett of Smith Barney as President. Allison Johnson, LCSW was elected Vice President and John Walsh and Sandra G. Ragland were re-elected Treasurer and Secretary. The new officers will select the chairs of the various committees: Finance, Membership, Communication/Marketing, Public Relations, Standards, Organization, and Education, and they will appoint a Discipline Ambassador. If you are a KCFN member and have any interest in chairing or serving on any of these committees, please let the officers know.
KCFN. is the interdisciplinary (legal, mental health, and financial) successor to the Kentucky Family Collaborative Law Network, Inc., which was the original family law collaborative panel in the Louisville metropolitan area. An extraordinary leader, Patricia Bennett, deserves tremendous credit for assembling the excellent panel of members from each discipline and growing the organization.
Steven Kriegshaber, a past president of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, will no doubt ably follow in Patricia's footsteps. Having an attorney leader will be very helpful as the lawyers ethically practice within this emerging sub-field of family law. See KBA E-425, issued June 2005.
Stephanie Dietz with O'Hara, Ruberg, Taylor, Sloan and Sergent of northern Kentucky contributed an article to the KBA Bench and Bar, March ,2006 edition in which she discusses the concept of collaborative law and reports on the other collaborative family law groups in Kentucky, Collaborative Law of Central Kentucky, Inc. and the Northern Kentucky Collaborative Group.