Practice Groups

Participating in Practice Group meetings are a great way to broaden and deepen your relationships with other Collaborative professionals; get to know new people who are coming into Collaborative Practice as well as veterans with whom you haven’t yet worked; and build your knowledge and skills through presentations on meaningful and relevant topics. Below is a list of meeting dates and locations. You can also check the Calendar for the latest meeting dates and information.

Loop (Chicago)
Date:               First Wednesday of the month
Location:         200 N. LaSalle Street, 3rd Fl., Chicago 60601
Time:               Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Leader:            Eva Kogut ( / 312-855-0324)

West Suburban
Date:               Third Thursday of the month (lunch meetings on odd months, evening meetings on even months)
Location:         Bucca di Beppo (lunch, Lombard); Davanti (evening, Western Springs)
Time:               Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Co-Leaders:    Barbara Tishuk – lunch meetings ( / 844-576-2783); Anne Mudd – evening meetings ( / 630-399-8739)

Rolling Meadows
Date:              Second Tuesday of the month
Location:        Peggy Kinnane’s (Arlington Heights)
Time:              Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Leader:          Lisa Irgang ( / 847-253-8800 Ext. 11)

North Shore
Date:               Last Wednesday of the month
Location:         Hackney’s – Lake Street, Glenview
Time:               Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Co-Leaders:    Alona Anspach ( / 847-205-9073 x261), Deanna Conklin-Danao ( / 312-493-2628)

Northwest Suburban/Barrington
Date:               Last Friday of the month
Location:         Chessie’s (Barrington)
Time:               Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Leader:            Amy Barrett ( / 847-699-3399)

Lake County
Date:               First Thursday of the month
Location:         Chili U (Libertyville)
Time:               Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Leader:           Ellene Lammers: ( / 847-421-6827)

CLII Committees

Volunteering to participate as a Committee Member is a great way to meet, and develop relationships with, other members as well as assist CLII in carrying out the goals and mission of the organization. If you’re interested in volunteering for any of these, please contact the CLII Administrator: / 312-882-8000).

Community Outreach Committee
Purpose: Promote pro bono and low bono services to a population that could not otherwise access the Collaborative process.
Meeting Day/Time: Conference calls held on an as needed basis.
Co-Chairs: Linda O’Connell:; Open Co-Chair Position

Excellence & Best Practices Committee
Purpose: Monitor and facilitate the best practices for CLII fellows engaging in Collaborative Practice, and implement the mentor program. New Fellows can request to be paired with a mentor to assist them in becoming acquainted with the collaborative process and membership in CLII. Current Fellows can volunteer to be mentors for this program and receive one hour of FCST credit for each of hour mentoring provided.
Meeting Day/Time: Conference calls held on an as needed basis.
Chair: Open Chair Position

Marketing Committee
Purpose: Increase public awareness of collaborative process and to promote CLII members as the gold standard in providers of this process; work PR/Marketing firm to strategize how best to achieve our goals through social media, the CLII web site, blogs, articles, media interviews, educational forums, event sponsorships, and advertising.
Meeting Day/Time: First Friday of the month, 1:00-2:00 p.m., by conference call.
Co-Chairs: Karen Covy 312-236-1670 ; Paulette Janus: / 773-217-0477

Membership Committee
Purpose: Review new member applications, review member benefits, and recommend changes to membership criteria to the Board to maintain standards, while retaining active Fellows.
Meeting Day/Time: Second Tuesday of the month, 11:00 a.m., by conference call.
Co-Chairs: Jill Daniels 630-269-9203; John Knoerzer / 773-234-1575

Social Committee
Purpose: Explore opportunities and plan social activities to increase Fellows’ engagement and involvement in the organization. This is a great way to become more involved with CLII, and to encourage others to do the same.
Meeting Day/Time: Last Wednesday of the month, 4:00 p.m., by conference call.
Co-Chairs: Mary Rooney: / 312-558-1778 ; Open Co-Chair position

Training & Education Committee
Purpose: Offer Collaborative Basic Skills Training to spark interest in Collaborative Divorce among appropriate professionals to encourage membership in the organization, while ensuring that they have the best training possible to practice in our collaborative community; and offer Fellows Collaborative Skills Trainings (FCST) to develop our collaborative skills to better serve our clients.
Meeting Day/Time: Conference calls and in-person meetings held on an as needed basis.
Co-Chairs: Brigitte Bell ( / 847-733-0933); Jack Long ( / 630-536-8811)