Nancy J. Cameron is one of the founders of the Collaborative Divorce Association of Vancouver and was the first co-chair of the group with Susan Gamache. Her book Collaborative Practice: Deepening the Dialogue is a primer for collaborative lawyers. The book has chapters on divorce coaching and on the role of the child specialist written by Dr. Susan Gamache, as well as a chapter on the role of the financial specialist written by Doreen Gardner Brown.

According to Cameron's website:

"I spent most of my twenties working with teenagers in group homes, and working and teaching in Early Childhood Education. After the birth of my third child I returned to university, and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.F.A. in creative writing in 1984. As a single parent with three children, I then entered law school, and received my law degree in 1987. I have practiced in the area of family law since I was called to the bar of British Columbia in May 1988.

"In 1991 I completed my first mediation training. Since then, I have been committed to building my skills in dispute resolution, and expanding the out of court settlement options available for families. I have completed the course work in the Dispute Resolution Certificate program at the Justice Institute, as well as a number of advanced mediation courses with Joan Kelly. In 1999 I took my first training in the inter-disciplinary model of collaborative practice, and took further training in this model in 2000.

"In 2001 I was a member of the team that put together the first collaborative law training in British Columbia sponsored by the British Columbia Continuing Legal Education Society. Since then, I have developed materials for and presented numerous trainings in collaborative practice, and continue to offer training in the inter-disciplinary model in both Canada and the United States (see training). Since 2003, I have been an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia faculty of law, where I co-teach a course in collaborative practice."


Collaborative Practice: Deepening the Dialogue (Continuing Legal Education Society, 2004) 1-55258-351-1 $95

[BCBW 2009]