Professional Profile - Faith Jansen, Attorney & Mediator
Educational Degrees and Professional Certifications:
Sarah Lawrence College, New York: B.A., 1977.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA: J.D., 1981.
California State Bar: License to practice law, 1981.
California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization: Certification as a Family Law Specialist, 1991.
Academy of Family Mediators - Association for Conflict Resolution: Certification as an Advanced Practitioner, 1995.
Private law practice (1981 to the present): Divorce and separation; family law; adoption; private guardianship of minors; juvenile dependency (foster care); wills, trusts, and estate planning; and some general practice including business and real estate matters.
Family Law Mediation Center (1991-present): Mediation of divorce and separation; adoption; private guardianship of minors; adoption of foster children; and wills, trusts, and estate plan disputes. Educational program presentations, training attorneys in mediation techniques.
Collaborative Divorce (1995-present): Collaborative law approach to all types of family law disputes.
Lectures, Workshops, Articles:
Your Day In Court! What Every Therapist Needs to Know About Subpoenas, Depositions, Court Appearances, Divorce and Child Custody Litigation; Workshop (1989).
An Introduction to Family Law, lecture sponsored by Divorce and Separation Support Groups at The Discovery Center, Danville, CA (1989-1994).
Negotiation Theories and Mediation Conflict Resolution Techniques; Lecture sponsored by Divorce and Separation Support Groups at Jewish Family and Children's Services, Walnut Creek, CA (1992).
How to Avoid Costly Litigation for "Children Don't Divorce"; Lecture, sponsored by Information Unlimited of San Ramon, CA (1993).
Guest Lecturer - Civic Groups (eg., Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Soroptomists); Lecture on topics including family law mediation, collaborative law, alternative dispute resolution, (1997-present).
"Mediation - A Better Way"; Article: The San Francisco Daily Journal Vol. 104, No. 78, page 8, (April 23, 1998).
Law Office Management Systems for Building a Mediation Practice Within Your Private Law Practice; 1 hour program (1999).
Basic Mediation Skills for Civil and Family Law Lawyers, 44 hour course (2002).
Techniques for Domestic Violence Screening in Mediation and Related Issues; 3 hour program for family law attorney-mediators (2006).
Psychological Interventions in Family Law; 2 hour program for family law attorneys (2006).
"We’ve Come a Long Way - Contra Cost Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution"; Article: The Contra Costa Lawyer (the official publication of the Contra Costa County Bar Association); Vol. 22, Number 11, (2009).
"Six Ways to Use a Family Law Lawyer: Initial Consultation, Periodic Consultation, Mediation, Collaborative Law, Cooperative Law, and Traditional Representation"; Article (2010).
"Planning for Divorce"; Article (2013).
"Do it Yourself Divorce"; Article (2013).
"How to Choose a Responsible Lawyer and Avoid the Divorce Lawyer from Hell"; Article (2013).
"Practical Versus Predatory Pre-Nuptial Agreements in California"; Article (2013).
"Pre-Nuptial Agreements for Second Marriages in California"; Article (2013).
"Private Guardianship and Adoption of Grandchildren in California"; Article (2013).
"Can You Afford to Litigate Your Divorce: A Cost Comparison Between Divorce Mediation and Litigation"; Article (1998; updated in 2014).
"Consulting Attorneys in Divorce Mediation"; Article (2014).
Professional Affiliations and Community Service:
Contra Costa County Bar Association Family Law and Juvenile Law Sections (1985-present).
State Bar of California, Family Law Section, Adoptions Subcommittee - Northern California (1989-1991).
Contra Costa Bar Association Family Law Section Mediation Committee (1993-1998).
Family Law Court Volunteer Mediator (1994-1998).
Mediation Committee; Contra Costa County Bar Association Family Law Section (1998-2009).
Pro Bono "How to Divorce" Workshops for Self-Represented Parties; sponsored by the Contra Costa Bar Association and Contra Costa Superior Court, located at the courthouse. (2000 - present).
East Bay Collaborative Practice Group (2005-present).
Family Law Court Volunteer Pro Per Settlement Conference Mediator (2005 to present).
Awards and Certificates of Appreciation:
Advanced Practitioner Mediator certification: Association for Conflict Resolution, Family Section, formerly the Academy of Family Mediators (1995-present).
Contra Costa County Bar Association Certificate of Appreciation for design and promotion of the Family Law Alternative Resolution (FLARe) attorney-mediator referral panel (2001).
Contra Costa Superior Court certificates of appreciation for volunteering to conduct the "How to Divorce" Pro Bono courthouse workshops and Pro Per settlement conferences (2000-present).
Contra Costa County Bar Association Family Law Section President’s Award for exemplary service to the community in promoting divorce mediation services in Contra Costa County.