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Christine Coates M.Ed., JD

Christine Coates M.Ed., JD

Boulder, CO
CHRISTINE (CHRISTIE) A. COATES is an experienced attorney in Boulder, Colorado whose solo practice emphasized alternative dispute resolution. She is now retired. With a B.A. in psychology and sociology and an M.Ed. in adult counseling, Christie brought a rich and varied background in management and education to her "change of career" law practice which she began in 1983. She was named "Outstanding Young Lawyer in Colorado" by the Colorado Bar Association in 1986, "Mediator of the Year" by the Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediation Organizations in 1996, received an award for her advocacy on behalf of children from Voices for Children of Boulder, Colorado in 1996, and was the recipient of the 1999 Community Service Award of the Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee on Child Custody. She was presented the 2003 Award of Merit by the Boulder County Bar Association for her outstanding achievement and dedication to the legal profession and service to the community and received the 2006 John Van Duzer Distinguished Service Award from AFCC. Since opening her solo law practice in 1983, she has been active in local, state and national bar association activities, which she sees as a way to bring about positive change in our legal system. Currently she is a past president of the Boulder County Bar Association, a past president of the Boulder County Bar Foundation, a past member of the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), a member of the CBA ADR Section, and she served 8 years on the CBA Family Law Section Executive Council. She is a past board member of the Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediation Organizations. A past president of the Metropolitan Lawyer Referral Service (MLRS), she has been a consultant for the American Bar Association, providing technical assistance to lawyer referral services. She remains active in the Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee and is a past president of that organization. She is a past president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, an international interdisciplinary organization. Christie also served on the American Bar Association's Task Force on Standards of Practice for Divorce Mediation and served on the steering committee of an inter-organizational effort that finalized these Standards. She chaired the AFCC Task Force on Parenting Coordination which published Guidelines for Parenting Coordination in 2005. She has co-chaired the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Section’s ADR and Family Functions Committee and the Family Law Section’s Mediation Committee. A mediator since 1984, Christie has been the administrator for a child protection mediation pilot program in Boulder County and is a frequent and popular national speaker on conflict resolution. She has been an adjunct professor of domestic relations and of mediation at the University of Colorado School of Law and of family alternative dispute resolution at the University of Denver. Trained in arbitration by the American Arbitration Association, she has an active arbitration practice and has also expanded the process of mediation-arbitration to its use in post-dissolution families, training nationally on the use of med-arb and parenting coordination in family conflict. She is a co-author of Working with High-Conflict Families of Divorce: A Guide for Practitioners (Jason Aronson Publishers, 2001) and Learning from Divorce (Jossey-Bass, 2003). Christie's dispute resolution experience is extensive, having served as a neutral in such areas of conflict as civil litigation, personal injury, commercial, debtor-creditor, divorce and child custody, non-divorce family issues, organization, government, employment, and education.
Areas of Practice: Child and Family Investigator, Domestic Decision Maker, Mediator, Mediator/Arbitrator, Parenting Coordinator
Professional Affiliations: AFCC, Colorado Bar Association, Boulder County Bar Association , Association for Conflict Resolution, Colorado Council of Mediators, Boulder IDC


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