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Diana Mercer

Diana Mercer Diana Mercer, founder of Peace Talks. Divorce Mediation Services in Los Angeles, California, is the co-author of Your Divorce Advisor: A Lawyer and A Psychologist Guide You Through the Legal and Emotional Landscape of Divorce (Fireside, 2001). After 12 years of practicing as a top divorce litigator, she now devotes her practice solely to mediation.

She has conducted over 2000 mediations, and has received over 250 hours of specialized, professional Family Law Mediation training. To learn more about her background and style, take a look at her Mediation Profile.

As a leading family lawyer, she also presents technical seminars for attorneys and volunteers in alternative dispute resolution programs in California and Connecticut. Her comments appear frequently in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and New Haven (CT) Register.

She is a graduate of Indiana University School of Law, where she received the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence. She is admitted to practice law in California, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, and has served as an Attorney Trial Referee, Special Master, and Custody Court Mediator.

Attorney-Mediator Mercer has written numerous articles with practical advice on family law matters. Ms. Mercer's resume

Read an article by noted Attorney-Mediator Barbara Kahn Stark about Marsha Kline Pruett's research project in Collaborative Law.

Read Marsha Kline Pruett and Tamara Jackson's article in the American Bar Association Journal: The Family Law Quarterly:
The Lawyer's Role During the Divorce Process: Perceptions of Parents, Their Young Children, and Their Attorneys,
33 FAM. L.Q. 283 (Summer 1999).


Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., M.S.L.

Marsha kline Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., M.S.L. is Research Scientist in the Law and Psychiatry Division of the Connecticut Mental health Center at the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and the Yale Child Study Center.

She has served as the Director of Child and Adolescent Programs at The Consultation Center, a nationally regarded Yale-affiliated center for prevention and intervention research and programming.

Her clinical psychology degree is from the University of California Berkeley, with additional masters degrees in law from Yale, and in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

She has eighteen years of clinical experience with individuals, couples, families, and children, and has been trained in both Family Therapy and Divorce Mediation. She is noted nationally for her research regarding child adjustment to divorce, joint custody, school interventions, and work/family conflicts.

Dr. Kline Pruett was a member of the original research team headed by Judith Wallerstein and Janet Johnston, with whom she spearheaded early research on joint custody and marital conflict in California. Since then, she has been Primary Investigator on numerous state and federal grants, and is also known nationally for the development, implementation, and evaluation of preventive interventions. Her writings include numerous original articles published in scientific journals.

She has directed the Culture of Litigation Project which investigates the process of divorce, and its impact on families with children under the age of six.

Currently, she is directing the Collaborative Divorce Project, which offers families with young children in Connecticut a model approach to working with lawyers, judges, family services, and mental health professionals to obtain a timely and cost-effective divorce that maximizes children's contact with both parents through parenting plans designed by the parents, along with assistance from an intervention team.

This study also examines the impact of the intervention on children's well-being, and on the legal and psychological costs to the family. A gifted lecturer and teacher, she has spoken to audiences large and small throughout the country, and served as expert commentator on both local and national radio and television news programs.

Dr. Kline Pruett lives in Guilford, CT with her husband, the nationally renowned child psychiatrist Kyle Pruett, M.D.; she has two adult stepdaughters and a newborn daughter. Dr. Pruett's resume