Paula Hopkins

Paula Hopkins

My practice is concentrated in the Collaborative Divorce Process
  • Divorce
  • Pennsylvania
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Paula Hopkins is a lawyer with more than thirty years of experience, primarily in the area of family law. Paula now concentrates her practice in representing clients in the collaborative divorce process. After being trained collaboratively in 2005, Paula devoted her energies to bringing the collaborative process to Pittsburgh and was a founding member and first President of the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP). Paula practices exclusively in the collaborative divorce process and has represented more than fifty clients in that process. Paula has over 200 hours in training related to the collaborative practice of law and has attended collaborative training and workshops in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Phoenix, Chicago, San Antonio and Milan, Italy. Paula is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and has recently been appointed, for the second year, as a member of the IACP's Task Force on Access to Collaboration. In October 2013, Paula was a presenter at the 14th Annual IACP Conference on Access to Collaboration: Pro Bono and Low Cost Services. In addition to being a member of IACP and CLASP, Paula is a founding member of Gateway to Collaboration, www.gatewaytocollaboration.org. Paula has met the IACP standards for a collaborative practitioner and a trainer of the collaborative process. Paula has participated as a trainer in four basic collaborative process trainings in Pittsburgh and Carlisle, Pennsylvania and has participated as a presenter on the collaborative process in numerous programs sponsored by CLASP, ACBA, PBI and other organizations. Paula has co-authored model statutes and publications on elder law, collaborative law and disability topics including “Using the Collaborative Process to Address Access to Justice, “ 14 The Collaborative Review 1 (Winter 2014) and “Collaborative Law: Will it Work in Your Practice?” 69 Real Property, Probate and Trust L

Practice Area
  • Divorce
Additional Practice Areas
  • Collaborative Law
  • Collaborative Divorce
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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Ohio
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Pennsylvania
Professional Experience
Family law practice concentrated in Collaborative Divorce
Paula Hopkins, Attorney at Law
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Attorney
Private Family Law Practice
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Consulting Attorney
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
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Attorney
Raphael, Gruner & Raphael
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Staff Attorney
American Bar Association Commissions on Mentally Disabled and Elderly
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Co-author of model state statute for board and care home.
Attorney
Schwarzwald, Robiner, Wolf & Rock Cleveland Ohio
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Staff Attorney
Summit County Legal Aid Society
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Staff Attorney
Ohio Association for the Protection and Advocacy of Developmentallly Disabled Persons
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Successfully represented the first client to appeal to the Ohio State Department of Education in a case involving educational rights of a student with developmental disabilities.
Education
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
J.D. (1978)
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Ohio State University - Columbus
B.A. (1974) | English
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Professional Associations
Pennsylvania State Bar # 40544
Member
Current
The Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA)
Member
Current
Activities: As a member of the ACBA, I have served in many capacities including as member of the council of the Family Law Sections and Sole and Small Firm Sections. I am currently the chair of the Pro Bono Subcommittee of the Collaborative Law Committee and a member of the Family Law, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Sections and the Collaborative Law Committee.
The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA)
Member, Family Law Section and Collaborative Law Committee
Current
American Bar Association
Member
Current
The Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Member
Current
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Member
Current
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Member, Access to Collaboration Task Force
- Current
The Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP)
Co-chair, Training Committee
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Activities: During my tenure as co-chair of the training committee, CLASP sponsored and hosted more than 50 hours of continuing legal and professional education related to the Collaborative process.
The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA)
Member, House of Delegates
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Activities: Membership in the PBA House of Delegates is appointed.
Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA)
Member, Judiciary Committee
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Activities: Judiciary Committee membership is chosen by ACBA membership through election.
Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA)
Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section, Chair
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The Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP
President
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Activities: I served as the first president of CLASP.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Using the Collaborative Process to Address Access to Justice
The Collaborative Review
"Enforcement of the Rights of Residents of Board and Care Home," Preserving Independence, Supporting Needs
Public Policy Institute, American Association of Retirement Persons
A Model Act Regulating Board and Care Homes: Guidelines for States
American Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
www.paulahopkins.com
Social Media
Contact & Map
Main Downtown Pittsburgh office
401 Liberty Avenue Suite 1325
Three Gateway Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
USA
Telephone: (412) 288-8880
South Hills Office
Norman Center I
1720 Washington Road, Suite 207
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
USA
Telephone: (412) 288-8880