Jan. 4 – Super Lawyers
Sandra Crawford (JD ’89) featured
“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser—in fees, expenses and waste of time. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” [–Abraham Lincoln]
Those words capture the essence of collaborative law, a nonlitigious way to end marriages and business partnerships. For Crawford, it’s both a profession and a passion. After graduating from The John Marshall Law School in 1989 and gravitating toward family law, she grew weary of witnessing the destructive effects of litigated divorce cases. She was among the first to sign up when the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII) was formed in 2002.