Sherrie R. Abney is a collaborative lawyer, mediator, collaborative trainer and former adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She is past chair of the ADR Section and co-chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee as well as co-founder and first chair of the Collaborative Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association. Currently she is past chair of the Collaborative Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and serves on the Advisory Council of the Section. She has also served on the advisory council of the ADR Section of the State Bar. She is currently on the Collaborative Law Committee of the DR Section of the American Bar Association. Sherrie is a founding director and past President of the Global Collaborative Law Council and member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Divorce Texas. She has presented and trained at dispute resolution conferences in Ireland, Australia, England, Uganda, Argentina, Brazil, and Canada, as well as a number of cities in the United States. Sherrie is the author of Avoiding Litigation, A Guide to Civil Collaborative Law, and Civil Collaborative Law, the road less traveled, as well as numerous articles on the use of Collaborative Law in resolving civil dispute.