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 Tamara S. Hatheway

Tamara HathewayI believe my social work background has given me the ability to empathize with my clients and a unique experience beneficial in child custody matters. Although, I believe I assertively represent my client’s interest, I am very concerned with the welfare and best interests of children. I think opposing counsel and parties should be dealt with honestly and with respect. As I often tell my clients, I do not believe lawyers “fueling the fire”, with unrealistic demands and accusatory rhetoric serves parties already involved in an emotional process.

I am an officer and board member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Missouri. Collaborative Law is the newest alternative dispute resolution model which focuses on clients’ real needs and interests and is dedicated to resolution by negotiated settlements. For more information on this exciting process see www.collablawmo.com, www.collaborativepractice.com and www.kan-clik.org.

Throughout the years I have served on the board of directors and committees of many not for profit organizations that benefit children. As an avid, but high handicap golfer, I have helped organize tournaments for bar organizations. I like sports in general, especially football, since I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska.

I authored the chapter on Collaborative Law for the Family Law, Missouri Practice Series 2007 and am listed in the 2008 edition of the Best Lawyers in America.

Education:
B.A., University of Nebraska 1975, Master of Social Work, University of Nebraska 1976, J.D., University of Missouri at Kansas City 1987.

Licenses:
Missouri 1987 and Kansas 1988

Associations:
Missouri Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City,
Wyandotte County and Johnson County Kansas Bar Association, The Collaborative Law Institute of Missouri, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and The Collaborative Law Institute of Kansas.

Background:
I have spent my entire legal career with this firm, as a law clerk, then an associate and now a shareholder. Prior to going to law school, I practiced social work with the State of Arizona and the Platte County Missouri Juvenile Office. I specialized in child abuse and neglect.