In The News
Laurie Israel was featured in the Wall Street Journal print and online edition on March 2, 2015. Her topic is prenuptial agreements and will be in the Big Issues in Personal Finance section. Click here for the dialogue, entitled “Is A Prenuptial Agreement a Must for Most Couples?”.
Laurie Israel presented a two-day training on marital mediation on September 19 and 20, 2014 in Brookline, Massachusetts, entitled, “How to Use Mediation to Help Couples Stay Married”.
Laurie Israel was one of the six debaters asked to participate in the New York Times “Room for Debate” column, which was published in the New York Times on March 22, 2013. The topic was Prenups. The questions asked were: “Should everyone have a prenuptial agreement? Do they really mean anything?” Each of the six debaters wrote a 300 word response. The views on the topic ranged widely. You can access the debate from this link.
Laurie Israel went up against celebrity divorce attorney, Raoul Felder, on September 14, 2012, in the great debate posted on Huffington Report, entitled “Prenuptial Agreements — Are They Necessary? Two Experts Debate “ .
People voted on the best argument, and Laurie (one of the experts) prevailed, gaining most of the “undecided” votes. The posting led to Laurie Israel being called to on a streaming video Huffington Post panel (with Raoul Felder and others) on the same topic. A probing question by Laurie elicited the information that Felder, himself, while pushing prenups for everbody, doesn’t have one himself. “Top Divorce Lawyer Has No Prenup — Blames Donald Trump for Trend.” This flurry of media activity led to Laurie being quoted (correctly, for once) in an article on prenups in the New York Post entitled “New York’s Craziest Prenups”.
Laura Days received her National Synchronized Skating Judge Appointment from United States Figure Skating in November, 2011. Laura spends some of her “off” time traveling around the country to judge at synchronized skating competitions.
Laura Days was the President of the Rotary Club of Brookline for the 2011-2012 year.
Matt Solomon, joined our firm as an associate in October, 2014. Prior to joining Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC, he operated a solo practice for six years and was also a special education high school teacher in Boston and Oakland, California. Matthew is expanding his practice to include mediation. Matt enjoys snow shoveling and his two pit-bull dogs.
Laurie Israel has been accepted by Huffington Post as an official blogger in the areas of divorce and relationships. Her article “Don’t Let Your Attorney Hijack Your Divorce” was published on Huffington Post on November 30, 2010. So far, thirteen of Laurie’s articles have been posted on Huffingon Post. Search its website www.huffingtonpost.com and Laurie’s name, and the articles can be easily found. One of her articles, “Divorce Tourism — American Style” is about bringing your marital counselor or marital mediator on your vacation to do some intensive work on your marriage. Laurie writes about marriage, divorce, relationships, and other topics in the Huffington Post.
Laurie Israel presented as part of an Massachusetts Continuing Education Panel on October 24, 2011 on “Who Is on Your Team?” Coaches, counselors, Meidators and Lawyers Define the Boundaries of Professional Practice”, with David Hoffman (moderator), Gail Packer and Richard Wolman.
Laura Days was featured in the “Hearsay” (Lawers in the news) section of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on December 29, 2010. The article featured Laura’s interest and expertise in ice-skating, her work as a skating judge, and its relevance to the detailed work Laura does as a transactional attorney in the firm.
Laurie Israel gave three a one-day trainings in Marital Mediaton (Mediation to Stay Married) during the spring of 2011 in Brookline, Brooklyn, New York, and in Helena, Montana. The Montana training was sponsored by the Montana Mediation Association (MtMA).
Laurie Israel presented in a panel of family law experts for a Continuing Education Program on January 28, 2010, from 1 – 5 p.m. hosted by Lawyers Weekly. She joined a panel which includes attorneys Alan Gesmer, Joyce Kauffman, Marsha Kararosian, and Robyn Honig. Laurie’s topics will include effect of the new Massachusetts Probate Code on marriages and divorces, bankruptcy discharge exception under 11 USC 523(a)(15) for debts incurred in connection with divorce, update on prenuptial agreements, update on recent cases, including effect of retention of S corpration earnings on support obligations.
Laurie Israel and John Fiske, both pioneers in the emerging marital mediation field, presented the first two-day training on marital mediation to be held on March 5 and 6, 2010, at Wellesley College Club, Wellesley, Massachusetts. Visit John or Laurie’s websites for more information and registration.
Laurie Israel was quoted in the Boston Globe on March 18, 2009, along with Steven Ballard, in an article by Meredith Goldstein about “Do it Yourselves Divorce”. Laurie expressed the view that most divorces do not lend themselves to DIY, because of the fairness issues that are often overlooked when people do not know what “the law” provides. Often one party or another gives up “too much” and regrets it later. In her own practice, when faced with clients who think theycan do it themselves, she asks “would you take out your own appendix”? In the article, Laurie was quoted as saying “You don’t know what’s fair until you’re a divorce lawyer”. What was left out of the quote was the 3 words that followed it “…or a judge”.
Laurie Israel was quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article “Demand for ADR, mediation up, family law bar reports” (August 24, 2009), See pdf of article, which noted that family-law attorneys who specialize in mediation and “collaborative practice” say they are seeing a marked increase in demand for their services, a phenomenon they suspect is fueled by the faltering economy. The Brookline collaborative-law and mediation practitioner said that regardless of what the economy is doing, “people still need to get divorces.” What has changed, Laurie Israel said, is that these people are seeking more cost-effective ways to undergo the process, with less conflict involved.