After 32 years of practice, certain lessons are learned. One is that I simply enjoy this work. I like mediating with parents that can work together. It is fun to see them move from feeling overwhelmed to having a sense of control and hope for their futures. I also enjoy the contested cases as they allow me to find ways to deal with an often difficult opposing spouse. In both cases many clients return to normal life at the end of the case with a new understanding of themselves. I cannot take credit for this. It is their talent to make the best of a difficult situation that makes all the difference.
As an MSW social worker and a lawyer, I am interested in combining advocacy with insight to enhance my client’s capacity to deal with their ex-spouse and their children.
I am thankful for the steady stream of client referrals that have made my practice. Each one of them has taught me something about how to be a better lawyer.
On a personal level I have three sons who I raised after their mother passed away when they were very young. Raising children on one's own has taught me much about parenting. Now that they are in college I have time for gardening, biking and giving back to the community that has given so much to me.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|President's Award||King County Bar Association||1985|
|Owner Attorney||John W. Kydd, P.S.||2003 - 2011|
|Attorney of Counsel||Helsell Fetterman LLP||1997 - 2003|
|Partner Attorney||Strong and Kydd||1986 - 1997|
|Partner Attorney||Halverson and Strong||1982 - 1986|
|Research Associate||Battelle Human Affairs Research Center||1977 - 1978|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts||Board Member||2012 - Present|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts||President||1996 - 1997|
|King County Bar Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|Washington Lawyer Practice Manual||Chapter 12 - Alternatives to Litigation: Arbitration & Mediation (Part 2)||2015|
|Washington Lawyer Practice Manual||Mediation of Family Law Matters||2012|
|Washington State Bar Association Family Law Deskbook||Family Mediation||2006|
|Washington Lawyer's Practice Manual||Mediation of Family Law Matters||2006|
|Washington State Bar Association Family Law Deskbook||Family Mediation||2000|
|Washington Lawyers Practice Manual||Mediation of Family Law Matters||2000|
|Book||Divorce in Washington: A Humane Approach||1986|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|University of Washington||N/A||Masters of Social Work||1978|
|David A Chadwick Endowed Lectureship||Preventing Trauma to Children||2001|