2020 IAMFT Spring Conference

Speaker Information

Steven M. Harris, PhD, LMFT is Professor and Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota.  He has been practicing as a marriage and family therapist for over 29 years.  He also serves as the Associate Director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project.  He is involved in a variety of research projects including with the National Divorce Decision-Making Project and in clinical practice with couples on the brink of divorce. He is the author of over 65 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and the co-author of "Seven Letters That Will Bring You Closer to Your College Student" and "Should I Try to Work it Out?" He lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and enjoys the outdoors, college basketball, and Tabasco.



Alan Bouwkamp

ALAN A. BOUWKAMP is a partner in the firm of Becker Bouwkamp Walker, PC in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he practices in the areas of family law and general litigation issues. Mr. Bouwkamp received a B.A. Degree in 1984 from Indiana University and his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, in 1990 from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. Mr. Bouwkamp has practiced extensively before trial courts throughout Indiana, the Indiana Court of Appeals, and has argued before the Indiana Supreme Court. Mr. Bouwkamp has lectured extensively on issues such as life after divorce, child custody and shared parenting, child abuse, and general family law. He has had an AV Preeminent® rating through Martindale-Hubbell® for more than 16 years, is recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer, 2020, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

He is a member of the Indianapolis, Hamilton County, and Indiana State Bar Associations, a member of Grievance Committee B of the Indianapolis Bar Association, a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals. Mr. Bouwkamp is also a member of the Indiana Chapter and National Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He is a member of Collaborative Solutions, Inc., an interdisciplinary Collaborative Law practice group working together to help couples avoid the uncertain outcome of court.


Clarissa Finnell

Clarissa Finnell is an attorney in Schultz & Pogue's Family Law Practice Group. Ms. Finnell practices exclusively in the area of family law, representing clients with cases including divorce, legal separation, child support, child custody, paternity, parenting time, and prenuptial agreements.

She has been practicing for over twenty (20) years and has extensive litigation experience managing heavy volume caseloads in complex, contested family law matters. Ms. Finnell is a registered domestic mediator and parenting coordinator assisting clients who are seeking to resolve their family law cases without going to court.

Ms. Finnell is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association where she serves as secretary on the alternative dispute resolution executive committee and the Indiana State Bar Association where she serves on the public relations committee.  Ms. Finnell is also a member Hamilton County Bar Association, Boone County Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Ms. Finnell is a trained Collaborative attorney. Collaborative practice is a team centered approach to resolving divorce and other family law matters without going to court.  Ms. Finnell is a member of Collaborative Solutions, LLC (collaborativesolutionsindiana.com) which is an interdisciplinary Collaborative practice group dedicated to facilitating custom family centered resolutions to divorce without court intervention.  Ms. Finnell is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals.

In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Finnell was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, an honor for attorneys under 40 that lists her as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Indiana.  In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Finnell volunteers her time to various pro bono and legal services including the IBA's "Legal Line" and mediation day.  She also serves as court appointed guardian ad litem acting as an advocate for children in custody and parenting time disputes.