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Arlene Kostant is a State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist with a private practice specializing in mediation and collaborative family law in San Francisco. She grew up in the suburbs of New York City and detoured as an elementary school teacher in France prior to becoming an attorney. She is an active member of a number of collaborative practice groups, including co-chairing Collaborative Practice California���s 2008 statewide conference and serving on the steering committees of Collaborative Practice East Bay and Collaborative Practice San Francisco. The Daily Journal has named her one of California's most sought-after family law mediators. She is routinely designated a Northern California Super Lawyer in the Journal of Law and Politics. That journal has previously also listed her among the top 50 women attorneys in Northern California. Arlene teaches Negotiation at UC Berkeley School of Law and at Hastings Law School, where she previously taught Mediation.
She received her B.A. from New York University in 1970, her M.A. in Foreign and Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester in 1972, and her J.D. with honors from Golden Gate University in 1977. Ms. Kostant is a member of the San Francisco Bar Association's Family Law Section and was its chair in 1997.