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Margaret Shaw

Margaret Shaw Memorial

(2/06/17)Margaret Shaw

Margaret Shaw, a lawyer and pioneer in alternative dispute resolution, died unexpectedly February 2, 2017.

Jack McCrory

Jack McCrory Memorial

(2/03/17)Jack McCrory

On January 17, 2017, our dear friend and Pepperdine Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution colleague Professor John P. (Jack) McCrory passed away.

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In Memory of Tim Pownall, 1948-2016

(10/11/16)Mediate.com

Our friend and colleague, Tim Pownall, passed away October 9, 2016 Tim was a gifted teacher and a committed peacemaker–known for his dedicated work in reconciliation and thoughtful, constructive dispute resolution through initiatives like the PACIS Project for Interfaith Dialogue.

Roger Fisher

Interview with Roger Fisher

(6/27/16)Roger Fisher

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Roger Fisher, author of 'Getting to Yes' and other negotiation and dispute resolution books and founder of the Harvard Project on Negotiation, filmed as part of the Mediate.com 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Sid Lezak

Interview with Sid Lezak

(3/14/16)Sid Lezak

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with former US Attorney and mediator Sid Lezak shortly before his death as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Jim Melamed

Celebrating the Work and Person of Special Education Mediation Champion Marshall Peter (video)

(11/14/15)Jim Melamed

Marshall Peter is soon retiring as Director of Direction Service in Eugene, Oregon. Marshall is perhaps best known to the mediation field as the founding Director of CADRE, the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, established in 1998. Here is a video tribute to Marshall well worth your watch. Marshall has shown us just how much positive change a person can bring to both our local and national communities.

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Gerald Phillips, Attorney & Philanthropist, Passes Away at 90

(10/21/15)Mediate.com

Gerald F. Phillips, attorney, ethicist and philanthropist, passed away on October 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA surrounded by his devoted family. He was 90 years of age. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 1:00pm at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA

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Melvin Alvin Max Rubin

(8/17/15)Mediate.com

On August 12th, 2015, Mel Rubin passed away. All who knew him are deeply saddened by his loss. Also see www.mediate.com/Memorials.

F. Peter Phillips

Colin J. Wall Memorial

(8/07/15)F. Peter Phillips

The death of Colin J. Wall on July 16, 2015, is a crushing blow to our profession and a personal loss to me.

Ann Gosline

Remembering Jonathan Reitman

(7/10/14)Ann Gosline

We lost a leader and wise teacher of conflict resolution when Jonathan Reitman passed away on June 7th after more than a decade of working and living with cancer.

Richard Salem

Interview with Richard Salem

(7/10/14)Richard Salem

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Richard Salem, a pioneer in the field of mediation and dispute resolution, filmed as part of Mediate.com's ' Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Richard Salem

Mediation Pioneer Richard A. Salem 1930-2014

(3/31/14)Richard Salem

Dick Salem passed away on March 22, 2014 due to complications from a stroke. He was a mediation pioneer whose career took him from the city desk at the Washington Post to mediating high profile civil rights cases as the Midwest Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service. He was also my father, and I know that it was a distinct privilege for him to serve our field for more than 40 years.

Warren Ashley

In Memory of Dr. Warren Ashley

(3/21/14)Warren Ashley

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of our colleague and friend Dr. Warren Ashley in March, 2014.

In Memory of Mediator Jennifer Lynch

(11/30/13)

A trusted and well-respected lawyer, mentor, and advisor to her friends and colleagues around the world, Jennifer will be fondly remembered for her knack of connecting and supporting people, for livening up meetings and events with her warmth and humor and for generously providing her wisdom and knowledge.

Jan Frankel Schau

Be an Empty Vessel

(7/19/13)Jan Frankel Schau

I attended the funeral of my esteemed colleague and friend, John Weiss this past week. John epitomized the concept of listening to the parties in a mediation without prejudgment or bias.

Wendy Landes, Family Law Attorney Mediator

(3/20/13)

Wendy, formerly a family-law litigator, devoted her Santa Monica practice to resolving family-law cases out of court. She dedicated a large portion of her career to educating the public on alternative divorce options.

Juliana Birkhoff

Reducing Citizen and Child Mass Shootings in the United States Using the Best Knowledge, Experience, and Practices From Conflict Resolution

(12/20/12)Juliana Birkhoff

Last Friday, mediators joined other citizens in the United States as they sat in shock and cried for the 26 people Adam Lanza killed in Sandy Hook, CT. Over the weekend, mediators hugged their children and friends, posted messages in Facebook, and called their families. On Monday, mediators commuted to work thinking, “What can we do”?

Chris Poole

JAMS Remembers Hon. H. Warren Knight (Ret.), Founder of JAMS

(11/20/12)Chris Poole

Judge Knight founded JAMS more than 30 years ago. From its modest beginnings in Santa Ana, Calif. in 1979, JAMS has grown to 26 offices in the United States, London and Toronto, with affiliates in Italy, The Netherlands and Ireland.

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Hon. H. Warren Knight (Ret.), Founder JAMS, The Resolution Experts 1929-2012

(11/17/12)Chris Poole

Hon. H. Warren Knight, retired Orange County, CA Superior Court Judge and founder of JAMS, The Resolution Experts, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2012 in Newport Beach, CA from complications from COPD. He was 83 years old.

Pieter Sanders

Pieter Sanders, 1912-2012

(10/02/12)Pieter Sanders

It is with great sadness that we at Kluwer received the news of Pieter Sanders’ death. As the founder and inaugural editor of the ICCA Publications, Also see www.mediate.com/Memorials.

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Roger Fisher (1922-2012)

(8/29/12)Mediate.com

Roger Fisher, a pioneer in the field of negotiation and the co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project, died on August 25, 2012. A professor at Harvard Law School for more than four decades, Fisher established negotiation and conflict resolution as a field deserving academic study.

Brad Heckman

Remembering Ray Shonholtz

(1/16/12)Brad Heckman

This week we lost a great peacebuilding visionary and pioneer, Raymond Shonholtz. I, along with many others, lost a friend, teacher, partner and mentor. As founder of Community Boards, Ray practically invented the modern community mediation center — transforming the idea from a quasi-court apparatus to full-service hub for community dialogue, intergroup conciliation, and peer mediation — using mediators who reflect the diversity of the community.

Justin Corbett

Ray Shonholtz: The Passing of a Community Mediation Visionary

(1/11/12)Justin Corbett

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our friend and colleague Raymond Shonholtz. Ray was a visionary within community mediation from its earliest days.

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Ray Shonholtz: Visionary and Model

(1/10/12)Mediate.com

It was during the time of Ray Shonholtz transitioning from being the founding director of San Francisco Community Mediation Boards to his founding Partners for Democratic Change that Ray and we worked together. Ray was interested in my thoughts on technology and organizing. He wanted to know how we could help the emerging Eastern European Republics, fresh on the heels of the Soviet Union crumbling. What resulted was the opportunity of a lifetime.

Victoria Pynchon

The Heroes of Flight 93 as Evolutionary Altruism and Spiritual Practice

(9/12/11)Victoria Pynchon

The intended victim of Flight 93 was not its passengers nor its crew. The intended victim was the idea of America. The unintentional heroes were ordinary Americans who could easily have behaved differently than they did when faced with their own destruction. Had they privileged fear rather than action, our memories of 9/11 would include a devastated and smoldering national Capitol.

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