Laurel Kaufer

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After years of mediating part-time while practicing law, Laurel Kaufer transitioned to full-time neutral practice in 1995. Mediating disputes successfully through panels across Southern California, Kaufer was quickly able to gain strong credibility, serving as a neutral in over 1000 disputes. After a decade resolving litigated cases, Kaufer makes every effort to address conflict prior to litigation wherever and whenever possible. Specializing in the resolution of construction, real estate and commercial disputes, Kaufer has been instrumental in the restructuring of a public mediation panel through the Southland Regional Association of Realtors and regularly speaks throughout Southern California on Real Estate mediation. Kaufer, a Diplomat and Advisory Committee Member of the California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, also arbitrates Contractors State Licensing Board disputes and mediates through both the Santa Barbara CADRe program and the Ventura County Superior Court.

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Articles and Video:

Prison Inmates to Receive Prestigious Peacemaker Award (09/07/10)
See the new YouTube video posted with the article. Fifteen women, all inmates, most, “lifers,” will receive the 2010 Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award by the Southern California Mediation Association. How is it that women, with dark pasts, serving time for murder and manslaughter, can be honored as Peacemakers?

Richard Millen Memorial: Mediator as a Way of Life (03/11/10)
Richard Millen, a mediation pioneer, teacher and leader, has has died at the age of 89 from cancer. True to his indomitable spirit and desire to bring peace into the lives of everyone he could touch, Richard was was still mediating to the end! The following essay describing Richard was originally written in 2004 by Laurel Kaufer as part of the Southern California Mediation Association's inauguration of the annual Cloke – Millen Award.