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In Memorium: Perri Ellen Mayes, Leading Milwaukee Mediator - 1960 - 2018


Perri Ellen Mayes passed peacefully on March 1, 2018, after a short illness, which she battled with grace and courage.

Frank Sander

In Memoriam: Frank E.A. Sander, pioneer in ADR (1927-2018)

(3/01/18)Frank Sander

Frank E.A. Sander ’52, a longtime Harvard Law School professor and a pioneer in the field of alternative dispute resolution, has died. He was 90.

Steven Goldman

Gone, But Not Forgotten

(2/08/18)Steven Goldman

Strive to create a conflict free zone in your work and home interactions.

Joe Markowitz

In Memoriam: Joseph Markowitz

(1/25/18)Joe Markowitz

Today we lost an irreplaceable member of our community, Joe Markowitz, to cancer.

Chris Poole

In Memoriam: CPR Chairman Emeritus Charles Renfrew

(1/19/18)Chris Poole

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Dispute Resolution mourns the loss of Chairman Emeritus Charles B. Renfrew (pictured above), who died in San Francisco on Dec. 14 at age 89.

Tammy Lenski

Go Back to the Future to Discover How Your Agreement Could Fail

(11/06/17)Tammy Lenski

When we’ve put in effort to solve a problem, we want our solution, decision, or agreement to have every chance at long-run success.

Peter T. Coleman

Addressing Injustice: Why and How Do People Seek Justice?

(11/06/17)Peter T. Coleman

10 big ideas on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch - this is piece 7 which focuses on justice.

Peter T. Coleman

World Peace: How Do We Keep Nations from Thermonuclear War?

(8/18/17)Peter T. Coleman, Morton Deutsch

This article describes ideas on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch.

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. ZZZZZ

In Memory of Tim Pownall, 1948-2016


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 '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'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. ZZZZZ

Gerald Phillips, Attorney & Philanthropist, Passes Away at 90


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 ZZZZZ

Melvin Alvin Max Rubin


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

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'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


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


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”?

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