Conflict Resolution Professionals as Politicians – Gary Friedman's Experience
by Art Hinshaw
Have you ever thought about how different things would be if high level conflict resolution professionals were more involved in politics? Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were in the political world? If so, you’ll be interested in this piece in Politico that chronicles Gary Friedman’s dip into the waters in his small town of Muir Beach in Northern California.
Who is Gary Friedman you ask? He is one of first lawyer-mediators in the modern mediation movement (started mediating in 1976) and trained and mentored who’s who of the field’s founders. His importance to the field is evidenced by the fact that he is mentioned throughout Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution, a most excellent book co-edited by Howard Gadlin and Nancy Welsh.
Art Hinshaw’s research and teaching interests lie in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), primarily mediation and negotiation. His research bridges ADR theory and practice, and his teaching responsibilities include the Lodestar Mediation Clinic and Negotiation among other ADR courses.
Professor Hinshaw is active in the ADR community having served on several academic and professional committees at the state and national levels. Currently, he serves as a member of the ABA's Standing Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance. Additionally, he is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law and is a contributor to Indisputably, the ADR Prof Blog.
Professor Hinshaw joined the College of Law faculty after teaching at the University of Missouri School of Law and at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Before his academic career, he practiced law in Kansas City, Missouri.
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