Building upon the foundation established over recent decades, The Mediation Futures Project will gather and report upon our best thinking about the future of the mediation field and mediation practice.
About the Project > Coordinators

Mediation Futures Project Coordinators

The Futures Project is coordinated by Clare Fowler, Robert Benjamin & Jim Melamed.

Dr. Clare Fowler, M.D.R., E.D.,

is Managing Editor at Clare received her Master's of Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, focused on reducing workplace conflicts, from Pepperdine University School of Education. Clare coordinated the career development program for the Straus Dispute Resolution Institute students. Clare also serves as's Managing Editor and Blog Editor and as Director of Program Relations for the world's leading online ADR Program Management System: Caseload Manager at

Clare Fowler

Robert Benjamin, M.S.W., J.D., 

has been a practicing mediator since 1979, working in most dispute contexts including: business/civil, family/divorce, employment, and health care. A lawyer and social worker by training, he practiced law for over 25 years and now teaches and presents professional negotiation, mediation, and conflict management seminars and training courses nationally and internationally. He is a past President of the Academy of Family Mediators, a Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution. He is the author of numerous book contributions and articles, including “The Mediator As Trickster,” “Guerilla Negotiation,” and “The Beauty of Conflict,” and is a Senior Editor and regular columnist for

Robert D. Benjamin

Jim Melamed, J.D., 

co-founded in 1996 and has served as CEO of ever since. received the American Bar Association's 2010 Institutional Problem Solver Award. Before, Jim founded The Mediation Center in Eugene, Oregon in 1983 and served as Executive Director of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM) from 1987 to 1993. Jim was also the first President and Executive Director of the Oregon Mediation Association (1985-86). Jim has received the following awards: The Oregon Mediation Association's 2003 Award for Excellence; The Oregon State Bar's 2006 Sidney Lezak Award of Excellence; The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) 2007 John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award; and The 2012 Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) "Getting To Yes" Award. Jim's undergraduate degree is in in psychology from Stanford University and his law degree is from the University of Oregon.

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