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.
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Futures Project Advisory Committee
 


Peter S. Adler, Ph.D.

Peter Adler directs ACCORD3.0, a group of independent consultants specializing in foresight, fact-finding and conseneus building. He is the former President and CEO of The Keystone Center and has held executive positions with the Hawaii Supreme Court, the Hawaii Justice Foundation, and Neighborhood Justice Center of Honolulu. Peter is also the author of "Eye of the Storm Leadership." 

 


Kenneth Cloke, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M

Ken Cloke is Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and a mediator, arbitrator, consultant and trainer, specializing in resolving complex multi-party conflicts, including community, grievance and workplace disputes, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits, and public policy disputes, and in designing conflict resolution systems for organizations. He is a nationally recognized speaker and leader in the field of conflict resolution, and a published author of many journal articles and several books. He received a B.A. from the University of California; a J.D. from U.C.'s Boalt Law School; a Ph.D. from UCLA; an LLM from UCLA Law School; and has done post-doctoral work at Yale Law School. He is a graduate of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. His university teaching includes law, mediation, history and other social sciences at a number of colleges and universities including Southwestern University School of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, Antioch University, Occidental College, USC and UCLA. 

Ken Cloke

Marvin E. Johnson, M.S., J.D.

Marvin Johnson is a nationally recognized mediator, arbitrator and trainer with over 27 years of dispute resolution experience. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution and previously was Associate Professor at Bowie State University. Mr. Johnson received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Catholic University. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Johnson has worked for the Department of Labor, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the National Treasury Employees Union, the National Football League Players' Association, and the National Academy of Conciliators. As a consultant, Mr. Johnson serves as a mediator, an arbitrator, a fact-finder, and a facilitator in hundreds of public and private disputes. He provides dispute resolution training and lectures extensively on the subject of conflict management.

Marvin Johnson

Jeffrey Krivis, J.D

Jeff Krivis is the author of two books: Improvisational Negotiation: A Mediator’s Stories of Conflict about Love, Money, Anger—and the Strategies that Resolved Them, and How To Make Money As A Mediator And Provide Value To Everyone (Wiley/Jossey Bass publisher). He has been a successful mediator and a pioneer in the field for eighteen years. Krivis is on the board of visitors of Pepperdine Law School and serves as an adjunct professor of law at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. 

Jeff Krivis

Michelle LeBaron, LL.B

Michelle LeBaron is a tenured professor at the UBC law faculty and is Director of the UBC Program on Dispute Resolution. She joined the Faculty of Law in 2003 after twelve years teaching at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the Women's Studies program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. From 1990-1993, she directed the Multiculturalism and Dispute Resolution Project at the University of Victoria. Professor LeBaron has lectured and consulted around the world on cross-cultural conflict resolution, and has practised as a family law and commercial mediator. She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1982 after articling at Campney and Murphy in Vancouver.  Professor LeBaron has written a book on conflict resolution across cultures with colleagues from six different countries. She continues to pursue research into creativity, the arts and multiple ways of knowing as resources for bridging cultural differences.

Michelle LeBaron

Bernard Mayer, Ph.D.

Bernie Mayer is Professor at the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University, a Partner at CDR Associates in Boulder and an internationally-recognized leader in the field of conflict resolution. A skilled mediator, Dr. Mayer has facilitated many complex and highly controversial environmental conflicts, commercial and organizational disputes, planning and development issues, and public decision-making processes.

Bernie Mayer

Nina Meierding, M.S., J.D.

Nina Meierding has been a full-time mediator and trainer for almost thirty years and has handled over 4,000 disputes in her practice. An adjunct professor at Pepperdine University’s Institute for Dispute Resolution and Southern Methodist’s Masters Program in Dispute Resolution, Nina also teaches at many other academic institutions. She has been an instructor at both the National Judicial College and the California Judicial College. She has provided training throughout the world to court systems, corporations, governmental institutions and individuals in negotiation, mediation, culture and gender issues, including England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and India.  Nina is the former president of the Academy of Family Mediators and served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Conflict Resolution. She has received numerous awards for her work in the conflict resolution field, including the John Hayne’s Distinguished Mediator Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution. 

Nina Meierding

Leonard L. Riskin, J.D., LL.M

Len Riskin is Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He previously served at the University of Missouri as Director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and Professor of Law. He has taught both dispute resolution and mindfulness around the world. Professor Riskin has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and an LL.M. from Yale Law School. He has worked as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice and as General Counsel of the National Alliance of Businessmen in Washington, D.C. A practicing mediator, he also has published several books (including the co-authored Dispute Resolution and Lawyers (Westgroup 4th ed. 2009)) and numerous articles on dispute resolution (in some of which he developed the “grids” of mediator orientations—facilitative-evaluative/broad-narrow), several articles on the potential contributions of mindfulness to law and mediation practice.

Len Riskin

Donald T. Saposnek, Ph.D.

Don Saposnek is a clinical-child psychologist and family therapist in practice since 1971, a child custody mediator, trainer and consultant since 1977, and is a founding board member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and Editor of The Professional Family Mediator.  He has published extensively in the professional literature on child custody and child psychology and is on the editorial boards of the Family Court Review and the Conflict Resolution Quarterly journals. He is the author of Mediating Child Custody Disputes: A Strategic Approach, and co-author of Splitting America: How Politicians, Super Pacs and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce. He has been teaching on the psychology faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz since 1977, and is Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. 

Don Saposnek

Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D.

Maria Volpe is Professor of Sociology, Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College ofv Criminal Justice – City University of New York, and Director of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center, a university-wide center focusing on dispute resolution research and innovative program development. An internationally known scholar, Dr. Volpe has lectured, researched, and written extensively about dispute resolution processes, particularly mediation, and has been widely recognized for her distinguished career in the field of dispute resolution, including the 2008 Lawrence Cooke Peace Innovator Award, 2008 Network for Peace Recognition, 2010 Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York Achievement Award, 2011 Frontline Champion Award, 2013 FamilyKind Recognition, 2013 United Nations International Day of Peace Meaningful World Award, among others. In addition to teaching and research, she mediates conflicts in educational settings, conducts dispute resolution skills training, administers grant-funded projects, and facilitates for a wide range of groups. At John Jay College, she has created and facilitated town meetings, cops and kids dialogues, Muslim/Non-Muslim student dialogues, Black Jewish Dialogues, intergenerational dialogues, and Asian American student discussions. Since 9/11 she initiated the NYC-DR listserv, the monthly NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast, and a variety of dispute resolution public awareness initiatives.

Maria Volpe


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