Michael Aurit, JD, MDR, is President of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), and is a professional divorce and family mediator and Co-Founder of The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation in Scottsdale, Arizona. He also is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law where he teaches divorce and family mediation. Michael is a former Fellow of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. He also currently serves as Ethics Chair of the Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators (MCAFM). Michael holds his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The Boston Conservatory of Music.
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