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Monday, November 28, 2016

Leslie Funk

Leslie Funk, Mediation, Training and Program Development Coordinator, Community Mediation Services, Queens, New York

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Angela Fox

Angela Fox
EEO Complaint and Compliance Manager for Court Services Offender Supervision Agency  (CSOSA)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Michael Aurit

Michael Aurit
The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation
website: Aurit Divorce Mediation, Phoenix, AZ

Michael recently wrote an article for Mediate.com about the successes and challenges for individuals pursuing ADR early in their careers.  He champions the choice and further calls on the ADR community to "help create an environment where the inclusion of young mediators is not a matter of if or how, but simply a matter of yes, and now."  Michael started his own mediation firm in Scottsdale, Arizona after graduating with his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law and Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from The Straus Institute at Pepperdine Law.  Discussing his own career path, he wrote: "Beginning my own journey to build a private family mediation practice was met with a fair share of naysayers and less than supportive professionals at the local, academic, and organizational levels. With time, and a great deal of persistence, I was lucky enough to find those inspiring few, at each level, who gave me the courage, perspective, and the tools move forward and keep me going as a young professional mediator. It is amazing what can happen when some dedicated support is matched with a dream."

You can read the full article here: http://www.mediate.com/articles/AuritFuture.cfm 

Michael is an active member of the State Bar of Arizona and the State Bar of California. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Academy of Professional Family Mediators. He is a member of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, where he has served as National conference faculty. He is also a member of The Association for Conflict Resolution and Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators. He is a contributor to The Huffington Post.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Natalie Fleury

Natalie Fleury
Program Coordinator for Dispute Resolution, Marquette University Law School Dispute Resolution Program
Ombuds, Medical College of Wisconsin
Principal, Conflict Management Concepts, LLC

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pari Karim

Pari Karim, Training Director, Center for Conflict Resolution


The following is an excerpt from the article, Law school clinics matter, but how much, published by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 25, 2015 (http://chicagolawbulletin.com/Law-Day/2015/Law-School-Clinics-LD2015.aspx):

Getting the job
Know what you want. Know how to get it.
Regardless of the size or type of employer or even the preferred practice area, a law student in 2015 would be well served to adopt that as a personal motto.
[Pari] Karim did.
She spent her first summer at IIT Chicago-Kent in the school’s mediation clinic, starting with 40 hours of training through the Center for Conflict Resolution. As a result, she could mediate small civil claim disputes, mostly at the Daley Center.
After the clinic concluded, she volunteered at the center. When she earned her J.D. in 2010, it hired her full time.
Today, Karim conducts the 40 hours of training, working with students now working in the clinic that launched her career.
“I think just the relationships and the networking that I was able to do through that — both the introduction through the clinic to the organization and the continued relationship that I maintained afterward — was essential,” she said.
And here is an interview with Pari from October 11, 2015:

Monday, April 27, 2015

Brian Pappas

Brian Pappas
Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Associate Director of the ADR Program
Michigan State University College of Law


Monday, April 20, 2015

Maurice Q. Robinson

Maurice Q. Robinson
Administrative Hearing Officer - NYC HPD
Adjunct Law Professor & Diversity Officer- Seton Hall University School of Law Conflict Management Program
Managing Mediator - Consensio Dispute Resolution