Conference Speakers

 

John Bailey
Chief Justice of the Eleventh Court of Appeals

Chief Justice John M. Bailey has served on the 11th Court of Appeals since October 2013 when he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as a justice on the court. He subsequently won a contested 2014 Republican Primary for an unexpired term and ran unopposed for a full term in 2016.

Governor Greg Abbott appointed Chief Justice Bailey as the chief justice of the 11th Court of Appeals in September 2018 to replace retired Chief Justice Jim Wright.

Chief Justice Bailey is a native of the district and a current resident of Eastland County. Chief Justice Bailey graduated summa cum laude from Tarleton State University in Stephenville in 1989, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in government and a minor in history. Chief Justice Bailey graduated with honors from Texas Tech School of Law in 1992.

Immediately after graduating from law school, Chief Justice Bailey served as a briefing attorney for Chief Justice Austin McCloud at the 11th Court of Appeals for one year. Chief Justice Bailey then practiced trial and appellate law in Abilene at the law firm of Glandon & Scarborough, P.C. for several years. He returned to work as a staff attorney at the 11th Court of Appeals in 2001. Chief Justice Bailey continued to serve as a staff attorney at the court until his appointment to the bench in 2013.

Chief Justice Bailey and his wife, Sarah, are active in many civic organizations. Chief Justice Bailey has served as the president of the Cisco Livestock Show Association and the Eastland County Museum Association. He also served on the Board of Regents at Cisco College prior to his appointment to the 11th Court of Appeals. Sarah has served as the president of the Cisco Senior Nutrition Program and as an officer in the Cisco Civic League. In his spare time, Chief Justice Bailey enjoys traveling, woodworking, and serving as the public address announcer for the Cisco Loboes football team.

John Bailey will be presenting the following session:
The Interplay between the Texas Judicial System and Alternative Dispute Resolution: a View from the Bench
Friday, March 1 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM
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Lisbeth Bulmash
Mediators360

http://www.mediators360.com/

Attorney Lisbeth Bulmash is co-founder of Mediators360. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Arts and from the Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate.

Ms. Bulmash has practiced law since 1989. Her experience in litigation has involved work in a variety of settings including a law firm specializing in defense, a law firm representing primarily plaintiffs and in a national property casualty insurance company. These varied legal experiences prepared Ms. Bulmash for her career in Mediation. She has a unique way of anticipating the needs and interests of the parties.

Lis Bulmash has been a mediator for more than sixteen (17) years. Before practicing in the state of Texas, Ms. Bulmash had an active mediation practice in Ohio. She has been admitted to five bars including Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Texas. For over a decade, she has engaged in the practice of mediation. Her disputes have ranged from small cases to cases that are larger and more complex. She mediates all types of cases including but not limited to, civil and commercial cases, probate cases, employment cases as well as eminent domain cases.

Ms. Bulmash has a designation of Credentialed Distinguished from the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. She currently serves as a board member of the TMCA. Lis was Chair of the ADR Section of the Dallas Bar Association in 2017 and has been an active ADR Board Member for four years. Currently, she sits on the ADR Advisory Council for the State Bar of Texas, where she is beginning her second 3-year term. In addition, Lis is Secretary of the North Dallas Chapter of the Association of Attorney-Mediators.

In recent years, Ms. Bulmash has presented CLEs about mediation to many organizations including the City of Dallas, Private Corporations, the Association of Attorney-Mediators, the University of North Texas Law School and the State Bar of Texas to name a few.

Lisbeth Bulmash will be presenting the following session:
Cultural Diversity in Mediation
Saturday, March 2 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
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Othel Bursey
Dallas County ADR Program

Othel Bursey Jr., serves as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator and Administrator over the Dallas County Dispute Resolution Center (DCDRC). This Center is the only county administered program in North Texas and currently receives case referrals directly from the Civil District Courts, Family District Courts, County Courts at Law, Probate, and Justice of the Peace Courts. Othel holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration (MPA) and Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Othel is married and resides in the Dallas area.

Othel Bursey will be presenting the following session:
Cultural Diversity in Mediation
Saturday, March 2 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
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Gary R. Clayton
Negotiate.Pro

http://www.Negotiate.Pro

Gary R. Clayton, Psy.D. is a proven professional executive with over 35 years of experience in business start-up, turnaround, management, marketing, and sales of technology products and services. Dr. Clayton specializes in helping clients identify well considered eloquent solutions for their particular situations and circumstances. Having owned and operated several successful ventures in technology, food products and service, and healthcare, he is keenly aware of the inherent conflicts in the marketplace and the opportunities for resolution. He has significant mediation experience in conflicts involving business agreements/contracts, finance and property disputes, accident and injury and family matters.

Gary R. Clayton will be presenting the following session:
Mediator Competence and Proficiency: Empirical Standards
Friday, March 1 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM
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Joe L. Cope
Duncum Center Solutions Abilene Christian University

http://duncumcentersolutions.com

Joe L. “Joey” Cope is the Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Abilene Christian University (Dallas campus). He served as the Executive Director for Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution at ACU from 2000 to 2015 and as the Executive Director of Duncum Center Solutions (a Texas Hospital Association Endorsed Company) from 2015 to 2017. Cope is an Associate Professor in Conflict Management and Resolution at ACU and has served as adjunct professor at the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, the Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at Southern Methodist University.

Cope is past chair of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He is a past member of the board of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association and is coauthor of West Publishing’s “Texas Practice Guide: Alternative Dispute Resolution.”

Joe L. Cope will be presenting the following session:
Multi-Party Facilitation: We're Going to Need a Bigger Table
Saturday, March 2 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
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Bradley Craig
Between Two Homes

http://childreninthemiddle.com/about.htm   http://betweentwohomes.com

BRADLEY CRAIG, LMSW-IPR, CFLE received his Master's Degree in Social Work at UTA and is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Family Life Educator. He is a noted co-parent educator in the North Texas area and has developed a number of parent education programs for families raising children in two homes. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas in Arlington. He began specializing in working with families raising children between two homes in 1993 when he was hired by Tarrant County to conduct social study investigations and provide mediation sessions. He helped them design an orientation for litigating families offered by the county.

Bradley Craig will be presenting the following session:
Between Two Homes- Focus on the Ongoing Family Pre and Post Mediation
Friday, March 1 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
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Rob Eichelbaum
San Antonio Mediation

http://www.satxmediation.com/

Rob Eichelbaum is a second generation attorney born and raised in San Antonio. He began his practice in partnership with his father, forming Eichelbaum Law Office. He has served as Managing Attorney and “of Counsel” to several prestigious law firms located in San Antonio. Prior to launching Eichelbaum Mediation Services, his practice consisted primarily of family law, bankruptcy, consumer litigation, estate planning, probate, personal injury, and elder law.

Since 1997, Rob has served as an Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law, teaching courses in Negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution. In 2005, Rob Eichelbaum created the first Family Law Mediation course to be taught and accredited at an ABA recognized Law School in the State of Texas.

Rob Eichelbaum is a frequent lecturer at State Bar and local CLE programs. He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. Since 2007, Rob has been annually distinguished as one of San Antonio’s Best Lawyers, according to Scene in SA Magazine’s Annual Best Lawyer Survey. In 2012, Rob was also recognized as one of Texas’ Super Lawyers by Texas Monthly Magazine.

Rob is married to Jennifer, a special education teacher, and they have two children. Rob enjoys giving back to his hometown community by teaching Religious School, working with High School youth, and creating the “You Can / We Will” project. This program provided over 250 free Wills and Estate Planning documents in exchange for charitable donations that benefitted Child Advocates of San Antonio and the San Antonio Food Bank. Some of his other interests include traveling, reading, playing poker, white water rafting and hiking.

Rob Eichelbaum will be presenting the following session:
When the Challenge Isn’t the Client: Dealing with Attorney and Third Party Personalities and Agendas in Family Mediations
Friday, March 1 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
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Kay Elliott
Texas A&M University School of Law Adjunct Professor

https://law.tamu.edu/faculty-staff/find-people/faculty-profiles/kay-elliott

Professor Elliott is a mediator, arbitrator and mediation trainer. She coaches several ADR teams for Texas A&M. Since 1990, her teams have won numerous regional and national championships, including the 2016 ABA Representation in Mediation national championship. Professor Elliott also is co-editor of the State Bar of Texas Handbook on Alternative Dispute Resolution (3rd edition), a member of the Texas and National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a charter member of the Texas Mediation Trainers Round Table, and a former member of the State Bar of Texas ADR section council.

Kay Elliott will be presenting the following session:
Implicit Bias, Intelligence and Empathy
Friday, March 1 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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Denise French
Divorce Strategies Group LLC

http://www.divorcestrategiesgroup.com

Denise founded Divorce Strategies Group in 2014. Divorce Strategies Group was incepted because of her own ugly divorce in 2007. Denise desired to create a firm where others could have a better divorce experience, and to help other children not face the trauma her own child experienced. She helps other walk through the divorce process in a dignified, confident manner.

Denise is a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®), an experienced Family and Child Custody Mediator and trained as a Collaborative Law Financial Expert. Denise focuses on the areas of divorce finance, divorce tax, separate property tracing, executive compensation in divorce, pension plans, expert witness testimony as well as the emotional aspects of divorce and mediation.

Denise also founded French Financial Group in 2012. Prior to French Financial Group, Denise worked for large investment and insurance firms. She has over 22 years of experience in financial planning, investment positioning, and income strategies. She currently provides full-service financial planning, investment placement and insurance as an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) under French Financial Group. Denise is also a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC).

Denise French will be presenting the following session:
Avoid Financial Errors in Mediated Divorce Settlements
Saturday, March 2 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
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Dana Garnett
Mindful Strategy LLC

http://mindfulstrategy.com

Dana Garnett is a Credentialed Mediator for the State of Texas for Civil and Family cases, a Conflict Strategist, and a CPA. She is the founder of her private practice Mindful Strategy, LLC, which merges her Big 8 Accounting and International Fortune 100 experience with vastly acquired global life lessons. Dana empowers her clients by imparting real-time, in-the-moment conflict management skills which enable them to swiftly and effectively handle whatever life throws them. Key results include increased productivity, creative problem-solving, greatly reduced stress, and improved business, family and social dynamics. Dana speaks to local, state and national business forums.

Dana Garnett will be presenting the following session:
The Best Kept Secret: 3 Essential Keys that Enhance Your Mediation and Improve Your Health!
Saturday, March 2 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
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Melanie E. Grimes

http://www.mgmediation.com/

Melanie E. Grimes is recognized by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association as a “Credentialed Distinguished Mediator,” the highest credentialing designation in Texas. In 2018, Ms. Grimes received the Susanne C. Adams Award from the Texas Association of Mediators. This award is given annually to a mediator who has performed “exceptional and outstanding efforts in promoting or furthering the use of mediation in Texas.” Additionally, Ms. Grimes was recognized with the Louis Weber Award for “Outstanding Mediator of the Year” for her work as a volunteer mediator.

Ms. Grimes’ mediation experience includes more than 1000 mediations enhanced by more than 500 hours of mediation training. Utilizing skills strengthened in her 15 years in senior- and executive-level corporate management and through an ongoing focus on personal development, Ms. Grimes offers a unique blend of talents—confidence, compassion, keen listening, ideas and more ideas, problem solving, masterful negotiation.

Melanie E. Grimes will be presenting the following session:
When the Challenge Isn’t the Client: Dealing with Attorney and Third Party Personalities and Agendas in Family Mediations
Friday, March 1 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
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Akbar Kabani
Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board

http://www.cab-usa.org

Akbar Kabani works on ADR policy matters and legal issues in ADR, as one of nine members charged with the responsibility of overseeing the training, policy making, and operations of the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board in the US. He has also served as the chairman of the Dallas Bar Association’s ADR Section and on the advisory board for the Dallas County Dispute Resolution Center.

As a practicing lawyer, Akbar additionally represents businesses and individual investors, in and out of court, in the areas of business law and real estate law.

Akbar Kabani will be presenting the following session:
Cultural Diversity in Mediation
Saturday, March 2 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
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Adam McGough

District 10 Dallas City Council Representative, Director of Conflict Management at El Centro College and an Adjunct Faculty member at SMU in Dispute Resolution.

Councilmember Adam McGough serves as the District 10 Dallas City Council representative. Elected in 2015, Councilmember McGough represents northeast Dallas including Lake Highlands and Hamilton Park.

Councilmember McGough serves as the Vice-Chair for the Public Safety Committee and as a member of Economic Development, Quality of Life and Environment, and Ad Hoc Judicial Nominations Committees in addition to acting as the Mayor's appointee to the Regional Transportation Commission, the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, and TEX-21. Voted Dallas Morning News' "Council Rookie of the Year," McGough helped negotiate revisions to Chapter 27 of the Dallas City Code to improve minimum property standards, led improvements to nuisance abatement laws, negotiated a compromise on the Trinity River Project, and was appointed to draft a compromise agreement for the privatization of Fair Park. In June 2016, McGough released the #ALLinD10 Accountability Plan to improve quality of life and spur economic development in District 10 and looks forward to working collectively and strategically to accomplish those goals.

A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, Adam earned a B.A. in Economics as a University of Texas at Austin Longhorn before earning his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. While in law school, Adam served on Law Review, earned status as a "Master Advocate" for the Board of Advocates, and had the opportunity to study English Comparative Law and Employment Law at the University of Oxford in England while participating in Alternative Dispute Resolution courses. Here Adam developed a passion for mediation and sought a Masters of Law, L.L.M, from Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in addition to earning several certificates at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

After establishing a private law practice for several years, Adam received the call to serve the City of Dallas as a Community Prosecutor within the City Attorney's Office. As a Community Prosecutor, Adam had the unique opportunity to bring together his skills as a mediator and a litigator with the resources of the Dallas Police, Fire, Code and Housing departments to solve neighborhood issues and improve quality of life throughout Dallas. Adam was promoted to Executive Assistant City Attorney where he served as the Chief of Community Prosecution and Community Courts and led teams of attorneys, code officers, and city staff across the entire City of Dallas. Adam helped bring the first community prosecutor to the area of Lake Highlands. His reputation as a litigator and prosecutor along with his skill in mediation and desire to make the neighborhoods safe earned Adam the appointment of Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

In 2013, Mayor Mike Rawlings asked Adam to join his office as Chief of Strategic Initiatives and lead GrowSouth, a program dedicated to improving education and economic development in Southern Dallas. Shortly thereafter, Adam was promoted to serve as the Mayor's Chief of Staff where he was involved in the response to the Ebola crisis in Dallas, the JFK Commemorative, the New Cities Summit, and establishing the Mayor's Rising Star Council.

Since 2007, Adam has served as the Director of Conflict Management at El Centro College and as an Adjunct Faculty member at SMU in Dispute Resolution. He is a sought after speaker and conducts trainings across the country for judges, attorneys, and professionals in negotiation, mediation, and dispute resolution. Adam is the immediate past Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the Dallas Bar Association and continues to serve on the board of directors for numerous organizations.

Adam and his wife of thirteen years, Lacy, have three sons: Noah (10), Cooper (8), and Eli (3) who attend Scofield Christian School in Lake Highlands. The McGoughs attend Prestoncrest Church of Christ and Watermark Community Church. Adam also serves as a Volunteer Chaplain for Lifeline Chapla​incy.

Adam McGough will be presenting the following session:
Politics, Policy & Progress: How Mediators Can Save Our Country - One City at a Time, One Relationship at a Time.
Saturday, March 2 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM
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Patricia M. Porter
Conflict Connections, Inc.

http://www.conflictconnections.com

Patricia M. Porter, LCSW, ACC is President of Conflict Connections®, Inc. Her conflict resolution practice experience spans 25 years assisting workplace organizations, federal government agencies, universities, and large family businesses throughout the United States using mediation, conflict coaching, change management and facilitation for teams, and training. Over the last 5 years, Patricia focused her energies on building a skill set to work in a virtual environment. This included developing an online curriculum teaching in-house mediators best practices, strategies and challenges of mediating in an online environment. Patricia now mediates virtually for EEO and workplace cases for the Department of Interior’s Bureaus.

Patricia M. Porter will be presenting the following session:
Mediating in a Virtual World: Challenges and Lessons Learned
Friday, March 1 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM
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J. Edward “Ed” Reaves, Jr.
Hill Country Dispute Resolution Center

Ed Reaves is the Executive Director of the Hill Country DRC in Kerrville. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1970, and has been a mediator for 25 years. He is a TMCA Credentialed Distinguished Mediator, a member of TAM and TMTR, and the ADR & Family Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas.

J. Edward “Ed” Reaves, Jr. will be presenting the following session:
When the Challenge Isn’t the Client: Dealing with Attorney and Third Party Personalities and Agendas in Family Mediations
Friday, March 1 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
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Josefina M. Rendon
Mediator, Arbitrator, Judge

http://www.rendonmediation.com/

Judge Josefina Rendón is a Municipal Judge, visiting JP, former State District Judge, mediator and arbitrator. A former editor of The Texas Mediator, she’s authored over 150 articles/book reviews on ADR, diversity and law. She’s past president of TAM and Association for Conflict Resolution–Houston and served on boards of Harris County DRC, Texas Center for Judiciary and ADR sections of Texas Bar and Houston Bar Association. She’s been awarded the Justice Frank Evans Award (Texas Bar-ADR section) and TAM’s Susanne Adams Award and recognized as Pioneer in Houston Law (Houston Lawyer) and Houston Top Lawyer in Arbitration/Mediation (Houstonia Magazine).

Josefina M. Rendon will be presenting the following session:
Cultural Diversity in Mediation
Saturday, March 2 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
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Robyn Short
Conflict Specialist, Mediator & Facilitator

http://robynshort.com/

Robyn Short is a mediator and peace-building trainer with expertise in restorative justice and transformative mediation models. She is the founder and publisher of GoodMedia Press, a boutique publishing company that’s mission is to elevate the human condition through books and other media. Prior to starting her mediation practice, Robyn worked for 15 years in marketing. She enjoys sharing her expertise with those in the mediation, human rights, and peace-building fields. Robyn is adjunct faculty at Southern Methodist University in the Master of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution program and the Master of Leadership and Negotiation at Bay Path University.


Robyn Short will be presenting the following session:
Marketing for the Modern Mediator
Friday, March 1 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
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Mark Sims

Mark W. Sims is an attorney-mediator with offices in Austin, Texas. Mr. Sims has facilitated close to four-thousand mediations in family law cases and in matters involving other areas of civil litigation.

Mr. Sims is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and has Finance and Marketing degrees from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Credentialed Distinguished Mediator with the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a Fellow in the Austin Bar Foundation. Mr. Sims, a CV Peer Review Rated Attorney, is a member of the Texas Association of Mediators, the Association of Attorney-Mediators, and of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Mr. Sims is a former chair of the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas and volunteers regularly for Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas leading a pro se clinic regarding family law matters. He has been awarded the J. Chrys Dougherty Award by the Austin Bar Association in recognition of his volunteer efforts.

Mark Sims will be presenting the following session:
When the Challenge Isn’t the Client: Dealing with Attorney and Third Party Personalities and Agendas in Family Mediations
Friday, March 1 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
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Shelly Skeen
BFS Law Group

http://WWW.BFSLAWGROUP.COM

Shelly L. Skeen practices commercial litigation, online free speech, probate, estate planning and LGBT law. Shelly graduated from law school magna cum laude and clerked for a Texas appellate court. Shelly is a mediator and arbitrator, holding a Diploma in International Arbitration and a “Fellow” designation from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London.
Shelly has appeared before the Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, the 5th, 6th, and 7th Circuit Courts of Appeals and U.S. District Courts in Texas, Michigan and Illinois. Shelly was the Chair of the LGBT Law Section for the State Bar of Texas (SBOT), the President of the Dallas LGBT Bar Association. Shelly is serving a three (3) year term on the SBOT’s CLE Committee. Shelly is adjunct faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
In 2016, The Texas Bar College awarded Shelly The Franklin Jones Award for the Best CLE article as voted by her peers. The LGBT Law Section also honored Shelly with its highest award, the Judge Black Award. In May 2018, Shelly earned an LL.M. from UCLA School of Law with specializations in Constitutional Law and Law & Sexuality (LGBTQ Law).

Shelly Skeen will be presenting the following session:
Successful LGBT Mediations, What Every Mediator Should Know
Friday, March 1 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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Betty Snyder
SMU Dispute Resolution Program

https://www.smu.edu/simmons/AboutUs/Directory/DisputeResolutionCounseling/Gilmore

Dr. Betty Snyder is the Director and Associate Clinical Faculty for the Center for Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution program at SMU. She also serves as a lecturer at both the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine School of Law and the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University. She teaches courses in communication, mediation, psychology of conflict, culture and gender, peacebuilding and neuroscience.

Prior to her work at SMU, she worked as a program director for the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law. She provided a wide range of ADR services including multi-party mediation to governmental agencies, policymakers and others involved in public disputes.

Dr. Snyder has her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and works independently as a trainer, coach, consultant and facilitator focusing on healing individuals, communities and organizations globally.

Betty Snyder will be presenting the following session:
The Brain in Conflict: Bringing Science to the Mediation Table.
Friday, March 1 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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Walter Wright
Texas State University

http://www.polisci.txstate.edu/people/faculty/wright.html

Walter A. Wright is an associate professor in the Legal Studies Program of the Department of Political Science at Texas State University, where he teaches courses in law and ADR. An attorney and mediator, he received B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Houston and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University. He is a former president of the Texas Association of Mediators.

Walter Wright will be presenting the following session:
Ethics Opinion 675: What Happened, And What Next?
Friday, March 1 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM
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