Richard Birke

Richard Birke has been a professor teaching dispute resolution for more than 15 years. Professor Birke started his teaching career at Stanford University, and in 1993 he joined the faculty of Willamette University College of Law where he is an Associate Professor of Law and directs the Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR). Under his leadership, the CDR has enjoyed high national ranking among academic dispute resolution centers in the United States. He is an award-winning author in the field of dispute resolution, and he has been deeply involved in the practice of ADR.

Susan Nauss Exon

Susan Nauss Exon is a Professor of Law at the University of La Verne College of Law, where she teaches mediation, negotiation, ADR, Civil Procedure and related seminars. She received an LL.M. in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University (2006) and has over 20 years combined experience as a business litigator, practicing mediator and law professor. She speaks frequently on ethical and ADR topics and has been a featured speaker several times for the PBS television show, Contemporary Legal Issues. One show focused exclusively on her research wherein she proposed the creation of an international cybercourt that includes a dispute resolution component for online disputes. Susan is Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee for the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution and serves on the Section’s Ethical Guidance Committee. She has published extensively on mediation ethics and civil procedure topics.

Carl Ingwalson

Carl Ingwalson is a San Diego attorney, arbitrator and mediator with approximately 1,050 cases mediated and 550 cases arbitrated both privately and as a panelist of the American Arbitration Association and the San Diego Superior Court. With a B.A. degree from Miami University and J.D. from the University of Michigan School of law, his legal practice has been concentrated on commercial and construction legal matters, mediation, arbitration, and dispute prevention techniques. He is a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, a diplomat of the California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, served three terms on the Board of Directors of the California Dispute Resolution Council, chaired the ADR Section of the San Diego County Bar Association for three years, and served fifteen years on the ADR Bench/Bar Committee of the San Diego Superior Court.

He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s commercial and construction arbitration and mediation panels, its large complex case panel, its fast track and expedited panels, and its Construction Arbitration Master Panel. Since 1996 he has served on its National Construction Dispute Resolution Council, an organization composed of representatives from various industry organizations that, among other things, proposes and considers changes to the Association’s arbitration rules. He has received extensive arbitration and mediation training and, as a faculty member of the AAA University, has conducted trainings for Arbitrators and Mediators throughout the country.

Kimberlee K. Kovach

Kimberlee Kovach has nearly thirty years experience in mediation as a leading teacher, trainer, scholar and practitioner. She is a Past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, as well as a former Chair of the State Bar of Texas ADR Section. Professor Kovach has taught a variety of ADR courses in legal education for over fifteen years, and is the author of a text book for law school use, MEDIATION: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE. She is also the author of MEDIATION IN A NUTSHELL. Professor Kovach has published numerous law review articles and book chapters on a variety of ADR and related topics. She has lectured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and trainer. She currently serves as the Distinguished Lecturer in Dispute Resolution at South Texas College of Law.

John Lande

John Lande is a professor of law at the University of Missouri School Of Law. He is the University’s Director of Master of Laws (LLM) in Dispute Resolution. Before joining the Missouri faculty, Professor Lande was a faculty member at the University of Arkansaas at Little Rock School of Law, where he served as the Director of the Mediation Program and supervised the Child Protection Mediation clinic. He has also served on the faculty of the Dispute Resolution Department at Nova Southeastern University and participated as a fellow-in-residence at the Programs on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. His publications discuss how lawyering and mediation practices will transform each other. Professor Lande currently serves as a member of the Governing Council of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.

Michael Moffit

Michael Moffit is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Oregon School of Law, the Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law and the Associate Director of the ADR Center. He has served as the clinical supervisor for the mediation program at Harvard Law School and taught negotiation at both Harvard Law School and the Ohio State University College of Law. He spent several years with Conflict Management Group, consulting on negotiation and dispute resolution projects around the world. Professor Moffitt has published more than twenty scholarly articles on mediation, negotiation, and civil procedure. He co-edited THE HANDBOOK OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION, an award-winning compilation of thirty-one original chapters by leading scholars and practitioners in the field.

Hon. Thomas S. Nuss

Prior to his appointment to the bench in 1975, Judge Nuss worked as a trial attorney for over fifteen years representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation matters. As a member of the bench, Judge Ness spent more than twenty years presiding over hundreds of trials and settlement conferences. Since his retirement from the Los Angeles Superior Court in January 1995, he has worked full time as a mediator and arbitrator. His efforts as a mediator contributed to the $100 million dollar settlement of the Orange County Diocese Abuse cases.

Daniel Rainey

Daniel Rainey is the Chief of Staff for the National Mediation Board (NMB), an independent U.S. Government agency responsible for labor-management dispute resolution in the airline and railroad industries. Before joining the NMB he was the owner/President of Holistic Solutions, Inc. (1996-2001), Senior Vice President of J. Cooper & Associates (1995-1996), an Expert Consultant to the United States Department of Agriculture (1990-1994), and a member of the faculty at George Mason University (1978-1990).

Colin Rule

Colin Rule has worked at the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, the Consensus Building Institute, Raab Associates, and He also co-founded one of the first Online Dispute Resolution providers, Online Resolution, as well as the Online Public Disputes Project. He has worked as eBay and PayPal’s first Director of Online Dispute Resolution for the last six years. Since joining eBay in 2003, the ODR systems he has built have resolved more than 100 million disputes around the world in more than 16 languages.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz is a research psychiatrist at the School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles and one of the world’s leading experts in neuroplasticity. Decades ago, he began to study the philosophy of conscious awareness, the idea that the actions of the mind have an effect on the workings of the brain. Dr. Schwartz’s breakthrough work on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) provided the hard evidence that the mind can control the brain’s chemistry. He has lectured extensively to both professional and lay audiences in the US, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Schwartz’s books include THE MIND AND THE BRAIN: NEUROPLASTICITY AND THE POWER OF MENTAL FORCE and the bestseller BRAIN LOCK: FREE YOURSELF FROM OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER, which is the seminal book on OCD.

Pauline H. Tesler

Pauline H. Tesler is a specialist in family law, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. A fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1985, Ms. Tesler’s Martindale-Hubbell rating has been “A-V” since the early 1980′s. In August, 2002, Ms. Tesler was a co-recipient (with Stu Webb, founder of the collaborative law movement) of the first American Bar Association “Lawyer as Problem Solver” award.

Ellen Waldman

Ellen Waldman is a law professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. Following law school, Professor Waldman joined a litigation firm in Washington, D.C., specializing in insurance defense. While practicing in Washington, D.C., Professor Waldman received mediation training and subsequently was awarded a scholarship in 1990 to pursue an LL.M. in this area. While pursuing her LL.M. degree, she was a fellow at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy in Charlottesville, Virginia. The following year she served as a fellow at the medical ethics department at the University of Virginia Medical School and directed a grant awarded by the Virginia Institute for the Humanities to educate hospital staff and patients about patient rights and principles of biomedical ethics. A member of the Thomas Jefferson faculty since 1992, Professor Waldman founded and supervises the school’s mediation program, which affords students an opportunity to mediate disputes in small claims court. Additionally, she directs a government-sponsored grant that provides for student exposure to Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques and mentoring within the ADR community. Professor Waldman speaks, trains and publishes in the areas of mediation and medical ethics.

Nancy Welsh

Professor Nancy Welsh is a leading scholar in the field of ADR. Her research and writing focuses primarily on negotiation and court-connected and agency-connected mediation. For nearly ten years, Professor Welsh was the executive director of Mediation Center, a nonprofit ADR organization serving Minnesota. She also advised the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding the institutionalization of ADR in the state’s courts while serving as a member of the Minnesota ADR Review Board. She is a former Chair of the ADR Section of the Association of American Law Schools and currently a member of the Governing Council of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for CONFLICT RESOLUTION QUARTERLY, the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute, the Mediation Advisory Board of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution.