American Bar Association Sec of Dispute Resolution
Linda Warren Seely attended University of Memphis for both undergraduate and law school. In undergraduate school she served as intern for Tennessee State Legislative assembly working mainly on issues affecting the elderly. Linda began her career as law clerk with Memphis Area Legal Services and then as staff attorney before going into private law practice in Memphis for several years. She returned as Managing Attorney for Senior Citizens Project at Memphis Area Legal Services and was later promoted to manager of Pro Bono Projects. After marrying her second husband, she, her new husband and her two children moved to Jackson, Tennessee where she worked as Pro Bono Projects Manager for West Tennessee Legal Services. She served as member of the Madison County Bar Association Board of Directors, President of the Association of Women Attorneys-Anne Schneider Chapter and Seventh District Representative on the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Bar Governors. Linda currently serves in the House of Delegates for the Tennessee Bar Association and was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Association of Women Attorneys Foundation as the President. Linda is the recipient of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services’ Cooperative Advocacy Award in 1999, the Tennessee Bar Association Public Service Attorney of the Year Award in 2003 and Paralegal Utilization Award from the West Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Paralegal Association in 2004. She was also awarded the Tennessee Bar Association President’s Award at the TBA Annual Conference in June of 2006 for work on Stand Up and Deliver initiative and received the same award in June of 2009 for work on the For All Initiative. She was recognized by the Memphis Woman Magazine as one of 50 Women Who Make a Difference in August of 2006. She is a Past President of the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (2005-2006) and served as a consultant with the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono and presented at the A.B.A. Equal Justice Conference annual “Nuts and Bolts of Running a Pro Bono Project” from 2005-2015. Linda was elected to the Board of Directors for the Memphis Bar Association and served President for the Association in 2013. She received the Association of Women Attorney’s Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award in January of 2014 in recognition of outstanding achievements in and for the legal profession and in April 2015, Linda was recognized by the Jackson Sun and the Business and Professional Women’s Association as a Sterling Award winner for being one of the 20 most influential women in West Tennessee. Before she took her current position, Linda was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee Bar Foundation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the CASA program in Madison County for 2015-2016. She recently left her position in Memphis as Director of Pro Bono Projects at Memphis Area Legal Services where she worked from 2004-2016 to take the position of Director of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association in Washington D.C. In March of 2017, she received the Grayford Gray Award from the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators.
As an active member of her church, First United Methodist Church in Jackson, she recently serving as chair of the Board of Trustees and served the Annual Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church as the Peace with Justice Advocate for 8 years.
Linda is also a Rule 31 Listed mediator with the Tennessee Supreme Court and formerly served as President of the Board of the Conflict Resolution Center for West Tennessee. She provides pro bono mediations for the United Methodist Church and Juvenile Courts in West Tennessee. She served on the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission Mediation, Faith Based and Pro Bono subcommittees, served on the board of trustees for the Tennessee Bar Foundation, is the President of the Association for Women Attorneys Foundation and also worked with A Step Ahead Foundation to remove barriers to accessing long acting reversible contraceptives for women.
Louise Phipps Senft, one of the pioneers of transformative mediation, founded Louise Phipps Senft & Associates/Baltimore Mediation 25 years ago, practicing exclusively mediation and facilitated face-to-face dialogues and negotiations for complicated matters with a belief in “better process...better outcome”. She is the author of the Best Seller, Being Relational - The Seven Ways to Quality Interaction & Lasting Change (HCI 2015). A nationally recognized mediator and negotiation and mediation trainer, she is the Chair of the ABA Relational Practices Task Force.
Tesler & Sandmann
The founding director of the Integrative Law Institute at Commonweal is Pauline Tesler, a
graduate of Harvard University, the Victoria University of Manchester
(England), and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Her first work after
graduating from law school at the top of her class was as a lawyer for the National Center for Youth Law,
working with an outstanding team of public interest lawyers in San Francisco conducting class actions,
major impact litigation and test case appeals on behalf of impoverished women and children. Her cases
challenged coercive use of drug therapies in public schools for children with ADHD, foster-care policies that
disregarded children’s bonds with parent figures, and incarceration of juvenile offenders without either due
process or treatment. Pauline and her
colleagues devised and argued the successful legal theory that persuaded the California Supreme Court to strike
down funding restrictions on poor women’s access to abortions on the grounds that those restrictions violated
privacy rights under the California Constitution. This legal victory resulted in California extending to this day an
uninterrupted range of reproductive choices for women regardless of age or economic status. After federally
funded law reform centers like the National Center for Youth Law were defunded during the Reagan
administration, ILI’s director transitioned into private law practice, becoming a partner in the first all-women family
law firm in Northern California and subsequently starting her own law practice. She has worked as a solo change
agent for the past twenty years, self-funding her vision for revitalizing the legal profession through her specialist family law practice and her international lawyer training programs.
A longtime California “Superlawyer” who is included in “Best Lawyers in America,” and a fellow of the select
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as well as the ABA's American Bar Foundation, Pauline's credibility
as a successful trial and appellate advocate opens the door for even aggressive litigators to listen to what she
has to say. Testimonials from her workshops over nearly twenty years confirm her gift for reaching even the
toughest adversarial lawyers through their heads and sending the message from there into their hearts.
Pauline’s workshops, books, journal articles and speaking have been a key catalyst for an international
movement called “Collaborative Law” that is changing the face of family law in 28 nations. In recognition for
that work, she received the first “Lawyer as Problem Solver” award from the American Bar Association in 2002.
As Pauline accepted invitations to teach lawyer colleagues around the world how to work in collaborative
professional teams with mental health and financial professionals, she became convinced that law as it relates
to all disputes between human (non-corporate) persons is and ought to be a healing profession. She saw that
the American legal profession is on the verge of a sea change much like the one that has transformed healthcare
over the past thirty years in directions that are humanistic, multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and team-based. In
2008, Pauline began teaching collaborative and other lawyers a groundbreaking workshop course she developed
with psychiatrist Thomas B. Lewis, M.D. (author of A General Theory of Love) entitled “Law and the Human
Brain: NeuroLiteracy for Lawyers, Mediators, and Judicial Officers,” at conferences and by invitation from law
schools, bar associations and other lawyer organizations. This was the start of Pauline’s current visionary work
building the broad change movement called Integrative Law.
In order to devote full-time efforts to her work as a change agent and teacher.
in 2012, Pauline launched the Integrative Law Institute at Commonweal, shifting her focus to the nonprofit sector and developing a
bold strategic plan for catalyzing a movement led by change-agent peacemaker
lawyers across North America and in key locations worldwide in a relatively short time. ILI programs are
targeted to reach lawyers working across the full spectrum of interpersonal conflict resolution, as well as
teaching values-based transactional work based on constructive planning for respectful conflict resolution.
For more information:
Commonweal website: http://www.commonweal.org/program/integrative-law-institute/
Whether as a lawyer, or as a mediator, or as a trusted colleague, you will find Gary C. Norman, Esq. L.L.M. a valuable resource in terms of what it means to be a dynamic citizen lawyer first and also a leader with a disability whose disability amplifies his unique opportunities but does not cap them. He started his public service career as a Presidential Management Fellow. He remains committed to building a legacy of public service, including, through his first state-wide appointment, the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. As such, Gary has a skill set and a personal desire to build his legacy as a public policy leader in brokering others together for more informed, non-partisan, public policy dialogue and development.
Gary has a range of public policy interests, including, but not limited to, the intersection of healthcare and civil rights.
Gary is often found with Pilot at a bistro with his wonderful wife or with Pilot at a coffee house reading his volumes and drinking café, if not meeting on animal law and policy or disability law and policy. This notes that one of Gary and Pilot's proudest moments was, in October, 2013, when the brothers of Mount Moriah Number 116 pinned Pilot as the first honorary Master Mason guide dog of Maryland.
He has been proud to speak to numerous groups, and has been honored to be a leader in civil rights dialogue in a range of venues, including, in 2015, when he was honored to be a Visiting Fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute for Politics.
An attorney, a mediator, and a consultant, he served, in 2012, as a Fellow at the American Arbitration Association. In 2009, he received Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the Jaycees of the United States. In 2008, he traveled as a Marshall Memorial Fellow to the European Union.
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Carolyn Kaas is a professor of law at Quinnipiac University School of Law and co-director of its Center on Dispute Resolution. All of her teaching involves the relational side of lawyering. She has been studying Powerful Non-Defensive Communication [PNDC] with Sharon Ellison for 11 years, and is becoming a certified PNDC trainer.
Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer focusing on digital access, an international speaker, and the author of Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Lainey's book is packed with win-win stories of accessibility advocacy with some of the largest organizations in the U.S., all without lawsuits. In 2017 Lainey was named one of the 13 Legal Rebels by the ABA Journal, the national magazine of the American Bar Association. That year she was also named the individual recipient of the John W. Cooley Lawyer as Problem Solver award, given annually by the Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA. Lainey has twice been recognized with a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award (2000 and 2014) for her digital accessibility and Structured Negotiation legal work. More information at www.lflegal.com, follow Lainey on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lflegal, or connect on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/laineyfeingold/
Hamilton Law & Mediation
Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, is the principal of Hamilton Law and Mediation, (HLM) Debra provides an alternative means of resolving disagreements between pet enthusiasts over misunderstandings, misstatements or oversights. She helps owners deal with neighbors over barking dog and divorcing couples arranging pet custody agreements. She enables a less heated conversation to take place between vets and their clients, condo/coop - tenant and management and pet information or product providers and their readers or clients. Her mediation practice provides a neutral ground on which to have the conversation you want to have while peacefully retaining a relationship among the parties. She helps her clients be heard and listen when in conflict. She works with everyone who wants to further their passion involving pets while reducing their exposure to conflict and litigation. She has just released two new books, Nipped in the Bud-NOt in the Butt-How to use Mediation to Resolve Conflicts over Animals and Onward and Upward - Guide For Getting Through NY Divorces and Family Issues. You can reach Debra at 914-273-1085 or on her website at www.hamiltonlawandmediation.com
J Kim Wright
Upon graduating from the University of Florida with a Juris Doctorate, I was first sworn into the [Georgia] Bar in 1989. Since 1994, I have been a member of the North Carolina (US) Bar.
My career has been focused on humanistic, relational approaches in law. From collaborative divorce practice to restorative justice to values-based contracts (and many others), I have practiced, pioneered, and promoted innovative models and ideas. These approaches have collectively come to be known as Integrative Law.
I am a coach, consultant, and leader and the author of two foundational books for the global Integrative Law movement. (Both books were published by the American Bar Association) and a contributor to The Best Lawyer You Can Be: A Guide to Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness by Stewart Levine (ABA Law Practice Management, 2018.) I was named as one of the first ABA’s Legal Rebels, “finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases and train the next generation of lawyers.”
I have trained hundreds of legal professionals on five continents. My most popular training is Values-Based Contracts and I’ve been a student of values, including Spiral Dynamics, for many years. As a legal consultant, I work with companies and organizations on developing values-based legal documents and policies. My consulting clients are on three continents.
I am the founder (or co-founder) of numerous organizations. Currently I am the co-chair of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s Task Force on Relational Practice and I am responsible for the conception and creation of the task force’s Virtual Summit and a team leader in the Forrest Webb Network.
I am a regular contributor to several periodicals including Enlivening Edge and Conscious Company Magazines and a frequent writer for several American Bar Association publications and The Conscious Lawyer (UK) Magazine.
Hallie N. Love, www.fitmindbodybrain.com, cum laude law graduate, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500, and member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, is nationally certified in Yoga Therapy, Pilates, and Positive Psychology with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar. Additionally, she received advanced training from Dr. Richard Miller and the Integrative Restoration Institute, and has specialized for several years in teaching Integrative Restoration® Yoga Nidra to lawyers and other professionals. Having practiced law for several years, she personally knows stress; and having practiced and instructed yoga and meditation for decades, she uses techniques based in modern exercise science, neuroscience, and yoga therapy to teach stress reduction, physical rehabilitation, mind-body fitness, and positive psychology. She also trains teachers internationally in mind-body fitness.