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Annual Spring Program - Two Big Days! Training for all professionals: Thursday and Friday, April 20 & 21, 2017
This is the Seventh Annual OACP Conference. "Not to be missed!"
(April 20, 2017)

We are excited to announce that this year's speaker will be Gary J. Friedman.

Gary has been practicing law as a mediator with Mediation Law Offices in Mill Valley, California since 1976, integrating mediative principles into the practice of law and the resolution of legal disputes. Co-founder of the Center for Understanding in Conflict (formerly the Center for Mediation in Law), he has been teaching mediation since 1980 and also teaches in the collaborative law field.

After several years as an advocate, he sought a new approach to resolving disputes through increasing the participation of the parties in the resolution of their differences. At that time, he and his colleague, Jack Himmelstein, began to develop the Understanding-based model that is now practiced extensively in the United States and Europe. As one of the first lawyer mediators and a primary force in the current mediation movement, he has used this model to complete over one thousand mediations in the last two decades, including numerous two-party and multi-party disputes in the commercial and non-profit realms, in the area of intellectual property, real estate, corporate, personnel, partnership formations and dissolutions, and family law.

Through the Center for Mediation in Law, Gary has trained lawyers, law professors, judges, and psychotherapists in the Center’s method of mediation and collaborative practice. He teaches a mediative approach to lawyering and collaborative practice in the United States, Europe, and Israel. He has taught courses in negotiation and mediation at Stanford University Law School and the New College of Law and has taught at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

Gary has written extensively about mediation and conflict resolution and is the author of A Guide to Divorce Mediation, (Workman Publishing, 1993) and is the co-author, with Jack Himmelstein, of Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding (published by the American Bar Association and Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, 2008).

Several members of our community have attended Gary's 40 hour mediation training and have rave reviews. We are looking forward to having him here in Portland.

The focus of the program will be to train participants in ways of accessing their inner lives while working with clients in conflict that are constructive for the professionals and productive for our clients. We will learn together about connecting with our deeper impulses that fuel our commitment to working with people in conflict – such as compassion and the search for greater self understanding and mutual understanding. We also learn about dealing with the barriers to that understanding, such as judgment, anger and the desire for control, and how to recognize and work with those barriers to bring us closer to ourselves and our clients.

The program will be a combination of self-reflection exercises, role plays and didactic explanation, using the book INSIDE -OUT: WORKING THROUGH CONFLICT by Gary J. Friedman (American Bar Association in cooperation with Harvard’s Program on Negotiation). All conflict professionals are welcome to attend, including mediators, lawyers, therapists and anyone who works with people in conflict.

The program will be held in NE Portland at The Grotto. Registration is now open -- space is limited. This is an important program and a chance to get "up close and personal" with one of the true titans in the field. Don't miss it!

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