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Additional Information

            Founding member and Advanced Practitioner, Academy of Professional Family Mediators
Advanced Practitioner Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
Approved Panelist for ACR Referral List
Approved Panel Member, Mediation Council of Illinois Referral Service
Approved Panel Member, Lake County Bar Association Mediation Program
Certified Mediator, 19th Judicial Circuit, Lake County, Illinois
Illinois Agriculture Mediation Program, USDA
Mediation, Center for Conflict Resolution, Chicago
Mediation, Illinois Department of Human Rights
Mediation, Circuit Court of Cook County
University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1972
University of Chicago, 1969
Honors: Special Honors, Political Science
Representative Clients:
            Social Security Administration
            Illinois Agriculture Mediation Program
Families and Family Businesses
United States Postal Service REDRESS Program
Key Bridge Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Adjunct Professor of Law, IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, 2008-Present,
Visiting Lecturer, Undergraduate and Graduate Level Conflict Resolution, North Central College, 2000 - Present
Instructor, DePaul University College of Commerce, 1980-1981, 1987
Lecturer, Legal Writing and Research, ITT Chicago Kent College of Law, 1973 - 1976
"The Ethics of Mediation Style" (Co-Presenter), Emerging Issues in Mediation Conference, University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Association of Mediators, Madison, Wisconsin, 2003
"Divorce Mediation -- The Civilized Alternative", The Lilac Tree, Evanston, Illinois, 2003
Guest Lecture, "Power, Power Imbalances and Caucus", Combined Conflict Resolution Classes, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, April 22, December 2, 2002 and April 28, 2003
"What Lawyers Can Do to Facilitate Mediation", Family Law Seminar, Lake County Bar Association, 2003
Mediator Training, "Screening for Impairments to Mediation", 19th Judicial Circuit Family Mediation Program, Grayslake, Illinois, April 12, 2003
"Power Imbalances and Anger in Mediation - No Problem", Family Law Seminar, Lake County Bar Association, 2002
"Working with Attorneys in Mediation" (Co-Presenter), Association for Conflict Resolution Seminar, Family Section Conference, Savannah, Georgia, March 2, 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships:
            Academy of Professional Family Mediators
            Board member, International Academy of Dispute Resolution
            Wisconsin Association of Mediators, 1992-present
Mediation Council of Illinois, 1995 - 1999
Mediation Council of Illinois, 1993 - Present
Board of Directors
Association for Conflict Resolution (formerly AFM) 1991-present
Advanced Practitioner Member (AFM approved consultant)
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
North Suburban Service Council, 1994 - Present
Board Member
North Suburban Service Council, 2001 - 2003, and 2009-present,
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, 2002 - 2004, founding Secretary and Board Member
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Fellow
Lake County Bar Association
Member, Family Law Committee
Lake County Bar Association
Chairman, Lawyer Referral Committee, 1994-1996, 1998
Chicago Bar Association
Member, Matrimonial Law Committee
Past Employment Positions:
Cook County, Assistant State's Attorney, 1973 - 1975
Justice Joseph J. Drucker, Illinois Appellate Court, Law Clerk, 1972 - 1973