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Mediation expert Bush to speak at Stanford

STANFORD -- Robert A. Baruch Bush, the Rains Distinguished Professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution at Hofstra University, will be the featured speaker at a seminar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in Room 290 of the Stanford Law School.

The event is open to the public, particularly those interested in mediation and conflict resolution. There is a cost of $25, or $75 to obtain two hours of State Bar of California Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit. Pre-registration is requested and is being handled through the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center in San Mateo at (415) 571-0367.

The event is co-sponsored by that center, the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Northern California Mediation Association.

Bush will speak on "Mediation for Empowerment and Recognition: A Transformative Approach to Practice." The seminar will explain the transformative approach to mediation, using case illustrations, and Bush will suggest why the approach should become more common.

Bush is one of the nation's foremost scholars on the practices and ethics of mediation, and is co-author, along with Joe Folger, of the recent book The Promise of Mediation: Responding to Conflict Through Empowerment and Recognition.

In the book, Bush and Folger stress the importance of empowering parties to define issues and decide settlement terms for themselves, and focus on helping them to understand each other's perspectives. The two say their approach helps parties take advantage of the opportunities for moral growth that are inherent in conflict and often results in their finding solutions to their problems.

The seminar will be preceded by a free reception and book- signing from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Law School Student Lounge. Net proceeds from the seminar will go to the community mediation services of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center. For more information, contact Daphne Copenhagen of the center at (415) 571-0367 or via fax at (415) 571-1302.



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