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March 10, 2004

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330
Press/Event Contact: Natalie Gray, Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, 512-471-3507

Fourth Annual Spring Symposium on Dispute Resolution, March 26

Symposium features keynote address on transformative mediation, student presentations on resolving conflict

Symposium Agenda (PDF requires Acrobat Reader)

Dr. Joseph Folger
Dr. Joseph Folger

WHAT: Dispute Resolution Symposium with graduate student presentations and keynote address by Dr. Joseph Folger of Temple University in Philadelphia
WHEN: Friday, March 26, 2004; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Keynote speech at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Kraft W. Eidman Courtroom and Jury Room, UT School of Law
WHO: The public is invited to attend keynote speech and student presentations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at The University of Texas School of Law will host its Fourth Annual Spring Symposium on Dispute Resolution on Friday, March 26. The symposium will feature keynote speaker Dr. Joseph Folger of Temple University in Philadelphia and 14 UT graduate students presenting research on various dispute resolution topics beginning at 8 a.m. in the Eidman Courtroom and Jury Room.

The symposium culminates the fourth year of the interdisciplinary Graduate Portfolio Program in Dispute Resolution. Through this Portfolio Program, law and graduate students from ten different academic units at The University of Texas at Austin pursue a focused curriculum of theory, skills and research on dispute resolution. Graduates of this Portfolio Program will pursue academic and professional careers that incorporate their dispute resolution skills and analysis.

The public is invited to attend the program’s keynote speech on “Transformative Mediation and the Evolution of Alternative Dispute Resolution” by Dr. Joseph Folger at 10:30 a.m. in the Eidman Courtroom. The transformative model of mediation, offered by Folger and co-author Baruch Bush, is founded in the belief that the mediation process can promote personal moral growth by fostering recognition and empowerment among the participants. Folger will discuss the role the transformative model of mediation has played in the practice of alternative dispute resolution, the sources of resistance to this model, and the value many practitioners and participants find in this method of conflict intervention.

Folger is a Professor of Adult and Organizational Development Psychological Studies in Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the former chair for the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution, and is the founder of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. He has co-authored the award-winning books Working Through Conflict (Addison, Wesley, Longman, 2001) and The Promise of Mediation (Jossey-Bass, 1994). Dr. Folger worked as a process consultant and trainer for public and private sector organizations, including Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, IBM, Wyeth-Ayerst, General Electric Capital Corp., Commonwealth Mortgage Insurance Co., Shared Medical Systems, the American Arbitration Association, and the Center for Mediation in Higher Education. His responsibilities have included management coaching, mediation, group facilitation, team building, collaborative decision-making, and conflict resolution training.

The public is also invited to observe student presentations between 8:15-10:15 a.m. and 1:05-4:00 p.m. in the Eidman Courtroom and Jury Room. Student presenters will be graduating from the College of Communication, College of Engineering, LBJ School of Public Affairs, School of Architecture, School of Law, and School of Social Work. Students will present their research on topics ranging from Dispute Resolution Processes in the European Union, Victim-Offender Mediation, the Use of Mediation for Resolving Construction Disputes, and Introduction of Peer Mediation in Czech Schools as a Means to Deal with Ethnic Conflict.

Financial supporters of the Spring Symposium on Dispute Resolution include the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, Foundation Press, publisher of the Rau, Sherman and Peppet casebook series on alternative dispute resolution and negotiation, and Imprimatur Press, publisher of the ADR Handbook, which is written by members of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

Related links:
Visit the website of the Graduate Portfolio Program in Dispute Resolution for a schedule of the symposium’s events and to find more information on dispute resolution:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/cppdr/portfolio