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November 28, 2005

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Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330 or Natalie Gray, UT Law, Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, (512) 471-3507.

Environmental Program Director and Fellow-in-Residence Join the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution

AUSTIN, Texas—The Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at The University of Texas School of Law has hired Suzanne Schwartz as environmental program director and selected Ralph Hasson to participate in a newly created Fellow-in-Residence Program.

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Suzanne Schwartz

Schwartz, who joined the Center last month, received both a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1973 and a law degree in 1977 from The University of Texas at Austin. She worked at the Texas Department of Water Resources beginning in 1978 as assistant general counsel and staff attorney and oversaw legal aspects of the agency’s water rights program. She was appointed general counsel of the Texas Water Development Board in 1985 and served in that position for approximately 20 years.

In addition, she has served in a leading role in the development of Texas State Water Plans and in the development of water policies for the State of Texas that were subsequently adopted by the Texas Legislature and now guide the development and management of Texas water resources. She has been board-certified in administrative law since 1987, is trained in alternative dispute resolution, including public policy dispute resolution, and was named Public Policy Fellow of the Center in 1994.

The Center also recently established its Fellows-In-Residence Program to allow leading professionals to pursue projects of special interest related to the fields of conflict management or dispute resolution.

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Ralph Hasson

Hasson is the inaugural fellow in the new program and will serve as a Fellow-In-Residence from October 2005 through mid-January 2006. His research and writing during the term of the fellowship will concentrate on systems for ethics oversight, and governance. Hasson is the co-author of Controlling The Costs Of Conflict: How to Design a System for Your Organization.

The new program is also designed to stimulate contributions that will benefit the work of the Center, and the state and local agencies it serves, as well as the fields of conflict management and dispute resolution as a whole. Participating fellows select innovative projects that they might not otherwise have a chance to undertake given the demands of their ordinary working lives. Projects selected for the program may involve writing, research, pilot projects, or specialized assistance to the Center.

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