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July 17, 2009

National leaders to provide training in collaboration and conflict resolution, July 29–31, 2009

Seven nationally recognized experts in alternative dispute resolution will provide training at the “Innovations in Collaboration and Conflict Resolution-Skills Enrichment Institute” July 29–31, 2009, at Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas.

The conference will showcase the latest advances in the conflict resolution field and assist participants in integrating innovative techniques into their work.

The training is sponsored by the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution (CPPDR) at the University of Texas School of Law. CPPDR provides alternative dispute resolution training to Texas governmental and public interest entities, the University of Texas community, and the public.

This is the first year CPPDR is presenting this training. “We intend to offer this training annually and bring in the most sought after trainers available,” said Jan Summer, executive director of CPPDR.

The keynote speaker is Susan Collin Marks, senior vice president of Search for Common Ground, who will address the plenary session at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2009. Marks, based in Washington, D.C., served as a peacemaker and peace builder during South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy.

State Senator Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, who plans to attend the conference as a participant, said dispute resolution is an important tool for resolving public conflicts. “I’m interested in training that provides the latest, cutting-edge techniques in this field and helps ensure that government is responsive to the needs of its constituents,” she said.

The training consists of six interactive program tracks on July 30 and 31.

Continuing legal education credit from the State Bar of Texas, including credit for legal ethics, is available for specific program tracks. For information about registration, see the Innovations in Collaboration and Conflict Resolution-Skills Enrichment Institute web pages, or call the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at (512) 471-3507.

A ten percent discount is available for faculty, staff, and students of the University of Texas System. In addition, the CPPDR is offering a limited number of partial scholarships for staff at nonprofit organizations and students.


Vicki Read, Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, UT Law, (512) 232-1991

Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or