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Hamline University
School of Law
1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-D2004
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
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 Summer Faculty

 Blair_Allen_bio_large Allen Blair began his legal career as a law clerk to Hon. Paul A. Magnuson of the Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota. Following his clerkship, Blair practiced commercial litigation at Greene Espel, P.L.L.P., representing clients in complex contract disputes, accounting malpractice actions, and environmental insurance coverage disputes. While working at Greene Espel, he was recognized for three consecutive years by Minnesota Law & Politics as a Rising Star in the Minnesota legal community.

Professor Blair remains actively engaged in the legal community both locally and nationally, representing clients in Minnesota and elsewhere on a pro bono basis. In particular, he regularly works with the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights to represent foreign nationals seeking asylum in the United States. Additionally, Blair serves as Of Counsel for Greene Espel, P.L.L.P. on commercial litigation matters.

Professor Blair teaches and writes primarily in the areas of contract law and theory, international commercial law, and public international law. Additionally, he serves as a faculty advisor for the Admiralty Law, Jessup International Law and Space Law moot court teams.

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James Coben, a senior fellow in Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI), which he directed from 2000-2009, teaches civil procedure, dispute resolution practices, mediation, and negotiation. He also pioneered a variety of innovative alternative dispute resolution clinical opportunities for law students, including mediation advocacy on behalf of clients in family law and employment cases. More recently, he has focused his energies on development of international ADR educational opportunities and serving as the founding academic director of Hamline's new Master in the Study of Law (MSL) program.

During his tenure as DRI director, he created three Hamline ADR foreign programs -- an international commercial arbitration program in London, an international business transactions negotiation program in Rome, and a program in democratic dialogue and mediation in Budapest. Professor Coben is coordinator of the "Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Project," a joint effort of the law school, the JAMS Foundation, ADR Center Foundation (Rome), and Convenor Conflict Management to critically examine what is taught in negotiation and how we teach it, with special emphasis on how best to "translate" teaching methodology to succeed with diverse, global audiences. The project opened with an international conference in Rome, Italy in May 2008, moved on to Istanbul, Turkey in October 2009 and closed with a conference in Beijing, China in May 2011, with each conference followed by publishing of conference scholarship in a book and companion journal special issue. From 2003-2007, Professor Coben served as project director for a European Union/U.S. Department of Education funded project to develop transnational ADR curriculum and promote transatlantic student mobility.

Professor Coben has published numerous ADR related articles and is co-author of the third edition of Mediation: Law Policy & Practice (West 2012-13), a founding editor of 谈判 Tán Pàn: The Chinese-English Journal on Negotiation, and co-editor of Educating Negotiators for a Connected World: Volume 4 in the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series (DRI Press 2013); Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves: Volume 3 in the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series (DRI Press 2012); Venturing Beyond the Classroom: Volume 2 in the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series (DRI Press 2010); and Rethinking Negotiation Teaching: Innovations for Context and Culture (DRI Press 2009). Together with colleague Peter N. Thompson, Professor Coben created the Mediation Case Law Project -- a systematic attempt to catalogue litigation trends about mediation, as well as produce and distribute innovative teaching videos, and other resources to ADR academics, practitioners, and trainers.

Professor Coben has made over 130 presentations on ADR topics at conferences and continuing education events in the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the editorial board of Dispute Resolution Magazine, the flagship publication of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. Between 1999 and 2005, Professor Coben was a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court's ADR Review Board, charged with regulating the performance of court‑appointed neutrals. He also is a past chair of the ADR Section of the Association of American Law Schools ("AALS"), and has twice co-chaired the annual Legal Educator's Colloquium sponsored by AALS and the American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section. He also served as chair of the section's Lawyer as Problem-Solver Committee and as a member of the section's Ethics Committee. Prior to joining the Hamline faculty, Professor Coben served as law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Robert Renner, Jr. in Saint Paul.  

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Giuseppe De Palo, International Professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution Law and Practice at Hamline University School of Law, is President and Co-Founder of the ADR Center, member of JAMS International and Italy’s first and largest private provider of mediation services. In January 2012, the ADR Center was awarded the Outstanding Practical Achievement Award by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute) for “the use of innovative methods and systems to prevent, resolve, or mange disputes effectively.” Over the last decade, De Palo has been a team leader of several multi-million euro projects funded by the World Bank, the European Commission and the Inter-American Development Bank. De Palo is the editor, author and co-author of several books and articles in the field of ADR, some of which were translated into Chinese, Arabic and Turkish. Since 2009, he is the co-author, with Mary Trevor, of “Worldly Perspective,” a monthly column in CPR’s Alternatives Newsletter, covering mediation developments around the world. De Palo holds a JD (maxima cum Laude) from the University of Bologna, a degree in Political Science (maxima cum laude) from the University of Urbino, and an LL.M. from the University of California at Berkley.
Giuseppe De Palo is one of the five directors of JAMS International, and the co-founder and President of ADR Center, the Italian arm of JAMS International and the largest private ADR firm in continental Europe. He started his academic career in Italy in 1995 and in 2001 became an International Professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution Law and Practice at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota (USA).

Professor Giuseppe De Palo is recognised internationally as a top European expert in negotiation and mediation, and has contributed to the resolution of over 300 complex commercial disputes on four different continents. Furthermore, he is the mediator for several of Italy’s most prominent libel cases.

Over the last ten years, he has been the team leader for several consulting projects valued in excess of 7 millions Euro -- funded by the World Bank, the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank and the IFC -- which foster mediation and arbitration in countries all over the world. At present, he directs the EC-funded projects entitled “Judges in ADR” and “Lawyers in ADR” which support the use of the EU Mediation Directive throughout the Member States.

Professor Giuseppe De Palo is the editor, author, and co-author of several books and articles in the field of ADR, some of which were translated in Chinese, Arabic, and Turkish. Since 2009, he is the co-editor of “Worldly Perspective”, a monthly column in CPR’s Alternatives newsletter, covering mediation developments around the world. He is also a member of the board of editorial advisors of the Negotiation Journal, published by Harvard University.

Based in the Rome office of JAMS International, he works in Italian, English, French, and speaks basic German and Spanish.
Fox,-Ken Kenneth Fox Professor Ken Fox teaches in the Hamline University School of Business and the School of Law. He also serves as university director of conflict studies and is a senior fellow of Hamline Law's Dispute Resolution Institute. Fox teaches a full range of conflict theory and theory-to-practice courses to undergraduate, graduate and law students. He has also taught, trained and consulted throughout the United States in a variety of settings, including courts, federal, state and local government agencies, regulated industries, schools, universities, workers compensation programs and private and community organizations. Internationally, Fox has taught mediation and conflict theory in England, France, Italy, Northern Ireland and Spain and recently served as a U.S. State Department Fulbright Senior Specialist in law/peace and conflict resolution studies at the Riga Graduate School of Law in Latvia. He is currently part of several on-going civic education and conflict transformation projects with Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian and Lebanese educators and civic leaders, including work to establish a jointly administered College for Reconciliation and Development on the border areas between these three communities.  Click here for full bio.

Debra Gerardi Debra Gerardi, RN, MPH, JD, is a healthcare conflict engagement specialist and consultant providing executive coaching, mediation and facilitation services, conflict assessment, and professional development programs to healthcare organizations internationally. She is currently President and Chief Creative Officer for EHCCO (Emerging HealthCare Communities) a community of practice working to improve collaboration and conflict engagement among health professionals as a means of shifting the overall culture of healthcare.

Debra works with executives, clinical professionals, senior leaders, policy makers, researchers, and organization development professionals to support healthcare organizations that seek to innovate better approaches for delivering safe and effective patient care. The focus of her work is to remove barriers to collaboration, including ongoing conflict and miscommunication, so that health professionals can return to the work they were called to do. Debra is a Hudson Institute certified coach, a licensed attorney, an experienced mediator and facilitator, a sought-after speaker and a well-known educator in the field of dispute resolution. Most importantly, she brings a spirit of fun and a creative approach to all of her work.

Debra was the primary contributor to the 2008 Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert addressing unprofessional conduct and its impact on patient safety and she has written multiple articles, book chapters and created online tools to help organizations promote professionalism and improve interprofessional practice. She has provided professional services to over 100 leading healthcare organizations including: the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; The Joint Commission; the World Health Organization World Alliance for Patient Safety; the American Association of Critical Care Nurses; the American Medical Association, the Department of Defense Patient Safety Program and the Oregon Patient Safety Commission; and over 30 academic and community medical centers including UCSF, UCLA and Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

Debra is a licensed registered nurse with over 25 years of clinical and administrative experience in health care organizations. Her healthcare background includes patient safety program management, management of acute care surgical and medical intensive care units, VIP acute care services, and administration of ambulatory student health services. She received the Director’s Special Award for Outstanding Organizational Influence from UCLA Medical Center and she was instrumental in her unit receiving the Melinda Mitchell (CEO’s) Award for Quality at Stanford Hospital. She was named Nurse of the Year by the Nebraska Nurses Association, and served as a Congressional Health Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate.

Debra is a licensed attorney and a member of the American Bar Association and the California State Bar. Her mediation experience primarily consists of complex multi-party disputes, organizational mediation, dialogue facilitation and organizational conflict assessment and design. She has completed coursework in dispute resolution at Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, advanced mediation training through UCLA, and executive education through the Harvard School of Public Health and the Program on Negotiation. Debra serves as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University School of Law’s Dispute Resolution and Health Law Institutes and the UCSF School of Nursing.

Trained at Second City and Bay Area Theater Sports, Debra makes use of applied improvisation as a key aspect of her work and integrates improvisation techniques and principles into her coaching and consulting services. She embraces applied improvisation as a means of tapping into each person's capacity for engaging authentically and spontaneously releasing their creativity, insight, humor, and strengths. She is a member of the Applied Improvisation Network.
Aimee Gourlay, Director of the Mediation Center at Hamline University School of Law, has been with the Mediation Center since 1993. She is a Senior Fellow at the Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline Law, teaching Negotiation and Mediation skills courses. Gourlay is an adjunct faculty member with the Hamline MBA program, teaching Workplace Mediation Skills, Conflict Response for Managers, and Organizational Conflict Management Systems. Gourlay also serves on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals and the Transportation sub-roster.

With expertise in providing conflict resolution assistance to people from diverse perspectives, Gourlay frequently facilitates resolution of workplace issues, public policy concerns and organizational problems. She is well known for her work facilitating processes with high emotions and multiple stakeholder groups. Her work includes conflict assessments, process design and mediations for: land use; watershed management; nonprofit organizations; systemic racial discrimination claims; allocation of public resources; legislative policy making dialogue; environmental conflict assessment; and, work with teams within state and local government. Gourlay's workplace consulting experience includes process design, negotiation and mediation. Her mediation work is focused on pre-litigation employment issues, working with individuals and teams to resolve problems before they escalate and to improve the quality of the workplace. Clients include corporations, non-profit organizations, professional associations, state and local governments, and educational institutions. She serves on the EEOC panel of mediators and as contract attorney for the MN Supreme Court ADR Ethics Board, and served on the United States Postal Service EEOC State of Minnesota Department of Human Rights mediator panel. Click here for full bio.
  Lela-LoveWeb Lela Love is the Director of Cardozo's Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution and the Cardozo Mediation Clinic.  In addition to teaching, training, consulting and writing in the dispute resolution field, Professor Love serves as a mediator, arbitrator and dispute resolution consultant in a wide range of cases.  Since 1985, with Cardozo students, she has mediated hundreds of community, civil court and employment discrimination cases.  Independently, she has served as the mediator of family, human rights, civilian and police officer, school based and commercial cases.  She has arbitrated numerous cases in NYC Civil Court, Small Claims Court and Attorney-Client Fee Disputes.  Her mediation of a public policy dispute in Glen Cover, NY, brought widespread publicity to the use of mediation in resolving complex litigation.  Professor Love serves on the Council of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section and the NYS Unified Court System Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee.  In addition to her work in ADR, she developed and directed the Small Business Clinic at George Washington University's National Law Center.  She is a member of the Bar in New York, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia.  Click here for full bio.
 Timothy Hedeen

Dr. Timothy Hedeen is a Professor of Conflict Management at KSU. He provides mediation services through court and private programs, delivers trainings in the areas of conflict resolution and communication, facilitates group and public policy decision making and planning, and conducts research and evaluation on dispute resolution and justice policy.

He serves on the editorial boards of Conflict Resolution Quarterly and Family Court Review, as associate liaison to the Section Council of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, and is a past chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Community Mediation. He is a senior consultant to the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, and research director of a national study of the collateral consequences of criminal convictions for the ABA's Criminal Justice Section.

He earned his doctorate (awarded with distinction) from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he was a graduate affiliate of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts and a student in the interdisciplinary Social Science program.  Click here for full bio.  
Morrow_Jim_bio_large James Morrow is a senior fellow at Hamline University School of Law and a senior district judge. Morrow has more than 29 years of experience teaching law students, lawyers and judges. He served as a general jurisdiction trial court judge for 23-1/2 years and his background as a trial judge and former U.S. Federal Prosecutor enables him to bring real-life examples to the classroom. As a judge, Morrow has held many leadership positions. He was the co-founder and former chair of The Minnesota Judicial College (for experienced trial judges) from 1989-2006. He was responsible for selecting the faculty and curriculum and for teaching evidence. He was selected by the Minnesota Supreme Court Education Director to teach Adult Learning Theory to faculty judges and serves as a member of the Minnesota Judges' Criminal Benchbook Committee. Morrow was selected as the 1999 Trial Judge of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and was selected as the 2002 Trial Judge of the Year by the Minnesota Judges Association. In 2002 he was elected to the International Academy of Trial Judges. In 2005 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from William Mitchell College of Law. Morrow currently serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Group. He has served in the past as president an original member of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court; past secretary of the MSBA, Civil Litigation Section, Governing Council; former chair-elect of the Minnesota State Bar Young Lawyers Section; and a former volunteer Legal Aid Attorney. He has served as a volunteer Trial Judge for Futures in Learning Law Program, a judge for the National College Mock Trial Tournament, and a volunteer appellate judge for Hamline University School of Law since 1990.
Sukhsimranhit Singh Sukhsimranjit (Sukh) Singh practices, teaches and trains in dispute resolution. He is associate director at the Center for Dispute Resolution, Willamette University College of Law, where as a full time law faculty, he teaches Advanced Negotiation, Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution, Mediation Theory and Advocacy, and Arbitration Law and Advocacy. Prof. Singh finished his post-graduate fellowship in dispute resolution at Hamline University-School of Law. He has a Masters in law from the United States and a Bachelors in law from India. He earned both with distinction and has clerked with the Chief Justice of India. After practicing human rights litigation, he has taught dispute resolution courses in Spain, France and India and has spoken about peaceful cross-cultural conflict resolution in several European and Asian countries besides the United States. A practicing Sikh, Mr. Singh is a board member of the Oregon Mediation Association and is a qualified mediator in the States of Punjab (India), Missouri, Minnesota and Oregon.  Click here for full bio.

BobStainsColorWeb Robert Stains  has been active in the Public Conversations Project’s work of creating constructive conversations on issues of sexual orientation, religion, abortion, gender, social class, race and other divisive issues. He trains other senior practitioners in the Public Conversations approach and provides consultation to academic, civic and religious leaders. He also consults to the Interpersonal Skills Component of the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School, sits on the Executive Board of The Democracy Imperative, served as faculty at The Family Institute of Cambridge and as a Guest Scholar Practitioner for the Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement Program at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA.
Bob has focused extensively on communities of faith, working to transform conflict locally within congregations and inter-faith groups, nationally within the Episcopal Church House of Bishops and internationally with the Anglican Communion. Prior to Public Conversations, he consulted to and trained therapists, clergy and "natural helpers" for 15 years, served as the Administrative Supervisor of a Clinical Pastoral Education program and was, for seven years, the clinical consultant to its Advanced Pastoral Counseling Practicum. He also maintains a private mediation, training and consulting practice in Danvers, MA.
 Vogel_Howard_bio_large Howard Vogel was named emeritus professor after retiring from teaching at Hamline Law. As a professor, Vogel was known for not only teaching the principles of law, but also for helping students learn how to think seriously about their professional identity as lawyers. Trained in both law and theology, Vogel's teaching and research was located at the intersection of law, religion, and ethics and focused on the possibilities of law to serve the common good in a diverse social and cultural context. He taught courses in constitutional law, restorative justice, international human rights, and a seminar in ethics exploring the lawyer's professional identity and responsibility within the context of the quest for integrity in the practice of law. In 2005, as an extension of this seminar, Vogel created a program of continuing education for lawyers entitled, "The Courage to Practice Law with Integrity." In recent years, his scholarship has increasingly been devoted to exploring the promise of restorative justice as an approach to conflict resolution for social healing based on social justice principles.

Prior to joining the Hamline Law faculty, Vogel did extensive public interest litigation in environmental law and was a staff attorney with the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group.

Vogel's current research and writing is devoted to exploring the possibilities for reconstructing law in an age of deconstruction to serve the common good. This work is expressed in two dimensions: (1) reframing law, human rights theory and the vocation of the lawyer in a relational perspective with the resources of process thought; and (2) the possibilities of restorative justice as a resource for healing the trauma of America's past resulting from the dispossession of indigenous people from their homelands and the problem of the color-line in the United States.

For more than twenty-five years, Vogel has been an active member of the Society of Christian Ethics, and he is co-founder of the Restorative Justice Interest Group of the Society. Since 1989, he has served as one of the editors of the Journal of Law and Religion.

Vogel has taught in Budapest, Hungary, as a member of the faculty of the Hamline University School of Law Dispute Resolution Institute summer program (2005), in Jerusalem, Israel, as a member of the faculty of the Hamline-Hebrew University summer program in law, religion, and ethics (1994 and1995), as visiting professor in the Doctor of Ministry Summer Program at Emory University Theological Seminary (1986), and as visiting professor in the political science department of the University of Minnesota (1989-90 and1996-97). He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Minnesota, and his Master of Arts in Religious Studies from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus by United Theological Seminary in 2009.

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