January Term DRI Faculty Biographies
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. View De Palo's full biography here.
Kenneth Fox is a senior fellow in the Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law and a professor in the School of Business. Professor Fox has worked extensively exploring and applying alternative frameworks to conflict analysis and response. He teaches a range of conflict theory and theory-to-practice courses for business, law and other graduate students and professionals. He has also taught, trained and consulted throughout the United States and abroad in a wide variety of settings, including private companies (including Fortune 100 companies), regulated industries, non-profit organizations, federal, state and local government agencies, courts, schools, universities and communities. Internationally, Professor Fox has taught negotiation, mediation and conflict theory at graudate or law schools in England, France, Italy, Northern Ireland, Spain and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Senior Specialist grantee in law/peace and conflict resolution studies, where he taught conflict resolution theory and practice at the Riga Graduate School of Law in Latvia. Since 2001, he has been an active participant in the multiple on-going civic education and conflict transformation initiatives with Israel, Palestinain, Jordanian and Lebanese educators and civic leaders. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, private foundations and supported by the European Union, these initiatives focus on educating the next generation of Middle East citizens for sustainable communities that can constructively co-exist. View Professor Fox's full biography.
Ms. Madge Thorsen is a Minneapolis attorney, mediator, arbitrator and facilitator. She serves as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of law where she teaches an ADR Survey courses as well as at Normandale Community College. Ms. Thorsen has been a long-time panelist with the American Arbitration Association and was recently reappointed to the international roster for the International Center for Dispute Resolution. She also mediates for the Minnesota Department of Education Special Education Mediation Services. Ms. Thorsen serves on the Minnesota State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section's governing Council and she is a member of Conflict Resolution Minnesota, an association of dispute resolution professionals in Minnesota.
Joseph (Josh) Stulberg is the John W. Bricker Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He earned his JD from New York University School of Law and his PhD in philosophy from the University of Rochester. Professor Stulberg has worked in the area of dispute resolution in a variety of contexts since 1973. He directed the Community Dispute Services of the American Arbitration Association, has mediated significant policy controversies at a state and national level, led the initiatives of the Supreme Court offices in the states of Florida and Michigan to develop and implement the required mediator training programs for their comprehensive court-annexed mediation programs, and has trained mediators nationally and internationally. He has written extensively in the area of dispute resolution. Full bio.
Daniel Weitz is the deputy director of the Division of Professional and Court Services and Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator in the New York Office of Court Administration. Weitz has over ten years of experience as a court administrator and over 18 years of experience in the field of ADR, serving as an administrator, professor, trainer and practitioner. He is an adjunct clinical professor at Cardozo School of Law, an adjunct professor of clinical law at NYU School of Law and has taught ADR and conflict resolution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Long Island University. He has served as a mediator in a wide range of matters including, general civil, family, employment, human rights, community and police conduct cases. Weitz received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he participated in the Mediation Clinic and was a teaching assistant in legal negotiation. He has worked at JAMS, clerked for the Mediation Program of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (The Civil Appeals Management Plan), and served as an original member of Futurelinks, Inc., working in South Africa with youth leaders from all backgrounds to conduct workshops in non-violent social change, conflict resolution, and community development.
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