Diversity in ADR Task Force Meeting
Please join us for the next meeting of the Diversity in ADR Task Force. We will host William E. Froehlich, Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and Deputy Director of the Divided Community Project (DCP). He will also be joined by Thomas Battles, Lead Mediator of the Divided Community Project's Bridge Initiative @ Mortiz; Grande Lum, Provost at Menlo College and former Director of the Community Relations Service under President Obama; and Nancy Rogers, Professor Emeritus at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Our guests will be discussing how collaborative race equity initiatives are emerging in communities across the country and their various forms including truth and reconciliation, coalitions to dismantle racism, reparations, diversity commitments, and implicit bias and cultural competency training. In this context he will also discuss DCP’s April 2020 report A Practical Guide to Planning Initiative for working Together to Advance Racial Equity, which urges communities to take multi-pronged, sequenced, collaborative problem-solving approaches to addressing racial equity. The Divided Community Project is currently soliciting feedback for the 2nd edition of their report on how corporate and business stakeholders might constructively become involved with multi-layered approaches to addressing racial equity.
Learn more about the Divided Community Project from their paper, Sharing Dispute Resolution Practices with Leaders of a Divided Community or Campus: Strategies for Two Crucial Conversations, the winner of CPR’s 2021 Professional Article Award.
This complimentary hour-long lunchtime program is open to both CPR members and non-members.
Thomas Battles currently serves as the Lead Mediator of the Divided Community Project’s Bridge Initiative at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he provides mediation and facilitation services to communities in the face of demonstrations, protests, and unrest. He recently retired as a Regional Director for the Community Relations Service (CRS) an agency within the Department of Justice. Mr. Battles became a regional director in 2003 — overseeing eight states including Florida — after working more than two decades in a front line role in Miami, Florida. As a director, he was responsible for mediating racial and ethnic disputes. His unit gained national attention in 2012 during the racial unrest that erupted in Sanford, Florida, after an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman.
William Froehlich is the current Deputy Director of the Divided Community Project and the Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he teaches mediation, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution and manages Moritz’s top-ranked Program on Dispute Resolution. Prior to commencing the fellowship, Froehlich worked in labor relations and practiced labor law as an associate attorney with Muskovitz & Lemmerbrock, LLC. William and Nancy Rogers won CPR's 2021 Outstanding Professional Article for their article on the Divided Community Project, Sharing Dispute Resolution Practices with Leaders of a Divided Community or Campus: Strategies for Two Crucial Conversations.
Grande Lum is the current Provost at Menlo College, the Chair of the Divided Community Project’s Steering Committee, and has served as the inaugural Director of the Divided Community Project. Previously, Grande was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2012 as the Director of the Community Relations Service (CRS). Grande is also the winner of CPR's 2021 Outstanding Book in the Field of ADR for his recently published book, Resolving Civil Rights Conflicts in the Community: The US Justice Department’s Community Relations Service.
Nancy Rogers is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Law at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and serves on the executive committee of the College’s Divided Community Project. Nancy is the recipient of CPR’s 2021 and 2015 Professional Article Awards. Nancy has also served as the Ohio Attorney General, Dean of the Moritz College of Law, President of the Association of American Law Schools, Vice Provost for Academic Administration of the Ohio State University, Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Moritz.
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