Like all communities, public and private colleges and universities will naturally experience conflicts arising from competing interests, limited resources, and inherent imbalances in power, authority, and responsibility. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are all essential to the community, each depending on and supporting each other in fundamental ways.
This interdependence can lead to deeply fulfilling experiences and connections that enrich everyone’s lives and sustain the community. But it can also lead to feelings of vulnerability, frustration and even anger that pit individuals and groups against each other and erode the trust that holds the community together.
We help public and private colleges and universities navigate conflicts, solve problems, rebuild relationships, and restore trust.
Some common areas of conflict where we can help include:
Institutional Decision-Making and Policy Matters
My mediation and dispute resolution practice focuses exclusively on conflicts arising in public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. I chose this focus because I am a product of public and private school education, and because I have dedicated my entire professional career to education and education law.
My empathy and efficacy in higher education conflict resolution comes from my professional and person experience and expertise as:
A Law Clerk for a University’s Office of General Counsel
An Attorney for College and University Students
An Attorney for Colleges and Universities
An Adjunct Professor of Law