Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ABA: Psychology of Conflict Resolution Committee to discuss "apology"

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know that the next meeting of the Psychology of Conflict Resolution Committee will focus on apology, and the date and time will be June 25, 2010 at 12 noon Pacific by telephone. We are extremely honored and excited to have Lee Taft with us to open the topic and present some of his profound thoughts on the subject. Following that, there will be a discussion so participants can also offer their contribution.

The Committee is a subcommittee of the ADR Committee of the TIPS section of the ABA. However, for these teleconferences, you do not need to be a member of the ABA to participate and there is no charge.

Lee's bio and our mission statement follows. Please email me for further information if you wish to attend.

Thank you all,
Elizabeth Bader

Bio of Lee Taft

Lee Taft is a nationally recognized expert on apology and the related reparative processes of forgiveness and reconciliation and is a pioneer in the movement to transform cultural and legal responses to conflict. Lee was a board certified trial specialist in Texas for twenty years before entering Harvard Divinity School in 1996. After his 1999 graduation, he was named dean of students at Harvard Divinity School. His scholarship focuses on the interrelationship between accountability and healing in mediation and litigation contexts. His essays have been published in the country’s leading scholarly journals such as the YALE LAW JOURNAL, the MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW, and the HARVARD HEALTH POLICY REVIEW. His mediation protocols help parties not only resolve the conflict but also heal the hurt. His website is He can be reached via email at or by phone at 214.384.6624.

Mission Statement of the Psychology of Conflict Resolution Committee:

The Psychology of Conflict Resolution subcommittee will be a place in the ABA where members can discuss and share information about the human aspects of the resolution of civil litigation. The focus will be on an interdisciplinary approach so that the range of the discussion will be broad. Topics of discussion may include the work of the social psychologists, but also the interface with psychoanalysis, mindfulness, neuroscience, spirituality and other disciplines. The parent committee for the subcommittee is the ADR Committee of TIPS. Interested parties should contact the Chair of the subcommittee, Elizabeth Bader, at

Elizabeth E. Bader, Esq.
Bader Conflict Resolution Services
580 California St., Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: (415) 391-7272
Fax: (415) 391-0979

The "The Psychology of Mediation: Issues of Self and Identity and the IDR Cycle" 10 Pepp. Disp. Resol. L. J. 183 (2010);
"The Psychology of Mediation, Part I: The Mediator's Issues of Self and Identity."

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