attorney since 1976, full-time neutral mediator, facilitator,
trainer/consultant and arbitrator since 1984. Extensive experience
mediating and arbitrating complex employment, environmental
and public policy disputes. Has served as a mediator or arbitrator
for over one thousand disputes arising in the federal, state,
and municipal government, schools and institutions of higher
education, and the health care, mining, construction, airline,
manufacturing, retail, and utilities industries throughout
New England and in the Midwest. Extensive experience as facilitator/mediator
of multi-party public policy issues, including watershed planning,
negotiated rulemaking, development of proposed legislation
involving state-wide transportation planning, wetlands and
water quality protection, fisheries management, agricultural
activities, and state-wide environmental risk assessment and
environmental priority setting, health system reform, access
to health care, and allocation of legal resources to low income
Professor, University of Maine Law School, teaching ADR, 1996-2000.
Teacher/trainer of mediation, arbitration, and conflict management
at programs sponsored by a variety of organizations in the
U.S. and Canada.
of the Society of Professionals in Dispute ResolutionÍs (SPIDRÍs)
ñADR in the Employment Sectorî Committee. This blue ribbon
committee developed guidelines for mediation programs instituted
by the federal, state and provincial civil rights enforcement
agencies and guidelines for integrated conflict management
systems and ADR programs instituted by public and private
of the American Arbitration Association's Howard Gamser Award.
Recipient of Maine Association of Dispute ResolutionÍs (MADRPÍs)
"Dispute Resolver of the Year" Award. Recipient of SPIDR New
England Chapter's Pioneer Award. Recipient of International
SPIDR's Distinguished Service Award. Member, National Academy
attorney since 1978; full time mediator, facilitator and arbitrator
since 1990. Practice concentrates on mediation, training,
conflict resolution and consulting. Substantial experience
(1000+cases) in the mediation and arbitration of a variety
of complex civil disputes, including business, commercial
and insurance matters; employment, labor relations and workers'
compensation; environmental and land use; boundary and property
disputes; construction project matters; family law, and public
policy matters involving state and federal agencies. Extensive
facilitation of multi-party stakeholder groups on public policy
issues (environment, telecommunications, higher education,
transportation, workforce development), involving as many
as 60 parties. Has served as Court-appointed mediator, referee
or Guardian ad Litem in more than 200 cases.
Frequent lecturer and trainer on ADR, including presentations
at national and regional conferences; Adjunct Faculty, University
of Maine School of Law since 1996; has conducted multi-ethnic
workshops on Conflict Transformation in Bosnia and Republika
Srpska; has trained participants from 15 different countries
in England and Italy. Trained Arabs and Jews in Negotiation,
Mediation and Conflict Management, Israel College, Tel Aviv,
Israel, 2001 and 2003.
Facilitator of multi-day strategic planning retreats for statewide
university systems, law firms, a national environmental coalition,
a national conference on "Reinventing Justice,"
and a national advocacy organization on end of life issues.
Has designed and facilitated community meetings with 250-300
attending on highly contentious ecopnomic development, land
use, community services and transportation issues. Sample
facilitation list available on request.
Co-chair of 2000 Annual Conference and Board member, New England
Chapter ofAssociation for Conflict Resolution (ACR); former
chair and newsletter editor, International Sector of Society
for Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR). Membership
on mediation panels including American Arbitration Association
Labor, Commercial Panels; CADRES Land Use, Civil Litigation
and Domestic Relations panels; General Services Administration
Panel of Mediators for EEO disputes in federal agencies; United
States Postal Service REDRESS Panel of Mediators; National
Employment Mediation Services (NEMS); National Roster of Environmental
Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals,
U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.
eight years as a partner in the firm, Kathryn Monahan Ainsworth
left the firm in January 2003 to accept a senior position
with Maine State Government.