Announcing ADR Section Research Scholarship Recipient Lara Lebherz

After a hiatus of several years, the ADR Section is once again funding a summer Research Scholarship, this time for the summer of 2012.

The scholarship was authorized to provide academic research and preparation of a written report regarding privilege protections for mediators in foreclosure mediation programs, including any application of the Uniform Mediation Act. It will provide substantial academic support relevant to the ADR Section's current legislative priority in the continuing improvement of the Foreclosure Fairness Act.

The scholarship recipient is Lara Lebherz. Lara came to the University of Washington School of Law from a career in education. She has her BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, holds an MSED from Bank Street College in Special and General Childhood Education, and an MSW in Child and Family Welfare Policy from Columbia University. She moved to Seattle from New Orleans where she was on the founding staff of two charter schools, serving as the Director of Student Support, where she coordinated special education, mental health, and community support services for students and families. Lara is a 2013 candidate for JD. Lara hopes to pursue a career in school, employment, disability or family law, or some combination of the four.

"I'm thrilled for the opportunity to research in collaboration with the WSBA ADR section," Lara said. "I'm looking forward to continuing with the section as a colleague after becoming a member of the bar."

The scholarship is administered by the Legislative Committee in collaboration with this academic advisor Professor Alan Kirtley of the University of Washington School of Law.

Though currently only authorized for this one year, some of us are hoping this may be the beginning of re-establishing an on-going annual program to foster academic research into issues important to the ADR Section's mission.

If you're interested in this scholarship project, an on-going scholarship program, the Foreclosure Fairness Act or any other of the Legislative Committee's activities, leave a comment below or feel free to contact me or Paul McVicker, Legislative Committee Chair.

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