Doug Noll: On Becoming a Peacemaker

May 4-5, 2012
19th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference

4.5 On Becoming a Peacemaker

Doug Noll, Noll Associates, Clovis, CA

Saturday, May 5, 2012 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Douglas E. Noll, J.D., M.A., mediator, lawyer to peacemaker, and award-winning author talks about the work of peace through his experiences and the challenges of those he has helped improve their own lives. From board rooms to prisons, domestic family fights to international conflicts, Doug says that conflict is essentially identical. “The work of peace is some of the hardest work a human being can be called to. Yet if we can teach murderers to be peacemakers, what is the excuse for the rest of us?”

Doug and his colleague, Laurel Kaufer, brought communication and peacemaking skills to lifers and long-term inmates at Valley State Prison in Chowchill, California. For their work the project, Prison of Peace (, Doug and Laurel won the 2012 California Lawyer Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year CLAY Award.

A full time peacemaker and mediator, Doug specializes in difficult, complex, and intractable conflicts. He is an adjunct professor of law and has a Masters Degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. Mr. Noll is AV-rated and was a business and commercial trial lawyer for 22 years before turning to peacemaking. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and on the American Arbitration Association panel of mediators and arbitrators. Mr. Noll was one of the first U.S. mediators certified under the international mediator standards established by the International Mediation Institute. He is listed in the Who’s Who of International Commercial Mediators.

Doug attended Dartmouth College, received his law degree from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, and his Masters Degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies from Fresno Pacific University. He is an adjunct professor of law and chair of the board of trustees at San Joaquin College of Law. He passionate about pragmatic, effective ways for people to find inner and outer peace in everyday conflicts.

He is the author of the award-winning book Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts(Prometheus Books, April 2011).

In addition, Mr. Noll is the author of Sex, Politics & Religion at the Office: The New Competitive Advantage (Auberry Press 2006), with John Boogaert, Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict (Cascadia 2002) and, numerous articles on peacemaking, restorative justice, conflict resolution and mediation, and is a mediator trainer, lecturer, and continuing education panelist. Mr. Noll has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers in America in 2005 by US News & World Report and has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer. Mr. Noll is host of the radio show The Doug Noll Show that streams live on wsRadio.comThursday evenings at 7 pm Pacific. The show is devoted to giving peacemakers around the world a voice that the mainstream media ignores.

Mr. Noll is also a second degree black belt in Chinese kung fu and has taught tai chi for over 10 years. He has a variety of other interests and accomplishments including certification as a Level III ski instructor, instrument-rated private pilot with multi-engine and helicopter ratings, a jazz violinist, and a whitewater kayaker and rafter.

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