Kaylor, Larson, Olson & Hunter: Mediation of Land Disputes

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

3.2 Mediation of Land Use Disputes: Challenges and Opportunities


Courtney A. Kaylor, McCullough Hill Leary, PS, Seattle, WA

Kristen J. Larson, Sound Law Center, Seattle, WA

Warren E. Olson, Mediator, Kitsap County DRC, Tacoma, WA

Moderator: Ted Hunter, Sound Law Center, Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 5, 2012 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

This session will identify opportunities to use interest-based mediation to resolve land use disputes, with a particular focus on land use mediation involving a public agency. Through a moderated, interactive discussion led by past ADR Section Chair Ted Hunter and a role play dialogue, presenters and participants will address the unique aspects of land use disputes that affect the timing, parties and process for mediation of these disputes. (Intermediate and Advanced Levels)

Courtney A. Kaylor is a partner with the law firm McCullough Hill Leary P.S. in Seattle, Washington. Her practice focuses on land use and environmental law and on alternative dispute resolution. She has extensive experience with local, state and federal land use permitting and related litigation. Courtney is trained as a mediator through the University of Washington Professional Mediation Skills Training Program and the King County Inter-Local Conflict Resolution Group Practicum. She is Chair of the Land Use Mediation Committee of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Environmental and Land Use Law (ELUL) Sections. She is Vice President of the Washington Mediation Association. Courtney has written numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on land use law and mediation.

Warren E. Olson serves on the Washington Mediation Association Board and the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County Board of Directors, where he chairs the training committee and Human Resources Committee. He developed the curriculum and manuals for the 40 hour basic mediation course, which he co-leads. He assisted Resolution Washington in developing student learning objectives for the Basic Mediation Course, and served as mediator, trainer, and board member for the Mediation and Settlement Center of Southwest Washington. He trained in mediation with the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County and also holds certificates in negotiation and mediation at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He completed additional course work in the Public Conversations Project, family mediation and facilitation, and mediating domestic violence situations.

Kristen J. Larson has substantial experience in land use permitting and the infill development entitlement process as an attorney and hearing examiner with Sound Law Center LLC and project funding and agreements coordinator for the City of Seattle, where she most recently managed the community engagement and regulatory process for Yesler Terrace neighborhood redevelopment. As an attorney and hearing examiner, she focuses on land use, environmental, and administrative law and property dispute resolution. Kristen has served as an ABA National Mediation Competition judge and trained in alternative dispute resolution at the University of Washington School of Law.

Ted Hunter received his law degree from the University of Washington and was trained in mediation techniques at Willamette and Harvard Universities. His trial experience involved representation in land use matters for developers and environmental groups at all levels of the state and federal courts. Mr. Hunter also served as Legal Counsel to the Washington State Legislature on energy and environmental matters. Ted was selected as the Chief Negotiator for the Legislature in matters involving land use proposals at the U.S. Hanford Nuclear Reservation. He established and is past Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Washington State Bar and is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution. He is also a member of the American Planning Association and the Washington & American Bar Associations. He is a Land Use Hearing Examiner and Mediator for over twenty cities in Washington State.


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