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Susan Partnow & Andrea Brenneke: Restorative Circles

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

4.4 Restorative Circles: Engaging Conflict, Deepening Relationships and Building Community

Susan Partnow, Mediator and Trainer, Seattle, WA

Andrea Brenneke, MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless, Seattle, WA

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

Restorative Justice Systems using Restorative Circles enable groups to embrace conflict in a way that deepens connections, empowers all individuals, and builds strength of community by harnessing the generative wisdom and shared power of community. Developed in Brazil by Dominic Barter, this practice is used in organizations, schools, court systems, communities, workplaces and families around the world.

Susan Partnow, M.A. is Sr. Organizational Development & Training consultant at Swedish Health Systems as well as founding Director of Global Citizen Journey, co-creator of Conversation Cafes and Let’s Talk America, certified mediator and senior trainer for Compassionate Listening. She is apprenticing with Dominic Barter for Restorative Circles. As an organizational development consultant, Susan especially enjoys transforming conflict to foster creative change using cutting edge practices such as Open Space, World Cafe or Appreciative Inquiry. Sheʼs served on the steering committee of NCDD (National Coalition on Dialogue & Deliberation), has been a teacher and speech pathologist, (M.A. in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University, BA from UC- Berkeley). With over 35 years experience as owner of Partnow Communications, Susan works with individuals, groups and organizations to promote healthy and productive workplaces and teams, including training in Speaking, Self-Management and People Skills. She is the author of Everyday Speaking for All Occasions and co author of Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening. Passionately committed to social transformation, peacemaking and community building, Susan deeply believes we can and must 'listen our way to wholeness' to find our essential humanity through connection, wise co-creation, and dialogue.

Andrea Brenneke (J.D. Harvard Law School ʼ92, BA University of Washington, ʼ88) is a passionate advocate for justice and facilitator of individual and community healing and empowerment. She practices civil rights and employment law at MacDonald Hoague & Bayless in Seattle. www.mhb.com. A tenacious litigator and strategic negotiator, the results she obtains compensate her clients for violations of their legal rights and dignity and secure other types of injunctive relief and policy changes that make a lasting difference in society. Her litigation successes include substantial trial verdicts and settlements in sexual harassment, disability accommodation and discrimination, gender and race discrimination, retaliation, police and government misconduct. She supports employees through all types of work place disputes, contract negotiations, accommodations and claim reporting procedures. Andrea also facilitates creative solutions and negotiated resolutions to legal and social conflicts. Originally trained in negotiation at Harvard Law School, she now is a certified LR 39.1 mediator, a Restorative Circles practitioner, and an apprentice to Dominic Barter.

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