"Held my first mediation. Parties signed a settlement agreement to consider proposals for 14 days, and to set another date for mediation if needed. I'm treating this as an agreed extension for certification."
"What did you decide on this case? I just received the same letter from this attorney. There was initial confusion in my case because it was first referred to me at the DRC, but I am a private mediator. It shuffled around a bit…"
Information and discussion on foreclosure mediation under Washington's Foreclosure Fairness Act. An open public forum on best practices, current trends, new information.Open to any registered member of the wsba-adr.org network.See More
Join the WSBA ADR Membership Committee for this member event of a panel presentation and networking evening. Format: 30 minute panel presentation followed by a one-hour networking event with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments (including one free drink).Topic: Foreclosure Fairness Act issues and fixesPanelists: Prof. Alan Kirtley (UW School of Law); Kathryn Leathers (WSBA Legislative Liaison); Andrew Kidde (President of Resolution Washington; Co-Manager Bellevue Neighborhood Mediation…See More
I believe mediation is the road to peace. I have dedicated my life to this end. I first served twelve years in the military as a nurse, where I helped soldiers heal, and settle disputes between themselves and commanding officers when they returned from war. I mediated hospital disputes between doctors, patients, and staff. Then I performed the same functions later as a civilian nursing supervisor in the emergency room and obstetrics. As an attorney, I have mediated church disputes, school board disputes, family disputes, real property disputes, and criminal law disputes.
Having a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University, and a Law Degree from Seattle University and practicing in both areas (nursing and law) has given me insight and understanding of people at their best and at their worst. It has taught me to view conflict from all sides with empathy, knowledge, and understanding, not only of the parties but the underlying issues and interests that brought them to this point.
Training through Pepperdine University, Alhadeff and Forbes, and University of Washington has given me additional insight into the process of mediation. Hobbies of reading, boating, skiing, and showing wire fox terriers help keep me focused. Finally, being married for 26 years and having two wonderful daughters one in college, the other in graduate school fills me with love and peace.
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Bachelors of Science Nursing, Pacific Lutheran University
Juris Doctorate Seattle University
Alhadeff and Forbes Mediation Training
Pepperdine University Mediation Training
Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center Advanced Mediation Training
Member, Washington State Bar Association
Member, Pierce County Bar Association
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