The instructors in our programs are highly experienced practitioners and trainers who bring a deep understanding of theory combined with real world experience to deliver highly interactive trainings and workshops.

Faculty:   Bill Logue    Loraine Della Porta   Melinda Gehris    Carrie Kaas      

 

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William DeVane Logue

Bill Logue teaches negotiation as an Adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac Law School where he is also Senior Fellow and Director of Training Programs and co-director of the Connecticut Agricultural Mediation Program. He is also a West Hartford based independent mediator, facilitator, consensus builder, trainer and consultant to individuals, groups, associations, corporations, law firms, foundations and public organizations.  He has helped creatively craft agreements that build relationships and promote practical solutions to difficult problems. Bill has worked in the field of conflict resolution since 1986 in the public and private sector. He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Connecticut School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Bill’s public policy consensus building and facilitation work has included projects with for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority/US Department of Energy, the Long Island Sound Study and the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary, and the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management.

Bill frequently mediates employment, workplace, commercial, construction and other matters.  He has designed and led mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution training programs for organizations including the Connecticut Judicial Branch Judges and the Housing Mediation Unit, the Connecticut CHRO, Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation and Department of Capital Asset Management, and the National Association of Attorneys General, health care, financial and other industries in the private sector. Bill contributed three chapters to the Mediation Practice Book published in 2001 and was a regular contributing columnist on ADR to the Connecticut Law Tribune for several years. Bill is past chair of the Connecticut Bar Association ADR Section and past Co-Chair of the Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution in the Courts, he is a past President of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, a panelist with the Connecticut Department of Education, the US Postal Service and a Senior Affiliate Practitioner with the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration. He is past Chair of the Connecticut Bar Foundation James Cooper Fellows and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

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Loraine M. Della Porta

Loraine’s public sector career spans over 25 years and reflects extensive experience in public engagement, organizational development, dispute systems design and training.  She is a trained lawyer and experienced mediator, facilitator and dispute systems designer.

Prior to establishing her own firm and working with The Logue Group, Loraine served for 12 years as the Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC), a free-standing institute of the University of Massachusetts Boston which serves as a neutral forum and state/regional-level resource to assist public entities in resolving conflict and collaborating on important policy issues within government and across sectors.  During her tenure, she played a major role in designing dispute systems and delivering training and capacity-building programs for federal, state and municipal officials, including for the Governor’s Executive Leadership Academy, the MA Department of Revenue, MA Department of Corrections and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Loraine also served as the director of UMass Boston’s Kettering Public Policy Institute, which provided a vehicle for communities to engage in deliberative dialogue and civil discourse, and public policy issues such as immigration, affordable health care, land use/environmental issues, racial/ethnic tensions and youth violence. 

Loraine graduated with honors from Providence College and Roger Williams University School of Law. She is certified by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) and assists government entities and other organizations (domestic and foreign) in framing issues for public dialogue and deliberation.  Loraine is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development and the University of Massachusetts Boston and where she currently teaches Advanced Intervention Techniques for Public Disputes for the Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution. She also teaches mediation at Roger Williams University School of Law. 

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Melinda Gehris

Melinda Gehris has been mediating professionally since 1994. Her practice includes both private clients and work for the New Hampshire Probate and Superior Courts, the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the EEOC and the Human Rights Commission.  Melinda has facilitated the resolution of many types of disputes involving family and divorce, probate, trusts and estates, real estate, landlord tenant, personal injury, collections, employment, contract interpretation and disputes between business owners.  Melinda is a New Hampshire Certified Family Mediator.

Melinda is an experienced trainer, developing and leading programs in dispute resolution from basic mediation skills to advanced, specialized dispute resolution training and negotiation.  She especially enjoys assisting students as they become comfortable with complex tools for working with others, either in negotiation, arbitration or mediation.  Melinda studies and teaches ethics for dispute resolution professionals.  She is trained in Powerful Non-Defensive Communication (PNDC).  She teaches Dispute Resolution at the University Of New Hampshire School of Law. 

Melinda also designs and implements conflict management systems for businesses and other organizations.  She is adept at assisting individuals and work groups as they identify ways to develop tolerance and cooperation in the workplace. 

Melinda has written and published several articles on dispute resolution topics.  She has been named to Woodward and White’s Best Lawyers in America in dispute resolution since 2007.  She has previously been named Best in Dispute Resolution by New Hampshire Business Magazine and one of the Top Lawyers in Dispute Resolution by New Hampshire Magazine. Melinda was appointed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court Committee on Dispute Resolution. She is the past President of the Board of the New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association and a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Committee and the New Hampshire Bar Association ADR Section.  Melinda is the Vice-President of The Non-Defensive Voice International and a Board Member of The Non-Defensive Voice, Inc.  

Melinda received a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and also earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts. 

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Carolyn Wilkes Kaas ("Carrie")

Wilkes Kaas is an associate professor of law at Quinnipiac University School of Law, and is the co-director of theCenter on Dispute Resolution. Kaas also serves as the director of clinical programs, as well as the director of the School of Law's concentration programs in family law and civil advocacy and dispute resolution. Professor Kaas taught for 20 years in the in-house Civil Clinic, supervising students in a variety of civil and family matters.

She is currently teaching a wide range of field placement courses including a Mediation Externship. She also teaches negotiation, and is the lead professor for the clinical prerequisite course "Introduction to Representing Clients," which focuses on interviewing, counseling and negotiation skills.

Kaas has served on several committees and boards, including the national Clinical Legal Education Association and the Connecticut Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism. In 2011, she served on the Chief Justice's Commission on Civil ADR in the Courts. She is studying non-defensive communication and its application in law and mediation, and is a founding board member of the Canadian and the international non-profit "The Non-Defensive Voice." She also serves on the boards of Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce, Connecticut Legal Services, and is a founding member of the Connecticut Mediation Network.

Kaas graduated from Cornell University in 1976, from University of Connecticut School of Law in 1983, with highest honors, and clerked for the Honorable Ellen Bree Burns from 1983-85, at the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. She was an associate with Wiggin and Dana before joining the faculty at the law school. 

Peter W. Benner

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Peter Benner has been an independent mediator and arbitrator since 2010 (pwbresolve.com), as well as promoting innovation in healthcare mediation and resolution (healthcaredisputeresolutions.com). Through 2009, Peter spent 28 years as a partner at Shipman & Goodwin, LLP in Hartford, Connecticut, practicing healthcare and commercial litigation in Connecticut and in courts throughout the country. He was an adjunct professor teaching dispute resolution, University of Connecticut Law School, 2012-13 and has taught as an adjunct at Quinnipiac School of Law since 2014, where is currently teaching Representation in Mediation.

Peter is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., where is served on the Executive Board of the Georgetown Law Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with high honors.

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John T. Blankenship

John T. Blankenship, Attorney at Law, has offices in Franklin and Sparta, Tennessee where he practices in the areas of commercial law, including construction and real estate litigation, and arbitration and mediation.  Mr. Blankenship has been a member of the American Arbitration Association’s mediation and arbitration panels since 1987 and serves on the AAA’s Master Mediator Panel.  He is an approved mediator under Rule 31 of the Tennessee Supreme Court, and has served as mediator or arbitrator in hundreds of commercial and construction cases, including multi-party, complex construction disputes in several different states, and is the only arbitrator in Tennessee to be elected to the College of Commercial Arbitrators.  Mr. Blankenship is a Charter Member of the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, and is a frequent speaker and published author on construction law, mechanics lien law, alternative dispute resolution and ethics.  He received his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College Of Law and his LL.M. in Dispute Resolution from the University Of Missouri School Of Law. 

Mr. Blankenship served two terms on the Board of Directors for the College of Commercial Arbitrators.  He is a member of numerous other professional organizations, and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law in Dispute Resolution at Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, TN.  He has an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell and is listed in America’s Best Lawyers in ADR and Construction Law.

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Roy L. De Barbieri

Attorney Roy L. De Barbieri of New Haven, Connecticut is Of Counsel to the Firm of Zangari Cohn Cuthbertson Duhl & Grello P.C. with offices in New Haven, Hartford and Providence.

Roy is a distinguished dispute resolution neutral, and continues to perform his independent services as an arbitrator and mediator throughout Connecticut and across the country.  He has distinguished himself as a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, where he also served as the Chair of the Law Firm CLE Education Committee, and a Director.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and a Past Chair.   Roy has 25 years of experience as an arbitrator and mediator of domestic and international commercial disputes. He has served as presiding arbitrator, co‐arbitrator and sole arbitrator in approximately 450 arbitrations, and has authored dozens of reasoned awards. He has also mediated approximately 100 domestic and international commercial disputes. 

He is a Member of the American Arbitration Association Large Complex Case
Panel of Arbitrators, the American Arbitration Association Mediation Panel, and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He has served as an ADR Center instructor for many programs on arbitration best practices and mediation advocacy.  He testifies as an expert on dispute resolution and lectures to Bar Associations and law firms on the topic of dispute resolution theory and practice.  Roy also conducts ad hoc mediations and arbitrations.