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Lawrence Lecture to focus on peacemaking in America

September 19, 2014 | Events

In a time when race relations are again making national headlines, Director of the United States Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS) Grande H. Lum will present a talk on the importance of conflict resolution and the conciliation needs of communities throughout the nation.

Lum will present the 2014 Lawrence Negotiation Lecture in the Saxbe Auditorium on Sept. 30 at noon. Please register here.

Lum has served as director of CRS since 2012. Before joining CRS, he taught at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and Stanford Law School and was a clinical professor at the University of California Hastings School of the Law, where he directed its Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. Prior to his tenure at Hastings School of Law, Mr. Lum was the founder of Accordence, a dispute resolution training firm; a principal of ThoughtBridge, a mediation firm; and a partner with the consulting firm Conflict Management Incorporated. His published works include The Negotiation Fieldbook, which is currently in its second edition. Mr. Lum received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

CRS and its regional offices have been at the forefront of developing customized and proactive solutions to help bring communities in conflict together and enable them to independently prevent and resolve existing and future concerns. Most recently the office has been actively involved in Ferguson, Mo., after riots erupted when an unarmed black teenager was shot by a police officer. CRS has been working with community groups there to facilitate dialogue with law enforcement and government agencies to try and solve the underlying issues that led to the explosive response to the unfortunate event in their community.

The lecture is presented by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Program on Dispute Resolution and the lecture’s namesake, James K.L. Lawrence ’65, a member with Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati who has practiced labor-relations and employment law for more than 30 years.

Lawrence is a skilled advocate in arbitration and an astute negotiator in collective bargaining and settlement discussions. He has pursued vigorously the sustained study of dispute resolution materials at programs throughout the country and has blended that study and practice into teaching courses in negotiation and mediation at Moritz.