Grande Lum, most recently the director of the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Services from 2012-2016, has been named director of the The Divided Community Project, housed at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
During his tenure, CRS won its first-ever Association of Conflict Resolution Peacemaker Award and an American Bar Association Problem Solver Award. Lum guided CRS through several racially charged public demonstrations, including those in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore. Lum renewed focus on staff training and development, specifically on the CRS conciliation services of mediation and dialogue facilitation, and expanded CRS’ services in the areas of Transgender and Law Enforcement interaction, Intellectual Disabilities, and Restorative Practices.
Before CRS, Grande Lum was a clinical professor at the University of California Hastings School of the Law, as Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. Lum has more than two decades of conflict negotiation experience, beginning with the Harvard Negotiation Project, followed by a partnership with Conflict Management Inc., founded by Getting to Yes coauthor Roger Fisher. Lum authored The Negotiation Fieldbook and Tear Down the Wall: Be Your Own Mediator in Conflict. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.