In March 2020, Joseph (“Josh”) B. Stulberg transitioned to serve as the Divided Community Project’s Co-Director. Josh, recently retired Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, has been engaged with DCP since its inception in 2015. One of the nation’s pre-eminent mediator trainers, Professor Stulberg is the only individual to participate in conducting mediator training for the U.S. Attorney General’s original Neighborhood Justice Center programs in Atlanta, Kansas City, and Los Angeles. He has trained nearly 10,000 people across the nation and the world to serve in court, agency-based, or community-based dispute resolution programs. Josh has published more than 60 articles in professional journals on theoretical, policy, and practice issues in dispute resolution.
In May 2020, Carl D. Smallwood joined Josh to serve as DCP’s Co-Director. A retired partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Columbus, he focused his community service on diversity/inclusion, particularly on broadening law-related secondary school academic enrichment and post-collegiate educational opportunities for underrepresented and underserved communities. A past president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, he was the first African American president of the Columbus Bar Association, where he also led the Managing Partners’ Diversity Initiative, a five-year commitment by 22 local law firms to make a concerted effort to recruit, hire, retain, and promote minority lawyers.
Carl has attended each of the Divided Community Project’s conferences at Moritz. He spearheaded the development of – and now chairs – the Greater Columbus Community Trust Initiative, the model ‘community leadership team’ format used in DCP’s National Academy initiatives.
Josh and Carl take over leadership from DCP’s second director, Becky Monroe. Becky, now leading The Leadership Conference’s Fighting Hate and Bias Initiative, continues to serve on DCP’s Steering Committee and supports the Project’s Bridge Intiative @ Moritz.