Veteran Diplomat Saunders to Speak on Civility and Civil Public Discourse During ABA Event

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 17, 2011 — Dr. Harold Saunders, veteran U.S. diplomat and director of international affairs at the Kettering Foundation, will be the featured keynote speaker at the _ Section of Dispute Resolution 2011 Mediation Week reception Oct. 20, in Washington, D.C.

Saunders, a distinguished career diplomat, has extensive experience in dispute resolution matters.  As assistant secretary of state for the Near East and South Asia under President Carter, Saunders significantly contributed to the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty in 1979.  He played a pivotal role as co-chair of the Dartmouth Conferences, one of the longest ongoing bilateral unofficial dialogues between American and Soviet — now, Russian — representatives.  Saunders’ work has also involved a U.S.–China dialogue and the International Civil Society exchange.  He is the author of A Public Peace Process: Sustained Dialogue to Transform Racial and Ethnic Conflicts, and Politics Is about Relationship: a Blueprint for the Citizens’ Century.

“Civility and Civil Public Discourse” is the theme for the 2011 ABA Mediation Week, taking place the third week in October.  During the week, lawyers, law students and bar groups will conduct events worldwide to educate lawyers, students and the public about mediation and related forms of collaborative problem solving.  The ABA encourages all citizens to model the use of civility, non-disparagement, dialogue, problem solving and other collaborative practices in their interactions, and to learn more about alternative dispute resolution and how it can be utilized to manage conflict effectively.

The Mediation Week Toolkit provides resources and sample materials for practitioners, organizations and bar associations to use to celebrate Mediation Week in their localities.

Dr. Harold Saunders
Director of International Affairs at the Kettering Foundation

ABA Mediation Week

Oct. 20
5 – 7 p.m.

740 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20005

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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