Top Tier Professionals at Edwards Mediation Academy

Top Tier Professionals at Edwards Mediation Academy
Edwards Mediation Academy online courses are taught by acknowledged experts and pioneers in the commercial mediation field. Our students have the unique opportunity to learn from the world’s leading commercial mediators. There is no other way for aspiring mediators to gain the depth and breadth of knowledge provided by EMA courses. Our students come away with real world, practical understanding and techniques that will impact their work for the rest of their lives.

Meet some of our EMA expert mediation trainers:

Hon. Dan Weinstein

(Retired) is a former California Judge and a founder of JAMS, the World’s largest provider of mediation and arbitration services. He is recognized as one of the premier mediators of complex, multi-party, high-stake cases, both in the United States and abroad. In 2008 he started the Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Program, which provides opportunities for qualified individuals from outside the United States to study dispute resolution processes and practices in the US.

Attorney Nina Meierding

has mediated over 4,000 disputes in her 30 years in the conflict resolution field. She has provided mediation skills training in negotiation, communication, mediation, and culture and gender issues. We invite you to watch this short videowhere Nina highlights some of the issues to consider in a mediation involving cross cultural and gender concerns. The video is included in our Advanced Mediation Course.

Attorney Sriram Panchu

is an acknowledged pioneer of mediation in India.  In law practice since 1976, he founded the Indian Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution and was instrumental in creating India’s first court-annexed mediation center, a model replicated by other Courts in the country.  He regularly speaks on issues regarding law, mediation, governance and public interest.

Attorney Dana Curtis

is a pioneer in the ADR field and is known for resolving disputes with challenging emotional dynamics.  She has been a teacher of mediation, negotiation and other conflict management programs throughout the U.S. and internationally for over 25 years.  She taught at Stanford Law School, Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program and currently teaches at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation.  Dana has published number articles and books on mediation, most recently Appellate Mediation:  A Guidebook for Mediators and Attorneys. 

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Bruce A. Edwards is an ADR industry pioneer and recent chairman of the board of directors of JAMS, this country’s largest private provider of ADR services. Along with his wife, Susan Franson Edwards, Mr. Edwards recently cofounded Edwards Mediation Academy, an online education platform dedicated to improving the skills of mediators around the world.

Solving Social Challenges Through Collaboration

Solving Social Challenges Through Collaboration

This past week, I was fortunate enough to participate in Convergence Center for Policy Resolution’s leadership council meeting in Washington, DC.  It was a truly uplifting and inspirational day of conversation.

Founded in 2009, Convergence is a non-profit organization that uses mediation skills (respectful dialogue and listening for the most part) to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances between people with very diverse views on critical national issues. Through proactive, nonpartisan engagement of influential individuals and organizations, they seek to create new pathways to move our country and society forward. On issue after issue, they engage an extraordinary network of people – business leaders, policy practitioners, non-profit executives, formerly elected officials, think-tank experts, academics, and community leaders –  by shifting the focus from winning the debate to collectively seeking solutions. Then, they empower and support unlikely alliances to create change at the local, state, and national levels.

The most obvious and timely example of their work is the Health Reform Roundtable, a group of ten nationally recognized experts and advocates on healthcare who represent diverse viewpoints in the healthcare debate.  This group has been meeting since March, and in August, they issued proposals for Congressional action on health reform that has been credited with helping to shift the mindset on Capitol Hill toward bipartisan solutions.

Just imagine what we could accomplish if more of our issues were resolved through collective collaboration.

Other Convergence projects include:

Economic Mobility and Poverty

Bringing people together to catalyze meaningful policy, programmatic, and private sector changes to help more people experience upward economic mobility through work.

Federal Budget Process Reform

Designing a new framework for the budget process to help the country move beyond the current stalemates.

K-12 Education

Seeking to accelerate the growth and impact of the learner-centered education movement in the United States. This initiative of Convergence, called Education Reimagined, has quickly become a respected national voice on educational change. Diverse educational stakeholders including the National Education Association, Google, and educational consulting company KnowledgeWorks, among others, credit Education Reimagined’s vision statement as an important influence in their work.

Long-Term Care

Financing Collaborative – Recommended a series of public and private efforts that address the urgent, unmet need for financing care for elderly and disabled Americans.

Nutrition and Wellness

Explored cross-sector approaches to improve American diets in order to reduce obesity, diabetes, and other nutrition-related problems. PNW members worked with the National Association of Convenience Stores over a two-year period to market healthier food choices to consumers nationwide.

U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum

Provided a platform for leaders from both countries to build new relationships that create value and can serve as a strong “shock absorber” for the tensions that arise in official ties.  As a result of their participation, participants from UC Davis and the University of Agriculture in Faisalabad developed a USAID funded $17-million dollar initiative called the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security at both universities.

For more information on Convergence and their projects, visit www.

Susan Franson Edwards co-founded Edwards Mediation Academy with Bruce Edwards in 2014 in an effort to deliver the highest quality mediation training to a worldwide audience.