Richard Birke to be JAMS Institute executive director

Richard Birke will become Executive Director at JAMS Institute. That's the word from Jen Reynolds, writing at Indisputably. Jen says Rich will be moving to JAMS this fall.

Since 1993 Willamette Law Professor Richard Birke has been the Director of Willamette's Center for Dispute Resolution. Professor Birke was a member of the Quality Assurance Team for the largest civil rights settlement in United States history (Glickman v. Pigman). He trained the neutrals for the appellate settlement programs at the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the First and Second Districts in California (San Francisco and Los Angeles). He continues to serve as a consultant and mediator for those programs. He has mediated many multi-party complex cases, including a 30-party land dispute over 150 acres of waterfront property in Mendocino, Calif., the relocation of the Cascade Head Trailhead and the creation of the Opal Creek Wilderness Area. In addition, he served as mediator in an $800 million dispute between a national railroad and an oil company and assisted with the process design aspects of an effort by a consortium of Oregon organizations to reform the state‚Äôs tax structure.

I like Rich as a person, and he is a talented mediator and trainer. I appreciate his scholarship on neuroscience and psychology as it relates to the mediation process.

It's a loss for Willamette Law School and a gain for JAMS.