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Dispute Resolution Faculty
Martha Simmons is Director of the Mediation Intensive Program at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2012-2013. She previously worked in private practice. Ms. Simmons has taught in Osgoode’s “Lawyer as Negotiator” upper year course since 2006. She is currently a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Christine Kim is a family mediator at Christine Kim Mediation in Toronto. She specializes in custody and access issues. Christine graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Social Work in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Collaborative Program in Ethnic-Pluralism and is an Accredited Family Mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation as well as a Child Protection Mediator on the Ontario Roster. She also acts as a Clinical Investigator with the Ontario Children’s Lawyer. For a full bio click here.
Deborah Pressman is a lawyer, mediator, adjudicator, and an innovative legal educator.
Deborah is currently counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General, providing legal, policy and strategic support to SLASTO’s Executive Chairs, adjudicators, senior managers, and staff. Previously, she was the Director’s Delegate in the Appeals Unit at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO). She first joined FSCO as a mediator in 2004. In 2008 she worked as a senior policy analyst and in 2011 she became an arbitrator, adjudicating disputes arising from Ontario’s no-fault accident benefits scheme.
Deborah leads various training and teaching initiatives. She teaches at the paralegal program at George Brown College and at the Master’s program at Osgoode. She is a lead instructor in Certificate in Adjudication, a joint initiative of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and Osgoode. She develops remote learning courses for Osgoode (the foreign lawyers NCA licensing exam prep course) and Emond Publishing (the paralegal licensing exam prep course). She trains tribunal members and speaks on topics such as mediation, ODR, active adjudication and clear decision writing.
Deborah completed her B.A. in political science at York University and her LL.B. at Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar in 2002 and acquired her LL.M degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2005. When she’s not working, she spends time with family and friends, and a terrier named Gilly.
Linda Ippolito is a classical pianist, litigation lawyer, dispute resolution practitioner, teacher, and scholar, whose passion lies in the intersection between music and conflict. She studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. She has performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist in recital and with orchestra, as a vocal collaborator and duo pianist, and continues to actively perform.
Linda holds an LL.B., LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. She is a founding and senior partner at the Toronto-based law firm, Sheridan, Ippolito & Associates and the dispute resolution consulting firm “Ensemble Solutions”. Linda has appeared before every level of Court in Ontario and before various administrative tribunals. A certified collaborative family practitioner and mediator, Linda has taught advocacy, negotiation, and dispute resolution at Queens Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Osgoode Professional Development. Her academic work focuses on shifting dominant culture disputing metaphors and mindsets from war and games to the musical ensemble and building creative capacities through the use of music-based teaching and learning modalities. She has authored numerous articles and scholarly publications on dispute resolution topics, including the book “Music, Leadership and Conflict: the Art of Ensemble Negotiation and Problem-solving” for the Palgrave Macmillan series, Business, Arts and Humanities.
Michaela Keet has been involved in curriculum development in the dispute resolution area at every level in the college’s program, including the design of an intensive dispute resolution program for first-year students and advanced courses in Negotiation, Mediation, and clinical placements. In 2011, Prof. Keet was awarded the Provost’s College Award for Outstanding Teaching in Law. Prof. Keet has worked as a mediator in private and public practice across a variety of settings. With Saskatchewan Labour, she mediated and conciliated complex labour disputes. With Saskatchewan Justice, she mediated civil litigation files including matters such as commercial contract disputes, wrongful dismissal and personal injury. Prof. Keet has also acted as a labour arbitrator and as a consultant for organizations designing or evaluating their own dispute resolution processes and systems. In the earlier part of her career, Prof. Keet worked as a lawyer in private practice, with a focus on labour, employment and administrative law. She graduated with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan, with an LLB, and a BA (major in Sociology). She has taken extensive training in the field of mediation and negotiation, primarily through the Conflict Resolution Program at the Justice Institute in Vancouver, B.C. Her LLM focuses on court-connected mediation. Prof. Keet has extensive experience as a trainer and public speaker on dispute resolution processes and issues, including the development of educational programs for lawyers, judges and other adjudicators and professionals. In addition to her law school teaching, Prof. Keet has delivered presentations and training programs for the following audiences: National Judicial Institute, Saskatchewan Legal Education Society, Canadian Bar Association, Provincial Court Judges, business and human resources professionals, unions, members of local aboriginal governments, and many other organizations. Her teaching, research and publications have focused on dispute resolution, particularly on mediation, negotiation and the integration of dispute resolution programs into the court system – in both civil and criminal settings. The focus of her research is on the evaluation of dispute resolution practices and programs, and she has conducted or partnered in several empirical studies. She is the author of numerous journal articles on topics including collaborative law, lawyers’ roles inside mediation, and the integration of mediation into court systems.
Michelle LeBaron is Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution and Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where her focus is on interdisciplinary excellence in dispute resolution pedagogy and practice. Michelle’s scholarship and practice aims to deepen capacities for effectiveness across worldview and cultural differences, and is informed by international work designing conflict management systems and practicing in family, commercial and peace-building contexts. She served as professor of conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia from 1993-2003, and has served on the boards of several national and international organizations.
Michelle has written many articles, and three recent books, Conflict Across Cultures: A Unique Approach to Bridging Differences; Bridging Cultural Conflicts: A New Approach for a Changing World; and Bridging Troubled Waters: Conflict Resolution from the Heart. Michelle has been teaching the Culture, Diversity and Power in Resolution LLM course in the Professional LLM in ADR program at Osgoode Professional Development since its inception.