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  Conflict Specialist

Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, Attorney Mediator

Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, Attorney and Counselor at Law, mediator, arbitrator and facilitator. Consultant to organizations in transition.

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Contact information:
Direct phone 559.281.2660
Skype: duane.ruth.heffelbower
email: duane@ruth-heffelbower.us

Background

(Brief CV)

Attorney admitted to the California Bar in 1974, conflict specialist, professional mediator, facilitator and intervention specialist since 1985. Thousands of cases handled as advocate, mediator, arbitrator or facilitator in everything from schoolyard fights to international disputes between governments. Thousands of people trained in conflict resolution on five continents in over a hundred languages with a specialty in inter-religious and cross-cultural disputes.

Associate Professor of Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific University; member of the graduate faculty in peacemaking and conflict studies; member of the faculty of the Criminology and Restorative Justice Studies degree completion program; member of the faculty in the School of Business Leadership Studies MA Program. Retirement from the university July 31, 2015.

Education

Complete publications list

Professional Affiliations

    Law related
  • Active member State Bar of California since 1974.
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 9th Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Chair, Ethics subcommittee North 1998-1999
  • State Bar Family Law Subcommittee on Alternative Dispute Resolution - North 1996-1999
  • Fresno County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Chair, Ethics subcommittee North 1998-1999
  • State Bar Family Law Subcommittee on Alternative Dispute Resolution - North 1996-1999
  • Fresno County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Member of the Mediator Referral Panel of Fresno County Superior Court

    Professional organizations

  • Association for Conflict Resolution
    • Former Academy of Family Mediators Advanced Practitioner Member
    • 2012 Presidential Award recipient
    • Practitioner Member and Approved Consultant, Academy of Family Mediators prior to that organization's merger into Association for Conflict Resolution in 2001.
    • Member of the Family Section training committee 2002- 2015, Chair 2006-2013
    • Member of the Family Section Advisory Committee 2008- 2015; Co-chair 2011-2014
    • Member of the Central California Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. Member of the board from inception in 2003- 2015. Secretary 2003-2005
    • Web editor for ACR Restorative and Criminal Justice Section, and Central California Chapter from inception - 2015.
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
    • Former Member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
    • member and web editor of the Victimology Section
    • Counselor, Victimology Section 2010-2015
    • member of the Restorative and Community Justice Section
  • American Society of Victimology
    • Life Member of the American Society of Victimology
    • Member of the board of directors of the American Society of Victimology 2005-
  • Fresno Metro Ministry Board of Directors 1997-1999
  • Victim Offender Mediation Association
  • Former Restorative Justice editor for CRInfo.org
  • Valley Children's Hospital Institutional Ethics Committee 1998-1999
  • Mennonite Central Committee Indonesia Director of Peace Programs 1999-2001
  • Mennonite Central Committee Laos Bombie Project 1995. The resulting program is described here.
  • Christian Peacemaker Teams, recording secretary for organizational meeting 1986.
  • West Coast Mennonite Central Committee Coordinator of Developmental Disabilities services 1985-86
  • Member of the board and secretary of Lakeview Association, Inc., the owner and operator of Lakeview Cottages on Huntington Lake, California 2006-.

Clients served throughout Central California, including the cities of Bakersfield, Bass Lake, Chowchilla, Clovis, Coalinga, Coarsegold, Corcoran, Delano, Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Firebaugh, Fowler, Hanford, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Lemoore, Lemoore Naval Air Station, Lindsay, Madera, Mendota, Merced, North Fork, Oakhurst, Orange Cove, Parlier, Porterville, Reedley, Sanger, San Joaquin, Selma, Tulare, Visalia, Woodlake, as well as Fresno County, Kern County, Kings County, Madera County, Merced County, Tulare County, Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Yosemite National Park. Services nationwide and around the world.