Never before have there been such a mediator training in Poland conducted by this many distinguished and internationally recognized professionals from all around the world.
Professor Richard Calkins graduated from Dartmouth College and Northwestern law school. He served as a law clerk to a federal appellate judge for 2 years and then joined a major law firm in Chicago. In 1969, he formed his own Law Firm where he practiced in antitrust law until 1980, when he became dean of the Drake University Law School. During his tenure as Dean he was responsible for creating the college mock trial program in 1985. In the first year, eight schools and 12 teams participated. This year over 640 team from over 400 schools participate throughout the United States.
His interest in mediation began in 1988. Over the years has completed over 2000. He has also trained close to 1000 lawyers in mediation throughout the United States. In 2000 he began a mediation program which allows both undergraduate and law students to participate in mock mediations. Emphasis in these Tournaments has been the training as well as bringing students around the world to network and share ideas and interests. The outgrowth of this program has been to hold tournaments in Australia, India, Ukraine, Lithuania, Greece, London, Dublin and the of course United States.
On a personal note, the thing that pleases him the most is the fact that these tournaments bring together the very brightest students in the world, who are the future. To see them interact, become friends and colleagues and be dedicated to creating an awareness of mediation worldwide makes his years of effort worthwhile.
Dr Mary Lou Frank is a licensed psychologist and her Ph.D. and M.S.in Psychology are from Colorado State University. She completed Advanced Negotiations for Executives at Harvard University and had training at Brenau University and Georgia State University. She served as a mediator for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, on the board of directors for the International Association for Dispute Resolution, is a state approved neutral for the courts in Georgia, and is co-founder of the consulting group, Transforming Mediation. She is a Fellow at the Institute for Higher Education at the University of Georgia, and teaches at Brenau and Middle Georgia State Universities.
She has been as professor, department chair, dean, and vice president as well as consultant and speaker nationally and internationally on mediation, civility, diversity, ethics, and leadership. She received the Distinguished Provider Award in Counseling and has been the recipient of grants and awards in leadership, teaching, diversity, and community service. Dr Frank served as the president of the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education and currently is the president of the Georgia Women’s Institute, board member of the International Women’s Think Tank, and the Possible Woman Foundation International.
Kenneth Frank holds a J.D. in law from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Columbia College. He is the director of the undergraduate degree program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Studies at Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia. He has received the Ann Austin Johnston Outstanding Faculty Award from Brenau University as well as the 2015 Coach of the Year Award from the International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR). He is chair of the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament Board, on the Board of Directors for INADR and is currently serving as Vice President for Education, USA for that group. In addition, he has been a trainer/consultant for many organizations on the topics of conflict resolution, mediation and civility. Mr. Frank has been involved in mediation for many years and has taken collegiate mediation teams to tournaments since the competitions began in 2000. He is also a co-founder of the consulting group, Transforming Mediation and is a registered neutral with the State of Georgia.
Dr Elena Koltsaki is a lawyer-mediator and sits as a regular member at the Mediators’ Accreditation Committee at the Greek Ministry of Justice. She is currently the lead mediation trainer of the biggest public Mediators’ Training Institute in Greece (Bar of Athens).
She is the co-founder and co-owner of Greek Mediation Institute, one of the leading Greek not for profit organizations for the promotion of mediation and works as a mediation expert on several European and international projects with ADR Center – Member of Jams International (Italy).
Elena holds a PhD in Law, has over 20 years of experience in counseling, negotiations and litigation and is an Expert Advisor to the Hellenic Parliament since 2004. She is also a Research Associate of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Athens.
She is an accredited Civil, Commercial, Family and Workplace Mediator (UK, USA, Greece) with extensive advanced training in mediation and negotiations (UK & USA – Harvard Negotiation Institute).
Elena teaches law subjects and ADR in Greece and Cyprus, acts as a lecturer in national and international trainings and has trained over 700 mediators internationally. She is a Board Member of INADR (Chicago, USA), a member of the General Sub-Committee of the IMI’s Appraisal Committee (Netherlands) and a pioneer in Peer Mediation Programs at Schools in Greece. She participates regularly in International Competitions both as a professional judge and as a coach with distinctions and has recently organized the First International Mediation Tournament in Greece for Students at the American College of Greece (INADR, May 2016).
She works in Greek, English and French and has a good understanding of German and Spanish.
Mediator and Attorney at Law (Adwokat, admitted to the Polish Bar) with his own Law & Mediation Office in Krakow, Poland. Participant of the Joint Ph.D. Programme in Law (University of Antwerp, Belgium and Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland), research areas: commercial mediation, consumer ADR and ODR. Lecturer and trainer: legal negotiations, international commercial mediation and arbitration. As a mediator, he is accredited by Lewiatan Mediation Centre (Warsaw, Poland, formerly involved in the Ministry of Economy programme on promoting mediation) and specialises in international and domestic commercial and consumer mediation. He is involved in ICC International Commercial Mediation Competitions since 2009 and CDRC Vienna since 2015 (Case Working Group member since 2015).
Previously: visiting student at Harvard Law School, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (completed Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation Workshop there) and visiting researcher at Heidelberg University. Jagiellonian University: School of American Law (2007), Master of Laws Programme (2009) and Postgraduate Diploma in Banking Law (2011). He is fluent in English and Polish. He has organised and participated in numerous international and domestic conferences and training programmes on mediation and arbitration (organised by, inter alia, ICC, CIArb, CPR, ABA, UIA, AIA, OHIM) and published texts on various legal topics.
- Married 40 years
- Mother of four
- Grandma of three
- Graduated with a 2.1 in Law (LLB with honours) and a Queen Mother Scholarship for Bar School in 2008.
- Called to the Honourable Bar in 2009
- Became a Lecturer in Law in 2009
- CEDR Accredited in Advanced Negotiation and Mediation 2010 and 2011
- Developed and introduced to the University of Kent a Negotiation programme in 2010 and a Mediation programme in 2012
- Successful Nationally and Internationally, winning the CEDR National Negotiation Competition in 2015 and INADR - Spirit of Mediation Award for the last two years.
- Offered a Lectureship in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2016, one of the first ADR specific posts nationally.