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California Western Presentations

California Western Faculty have been asked to speak about the creative prevention and solution of problems at the meetings and conferences of a wide variety of organizations, both domestic and international. They have also worked with organizations such as NASA, the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education, the California State Legislature, the United Nations Development Program, the Organization of American States, the Department of Justice, and the Chilean Ministry of Justice to help create processes for preventing and solving legal problems.


  • June 13-15: Thomas Barton will discuss preventive and problem-solving thinking with "Paradigm Shift in Legal Thinking," at a conference entitled Commercial Contracting for Strategic Advantage, Turku, Finland.
  • June 25-30: Thomas Barton will participate in "Health Law and Prevention: Systems Design," a dialogue regarding the role that apologies should/can have in our legal system, at the International Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, Padua, Italy.


  • September 26: James Cooper talked on "The Lessons of NAFTA" as part of a panel with Bolivia's Ambassador at Large, Pablo Salon, negotiating the Free Trade Deal with the U.S. at a conference sponsored by Proyecto ACCESO, LABOR, and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in La Paz. The conference was called "Bases for Fair Trade: Negotiating Treaties Among Peoples."
  • August 15: James Cooper lectured on legal reform at “Growth, Equity and Free Trade Workshop,” a professional training seminar for Spanish-speaking participants organized by the Institute of the Americas, San Diego, California.
  • July 20: James Cooper spoke about law and problem solving at the Summer Seminar Program, UCSD Center for U.S./Mexico Studies, La Jolla, California.
  • July 15-21: Thomas Barton will present at a panel entitled “Teaching Problem Solving” at the SEALS Annual Conference, Palm Beach, Florida.
  • June 7-9: Thomas Barton and Edward Dauer coordinated a program on ethics and professional responsibility for lawyers and judges as it relates to therapeutic jurisprudence at the Third International Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Perth, Australia.
  • June 3: James Cooper presented at "Culture and Violence", a conference which examined problem-solving mechanisms being used in the Andean region, UCSD Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, La Jolla, California.
  • February 4: Katharine Rosenberry, “Problem Identification in a Multicultural Environment,” University of Hong Kong School of Law, Hong Kong, China.


  • November 8-9: James Cooper, "A Survey of Problem Solving Mechanisms in Latin American Legal Reform Efforts," Reforma de Justicia Penal, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • October 27-30: Linda Morton and Janet Weinstein, “Nurturing Intrinsic Values in Interdisciplinary Problem Solving Clinics,” Sixth International Clinical Conference: Enriching Clinical Education, Lake Arrowhead, California.
  • October 24: James Cooper, “Judicial Reform in Latin America: The Divergence of U.S. and German Approaches” to Closing Ceremony of Post-Graduate Program “The Rule of Law and Access to Justice,” at Universidad de Chile School of Law, sponsored by GTZ, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Heidelberg Center for Latin America and Ministry of Justice of Chile.
  • October 14: Katharine Rosenberry, “Problem Identification: The Role of Unconscious Assumptions,”  University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, London, England.
  • August 17: Thomas  Barton, “The Growth of ADR and Problem Solving Courts: Description and Understanding,” Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
  • July 22: Thomas Barton, “Preventive Law: Prospects for the Judiciary,” Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Hilton Head, South Carolina.
  • July 8: Thomas Barton, “Diverted Legal Consciousness: Obstacles to the Regulation of Media Violence,” XXIX International Congress on Law & Mental Health, Paris, France.
  • July 6: Thomas Barton, “A Framework for Understanding the Psychological and Cultural Assumptions in Procedures for Solving Problems,” XXIX International Congress on Law & Mental Health, Paris, France.
  • April 16: Thomas Barton, “Earthquakes: Shaking Up Your Students’ Thinking,” Colloquium of the Lawyer as Problem Solver, ABA/ADR Section Meeting, Los Angeles, California.
  • March 15: Thomas Barton, “The Fundamentals of Preventive Law,” Faculty of Law, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • February 15: Linda Morton, "A Problem Solving Model for Healthcare Issues," Georgia State Law Review Symposium: The Next Generation of ADR and Conflict Management in Health Care Settings, Atlanta, Georgia.

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