In a first-of-its-kind, California Western Adjunct Prof. Gregg Relyea has written a children’s book about conflict resolution. Trouble at the Watering Hole, co-authored by Dr. Joshua Weiss and beautifully illustrated by Vikrant Singh, has received rave reviews from luminaries in the dispute resolution field, including William Ury, Kenneth Cloke, and even worldwide peacemakers like His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Prof. Relyea, who teaches alternative dispute resolution at California Western says he uses his children’s books in the classroom. “I ask students to identify which of the key negotiation terms and concepts we cover in class are demonstrated in each scene,” explains Relyea. “They get a kick out of it because they have to go below the surface and analyze what's really going on.”
Prof. Relyea says his main primary motivation for writing the book was to expose young minds to the principles of conflict resolution in a way that would be entertaining and fun to read but also leave a young person with an idea on how to handle conflict.
Currently, Prof. Relyea and Dr. Weiss are putting the finishing touches on a second book in the series about bullying. The third and final book will be about cyberbullying and social media disputes.
Prof. Ricardo Garcia has been selected by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to be the county’s new public defender.
Garcia has dedicated his career to defending indigent clients who could otherwise afford no representation. He is currently a supervising attorney in San Diego County’s Office of the Public Defender and is expected to begin his new role later this year.
Garcia serves as an adjunct professor of criminal procedure and motions practice at California Western School of Law, and he is a faculty member at the Shechmeister Death Penalty College at Santa Clara University. He also lectures on litigating complex gang cases in the continuing legal education programs of the California Public Defenders Association.
“After a thorough and exhaustive search, I look forward to having veteran trial attorney Ricardo Garcia serve as Los Angeles County’s new Public Defender,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “I am confident that he will be a strong partner in carrying out the Board of Supervisors’ criminal justice reform agenda and making the Office of the Public Defender the best it has ever been.”