2017 Board Nominees
Name: Dan Beckwith (At Large)
Profession: Currently, Lawyer Legal Aid of Nebraska. Previously served as County Judge for 28+ years, prosecutor for Omaha Indian Tribe, and then an International Advisor/Trainer: Bosnian War Crime Trials, United Nations Access to Justice in Nepal, Contractor with U.S. Department of State, Legal Education and Training in Afghanistan
City of Residence: Omaha
What skills and experience would you bring to the board? 30+ years as trained mediator and advocate for ADR. Served on ADR advisory committee to NE Supreme Court 10 yrs. I was part of the original team that drafted NE legislation establishing Mediation Centers and ADR within the NE Supreme Court. I have initiated internationally, mediation and the healing process in Bosnia, Nepal, and Afghanistan.
What is your vision for mediation in Nebraska? Nebraska has been a leader in mediation beginning with the farm crisis in the 1980s. It is important to identify stressors and conflicts: my vision of mediation is tool for communication, problem solving and healing, includes ongoing education, training, application -- addressing the increasing angst, anxiety and division between individuals, families, law enforcement, institutions and communities.
Nebraska has a rich tradition of mediation experience and perspectives such as geographic, professional background, and focus of practice? What would be your strategy to help all voices be heard? Develop community organization and partnerships, emphasizing conflict resolution, finding common ground for healing through education and training by using the principles of mediation and ADR.
Name: Susan Koenig
City of Residence: Grand Island
What skills and experience would you bring to the board? I am an approved mediator, as well as an attorney. My mediations have been primarily in the family law area but also include a few juvenile and probate cases.
What is your vision for mediation in Nebraska? Increasing awareness of mediation and alternative dispute resolution not only for attorneys but for consumers in general. Clients should be asking about the services, rather than being told by attorneys that this is one more thing they are required to pay for, over which they have no control.
Nebraska has a rich tradition of mediation experience and perspectives such as geographic, professional background, and focus of practice? What would be your strategy to help all voices be heard? Mediators themselves need information about the range of mediation work and experience available throughout the state. Each area is rather insular. The Association is a good vehicle for spreading the word about what services and who can provide them. Strengthening and empowering the Centers across the state so they are more visible and available to educate the public while supporting mediators in their areas.