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 Robert Terris JD, MFT
                                        
Robert Terris is dedicated to finding lasting solutions to family problems.  Robert has been practicing understanding-based mediation for 10 years in a variety of family and legal settings.  As both a licensed attorney and family therapist, he offers unique skills in settling legal issues with emotional undercurrents.  He is committed to helping people work through their problems and preserve their relationships. He has an uncanny ability to understand his clients' points of view and zero in on the concerns underlying their positions.  He asks everyone in the room to delve deep, to listen and understand,  and to clarify and articulate their needs and interests.  This leads to enhanced empathy, more creativity, practical solutions, and long-lasting agreements.  For more information about Robert's work as a therapist, see www.robertterris.com. 
 
 
Education
 
Berkeley Law (University of California), J.D.
 
Wright Institute, Counseling Psychology, M.A.
 
Gothenburg University, Peace and Conflict Studies, M.S.                                                
                                                    
                                                      
Certificates and Licenses
 
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #51095), California Board of Behavioral Sciences
 
Licensed Attorney (State Bar #233395), State Bar of California
 
 
Professional Affiliations
 
UC Hastings College of Law, Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Adjunct Professor
 
Golden Gate University, Ageno School of Business, Department of Psychology, Adjunct Professor
 
Alameda County Superior Court, Mediation Panel Member
 
California Court of Appeals, First Appellate District, Mediation Panel Member
 
California Court of Appeals, Third Appellate District, Mediation Panel Member
   
Contra Costa Superior Court, ADR Panel Member
 
Collaborative Practice East Bay, Steering Committee, Past President
 
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
 
Advanced Collaborative Team Solutions, Board of Directors
 
Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California, Member
 
                                                  
Publications
 
 "Improving Relationships," Blog, www.robertterris.com
 
 “Can We Be Lawyers and Touchy-Feely Too?" Alameda County Bar Association Newsletter, March 27, 2012
 
"Keeping Mediation on Course,” The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, June 25,     2007 (with Nancy Neal Yeend)
 
"Taking the Fight Out of Mediation," The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, March 14, 2007
 
“A Case Study of Third World Jurisprudence: Palestine – Conflict Resolution and Customary Law in a Neopatrimonial Society” 20 Berkeley Journal of International Law 2 (2002) (with Vera Inoue-Terris)