"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Dana Curtis

Dana L. Curtis has been a full-time mediator since 1991 and a teacher of mediation, negotiation and other conflict management programs since 1988. She has mediated and facilitated more than a thousand matters in all subject matter areas. Prior to becoming a mediator, Ms. Curtis served as law clerk to Associate Justice Edward A. Panelli of the California Supreme Court and practiced commercial and employment litigation with a large San Francisco law firm. She also served for four years as a Circuit Mediator with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.

For more than 20 years, Ms. Curtis has designed and facilitated mediation, facilitation and negotiation training programs throughout the US and internationally for numerous law schools, including ten years at Stanford Law School's Martin Daniel Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, as well as for courts, businesses and organizations, including San Francisco Zen Center, where she has taught courses in empathy, communicating in conflict and mediation for nearly 15 years. She is a past member of the Zen Center's Ethics and Reconciliation Council and has mediated disputes arising in numerous Buddhist organizations.

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