Janet Rifkin, the former Ombuds for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will be feted at the Association for Conflict Resolution's ninth annual conference in October. Rifkin will receive the Mary Parker Follett Award for her pioneering alternative dispute resolution contributions, assessment of potential flaws in the field’s theories and practice, and leadership in conflict resolution studies. Rifkin served as the UMass Ombuds from 1992 to 1996, where she is a currently professor of Legal Studies. She also served as Director of the University of Massachusetts Mediation Project and co-founded of the National Association of Mediation in Education. (ACR Update.)
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