After trying cases for many years, Adele started to feel that lawsuits are generally a losing proposition for everyone – except, maybe, the lawyers. After experiencing such negativity and animosity, she realized that there had to be a better way.
She left the law and went to graduate school, where she discovered a program called “Conflict Resolution.” She was instantly hooked, as she studied communication and managing conflict to improve relationships.
She has since continued to pursue this new career, one that she says is the most satisfying to her and beneficial to others.
Adele is a mediator, workplace investigator and retired administrative law judge with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. Before becoming an administrative law judge, she worked as a trial lawyer with the California Department of Transportation, specializing in Government Tort, Property and Landlord/Tenant Law.
Adele has worked as a mediator for more than 20 years, specializing in workplace mediations and communication skills. Her investigations include claims of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. She arbitrated for the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims. Adele also served as a volunteer mentor for parolees in the State Bar Volunteers in Parole program. She teaches effective communication as a precursor to building trust.
Adele is an avid traveler and gardener who has hiked at magical locales all over the world. You can follow her adventures at www.postcardsfromadele.com.
Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D.
John F Kennedy Graduate School of Psychology, M.A., Psychology / Certificate in Conflict Resolution
Boston University, College of Liberal Arts, B.A.
Mediation and Conflict Resolution
State Bar of California
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