Center for Conflict Management


Mediation Workshop for Nigerian Judges

Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw (Atlanta suburb), Georgia
September 12-16, 2012

Facilitated by nationally and internationally recognized KSU faculty and conflict resolution professionals, this workshop provides Nigerian judges with a comprehensive overview of alternative dispute resolution, introduces valuable mediation skills, and promotes the integration of alternative dispute resolution into court systems. Participants will explore the cultural and historical practice of mediation in Nigeria and the United States, tour the Georgia Supreme Court and local ADR programs, and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to implement court-connected ADR programs in Nigeria. Participants will leave ready to advocate for the institutionalization of conflict resolution in Nigeria. This workshop will be held at Kennesaw State University September 12-16, 2012. Participants must be nominated by the National Judicial Institute (NJI) in Abuja, Nigeria. Registration is $1,995.


Day One: September 11th- Arrive in Atlanta

Day Two: September 12th- Finding an Alternative

ADR Continuum
ADR and the Legal System
Intermediary and Neutral Roles

Day Three: September 13th- Communication and Conflict

Negotiation and Communication Skills for Mediators
Overview of the Mediation Process
Visit Local ADR Programs or Courts

Day Four: September 14th- Mediation

Designing a Court-Connected ADR Program
Mediation in Practice Videos
ADR in Special Courts (Such as Juvenile)
Visit Local ADR Programs or Courts

Day Five: September 15th- Options for Nigeria

Comparing ADR in Different States
ADR and Multi-door Court System in Nigeria
Mediation Ethics
Visit Local ADR Programs or Courts

Day Six: September 16th- Departure



Dr. Timothy Hedeen

Professor of Conflict Management, KSU

Dr. Timothy Hedeen is a Professor of Conflict Management at KSU. He provides mediation services through court and private programs, delivers trainings in the areas of conflict resolution and communication, facilitates group and public policy decision making and planning, and conducts research and evaluation on dispute resolution and justice policy.

He serves on the editorial boards of Conflict Resolution Quarterly and Family Court Review, as associate liaison to the Section Council of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, and is a past chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Community Mediation. He is a senior consultant to the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, and research director of a national study of the collateral consequences of criminal convictions for the ABA's Criminal Justice Section.

He earned his doctorate (awarded with distinction) from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he was a graduate affiliate of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts and a student in the interdisciplinary Social Science program.


Shinji Morokuma, Esquire

Director of the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution

Shinji Morokuma was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court as Director of the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution in August 2006.   He had previously served the office as Deputy Director for nearly three years under Director Ansley Barton until 2001.

In the five years between his stints at the Office of Dispute Resolution, Mr. Morokuma managed his own law and mediation practice, in which he mediated a variety of civil and divorce cases and served also as a mediation trainer and coach for several local universities and training institutions.

Before attending law school,Mr. Morokuma worked as a writer and editor for 11 years, first for the University of Rochester, and later for an international journalism and First Amendment foundation in Arlington, Va.

Mr. Morokuma earned his B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester in 1984 and his J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law in 1998.  He has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1998 and a Georgia registered mediator since 1997.


Daniel M. Weitz, Esquire

Deputy Director, Division of Court Operations
Coordinator, Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution & Court Improvement Programs

Mr. Daniel M. Weitz is the Deputy Director of the Division of Court Operations and Statewide Coordinator of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Court Improvement Programs for the New York State Unified Court System. Mr. Weitz assists the Director of Court Operations in overseeing the statewide responsibilities of trial court operations, legal information, records management, alternative dispute resolution, parent education and operational issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act. As Coordinator of ADR/CIP,he oversees a statewide program of court-annexed ADR initiatives involving mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation and summary jury trials. He also directs the Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program (CDRCP), the federally funded Court Improvement Project (CIP), the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Assistance Program, and the Children’s Centers Program.

Mr. Weitz serves as Co-Counsel to the Board of Governors of the New York State Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program, Chair of the New York City Bar Association ADR of the NYC Family Court Advisory Council, ADR Subcommittee. He also served as a member of the United Court System’s Matrimonial Commission.

Mr. Weitz has over nine years of experience as a Court Administrator and over eighteen years of experience in the field of ADR, serving as an Administrator, Professor, Trainer and Practitioner. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Cardozo School of Law, and has taught ADR and conflict resolution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Long Island University. He has served as mediator in a wide range of matters including General Civil, Family, Employment, Human Rights, Community, and Police Conduct cases. Dan received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he participated in the Mediation Clinic and was a Teaching Assistant in Legal Negotiation. He has worked at JAMS, Clerked for the Mediation Program of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (The Civil Appeals Management Plan), and served as an original member of FutureLinks, Inc., working in South Africa with youth leaders from all backgrounds to conduct workshops in non-violent social change, conflict resolution, and community development.

Justice John Ajet-Nasam

Economic and Financial Crimes Court
Accra, Ghana

His Lordship Justice John Ajet-Nasam is a High Court Judge at the Financial and Economic Crimes Court, Judicial Service, in the Republic of Ghana; lectures in Financial and Economic Crimes at the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana.


Justice J. Ajet-Nasam has participated in numerous seminars and training programmes, notably: UNEP Programme on Environmental Law organized by Commonwealth Magistrates; Workshop on Environmental Law for West Africa English Speaking Judges, Combating Trafficking in Person; US Judicial Exchange in Case Management; Judicial Colloquium on Migration organized by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Seminar for Judges on Economic and Financial Crimes in English Speaking Countries of Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) organized by Inter-Governmental Action against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA); Training on Domestic Violence organized by African Women in Law (AWLA); Workshop on Cyber Security and Related Law in Ghana, etc.


Justice J. Ajet-Nasam has been awarded numerous certificates: Certificate in ADR from the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana; Certificate in Land Law, Ghana Land Administration Project; Certificate in Value Added Tax, from Ghana Vat Service; Certificate in Money Laundering Simulated Mock Trial organized by UNODC; Certificate in Financial Crimes by FinCEN, USA; Certificate in Financial Crime Scene Search and Electronic Evidence, US Department of Treasury.

The registration deadline is Aug. 17, 2012.

The total cost for the Mediation Workshop is $1,995. Payment is due at the time of registration. The registration fee includes:

  * Hotel Accommodations Sept. 11-15, 2012.
  * Breakfast at the hotel Sept. 12-16, 2012
  * Lunch Sept. 12-15, 2012.
  * Two dinners with local conflict resolution professionals.
  * Transportation to/from workshop activities
  * Textbooks and all training materials.
  * Ground transportation to and from the Atlanta airport

Please note that any bank fees or other charges associated with the payment method selected are the responsibility of the purchaser and should not be deducted from the registration fee. Participants are responsible for booking their own air transportation. Ground transportation to/from the Atlanta airport will be provided. The Center for Conflict Management will provide letters of invitation, but participants are responsible for the visa process and fees. If you have special needs, please contact us by August 17, 2012.

Cancellations before Friday, August 17, 2012 will receive a full refund. Cancellations between August 17, 2012 and August 28, 2012 will be assessed a $300 administrative fee. No refunds for cancellations after August 28, 2012. To cancel your registration, email