Oregon Dispute Resolution Conference Honors Bryan M. Johnston

The Willamette Center for Dispute Resolution will host the inaugural Oregon Dispute Resolution Conference Honoring Bryan M. Johnston on Saturday, April 4.

The goal of this conference is to increase productive collaboration between the many members of the Oregon dispute resolution community and to honor Bryan M. Johnston, a skilled negotiator and administrator who cared deeply about mediation, education and human services.

Johnston was a remarkable man, and he improved the state of Oregon in a variety of significant ways. Many people knew him as a successful mediator and lawyer; however, his reach extended far beyond dispute resolution. At various times he was also a law professor, interim president of Willamette University, dean of Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management, a two-term Oregon State Representative, and interim director of the Oregon Department of Human Services Children, Adults and Families Division.

As befits a conference honoring Johnston, the first annual meeting of the conference will bring together practitioners and educators involved in different aspects of dispute resolution to discuss ways in which individuals and organizations can work together to improve the lives of all Oregonians. The schedule of events will consist of updates from groups actively involved in dispute resolution in Oregon and provide opportunities for participants to network and explore key interests and areas for collaboration.

Registration fees are $25 by Friday, March 20 and $40 thereafter up to the day of the event. Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information on the Oregon Dispute Resolution Conference [PDF], including registration by phone, please contact Reyna Meyers at 503-370-6046 or