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Mediation, not litigation is focus of presentation

Feb. 22, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A veteran mediator and lawyer will share his expertise in negotiating solutions without going to court in a presentation Friday, Feb. 29, at Western Michigan University.

T. Jefferson (Jeff) Murphy, principal for Mediation Services of Southwest Michigan, will speak at 8 a.m. in the Dean's Conference Room of Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business, as part of the Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series. Murphy's talk is the fifth in the series for the 2007-08 academic year and is free and open to the public.

Murphy is a court approved civil and domestic relations mediator. He has more than 35 years of negotiation, legal and business experience as an attorney and business owner. His mediation and conflict resolution background includes over 100 hours of formal mediation training for civil, commercial and domestic relations.

As a senior counsel of the Upjohn Co., Murphy's negotiation experience included mergers and acquisitions, product liability, litigation management and contracts. He served as adjunct professor of antitrust law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing. In addition, he has more than 15 years of experience in financial management and trading equity options.

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series is underwritten by Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear prominent business leaders, WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current business issues and corporate strategies as well as key information regarding the continuing progress of the business college.

Parking is available in the Fetzer Center parking lot. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the dean's office at (269) 387-5050. A complimentary breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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