The Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution is under the directorship of Dr. Lynne C. Halem. Mediating since 1982, Dr. Halem served two terms as President of the Massachusetts Council of Family Mediation. She has been featured in Boston Globe and Boston Herald articles and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs as an expert in the field of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
Dr. Halem is a recognized specialist in family policy and family law with a Doctorate from Harvard University. She is the author of two scholarly books on divorce: Divorce Reform: Changing Legal and Social Perspectives (Free Press of Macmillan, 1980), a featured selection of the Lawyers’ Literary Club, and Separated and Divorced Women (Greenwood Press, 1982), a Choice book of the year selection for academic excellence. Dr. Halem is a Certified Divorce and Family Mediator by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and has served as a consultant to corporations in the public and private sectors and taught at various colleges and universities.
“I believe so fervently in what you do and how you do it, the profoundly subtle way you make tolerable something that is intolerable, and I’d like the world to know.”25-year marriage
“Thanks very much again for taking us to this point. Both of us greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness and care in crafting a fair Agreement, as well as your help in understanding it. We felt very well taken care of!”Husband, University Professor
“I just wanted to tell you that you have been my saving grace in all of this, Lynne. Your skill in mediation, combined with your empathy and compassion for both [my ex] and me was critical…You carried the proceedings with grace as well as grit, and that is a very difficult combination…. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us to ‘put the pieces back together again.’”20-year marriage, Three children
“I want you to know how much we value the benefit of your combined intelligence, direction, wisdom and empathy, clarity and humor. It meant a great deal to us in a time of considerable need….We think about that often.”Wife, Therapist
“Lynne Halem’s…guidance and professional expertise continues to be a source for which I am very grateful! We are doing well as a divorced couple…which does not have a specific name, but is a relation in itself!”Retired couple, 40-year marriage
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart for accomplishing what you did. Everyone told me there was no way [my ex] was a candidate for mediation and not to bother. But you helped us do it!!”Wife, Retired Attorney