A.B., Oberlin College
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Diane E. Kenty teaches the Alternative Dispute Resolution survey course and the Mediation Practicum as adjunct faculty. Her full-time job is director of the Office of Court Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Maine Administrative Office of the Courts, where she administers and serves on the statewide mediation rosters for family matters, small claims, land use/environmental/ disputes and Superior Court civil litigation, as well as Superior Court rosters for early neutral evaluation and arbitration of civil cases. She formerly served on the mediation rosters of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse in Cambridge, MA. Diane was initially trained as a mediator at the Harvard Program of Instruction for Lawyers in 1991.
Diane is active in the field of conflict resolution nationally. She is currently Secretary/Treasurer of the Policy Consensus Initiative (PCI) and the affiliated National Policy Consensus Center, which encourage the use of consensus-building processes in state government for community problem-solving. She served on the board of directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) from 2002 to 2005, after serving as president of the New England Chapter of ACR from 2000 to 2002. Diane has also served on the Board of Governors of the Maine Association of Mediators and the Advisory Committee of Maine Solutions. She is President of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Preventing Hate in Portland and a board member of the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.
Previously in private practice as an attorney in Boston, she holds an A.B. from Oberlin College, M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Her most recent publication is “Public Collaboration in Maine: When and Why It Works, 19 Maine Policy Review 2 (Summer/Fall 2010). Other publications include “Identifying Common Barriers to Settlement in Mediation,” Maine Lawyers Review (June 21, 2007); “Mediation in Maine: How Confidential Is It?” Maine Bar Journal (Fall, 2006); and “Lessons About Mediation from White v. Fleet Bank,” Maine Lawyers Review (May 4, 2006). In addition to teaching law students, she also teaches negotiation and mediation at the USM Center for Continuing Education. As a volunteer with the ABA, she traveled to Amman, Jordan in 2005 to consult with Jordanian judges about mediation.