A former trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and with the San Francisco law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Eileen Barker has been a professional mediator for over 25 years, helping thousands of people resolve commercial, employment, and family disputes. Eileen provides mediation services in high-conflict matters, such as divorce and other interpersonal disputes.
Her work has led her into a deep understanding of forgiveness as it relates to resolving conflict and making peace, both with others and oneself. She is an internationally recognized mediator, forgiveness teacher, and pioneer in the movement to integrate emotional healing and forgiveness in conflict resolution. Eileen uses a ground-breaking process for resolving disputes, one that integrates truth and reconciliation with restorative justice and forgiveness. It is designed for healing conflict that arises in families, work teams, groups, and communities.
Georgetown University Law Center, DC, J.D. 1978
Magna Cum Laude
Indiana University, B.A., 1975
Graduated with distinction, Psychology Honors Program
Former President and Board Member, Marin County Women Lawyers. Trustee, Marin County Law Library. Spirituality Section Chair, Association of Conflict Resolution. Secretary, ADR Section, Marin County Bar Association. Board Member, Northern California Mediation Association (now known as ADR-NC).
Eileen is the author of the Forgiveness Workbook and a law review article entitled The Case for Forgiveness in Legal Disputes, 13 Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal 205 (2013). She is currently writing a book (with MWLLP partner Barbara Monty) on forgiveness for lawyers and mediators. In 2016, Eileen received a lifetime achievement award, along with Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, from the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance.
For more information, please see www.ThePathofForgiveness.com