Dispute Resolution/ Conflict Resolution Speaker: Kate Pigott
When: Sunday, MARCH 31, 2019
Time: 2:00pm- 4:00pm
Where: Institute for Global Education
1118 Wealthy St. SE.
Grand Rapids,MI 49506
Kate Pigott, attorney and novice mediator discusses
MEDIATION – RESOLVING HUMAN CONFLICT
Although not a Native, Kate Pigott is happy to call
Grand Rapids, Michigan home now. She
even loves the winters (can you believe this one is coming to an end!?). She has an art degree and a law degree. Her passions are the planet, animals,
and humans in conflict. Although
born in California, thankfully, she was raised in Georgia. So, if you visit her home, you won’t
die of thirst on the sofa.
In 1997, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from
the Savannah College of Art and Design with a double degree in Video and
Fibers. After college, she moved back
to California to work as an Audio-Visual Event Technician in the San Francisco
Bay Area. Often the only female
technician on a job site, some of her work highlights included mic-ing Governor
Schwarzenegger and working press sound for President Clinton.
During the economic downturn, she decided to go back
to school and move to Chicago. Never
in a million years would she have thought about law school. But, a friend suggested it and the more
she thought about it, it seemed like a valuable tool for her tool belt. In 2012, she was accepted at Western
Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School which is how she got to Grand
Rapids. Driving into the city, she
instantly fell in love. Downtown
was diverse in its culture and activities, with a ‘mini’
big city feel.
During law school, she interned at the Dispute
Resolution Center of West Michigan which began her passion for mediation. In 2017, she passed the bar exam and
became a Michigan licensed attorney.
The question now is – will she practice law or not? Honestly, she is hesitant to advocate
for only one side because she loves fighting like crazy for both sides which is
what mediating is all about!
Currently, she works for the Michigan and Florida Agricultural Mediation
Programs as their Intake Coordinator. Kate plans to discuss the mediation process in general and is
happy to take curious questions.
IGE talk in March 2019 on Affordable Housing.
I.G.E talk in April 28, 2019 1-4pm, on social justice advocate and theologian , Reinhold Neibur, with short movie. Talk by author and historian Charles Brown.
Crafting the Resistance. Date & time to be announced.
Conflict Resolution. Date & time to be announced.
I.G.E. Fund raising. Date & time to be announced.