Nina Meierding, a former trial attorney, was the Director and Senior Mediator at the Mediation Center in Ventura, California from 1985 - 2007 where she mediated over 4,000 disputes. She has also mediated special education disputes for the California State Department of Education. An accomplished trainer, she has conducted seminars throughout the world, including Sweden, Ireland, England, Scotland, and India and has worked with court systems, companies, medical groups, school districts and government agencies in the areas of conflict resolution, cross cultural issues, and negotiation skills training.
Ms. Meierding is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, Southern Methodist University (both in the dispute resolution program and the counseling program) and Lipscomb University and has taught courses at many other colleges and universities. She teaches Negotiation, Mediation, Advanced Negotiation, Advanced Mediation, Family Law Mediation, Culture and Gender Issues in Conflict Resolution, and Counseling Diverse Cultures.
She is a Past President of the Academy of Family Mediators, has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and has also served on the boards of the Southern California Mediation Association, the Ventura County Bar Association, and the California Dispute Resolution Institute. She is on the Advisory Board of the Dispute Resolution program at SMU. She is a Life Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and was a founding member and President of the Board of Directors of the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, the first non-profit community mediation center in Ventura County, California.
Professor Meierding was awarded the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award in 2005 - an annual international award given by the Association for Conflict Resolution for distinguished service, scholarship and leadership in the field of conflict resolution.