Michael holds a JD (1993) from Vermont law School where he graduated magna cum laude, also receiving the Vermont Law Scholar award in 1992. His MA is in Counseling Psychology (1986), where he first started also mediation training and performed clinical milieu therapy from 1987-1988.
When Travers started Law School, he and his wife had a 6-month old son...their marriage wasn’t doing well, and divorce was likely.
He was truly amazed at how disconnected both legal studies and legal proceedings seemed to be from the humanity of the parties’ involved. He was inspired to participate in and develop better options. With an MA in Psychology and now direct experience with family dynamic hardships during law school, Travers developed a passion for bringing a deeper humanitarian and kind approach to resolution of family conflict.
A visiting student for one semester at the University of Denver School of Law's Mediation and Arbitration Center, Travers took his perspectives on what conventional law lacked and dived deeply into Alternative Dispute Resolution philosophies and methods, as student and practitioner.
Following that program, Michael did a number of intensive trainings with the Center for Mediation in Law (NKA The Center for Understanding in Conflict) in the mid- 90's as a young attorney. This is where Michael was part of seeding what is today known as the field Collaborative Law. Michael's true commitment to be of service as Legal Counsel was ignited by the intensive study of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He realized that he could integrate his humanistic philosophies as well as his life-experience and academic training through creating his private practice, now over 20 years strong.
Celia is a key player in administration at Travers' Law, with over a decade of service.
Celia has an extensive background in Project Management, assuring an organizational system both easy to follow and effective.
With advanced studies in Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and a deep interest in Restorative Justice, she is skillful in compassionate communication, empathy, and listening.
Celia is a long-time participant in "5Rhythms®" - a therapeutic method of dance - as well as contemplative dances and music playing. She is a Certified End of Life Doula.
With decades of experience in private counseling, as well as therapeutic services via contemplative practices and movement arts, Keren brings a breadth of Human Potential work experience to Mediation. Knowing Conflict can become a collaborative process, she cares about helping clients see that way forward.
Keren is Principal at the Santa Fe Mediation Center and founder of Speak.Well. skillful communications online courses & consults and also currently offers Life Transitions Counseling with private clients world-wide. She authored The HUB Huddle Manual to help parents speak to kids when the family is separating.
She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts, as well as Mediation certifications. She has extensive experience as both a teacher and lifecoach, a dance-performance artist, a yogi, and a musician. She is authoring two novels, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico raising twin boys.
Since 1992, Michael has mediated legal proceedings and has mediated over 2000 cases in the context of litigation, including civil, family, commercial and criminal proceedings.
Travers' received formal Mediation trainings from the following exceptional national and international trainers. The University of Denver College of Law Mediation * Arbitration Center; The Center for Mediation in Law (n/k/a The Center for Understanding in Conflict), The Center for Nonviolent Communication with Marshall D. Rosenberg, Ph.D., The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, The Center for Non-Violent Communication, as well as Forrest (Woody) Mosten, JD and Pauline Tesler, JD.
OTHER INTERESTS INCLUDE:
Getting Outdoors in Boulder and Beyond, Skiing and teaching skiing in USA and Europe, Contemplative and Expressive Arts, Music & Movement Arts, and Travel.
ADDITIONAL NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS:
Founder of the public school: "Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies"
Vermont Law School Scholar Award, 1992
Vermont Law Review
Award for Academic Excellence: Commercial Transactions, 1991
AI Legal Awards: Best in Colorado for Marital Mediation, 2015: