Grande Lum


B.A.University of California at Berkeley
J.D. Harvard Law School


Grande Lum is the founder and a Senior Advisor at Accordence, Inc. He is currently the director of the Divided Community Project at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he also serves as a Scholar in Residence.  In addition he is a research fellow and lecturer at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School, and a Senior Advisor for Nextdoor.  More recently he served as the Community Relations Service (CRS) Director of the Department of Justice, nominated by President Obama.  Lum guided CRS through prominent conflicts between law enforcement and race during his tenure, including addressing communities after tragedies in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore. Lum renewed focus on staff training and development, specifically on the CRS conciliation services of mediation and dialogue facilitation, and expanded CRS' services in the areas of Transgender and Law Enforcement interaction, Intellectual Disabilities, and Restorative Practices.  Before CRS, Grande Lum was director of the United States Small Business Administration Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program and prior to that, a clinical professor at the University of California Hastings School of the Law, as Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. Lum has more than two decades of conflict negotiation experience, beginning with the Harvard Negotiation Project, followed by a partnership with Conflict Management Inc., founded by Getting to Yes coauthor Roger Fisher. Lum authored The Negotiation Fieldbook and Tear Down the Wall: Be Your Own Mediator in Conflict. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.


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