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William Askin, J.D.

Adjunct Instructor
School of Leadership and Professional Advancement
Leadership

Off-campus
Phone: 412.922.5560

Education:

J.D., Vermont Law School
Master of Studies in Environmental Law, Vermont Law School
B.S., Meteorology, Penn State University
Bio

Bill Askin has been facilitating groups of children and adults for more than a dozen years as they work on teambuilding and cooperative skills by using outdoor adventure activities. These experiential activities offer direct opportunities to learn about intra-personal and inter-personal behaviors. Working on such experiential activities tends to promote a foundation for improved relationships now - with the hope that people avoid problems later. He is currently continuing semi-annual group facilitator training through the Hero's Journey Foundation. This involves a deeper view of group process and how to facilitate a group in a supportive way regardless of what subject matter is evoked. In recent years, Bill has taught law classes to paralegal students. He is a Certified Transformative Mediator®, and is trained to deal with relationships as well as the problems presented by disputants. He also mediates employer-employee workplace disputes for the Transportation Safety Administration and occasionally mediates federal court cases filed in the Western District Court of Pennsylvania. In addition to mediating, Bill facilitates Victim-Offender Dialogues. These face-face meetings are a form of restorative justice where victim and offender meet face-to-face, often avoiding court proceedings.

Professional Affiliations
  • Board Member, Penna. Council of Mediators
  • Member, Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania
  • Board Member, Center for Spirituality in 12 Step Programs, Pittsburgh
  • Board Member, Balmoral School of Piping
  • Certified Transformative Mediator, through Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation