Michael K Travers Jr. MA, JD is a lawyer, counselor, mediator and educator. His general practice in law and mediation has a strong emphasis on problem solving, joint collaborative planning of agreements prior to conflicts, mediation, collaborative law, restorative justice, and victim-offender reconciliation.
Travers is a Court Mediator and Arbitrator for the Arapahoe County Colorado Multi-Door Court Services program through the Office of Dispute Resolution of the Colorado Judicial Branch. He also maintains private law, mediation and education practices in the Denver / Boulder region of Colorado and the New York / New Jersey Metropolitan area of the Northeast. His mediation training and experience began in the performance of clinical milieu therapy in 1986. He has applied the law in mediation since 1992, and has mediated hundreds of cases in the context of litigation, including civil, family, and criminal proceedings. Travers has also served as a mediation professor, teacher, trainer, coach and mentor since 1993. He was an adjunct professor for the DU Law School Mediation Clinic in 1996. He has coached and mentored mediators of the Victim – Offender Reconciliation Program of Boulder County and the Colorado Center for Mediation, Inc. He is a charter member of The Rocky Mountain Collaborative Law Professionals, an interdisciplinary practice group. And he is one of the founders of the Boulder Community School for Integrated Studies, a Waldorf-inspired Public Elementary School formed under Colorado focus-school statutes.
His formal mediation training includes programs at Norwich University, The University of Denver College of Law Mediation * Arbitration Clinic, The Center for Mediation in Law (founded by Gary Friedman, Esq. and Jack Himmelstein, Esq., contributors to the Harvard Negotiation Project and founders of trainings in New York, California, Germany, Switzerland, Israel and Italy); and, The Center for Nonviolent Communication (Marshall D. Rosenberg, Ph.D., Director). His formal education includes: Dartmouth College (A.B. – Philosophy, modified. Awarded Distinction); The Goddard Graduate Program of Vermont College, Norwich University (M.A. – Counseling Psychology, with extensive studies in somatic therapeutic arts, creativity, & existential psychology); and, Vermont Law School (J.D. – Law & Mediation. Honorary Award: Vermont Law School Scholar, May 1992).
Highlights of his services include patience, encouragement for parties self-determination, professional consideration of the law, rigorous and compassionate understanding, pragmatic assessment of alternatives, and excellent legal writing. He is Licensed in Colorado, New Jersey, and New York