Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, J.D.

Associate Professor of Peacemaking & Conflict Studies
NFC 214
559-453-3421
duanerh@fresno.edu

What programs do you teach in?

I am a member of the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences faculty; director of graduate academic programs for the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies; and faculty in the ­criminology and restorative justice studies degree completion program. I also teach in the leadership studies MA program in the School of Business.

Education

California Community College Instructor Credential in the Subject Matter of Law - Life
California Standard Designated Teaching Credential for Adult Education in the Field of Law - Life
M.Div., emphasis in Counseling and Dispute Resolution, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, 1988
J.D., Golden Gate University, School of Law, San Francisco, California, 1974
B.A., English Literature, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, 1970

Scholarly Interests

  • Restorative practices applied in other than criminal justice settings
  • Anarchist criminology
  • Inter-religious conflict
  • Peacebuilding and development
  • Workplace conflict

Professional and Service Experience

I am an attorney admitted to the California Bar in 1974, businessman, victimologist, professional mediator, facilitator and intervention specialist since 1985, pastor, trained and experienced counselor, teacher of alternative dispute resolution, and program developer. I have handled thousands of cases as advocate, mediator, arbitrator or facilitator in everything from schoolyard fights to international disputes between governments. I have trained thousands of people in conflict resolution on five continents in over a hundred languages and have a specialty in inter-religious and cross-cultural disputes. I am an advanced practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution Family Section and serve as a settlement officer in Fresno County Superior Court. I served in Indonesia from August 1999 through December 2001, under Mennonite Central Committee at Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where I was a member of Pusat Studi dan Pengembangan Perdamaian (Center for the Study and Promotion of Peace) and Lembaga Penelitian Inovasi Pendidikan (Institute for Research and Educational Innovation). I also served as Director of Peace Programs for Mennonite Central Committee Indonesia; I can work in the Indonesian language.

I have provided services as a consultant, trainer, facilitator and mediator on five continents in over one hundred languages and make a specialty of California divorces, interpersonal conflicts in business and worldwide inter-tribal conflict.

I am also the editor for CRInfo.org restorative justice section.

Professional Affiliations

  • Ordained Mennonite minister - Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference
  • Active member State Bar of California since 1974
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 9th Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Mediate.com certified mediator
  • Mediation Associatessm
  • Member of Central California Collaborative Law Affiliates
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Advanced practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution; ACR Family Section Advanced Practitioners
    • Practitioner member and approved consultant, Academy of Family Mediators prior to that organization's merger into Association for Conflict Resolution in 2001
    • Member of the family section training committee since inception, Chair, 2006-2007
    • Member of the family section Advisory Committee, 2008 to present
    • Member of the Central California Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, member of the board from inception; secretary, 2004-2005
    • Web editor for ACR Family Section, Restorative and Criminal Justice Section, and Central California Chapter since inception
    • Member of the research section
    • Member of the workplace section
  • Restorative Justice editor for CRInfo.org
  • Life member of the American Society of Victimology
  • Member of the board of directors of the American Society of Victimology, 2005- present
  • Member of the Mediator Referral Panel of Fresno County Superior Court
  • Member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
    • Member and Web editor of the restorative and community justice section
    • Member and Web editor of the victimology section
  • State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, chair, ethics subcommittee north, 1998-1999
  • State Bar Family Law Subcommittee on Alternative Dispute Resolution - north, 1996- 1999
  • Fresno County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Fresno Metro Ministry Board of Directors, 1997-1999
  • Valley Children's Hospital Institutional Ethics Committee, 1998-1999
  • Member of Victim Offender Mediation Association, webmaster, 1997- present
  • Mennonite Central Committee Indonesia Director of Peace Programs, 1999-2001
  • Mennonite Central Committee Laos Bombie Project, 1995
  • Christian Peacemaker Teams, recording secretary for organizational meeting, 1986
  • West Coast Mennonite Central Committee Coordinator of Developmental Disabilities services, 1985-1986
  • Member of the board and secretary of Lakeview Association, Inc., the owner and operator of Lakeview Cottages on Huntington Lake, California, 2006 - present

Publications and Presentations

Publications:

  • Issue editor, ACResolution Magazine, vol. 2, no. 2, Spring 2013. 
  • "Mediation in the probate court," ACResolution Magazine,  vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 17-18, Spring 2013
  • "Equality is not justice," originally produced as a FPU Scholars Speak article, March 12, 2012, published by Mennonite World ReviewApril 2, 2012
  • "I'm a ________ mediator: How mediators' profession of origin affects their practice," ACResolution Magazine, Winter 2012
  • Review published in American Society of Victimology online journal, Research to Practice of Fehr, R., Gelfand, M., & Nag, M. (2010). "The road to forgiveness: a meta-analytic synthesis of its situational and dispositional correlates," Psychological Bulletin, American Psychological Association (136) 5, 894-914, September 2011
  • After We're Gone: A Christian Perspective on Estate and Life Planning for Families that Include a Dependent Member with a Disability, 3d print edition, July 2011. Excerpt in The Christian Leader, 2012 
  • "Anarchist Criminology: a new way to understand a set of proven practices," a paper presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual conference, Toronto, CA, March 2011
  • "Restorative Justice in Disaster Management," "Restorative Justice in Business," and "Restorative Justice in Prison," with Mario Gaboury in The Promise of Restorative Justice: New Approaches for Criminal Justice and Beyond, edited by John Dussich and Jill Schellenberg, published by Lynne Rienner Publishers, in press due August 2010
  • "Do armed citizens deter crime?" for FPU Scholars Speak, January 12, 2010
  • What happens after we're gone? Estate and life planning for families in which a dependent member has a disability or mental illness, 3rd edition published online, 2009
  • "Alternative dispute resolution" and "Mediation," in Praeger Handbook of Victimology edited by Janet K. Wilson, published by Praeger, August 2009
  • "I thought about it," for FPU Scholars Speak, January 7, 2009
  • "Love and power," for FPU Scholars Speak, October 15, 2008
  • "Victim-Offender Programs in Correctional Settings: Can They Effectively Bridge Divergent Perspectives?" with Mario Thomas Gaboury, in Controversies in Victimology, 2nd edition, edited by Laura J. Moriarty, published by Anderson Publishing Company, 2008
  • "Pit bulls, bad knees and neighborliness: what price personal safety?" for FPU Scholars Speak, January 29, 2008; in the Christian Leader, March 2008; in The Fresno Bee as "Peacemaker struggles in his own life," March 9, 2008; in the Wasco Tribune, February 6, 2008; in the Fowler Ensign, April 16, 2008; online in Third Way Café as "Pit Bulls, Bad Knees and Neighborliness," by Mennonite Media, December 5, 2008
  • "Research reflections: Learning to improve therapeutic and other practices," in Justice Connections, Winter 2007 (This journal is a joint publication of the International Association for Restorative Justice Dialogue and the Practitioners Research and Scholarship Institute.)
  • "Corrections-Based Victim Service and Restorative Justice Programs," book chapter with Mario Gaboury, in Current Issues in Victimology Research, 2nd edition, edited by Laura J. Moriarty and Robert A. Jerin, published by Carolina Academic Press, 2007
  • "The McDonald's theory of conflict prevention: Peace through franchising," for FPU Scholars Speak, July 26, 2007; in The Fresno Bee as "McDonald's theory of conflict prevention," August 4, 2007
  • "The carnage in . . ." a response to the Virginia Tech shootings, for FPU Scholars Speak, April 23, 2007; in The Lemoore Advance, April 26, 2007; and in Mennonite Weekly Review, April 30, 2007
  • "Divorce without war: collaborative law," for FPU Scholars Speak, February 12, 2007
  • "Reliving WWII - lessons for the children of all warriors," for FPU Scholars Speak, January 30, 2007; a variation also in Madera Daily Tribune, February 5, 2007; in Arvin Tiller, February 7, 2007; and in Mennonite Weekly Review, February 12, 2007
  • "Repairing the Military Commissions Act," for FPU Scholars Speak, December 18, 2006
  • "Incomprehensible forgiveness: lessons from the Amish," for FPU Scholars Speak, October 16, 2006
  • "Joys and pains of living in the worldwide neighborhood," for FPU Scholars Speak, June 6, 2006
  • "International service in a changed world: Kidnapped CPT members show new reality," for FPU Scholars Speak, December 12, 2005; a variation also in Mennonite Weekly Review online edition, December 13, and print edition, December 19, 2005
  • "Want justice? Listen to the victim: Central Valley a leader," for FPU Scholars Speak, December 5, 2005
  • "Execution ends the chance for redemption: Victims cannot heal" (a reflection on the execution of Tookie Williams), for FPU Scholars Speak, November 29, 2005
  • "Direct and indirect communication in family mediation," in ACResolution, Summer 2005
  • "Mennonite Patriotism," sermon delivered July 3, 2005, at North Baltimore Mennonite Church, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Book review of Louder Than Words, by Penda Hair, published by The Rockefelller Foundation, in Journal of The Community Development Society, 2004
  • "Restorative Justice for Nation Building: Reconciliation of People Groups," in Proceeding of the International Seminar on Restorative Justice, December 2003
  • "Using RJ Principles to Build Peace Between Christians and Muslims," in ACResolution, Summer 2004
  • Book review of Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict, by Douglas E. Noll, published by Cascadia Publishing House, April 2003, in ACResolution, Summer 2004
  • "Solving the Problem of Violence," in Direction, Spring 2003
  • "Local Capacities for Peace Meets Conflict Resolution Practice," in Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, 2002 (This journal is a joint publication of the Center for Global Peace of American University and South North Centre for Peacebuilding and Development in Harare, Zimbabwe.)
  • "Restorative Justice: The Journey," in Conciliation Quarterly, Fall 2002
  • "Indonesia: Out of One, Many?" in Fletcher Forum of World Affairs of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Summer/Fall 2002
  • "Post-9-11 Reflections on the Response of Indonesian Muslims," in the Mennonite Central Committee Peace Office Newsletter, April-June 2002
  • One of four authors of Transforming the Conflict in Your Church: A Practical Guide, edited by Marlin E. Thomas, published by Herald Press, 2002
  • "Reconciling Injustices: A Process for Indonesia," in Islamic Millennium Journal, September-November 2001
  • Editor for Pemberdayaan untuk Rekonsiliasi edisi kedua direvisi dan diperluas (Empowering for Reconciliation 2nd edition Revised and Expanded), published by Duta Wacana University Press, 2000
  • Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures: Training for Trainers, published by Fresno Pacific University, 1999
  • "What Does It Mean to be Church Based?" in VORP Organizing: A Foundation in the Church, by Ron Claassen and Howard Zehr, published by Mennonite Central Committee, 1989

(Complete publications list)

Presentations:

  • "Developing a degree completion program in criminology and restorative justice studies," with Jill Schellenberg at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Dallas, TX, March 2013
  • "Role for Restorative Justice in Disaster Management," at the Association for Conflict Resolution annual conference, New Orleans, LA, September 15, 2012 
  •  "Pushing the boundaries: critical examinations of the roles of ideology, anarchist systems of belief, and paradigmatic functions of human rights dignity in modern-day systems of government and culture" and presented the paper "Anarchist Criminology: a new way to understand a set of proven practices," at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, Toronto CA, March 2011
  • "The place of victimology in the criminology curriculum," as part of a panel at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, San Diego, CA, February 25, 2010
  • "Restorative Justice: Community healing through dialogue," a panel discussion at the 4th annual conference of the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, October 16, 2008. Other participants were Asst. Profs. Arrick Jackson and Ashley Blackburn of the University of North Texas and Cindy Brignon, Victim Services Coordinator for the County of Dallas.
  • Conflict training to 150 Vineyard Church mission leaders at the annual Missions Leaders Conference in September 2008
  • "Engaging victims of minor crimes in victim offender dialogue processes," at the joint conference of Victim Offender Mediation Association and the American Association of Community Justice Professionals in Miami, Florida, June 2007
  • "Engaging victims of minor crimes in victim offender dialogue processes," with Noelle Daoudian and closing plenary panelist on the theme of trends in victimology at the fifth symposium of the American Society of Victimology in Baltimore, Maryland, April 2007
  • Panelist at an educational forum on The Military Commissions Act of 2006 at San Joaquin College of Law, Clovis, California, sponsored by The La Raza Student Association and Peace Fresno, December 2006
  • "Reframing From Skill to Artistry: How to Use Reframing to Transform a Mediation Session," at a skill building workshop for advanced mediators on reframing at Association for Conflict Resolution annual conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2006
  • "Engaging victims of minor crimes in healing processes," at the 4th Annual Symposium of the American Society of Victimology at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, March 2006
  • "Rukun: the Javanese vision of harmony," at the Victim Offender Mediation Association annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2005
  • "Conflict Between Refugees and Receiving Communities: Lessons Learned and a Proposed Conflict Resolution Methodology," at the Association for Conflict Resolution annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 2005
  • "Conflict in the workplace," for over 300 faculty and staff of San Joaquin Valley College in four locations
  • "Victim Offender Dialogue Refusals: Avoiding the 'No'," at the American Society of Victimology 3rd annual symposium, Fresno, California, April 29, 2005
  • "Restorative Justice 101," co-presenter with Ann Warner Roberts, Sr. Fellow at University of Minnesota, double session at Association for Conflict Resolution annual conference in Sacramento, California, September 2004 (also participated in session "Sharing the Wisdom of Experience: Great Conversations between Veteran Mediators" and the session "A Restorative Justice Journey: The Fresno Model")
  • "Reconciling Injustices," at the American Victimology Society's Second Symposium on Victimology at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, June 2004
  • "Restorative Justice for nation building: reconciliation of people groups," at the International Seminar on Restorative Justice, Peshawar, Pakistan, December 2003
  • "Restorative justice training across cultures," at the 20th annual Victim Offender Mediation Association international conference, Nashville, Tennessee, November 2003
  • "Macro Level Restorative Justice:. Reconciliation of people groups," presented at the Association for Conflict Resolution annual conference, Orlando, Florida, October 16, 2003
  • Leadership and Conflict training for church leaders at Quezon, Palawan, Philippines
  • "Conflict resolution where there is no law," to the Tulare County (California) Bar Association, January 16, 2003
  • "Building the Restorative Faith Community: Lessons from Indonesia," at the 9th Annual Restorative Justice Conference at Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California, October 26, 2002
  • "Restorative Justice for Emerging Democracies: Macro application of RJ in cases of societal breakdown," at the Victim Offender Mediation Association annual conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, September 26, 2002
  • "Restorative Justice for Criminal Offenses and Child Dependency," at the Association for Conflict Resolution annual conference, San Diego, California, August 24, 2002
  • "The Victim: Mistreatment and Its Impact," for the Ombudsman Services of Northern California All-Staff Retreat, May 2002
  • "Rukun: Lessons in Family Harmony from Java," at Association for Conflict Resolution Family Section annual conference, Savannah, Georgia, March 2, 2002
  • "Reconciliation Perspective on West Papuan Political and Human Rights Problems," paper presented at the UEM Workshop on the Role of Churches in Human Rights Advocacy at Hotel Irian Biak, West Papua, September 5, 2000
  • "Indonesia: Restorative Justice for Healing a Divided Society," paper presented to Just Peace? Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, April 26, 2000
  • "Kursus Resolusi Konflik Bagi Generasi Muda (A Course in Conflict Resolution for the Younger Generation)," training for university and high school student activists from the city of Solo which has been plagued by riots, sponsored by Forum Salatiga, Bandungan, Java, December 17-19, 1999
  • "Konflik dan Menciptakan Perdamaian Lintas Budaya (Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures, Indonesian language version)," training for staff and partners of Christian Reformed World Relief Organization, Salatiga, Java, November 19-20, 1999
  • "Conflict & Peacemaking Across Cultures: Training for Trainers," as a four day workshop at Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California, June 1999
  • "Conflict & Peacemaking Across Cultures: Training for Trainers," as a three day workshop prior to the November 1998 federal Office of Refugee Resettlement annual conference in Washington, D.C.
  • "Use of the Internet in Refugee Resettlement," at the Office of Refugee Resettlement annual conference, November 1998
  • "Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures," at the California statewide Refugee Information Exchange Conference, October 1998
  • "Fundraising 101," at the annual conference of the Victim Offender Mediation Association, Phoenix, Arizona, September 1998
  • "Mobilizing the faith community when starting a new Victim Offender Reconciliation Program," at Victim Offender Mediation Association annual conference, 1998
  • "Family Group Conferencing," at the national conference of the Academy of Family Mediators, San Francisco, California, June 1998
  • "Handling Conflict in Cultural and Social Values," at the Office of Refugee Resettlement Iraqi Refugee Initiative conference, Detroit, Michigan, May 1998
  • "Conflict Resolution: Techniques and Practice," (half-day seminar) at the IRSA National Conference, Washington, D.C., May 1998
  • "Internet Resources for Refugee Service Providers," at the IRSA National Conference, Washington, D.C., May 1998
  • "Conflict Resolution Programming for Resettlement Agencies," at the IRSA National Conference, Washington, D.C., May 1998
  • "Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures," at "Meeting on Common Ground: Supporting Refugee and Immigrant Children's Education" at San Diego State University, San Diego, California, May 1998
  • "Current Restorative Justice Legislation in California" at the Central Coast Conference of the Children's Service Network, 1997

Other Information

My wife of nearly 40 years directs the Circles of Support and Accountability re-entry project for parolled sex offenders. My son and his wife have three children. My hobbies include playing 12-string acoustic guitar, singing, backpacking, cross-country skiing and Web authoring.