Ansley Barton, LLC
Ansley Barton, J.D., is the founder and principal of the conflict management consulting firm Ansley Barton, LLC. Ms. Barton was Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University, the first Director of KSU’s Master of Science in Conflict Management, and interim director of the KSU Center for Conflict Management. Ms. Barton was the first Director of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution. In this role, she was instrumental in developing the Georgia Supreme Court ADR Rules for court-connected ADR programs, rules for the approval and registration of neutrals, a code of ethics for neutrals, training standards for neutrals, and legislation for support of court programs through filing fees.
A mediator since 1982, Ms. Barton has mediated a wide range of cases, including domestic relations, probate, employment, contract disputes, real estate matters, neighborhood disputes, victim-offender cases, juvenile court matters, and termination of parental rights. An experienced mediation trainer, Ms. Barton has conducted mediation training at the request of Georgia courts, federal and state agencies and in the university setting since 1992.
Ms. Barton was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court to the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution in 2002 and served until 2008. She was Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Commission. She served on the Steering Committee for the University System of Georgia’s Regents’ Alternative Dispute Resolution Initiative and was an original member of the committee that developed recommendations for the Initiative. Ms. Barton has served on the Ethics Committee of Floyd Medical Center since 2005. She has been a member of the Georgia Bar Commission's Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants since 2009. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
Ms. Barton was the first recipient of the Atlanta Dispute Resolution Lawyers’ Founder’s Award, May, 2000. She was the 2012 recipient of the Heroes in Health Care Ethics Award from the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia. In 2013, she became the first recipient of the Chief Justice Harold G. Clarke Annual Award for outstanding contributions to dispute resolution in Georgia.
Examples of conflict management services
Ms. Barton has served as a facilitator and conflict assessment consultant for departments and institutions in the University System of Georgia, for Rome and Floyd County, Georgia, and for the Florida Court System.
In 2006-2007, she was part of a three-member team of consultants for the Florida Dispute Resolution Center, assessing mediation training in the State. She facilitated the Rome/Floyd County/Cave Spring Consolidation Task Force and was a facilitator for Water Conversations: Developing Georgia’s Water Management Plan under the direction of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the Fanning Institute of the University of Georgia.
Ms. Barton provided ongoing mediation training sponsored by the Department of Psychology at Clayton State University from 2005 - 2007 and has provided mediation training at Argosy Universith and Kennesaw State University. She currently offers mediation training through Ansley Barton,LLC.