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  • Prof. Young, winner of the first Distinguished Mediator Award presented by the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN), teaches as a Clinical Professor at Qatar University College of Law.  She currently teaches legal writing skills.  In the past, she has taught  environmental dispute resolution, group facilitation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, dispute resolution system design, and insurance practice. 


  • Before she joined academia, Prof. Young was a partner in the St. Louis law firm of McCarthy Leonard Kaemmerer Owen Lamkin & McGovern, L.L.C. and founder of Path Finder Mediation.  She has nearly 20 years of experience as a commercial dispute litigator, mediator, and arbitrator specializing in energy, environmental, insurance, reinsurance, and other civil disputes.  Before joining McCarthy Leonard, Prof. Young was an associate in one of the largest law firms in the world - Skadden Arps – in its Washington, D.C. office engaged in an oil and gas and public utility law practice.  She also worked in the Energy Department of the largest law firm in Oklahoma after graduating from law school.


  • Who’s Who in America recognizes her as among top executives and professionals. Martindale-Hubbell lists her as an AV-Rated Preeminent Woman Lawyer with highest peer ratings for legal ability and ethics (2002-2012).


  • Prof. Young’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Washington University (B.A.1978, J.D.1982), and she is licensed to practice law in Missouri and D.C.


  • Prof. Young has over 3,000 hours of training in the theory, practice, and techniques of consensus building, group facilitation, negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.  She received a master of laws (LL.M.) in Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law in August 2003.  U.S. News and World Report has ranked it as a top program for over a decade.


  • She has written over 50 law review publications, book chapters, and op-ed articles on mediation, arbitration, energy, insurance, and other topics.  Her blog, The Red Velvet Lawyer, appears at


  • Prof. Young joined the Virginia Mediation Network’s Board of Directors in October 2010 and quickly rose to the position of President (2012-2013).  VMN is the largest state-wide organization of mediators in Virginia.


  • Prof. Young is a nationally known mediation ethicist, who has served on the top boards, at the state and naitonal level, dealing wiht issues of mediator misconduct.


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 65%
    17 years, 100 cases
  2. Arbitration: 30%
    13 years, 35 cases
  3. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 5%
    14 years, 3 cases



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  • Jacob Ryan Lauser

    I endorse this lawyer. Paula was a professor of mine at Appalachian School of Law, and I found her to be intelligent, dedicated, and professional in her work, both in and out of the classroom. Her instruction on ADR and arbitration was invaluable in my own study of law, and I recommend her to anyone looking for similar instruction or assistance in dispute resolution matters.


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Contact info

Qatar University College of Law

P.O. Box 2713
Doha, VA, Qatar

Mobile () 635603

Path Finder Mediation

Tower 26
Porto Arabia, The Pearl
Doha, VA, Qatar

Mobile () 635603



MOGood Standing, Active198801/08/2013
ILNot Authorized To Practice Law - Not Currently Registered,Has Not Demonstrated Required MCLE Compliance199011/12/2015
DCInactive 198505/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Executives and ProfessionalsWho's Who In American Law2012
AV-Rated Preeminent Woman LawyerMartindale-Hubbard2012
Distinguished Mediator AwardVirginia Mediation Network2010
Faculty Scholarship AwardAppalachian School of Law2006
Kentucky ColonelGovernor of Kentucky2006
Distinguished Woman of the YearNational Association of Women Business Owners2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Clinical ProfessorQatar University College of Law2015 - Present
Professor of Law, with tenureAppalachian School of Law2002 - Present
PartnerMcCarthy Leonard Kaemmer, L.L.C.1991 - 2002
Associate in Litigation GroupSuelthaus & Kaplan (merged with Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal)1988 - 1991
Associate in Energy GroupSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP1985 - 1988
Associate in Energy GroupHall Estill Hardwick Gable Collingsworth & Nelson1982 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Mediation NetworkPresident2012 - Present
Toastmasters International (ASL Club)Charter Member2012 - Present
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution SectionVarious2002 - Present
Association for Conflict Resolution (Virginia Chapter)Secretary2002 - 2006
Association of Attorney-Mediators (St. Louis Chapter)Secretary1999 - 2002
National Association Of Women Business OwnersBoard Member1999 - 2001
International Association of Insurance ReceiversFeature Articles Editor1999 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Transit Cas. Co. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's of LondonRulings consistently in favor of client produced favorable settlement in case.
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Publication nameTitleDate
11 PEPP. DISP. RESOL. L. J. 309Teaching the Ethical Values Governing Mediator Impartiality Using Short Lectures, Buzz Group Discussions, Video Clips, a Defining Features Matrix, Games, and an Exercise Based on Grievances Filed Against Florida Mediators2011
MISSOURI INSURANCE PRACTICESupervision, Rehabilitation and Liquidation of Troubled Insurance Companies2010
40:1 SW. L. REV. 127Teaching Professional Ethics to Lawyers and Mediators Using Active Learning Techniques2010
49 S. TEX. L. REV. 1047A Connecticut Mediator in a Kangaroo Court?: Successfully Communicating the “Authorized Practice of Mediation” Paradigm to “Unauthorized Practice of Law” Disciplinary Bodies2008
21 OHIO ST. J. DISP. RESOL. 721Take it or Leave it. Lump it or Grieve it: Designing Mediator Complaint Systems that Protect Mediators, Unhappy Parties, Attorneys, Courts, the Process, and the Field2006
5 APPALACHIAN J. OF L. 195Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing: ABA, ACR and AAA Adopt Revised Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri School of LawDispute ResolutionLL.M - Master of Laws2003
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Washington UniversityPolitical Science, Biology, GeologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fall Training ConferenceUsing the Enneagram to Assess What You and the Parties Bring Into the Mediation Room2014
Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution WorkshopTeaching Mediator Ethics Using Active Learning Techniques2012
Annual Spring Training ConferenceUpdating Your Agreement to Mediate and Opening Orientation to Reflect the Requirements of the Revised SOEs2012
Annual Fall Training ConferenceUsing “Moore’s Circle of Conflict” to Diagnose Sources of Impasse in Mediation and to Fashion Appropriate Interventions,2012
Training WorkshopEnsuring Informed Consent in the Collaborative Law Process2011
Annual Spring Training ConferenceDistributive Bargaining in Mediation: Helping Parties Negotiate Over Money2011
ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 13th Annual ConferenceEthical Limits to Drafting Mediated Settlement Agreements and Completing Child Support Worksheets2011
Summer Conference of the Institute for Law Teaching and LearningIntegrating the Three Apprenticeships -- Thinking, Performing, and Behaving -- in an Insurance Practice Course2010
Seventh Annual Advanced Mediation TrainingMediator Impartiality: Another Grid for the Perplexed2009
Annual Fall Training ConferenceSelf-Determination: Protecting it Procedurally and Substantively2008
ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 14th Annual ConferenceMalpractice, Ethics, and UPL Claims Against Mediators: How the Ethical Mediator Can Avoid Them2008