Professor Lucia Kanter St. Amour, Pactum Factum Principal, teaches Negotiation and Settlement, and is a clinical professor of Mediation as part of UC Hastings' Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. She is also a Lecturer at UC Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) and has been a visiting lecturer at Stanford Law School; Haas School of Business; UC Berkeley's Goldman School for Public Policy; the Center for Transnational Law in Koln, Germany; The ESADE School of Law in Barcelona, Spain; and the University of Aarhus School of Law in Denmark teaching on the subjects of negotiation, lie detection and micro-expression.
She received her mediation certification from Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation and has mediated cases for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); the Department of Fair Employment and Housing; San Francisco Superior Court; City and County of San Francisco; the Department of Industrial Relations; and various school districts. She consults and mediates general civil and business disputes for U.S., Europe and Hong Kong based businesses; community disputes; and specializes in U.S. based employment and special education related disputes. A member of the Neuroleadership Institute, she is regularly invited to teach and train in Negotiation and Mediation at universities and businesses in the U.S. and Europe, as well as to serve as a Competition Judge and Mediator for the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France.
Her law practice has included both private and public service as well as non-profit advocacy. She practiced employment law in Orrick's San Francisco office. During that time, she also maintained a pro bono practice working with the Community Alliance For Special Education, a San Francisco non-profit organization providing consultation services, representation and training since 1979 to ensure that children with disabilities receive appropriate educational resources in the public school system. She also served for a number of years as an employment attorney for the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), the policymaking body for the entire California court system. Lucia advised the Judicial Council, the Chief Justice of California, and trial and appellate court judges and court officers, contributing to major policy and legal decisions on employment and labor issues that affect the entire judicial branch of California.
Ms. Kanter St. Amour was also selected by the California Division for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) as a representative attorney for the judicial branch to conduct regular discrimination and harassment training through live, televised, satellite broadcast programming to court employees statewide. The target 20,000-member audience consisted of judges, human resources professionals, court directors and court staff. Broadcasting live with a studio audience, she has also co-hosted CJER’s production of “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Celebration of Justice,” as part of the Division’s Continuing The Dialogue television series. The content of many of the broadcasts drew upon Ms. Kanter St. Amour's expertise in the field of Civil Rights and various discrimination and fair employment laws.
In 2007, after nearly ten years of advocacy for CASE, Lucia was elected President of its Board of Directors and continues to work closely with the organization to assist families in need of services for their children; to collaborate with CASE and school districts on ideas for more effective enforcement and evolution of policy in the area of special education; and to partner with law schools to create and oversee special education externships.
During her non-work time, she is the mother of four boys (2 canine and 2 human); studies piano, violin, and foreign languages (Italian, French, Spanish, German and Russian to date); and trains in the martial arts (dabbling in Kenpo, Kyokushin, Okinawa Shorin Ryu, Tai Chi, and Qigong), pursuing (eventually) her Black Belt.