From litigator to negotiator and mediator, from horsewoman to dancer, Maja has traversed a broad spectrum of possibilities in conflict, communication and collaborative decision-making. Her work demonstrates her passion for bridging difference, unlocking our potential for connection and engaging in creative problem solving.
Maja co-founded RockRose Institute, a non-profit that supports, promotes and advances non-violent conflict resolution. She sits on the Board of Directors of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a Washington D.C. based non-profit committed to forging through dialogue enduring solutions to our nations political issues. Maja also created Steadfast, a communications course weaving horses, humans, and multi-cultural perspectives enabling us to move more freely from conflict to collaboration.
A former partner in the firm of Ramsey and Durrell, LLP, Maja specialized in civil litigation, rape and child molestation; pioneering sexual abuse cases against the Catholic Church. She was President of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and selected by TIME magazine as one of America’s Top Ten Women Lawyers. She subsequently became a mediator and arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and taught Negotiation and Mediation at Stanford Law School, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley and Hastings Law School.
Maja has served on the boards of Consumer Attorneys Association of California, Child Assault Prevention and the Institute for the Study of Sexual Assault. She also served as Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court and Mediator for the S.F. Superior Court Early Deposition Program and the Santa Clara ADR Program.
Granddaughter of Leonard Seppala of the Alaskan Iditarod, Maja inherited an abiding connection to animals and nature. She has deepened this connection through training and service with Angeles Arrien, Cross-Cultural Anthropologist. Maja developed RockRose Ranch, a sustainable horse ranch in California where she hosts programs and seminars.
*Formerly known as Maja Hanks