Niren’s Curriculum Vitae follows:
PHILIP J. TOELKES, born in Portland, Oregon, February 16, 1945; Admitted to Bar, California 1972; Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California 1972; Oregon 1982; Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court 1983. Also known as Sw. Prem Niren since 1981.
EDUCATION: University of San Francisco (B.A. 1967, J.D. 1971); Editor USF Law Forum, 1970-1971.
LIFE COACH/MEDITATION TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION. Niren has been a certified Hypnosis and NLP practitioner, and teacher of Self-Hypnosis and Meditation, since 1987. He has completed a 6 week residential training in De-Hypnosis (guided meditations, regressions, and NLP), as well as over 50 meditation and transformation group processes.
MEDIATION TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS: Certified Foreclosure Mediator, Washington Dept. of Commerce. 2011 to date. Certified Mediator with Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center. 40 hour certified training Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center, 2009 to 2014. University of California at Berkeley, extension, 40 hour certified training with Ron Kelly, 2005. The Center for Mediation in Law, 40 hour certified intensive training with Gary Friedman, 2006, 30 hour advanced intensive training with Gary Friedman, 2006.
MEDIATION EXPERIENCE: Certified Mediator, Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center; Marin County Superior Court, early settlement panel; Sonoma County Superior Court, settlement panel; East Bay Community Mediation Service, volunteer panel; private mediation. Partner, Peninsula Mediation Service 2013-2015
LEGAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, San Francisco (1971-74). Manatt, Phelps et.al., Los Angeles (partner) (1974-81).
Rajneesh Legal Services, Oregon (non-profit public interest firm) founder and president (1982-86). Appointed by Osho as his Ambassador to America (1987) Drexler & Toelkes (partner) (1992-2013).