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Committee Updates

Request for Educational Proposals!

The Section of Dispute Resolution is seeking program proposals for the 2019 Spring Conference, "Shining the Light on the Parties: Enhancing the Experience of ADR Users." The Conference will be held on April 10-13, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There will be approximately 90 educational and networking programs scheduled during the four days of the event. Program proposals are due by August 31, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Read the proposal guidelines here.

Join the Mediation Committee for monthly Reflective Practitioner Group calls the third Wednesday of every month!

So much of what we do as mediators consists of being attuned to other participants, parties and counsel. We don’t always pay enough attention – either in the moment or afterward – to our own experience of mediation. That can leave us feeling unsure of the impact we have had, for good or for ill, and uneasy about whether we have used our skills effectively. Reflective practitioner groups give mediators an opportunity to reflect on their practice and discuss specific concerns (if desired) in the company of insightful and supportive colleagues. Joining a reflective practitioner group call does not require participants to divulge their identity, and confidentiality is presumed. Could you benefit from a call with fellow mediators to talk about some of the intricacies of your practice—and hear others do the same? If so, do join us!

The next call is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ET and the toll-free dial-in information is:

(866) 646-6488 (Domestic) / (707) 287-9583 (International) / Conference Code: 608 176 1650

For the September call, we will focus our discussion on member Ava J. Abramowitz's recent article in the Summer 2018 edition of Dispute Resolution Magazine, "Toward a Definition of Success in Mediation." Please note this call falls on the second, rather than third, Wednesday of the month due to Yom Kippur.

Our goal is to make these monthly calls a key membership benefit. Call in and help us make it so!


On behalf of Co-Chairs Joe Esposito and Mark LeHocky, the Mediation Committee invites you to "Link-In" with the Committee on our NEW LinkedIn Mediation Committee page.*

To do so, join LinkedIn if you have not already, then simply login to your LinkedIn account and search for, “ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Mediation Committee,” and join. Or, if you already have an account, click here:

Highlights of the Mediation Committee LinkedIn page include:

· A place to keep abreast of recent activities of the Mediation Committee;

· An opportunity to connect with practitioners and thought leaders of our field;

· A place to start and contribute to discussions of mediation topics of interest to you.

All of this and much more is available at the Mediation Committee’s LinkedIn page. Once again, to join with an existing LinkedIn account simply click here:

We look forward to “Linking” with you soon!

*Many have joined a dated LinkedIn Mediation Committee group and with administrative changes we have launched the new group, “ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Mediation Committee.” Unfortunately, you aren’t automatically a part of the NEW group if a member of the prior one. So please join and help make it a dynamic platform for us and for you!

Our Vision

The Mediation Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution strives to serve as a resource for practitioners, the public, and students of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) with an emphasis of mediation. Though diverse and under a large umbrella, mediation serves the interests of stake-holders unlike any other dispute resolution mechanism as it focuses on understanding, collaboration, and self-determination. Our goal is to promote mediation education, enhance the public's understanding of mediation, improve mediator and mediation advocate skills, and increase opportunities for mediation's benefits to be realized. We hope you will join us, and share your thoughts, experiences and insights.

Opportunities for Involvement

Do you want to shape the future of mediation? How about learn how to become a better mediator? Would you like to enhance your skills as an advocate in the process? Do you have experience and ideas to help those who share an interest in or a career dedicated to mediation? Is mediation not your core focus, but an adjunct to how you serve others? Have you written about or spoken on mediation? Would you like to promote knowledge and acceptance of mediation and increase utilization of it? If you answer "yes" to any of the above, we hope you will consider joining our committee. Once you are a member, your active involvement is invited. We also actively seek opportunities to collaborate with other committees within the Section. Whether you are seasoned or consider yourself a beginner, we can benefit from your involvement. Opportunities for involvement include, but are not limited to: Mediation Week support; member education via monthly teleconferences and webinars; mediator evaluation; developing international cultural competence; production of the October edition of "Just Resolutions" eNews; a joint edition of "Just Resolutions" with the Ethics Committee; mediation advocacy skills education; an examination of ADR session safety; and a review of current ABA mediation guides.

2018-2019 NEW MEDIATION Webinar Series

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Advanced Negotiation Strategies in Mediation: “Sales," “Packaging,” and “Pacing” to Achieve the Best Outcome

OCTOBER 10, 2018

Swearing, Sweating, Outrage & Tears: Handling Highly Emotional Disputes in Mediation

NOVEMBER 14, 2018

When Participants Say “No” to a Joint Session: Lessons from the Left Coast

DECEMBER 12, 2018

What Impresses, Disturbs, Confuses, and Confounds your clients in Mediation

FEBRUARY 13, 2019

When Neutrality, Confidentiality and Ethics Collide: Guidance for Mediators

MARCH 13, 2019

Evaluative Mediation: Methods, Risks, Ethics, and Rewards


As a member of the Mediation Committee, you are encouraged to participate in monthly teleconferences which are intended to serve as a means for our membership to stay connected, find opportunities for engagement in committee activities and learn from one another. Meeting notices are provided primarily through the committee listserv. To receive notices, make sure your member profile preferences allow committee and Section communications. Some committee meetings serve as educational opportunities. Past topics have included: the no-caucus approach to mediation; and ADR session safety.

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Committee Events

16th Annual Advanced Mediation Advocacy Skills Institute

ABA Headquarters
Date: October 25-26, 2018
Chicago, IL

Program Description: This two-day interactive institute features rare opportunities to learn from some of the leading mediators and advocates in North America. Each plenary session panel features an expert mediator, in-house counsel, and a skilled outside attorney, discussing each phase of the mediation process.

Call for Authors for Just Resolution Mediation Edition March 2019

- September 17, 2018
Interested in writing about the future of mediation? The Mediation Committee is editing the March 2019 edition of the Dispute Resolution Section’s Just Resolutions Newsletter and now welcomes submissions addressing the topic of New Frontiers in Mediation. Proposals are due by September 14, 2018. Read the proposed guideline here.
Section Events

    Harassment & Bullying Investigations: What to Know When Conducting Effective Investigations


    The event will be held on 09/25/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,Commission on Law and Aging,Commission on Disability Rights,ABACLE,Section of Dispute Resolution,Law Practice Division,Center for Human Rights,Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section,Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice,Section of State and Local Government Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    Civil Disobedience 101: Adding the Defense to Your Practice


    The event will be held on 09/26/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are ABACLE,Criminal Justice Section,Section of Dispute Resolution,Law Practice Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Center for Human Rights,Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice,Section of State and Local Government Law,Division for Public Services,Pro Bono and Public Service,Young Lawyers Division. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    New Mediation Webinar Series #2 of 6 -- Swearing, Sweating, Outrage & Tears: Handling Highly Emotional Disputes in Mediation


    Disputants and mediators often shy away from engaging with volatility and big emotions. This webinar will offer tools to successfully guide these emotionally charged conflicts to resolution. Panelists Bill Eddy, Jason Harper, Wendy Kramer, and Robyn Weinstein will discuss their experience working ...


Modified by Mark LeHocky on September 11, 2018

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