MEDIATION WEEK IS UPON US! (almost)
The leaders of the Section of Dispute Resolution and the Mediation Committee are requesting that you consider assuming an active role in the promotion of ABA Mediation Week this year by joining the Mediation Week Sub-committee as a regional contact person to help promote and organize ABA Mediation Week events or activity. As you know, In 2011, the ABA declared the third week of October, “ABA Mediation Week”. During ABA Mediation Week, programs and activities designed to educate lawyers, parties, the judiciary, public officials and the general public about mediation, and to promote the use of mediation are held throughout the world. Last year over 100 events were held by state and local bar associations, graduate and law schools, ADR providers and international organizations, including educational programs, symposiums, panel discussions, receptions, luncheons, brown bags, ADR literature distribution, media campaigns, proclamations and outreach to public officials and schools.
This year, Mediation Week will be October 16th through October 22nd.
Your duties as a regional contact would be to communicate with state and local bar associations, Section members, and other ADR organizations in your region. In the past, this was handled by a single person with the support of the committee. Since the participation in Mediation Week has grown every year, we are looking to enlist at least five regional contacts to help distribute the efforts. The Sub-committee meets on a regular basis to report on the status of the outreach and to brainstorm ideas. The work is most intense in the weeks leading up to Mediation Week, but is very rewarding.
If you are interested in getting involved, or for further information, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.662.1689.
You can also call into our regular meeting which is held every other Tuesday at 3:00 P.M. Eastern time. The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 9th and is scheduled for 30 minutes.
Domestic all in number: 866.646.6488
Standard International Dial-in: 707.287.9583
Conference Code: 436 059 8113
NEW! The Mediation Committee Announces FREE Monthly Reflective Practitioner Group Call-Ins
The Third Wednesday of every month beginning Wednesday, June 15th
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, August 17th at 3:00 p.m. EST and the toll-free dial-in information is:
(866) 646-6488 (Domestic)
(707) 287-9583 (International)
Conference Code: 2360398078
Our goal is to make these monthly calls a key membership benefit. Call in and help us make it so!
Seeking Mediation-Related Entries for Just Resolutions e-Newsletter!
The Mediation Committee is still accepting mediation-related submissions for the Section of Dispute Resolution’s e-Newsletter which will be published in October. Please submit by August 15th via email to email@example.com. There is no word-count requirement and those articles selected for publication will be notified in early September.
Please note: previously published articles are permissible assuming the copyright owner consents.
Thank you in advance for sharing your contributions – we look forward to receiving your submissions!