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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.


Committee Updates

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 first call is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th 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 rlord@uww-adr.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!


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.

MONTHLY TELECONFERENCES

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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Leadership

Co-Chairs:

Abramowitz, Ava
Lord, Richard

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Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Ethics and Professionalism in Mediation: Ethical Issues Faced by Mediators and Advocates

    07/12/2016-07/12/2016

    Program Description : The panel will share advice on how to recognize and solve potential ethical issues in the mediation process. How do advocates walk the fine line between puffery and lying? How do mediators move from a conceptual understanding of the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators ...

    14th Annual Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Institute

    10/06/2016-10/07/2016

    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 ...


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