2013 Public Policy Track

March 29-30, 2013
20th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference

We've identified specific workshops in which public policy practitioners may be particularly interested. The Public Policy Track includes Larry Susskind, presenting twice, first to open the conference on Friday. There is also a workshop in the track in each of all three Saturday sessions.

Friday, March 29, 2013 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

1.2 The Nuts and Bolts of Public Dispute Resolution: Best Practices of Stakeholder Assessment, Joint Fact-finding, and Dispute Systems Design
Presenter: Larry Susskind, Ford Foundation Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT; Founder, Consensus Building Institute; and Vice-Chair, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

The practice of public dispute resolution in the United States has evolved substantially over the past few decades. There are now right ways and wrong ways of doing things. Identifying who should be at the table in contentious multi-party disputes requires a stakeholder assessment by a professional neutral. Once the right parties are at the table, joint fact-finding is necessary to ensure that the parties have a shared base of credible information and analysis to work with. The product of public dispute resolution efforts often takes the form of proposed modifications in how government officials, private interest and civic groups will continue to interact. This involves the design of mini-dispute handling systems. Learn more about each of these techniques and practices.

Saturday, March 30, 2013 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

6.1 Mediating Corporate Social Responsibility Disputes
Presenter: Larry Susskind, Ford Foundation Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT; Founder, Consensus Building Institute; and Vice-Chair, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Corporations all over the world are acknowledging their social responsibilities. Often, these take the form of published statements in annual reports. In many sectors, companies, particularly multinational corporations, are putting new “Corporate-Stakeholder Engagement Procedures” into place. In some instances, especially those under the jurisdiction of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), mediation is prescribed as a way of resolving many disputes that emerge. Hear more about OECD’s new mediation procedures and, more generally, about the use of mediation in corporate-stakeholder interactions around the world.

Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

7.1 Facilitating Collaborative Public Policy: Making it Happen in Different Institutional Settings
Presenters: Martha Bean, RESOLVE, Seattle, WA; Jerry Cormick, UW Business School/Evans School and CSE Group, Mill Creek, WA; Bob Wheeler, Triangle Associates, Inc., Seattle, WA; Michael Kern, Director, UW/WSU William D. Ruckelshaus Center, Seattle, WA; Amanda Murphy, UW/WSU William D. Ruckelshaus Center, Seattle, WA (moderator)

Public policy dispute resolution practitioners operate out of a variety of institutional settings including sole practitioners, for-profit firms, non-governmental organizations, government agencies and academic institutions. This session brings together senior practitioners with experience across these settings for a discussion about unique aspects of facilitating collaborative public policy from each.

Saturday, March 30, 2013 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

8.1 Lessons Learned from Washington Land Use Mediators
Presenters: Stacey Saunders, Law Office of Stacey M. Saunders, Silverdale, WA; Alison Moss, Dearborn & Moss PLLC, Seattle, WA; Claudia M. Newman Henry, Bricklin & Newman, Seattle, WA; Courtney Kaylor, McCullough Hill Leary, Seattle, WA

The WSBA’s Land Use and Environmental Mediation Committee (LUEMC) presents a panel exchange between land use litigators and mediators. The panel will explore case studies and post-mediation research on the land use mediation process and outcomes. Highlights from post-mediation interviews conducted with government representatives, developers, community leaders, neighborhood stakeholders, and legal counsel will be included throughout the discussion. Topics include “How and When Land Use Cases Make It to the Table,” “Why Cases Settle (and Why They Don’t),” and “Who Should Mediate—Implementing a Co-Mediation Model in Land Use Disputes.” The panel will also facilitate a small group mock-mediation exercise.

Click here to register. For the complete line-up see the 2013 Conference workshops page here

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