ADR Advocacy Track

May 4-5, 2012
19th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference

Now more than ever, the 2012 Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference is even more relevant and useful to lawyers: a complete series of workshops tailored with the practicing lawyer in mind: the ADR Advocacy Track.

Hear presentations and participate in panel discussions with experienced and expert neutrals and advocates from the Northwest and from around the country. You'll cover:

  • how to move beyond the trap of positional bargaining
  • choosing a mediator, including whether there is a difference choosing one with judicial experience
  • Planning for early dispute resolution
  • Effectively dealing with personalities, emotions, and cognitive bias
  • closing the deal and documenting the settlement

Designed for both the experienced lawyer and the new advocate, all who attend will come away with valuable insights into how to successfully resolve disputes. Yet not just for lawyers - any dispute resolution professional interested in the dynamics and skills of representing advocates will benefit from these programs.

The sessions in the ADR Advocacy Track are built on presentations by experienced expert neutrals, mediators, academicians and attorneys. Several of the sessions, after initial presentations, expand into moderated panel discussions that will bring even more depth to the educational experience.

The ADR Advocacy Track will be moderated by Lee Jay Berman, Mediator, of PMA Dispute Resolution. (See his bio below.) Mr. Berman's committed involvement across the whole track will provide continuity and additional real-world value for the participants throughout all the sessions.

Washington attorneys attending the plenary and the whole ADR Advocacy Track will earn 9.0 CLE credits.

2012 ADR Advocacy Track

2.6 Beyond Positional Bargaining

Jerome F. Weiss, Mediation Inc., Cleveland, OH
Susan Hammer, Dispute Resolution Services, Portland, OR
Karin Hobbs, Hobbs Mediation, Salt Lake City, UT

3.7 Choosing a Mediator: What Difference Does a Robe Make?

Stephen Goldberg, Professor of Law, Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, IL.
Panelists: Stew Cogan, Arbitrator•Mediator, Seattle, WA; Eric Watness, JAMS, Seattle, WA; Thomas Keller, Thomas M. Keller P.S., Seattle, WA; Judge Terrence A. Carroll, ret., Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Seattle University School of Law, 
Seattle, WA.

4.7 Planned Early Dispute Resolution: How People Can Negotiate & Mediate Sooner & Better

Serena Lee, Arbitrator and Mediator, Seattle, WA
John Lande, Professor, University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, MO
Panelists: Lawrence Mills, Mills Meyers Swartling, Seattle, WA; James Smith, Smith & Hennessey PLLC, Seattle, WA.

5.7 Navigating Personalities and Emotions: Mediating Off-Road

Panelists: Doug Noll, Noll Associates, Clovis, CA; Neil Denny, international speaker, author on conflict issues and collaboration and collaborative family lawyer, Bath, England; Stephen Goldberg, Professor of Law, Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, IL; Kathleen Wareham, Mediator, Arbitrator, Facilitator, Seattle, WA.

6.7 Closing the Deal: Effective Use of CR2A Agreements

Hon. Paris Kallas and Hon. James Verellen, Judicial Dispute Resolution, Seattle, WA
Panelists: Phil Cutler, Cutler Nylander & Hayton, Seattle, WA; Louis D. Peterson, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, Seattle, WA.

ADR Advocacy Track Moderator Lee Jay Berman

Lee Jay Berman began as a full-time mediator and trainer over 17 years ago, and has successfully mediated over 1,600 matters. He mediates through PMA Dispute Resolution based in the Century City area of Los Angeles. He is also a national panelist with the American Arbitration Association, a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators, a Charter Diplomat with both the California and National Academies of Distinguished Neutrals, internationally certified by the International Mediation Institute, and a Dispute Resolution Expert with the United Nations Development Programme. He was Mediator of the Year for the US Bankruptcy Court in California in 2007 and California’s Daily Journal named him to California’s Top Neutrals in 2008 and 2009.

Also a respected trainer in the field, he founded the American Institute of Mediation, leaving his position as Director of Pepperdine Law School's Mediating the Litigated Case program after seven years. In addition to lecturing and training at Southwestern Law School, University of Texas, Southern Methodist University, Lipscomb University and Cal-State Northridge, he has trained judges, attorneys and business leaders in Croatia, India, The Kingdom of Jordan, The Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.

Lee Jay launched the Santa Barbara Superior Court's successful ADR program and chaired the statewide committee that published the Standards of Practice for California Mediators. In addition to serving four years as national chair of ABA’s Dispute Resolution Training Committee, he served three years on the State Bar of California's Standing Committee on ADR, and seven years on the California Dispute Resolution Council’s board, both ADR policy organizations. He has published numerous articles on mediation and ADR and authors the popular blog Eye On Conflict. He lives with his wife in Marina del Rey, California.

Mr. Berman appears courtesy of the American Institute of Mediation.



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