May 4-5, 2012
19th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference
Sheri Russell, Bellingham Mediation, Bellingham, WA
Saturday, May 5, 2012 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Effective caucuses can be the difference between settlement or impasse. Participants will discuss why and when a mediator should call for a caucus, how to transition in/out of caucus, how to conduct an effective caucus, exploring BATNAs and WATNAs, attorneys’ role, confidentiality, ethical considerations and pitfalls.
Bellingham Mediation is the mediation and consulting practice of Sheri Russell, JD, a professional mediator and workplace consultant located in Bellingham, Washington, and serving Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Prior to opening Bellingham Mediation, Ms. Russell owned a general civil law and mediation practice in Idaho, focusing on family, workplace and contract issues. Sheri also worked as an employment law and equal opportunity consultant for several universities, non-profit organizations and unions, and was the equal opportunity director for a large public agency. Sheri has taught university mediation courses; taught and coached trainings on mediation, conflict resolution, employment law and diversity; judged university negotiation competitions; and facilitated work team discussions, senior staff/director retreats, and small and large public hearings for federal agencies and local non-profit organizations.