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11th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference

Featured Speakers: DIANN SEIGLE, Executive Director for Carolina Dispute Settlement Services and AIDA DOSS HAVEL, a “recovering litigator,” mediator, and collaborative law attorney

September 16-18. 2015

Dallas Bar Association

Belo Mansion
2101 Ross Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201

September 16, 2015
TRAINING IN THE “BASICS OF COLLABORATIVE LAW”
6.75 hours of Texas CLE credit, of which 1.75 hours is ethics, approved

September 17-18, 2015
CIVIL COLLABORATIVE LAW CONFERENCE
14 hours of Texas CLE credit, of which 1.25 hours is ethics, approved

Brochure and registration form (pdf)

For further information:  http://www.collaborativelaw.us/events.php

 

News for Alabama Neutrals, 3rd Quarter Newsletter Online

The 2015 3rd Quarter newsletter has been sent to our email recipients list and is also available:

A movie with a mediation and an arbitration?

Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold

That would be Woman in Gold
Starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.
The movie looks at a family portrait seized by Nazis, and a lawsuit to recover same.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404425/

The artwork is now in the Neue Galerie in New York http://www.neuegalerie.org/exhibitions/39  in a special exhibit, Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold. Although the exhibition is only on view through September 7, 2015 the painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt is on permanent view at the Neue Galerie.

George Kohlrieser … A hostage negotiator teaches leadership through bonding

George Kohlrieser

George Kohlrieser

George Kohlrieser is a terrific negotiator!

Watch this TEDX presentation…

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. When someone has a gun to the head of another person, and wishes to do them harm, how can a negotiator talk them down?

Learn directly, from the man who has done it professionally. The answer is to become a Leader by bonding with the other individual, no matter how difficult they might be. The same techniques can be applied to negotiations in the boardroom, or with any other person who presents a difficult challenge.

View at http://www.georgekohlrieser.com/

13th Annual Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Institute

Skyline - Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Institute

Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, October 23-24, 2015

An Interactive Two-Day Course of Instruction

  • Learn from leading advocates and mediators
  • Discuss effective skills and techniques to obtain better outcomes for your clients
  • Actively engage in discussions with presenters
  • Gain new practice development skills

Who Should Attend
Litigators, In-house Counsel and other Corporate Users of Mediation, Mediators, Judges

RSVP TODAY

http://shop.americanbar.org/ebus/ABAEventsCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?productId=201673360

New Ethics Opinions Issued

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance

SODR-2015-1 Addresses whether it is appropriate for a mediator to advertise that he mediated “the largest settlement in the history of [the] county”. Authority referenced is Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators, Standards II, V and VII (2005). Read the full opinion and analysis here (pdf).

SODR-2015-2 Addresses whether a mediator must disclose to prospective parties that she has conducted a number of previous mediations for one of the parties (or its attorney) and what needs to be disclosed.  Authority referenced is Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators, Standards III and V (2005).  Read the full opinion and analysis here (pdf).

SODR-2015-3 Addresses whether it is appropriate for a mediator to accept a referral fee from an attorney to whom the mediator referred a party after the case involving that party was unsuccessfully mediated by the mediator. Authority referenced is Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators 2005, Standards II, III, V, VIII. Read the full opinion and analysis here (pdf).

Consumer Complaints Against Mediators and Arbitrators For Ethical Violations

Neutrals at workAny individual who believes a mediator or arbitrator (the neutral) has violated one or more Standards of the Alabama Code of Ethics for Mediators or one or more Canons of the Alabama Code of Ethics for Arbitrators may file a complaint with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.

The complaint must be in writing under oath on the form provided by the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.  The complaint must state with particularity the facts that form the basis of the complaint.

We have posted the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution procedures and the Complaint form on the website. Read more at http://alabamaadr.org/web/publicinfo/complaints/.

 

Reminder – June 12th – 9th Annual ABA Advanced Training Arbitration Institute

June 12-13, 2015
Chicago

American Bar Association
321 N Clark St Fl 14 Chicago, IL 60654-7598

This two day training will be presented by a panel of nationally recognized arbitrators and arbitration advocates. Let the panel of experts walk you through the arbitration process from start to finish. This limited capacity training will provide you with a unique learning environment and industry contacts you will sustain throughout your career.

Friday Sessions

  • Overview — Sources of Arbitral Authority and Administered Programs
  • The Role of the Arbitrator and the Disclosure Requirement
  • Economical and Efficient Arbitration
  • Recent Developments in International Arbitration – Lunch
  • Managing Discovery
  • Managing the Parties and Their Lawyers
  • Preparing for the Hearing

 Saturday Sessions

  • Hearing and Managing the Evidence
  • An Approach to Award Writing
  • Award Essentials and Formats
  • Developing a Personal Career Plan – Lunch
  • Award Writing Practicum
  • Interim Awards and Partial Final Awards
  • Remedies
  • Post-Award Process

 Who Should Attend?

  • Those planning a career move to arbitration
  • Litigators wanting to better utilize arbitration and gain insights into how arbitrators approach their task
  • Experienced arbitrators wanting to better understand recent developments and trends in arbitration
  • In-house counsel, including those who manage disputes, interested in learning the nuts and bolts of arbitration

Why Should You Attend?

  • Access new ideas in arbitration
  • Acquire innovative strategies to build and market your practice
  • Advance your own skills, knowledge and practice techniques
  • Discuss current trends and practices

Connect with nationally recognized arbitration experts and develop new business contacts Enhance your credibility as a thought leader in the industry

http://shop.americanbar.org/ebus/ABAEventsCalendar/

EventDetails.aspx?productId=184851115

List Price: $1,250.00

ABA Member Price: $1,170.00

Sponsor Member Price: $1,100.00

ADR Safety Planning: Recommended Guidance from ACR’S Task Force

From the Association for Conflict Resolution’s website: “(ACR) Taskforce on Safety in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has drafted the ADR Safety Planning: Recommended Guidance to promote the safety of practitioners and participants in ADR processes.  The Recommendations are intended to encourage and assist practitioners and ADR provider organizations when considering, planning for, and implementing safety procedures in all ADR processes they conduct.”  The Taskforce Committee Chair Emeritus is Stephen Kotev at stephen@stephenKotev.com.

Text of the Recommendations is available for download at  http://www.imis100us2.com/acr/ACR/Resources/Taskforce_on_Safety_Recommended_Guidance/ACR/Resources/Taskforce_on_Safety_Recommended_Guidance.aspx?hkey=dfeca714-b184-478d-8e34-b4905e486319.

 

 

 

2015 Appellate Mediation Training Held March 12

The 2015 Appellate Mediation Training session was held on March 12. The Alabama Center of Dispute Resolution hosted 28 mediators for this year’s appellate mediation training. Highlights of the training included the following:

Chief Justice Roy Moore addresses the appellate mediation class

Chief Justice Roy Moore addresses the appellate mediation class

Chief Justice Roy Moore began the morning with a brief address to the class.

Allison Skinner, Esq. of Skinner Neutral Services, Birmingham, and Jim Rives, Esq. of Ball Ball Matthews and Novak in Montgomery, focused on mediation skills and techniques for the appellate arena.

Speakers: Michelle Ohme, Supreme Court of Alabama; Lynn DeVaughn, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals; Allison Skinner, Esq., and Jim Rives, Esq.

Speakers: Michelle Ohme, Supreme Court of Alabama; Lynn DeVaughn, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals; Allison Skinner, Esq., and Jim Rives, Esq.

Michelle Ohme from the Supreme Court of Alabama and Lynn DeVaughn from the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals reviewed the rules, program materials, statistics, and how cases are handled.

Presiding Judge William C. Thompson of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals joined the class to make a few remarks about appellate mediation and his court.

Julia Weller, Esq., Clerk of the Supreme Court of Alabama and Rebecca Oates, Esq., Clerk of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals presented information about their courts.

Appellate Mediation Panel

Appellate Mediation Panel: Hon. Art Hanes, Louis Colley, Esq., Phil Adams, Esq. (left to right)

A panel of expert appellate mediators spent an hour and a half sharing their experiences and taking questions: Honorable Art Hanes of Upchurch, Watson, White & Max, Birmingham; Phil Adams, Esq. of Adams White Oliver Short & Forbus, LLP in Opelika; and Louis Colley, Esq. of the Law Office of Louis C. Colley, LLC.

Judith Keegan, Esq., Executive Director of the Alabama Center of Dispute Resolution provided the mediator ethics component.

Judy Keegan on mediator ethics with the appellate mediators class

Judy Keegan on mediator ethics with the appellate mediators class