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In-Person Live | Beyond Court-Ordered Mediation - Expansive Concepts of Conflict Resolution (2023 Dispute Resolution Section Program)

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As we emerge from a global pandemic that prompted us to examine and innovate the way we deliver both legal and conflict resolution services, we anticipate a growing need to expand our notions of dispute resolution beyond those of court-ordered mediation.

In addition to advanced mediation strategies and ethics, this program explores other viable forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, collaborative law and conflict prevention strategies.


  • MEDIATION QUAGMIRES: An Exploration of Advanced Mediation Topics
  • Designing A Path to Conflict Prevention
  • The Power of Arbitration: The Impact of Arbitration Agreements and Rule Selection on the Power of Arbitrators
  • How to Become an Arbitrator and Build an Arbitration Practice: An Open Discussion with Three Distinguished Arbitrators
  • Collaborative Conflict Resolution for Trust and Estate Disputes
  • Navigating Sticky Situations – Ethical Inquires and Best Practices Before, During, and After Mediation

In-Person Live
Friday, March 10, 2023
8:25 AM–3:30 PM

Click here to view the full program agenda.

North Carolina Bar Center, 8000 Weston Parkway, Cary

Contact hotels directly for reservations at the special NCBA room rate. Rates are based on availability and rooms may sell out.

Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary
Nightly Rate: $174 single/double
Reservations: Click here or call 919.677.1840 (Corporate Account Code: 2691626)

TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 120 Sage Commons Way, Cary
Nightly Rate: $114 studio queen with sleeper sofa (Sunday–Thursday)
Reservations: 919.678.0005 (Ask for the NCBA corporate rate)


  • Jolinda S. Babcock, Tarheel Mediations, Summerfield
  • Colleen L. Byers, Colleen Byers Mediation, Winston-Salem
  • Denise Smith Cline, Denise Smith Cline Law Offices, Raleigh
  • Marcie Dickson, Alterity ADR, Atlanta, GA
  • Robert Harper Heckman, Nexsen Pruet LLC, Greensboro
  • Tracy T. James, Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC, Charlotte
  • Neale T. Johnson, Fox Rothschild LLP, Greensboro (Moderator)
  • Jason R. Jones, Jones Collaborative Estates, Chapel Hill
  • Marshall H. Karro, Karro Sellers & Langson, Charlotte
  • Frank C. Laney, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Cary
  • Viral V. Mehta, Mehta & McConnell PLLC, Charlotte (Moderator)
  • Tamara R. "Tammy" Nance, NC Industrial Commission, Raleigh
  • Scott S. Partridge, Partridge LLC, New Orleans, LA

NCBA Dispute Resolution Section

  • William J. "Joey" Barnes, Barnes Mediation, Charlotte (Planner)
  • Colleen L. Byers, Colleen Byers Mediation, Winston-Salem (Planner)
  • Timothy W. "Tim" Hewlett, Hewlett Mediation, Winston-Salem (Planner)
  • John Ong, John Ong Mediation & Collaborative Law, Charlotte (Planner)
  • Debra Ann Vey Voda-Hamilton, Morehead City (Planner)

North Carolina: 5.00 MCLE Hours

1.00 Ethics/Professional Responsibility
2.00 NC Dispute Resolution Commission CME


Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or within a COVID-19 quarantine/isolation period (as defined by the CDC at the time of the event) should not attend NCBA/NCBF events in person. Should a registrant for an in-person CLE event begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms or fall within a COVID-19 quarantine/isolation period, they will be provided with a digital registration upon request.

Masks remain optional at NCBA/NCBF in-person events, and we encourage all attendees to use good health and safety practices. The NCBA/NCBF does not provide notification of potential exposure following in-person events.

See pricing below. Discounts may be available for NCBA members who are students, law professors, judges or legal services/public interest attorneys. Call CLE at 919.677.0561 for details.