8:25 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 MEDIATION QUAGMIRES: An Exploration of Advanced Mediation Topics≠
Jolinda S. Babcock, Tarheel Mediations, Summerfield
Viral V. Mehta, Mehta & McConnell PLLC, Charlotte (Moderator)
Tamara R. "Tammy" Nance, NC Industrial Commission, Raleigh
This session, while relevant for all types of mediation, focuses particularly on the area of workers' compensation. The panelists discuss strategies for breaking impasse, maintaining the integrity of the mediation process when working with pro se claimants, navigating volatile matters that may arise during mediation and address any changes to NC Industrial Commission Mediation Rules.
10:10 Designing A Path to Conflict Prevention
Scott S. Partridge, Partridge LLC, New Orleans, LA
With an emphasis on system design, the keynote session identifies pivotal steps along the conflict resolution professionals’ path from litigation to dispute resolution to conflict prevention and beyond.
11:20 The Power of Arbitration: The Impact of Arbitration Agreements and Rule Selection on the Power of Arbitrators
Tracy T. James, Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC, Charlotte
Statutes, agreements and rule selection all impact the scope of an arbitrator's power to decide a case. Learn about the effects of the agreement to arbitrate and rule selection on an arbitrator's power.
12:20 Lunch Break
1:20 Breakout Session:
How to Become an Arbitrator and Build an Arbitration Practice: An Open Discussion with Three Distinguished Arbitrators
Denise Smith Cline, Denise Smith Cline Law Offices, Raleigh
Robert Harper Heckman, Nexsen Pruet LLC, Greensboro
Neale T. Johnson, Fox Rothschild LLP, Greensboro (Moderator)
Marshall H. Karro, Karro Sellers & Langson, Charlotte
Listen as this panel explains the steps involved in becoming an arbitrator in the contexts of family law, commercial / construction litigation, and employment. Becoming an arbitrator, however, is not enough. The panelists also share how they became successful, go-to arbitrators in their respective spheres.
Collaborative Conflict Resolution for Trust and Estate Disputes
Jason R. Jones, Jones Collaborative Estates, Chapel Hill
This session introduces a method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) referred to as "collaborative mediation," and explores which estate cases are best suited for collaborative mediation as well as how to discuss this form of ADR with clients and opposing counsel.
2:30 Navigating Sticky Situations – Ethical Inquires and Best Practices Before, During, and After Mediation*≠
Colleen L. Byers, Colleen Byers Mediation, Winston-Salem
Marcie Dickson, Alterity ADR, Atlanta, GA
Frank C. Laney, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Cary
With an emphasis on the various NC DRC program rules and Standards of Professional Conduct for Mediators, this session examines the most frequently asked questions of the NC DRC so mediators can successfully navigate any unexpected ethical bumps along the road to resolution.
* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
≠ Indicates portion providing NC Dispute Resolution Commission Continuing Mediator Education
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