2014 Spring Conference University of Richmond, Saturday March 1, 2014
7:30am -8:30am Book-Zone
“Mediating Dangerously - The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution”
Mediating Dangerously - The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution, 237 pages by Kenneth Cloke (2001), shows conflict resolution professionals how to advance beyond the traditional steps, procedures, and techniques of mediation to unveil its invisible heart and soul and to reveal the subtle and sensitive engine that drives the process of personal and organizational transformation. This book is a major contribution to the literature of conflict resolution that will inspire and educate professionals in the field for years to come.
8:30am-9:00amRegistration and Breakfast Break
9:00am-12:00pm Keynote Session
Mediator Safety 101: What Every Mediator Needs to Know to Stay Safe in Our Dangerous Times
Stephen Kotev, Chair of Association for Conflict Resolution Taskforce on Safety in ADR
Mediators routinely enter into conversations and circumstances most would choose to avoid. These conversations can contain some of the strongest emotional triggers, and create the most stressful situations, that we may ever experience. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to prepare, what to ask, and what to do to care for yourself and your clients in the most dangerous of circumstances.
12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch
1:00pm-4:00pm Mediation Best Practices Panel
The Honorable Rosemarie Annunziata, Retired
Karen Asaro, Mediator
David Deal, Lawyer-Mediator, Panel Moderator
Kenneth Gubin, Domestic Relations Counsel
John Settle, Mediator
Mediation standards are easy to find, but where can practicing mediators find sound, experienced-based tips on how to handle mediation issues effectively yet consistent with core mediator standards? This Mediation Best Practices panel draws on practice wisdom from three perspectives: a mediator, counsel, and a judge. VMN Board member, Dave Deal, a lawyer-mediator, will moderate this panel, share some recent research, and offer a “Best Mediation Practices Backgrounder.” The panel itself comprises: John Settle and Karen Asaro, veteran mediators; Ken Gubin, domestic relations counsel and a frequent mediation participant; and the Honorable Rosemarie Annunziata, Ret., veteran reviewer of mediated settlements while on the bench. Audience interaction will be encouraged in what promises to be a very interactive, practice-oriented session.
4:00pm - 4:15pmAfternoon Break
4:15pm-6:15pmEthical Dilemmas: Social Media, Advertising & Other Touchy
Situations: Hit ‘Like’ If You Agree
Karen Richards, Trainer
Use of digital and social media has exploded in the world and these tools are providing special challenges for mediators who work to balance their use with the Standards of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for CertifiedMediators. Utilizing a variety of scenarios with small and large group discussion, participants will discuss the tension between these new techniques and the practice of mediation.