ABA Section of Dispute Resolution: 19th Annual Spring Conference

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution: 19th Annual Spring Conference

Presented By: ABA Section of Dispute Resolution

About the Event

Develop your skills, learn about the latest innovations in dispute resolution, and interact with colleagues and experts. The Section’s spring conference features excellent programming on mediation, arbitration, negotiation, ombuds, ODR, and specialty practice areas—both domestic and international. Whether you are new to dispute resolution practice or have been practicing for decades, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference has something for you.

Credit
Information about the number of hours eligible will be available here.

Date
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

Thursday, April 20, 2017
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM PST

Friday, April 21, 2017
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM PST

Saturday, April 22, 2017
7:00 AM - 3:15 PM PST

Location
Hyatt Regency
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

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JAMS Featured Speakers

Shirish Gupta

Implicit Bias Fact or Fiction: Effects on Mediator Neutrality and the Mediation Process
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PST

Implicit bias may be defined as the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. One of the cornerstones of mediation is party autonomy in the selection of a mediator to resolve the dispute. Parties are free to select any mediator they desire to resolve conflict the conflict. Another widely held belief which is much touted as an advantage of the mediation process is mediator neutrality. The conflict will be resolved by a third party neutral who will act in a nonbiased manner to help the parties to reach settlement. This session will focus on how implicit bias influences the mediation process in various unconscious and subtle ways such as the selection of the mediator by the attorney, the manner in which attorneys treat the mediator, mediator neutrality during the mediation proceedings and the effect these biases have on the outcome of the dispute.

Renee Spertzel

Resume Workshop: Tips, Do's and Don'ts for ADR Professionals
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM PST

A practical and highly interactive workshop led by the leading ADR providers, this session is a must for mediators and arbitrators interested in refining their resumes. Learn what clients look for when selecting an arbitrator or mediator, what you must include and should consider leaving out of your resumes, and how to best organize your information. We'll also discuss social media strategies (including a personal website, LinkedIn, etc.) and branding efforts every neutral should employ (and avoid!). Bring your resume as part of the workshop for real-time feedback and pointers!

R. Wayne Thorpe

Key Healthcare Issues for ADR Professionals: A Primer
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM PST

Healthcare is a relatively new but burgeoning practice area for many mediators and arbitrators. Inside knowledge of the field matters, for the neutral's effectiveness and credibility. In this session, three long-time veterans of healthcare dispute resolution will help you get up to speed on three key areas: [a] payor-provider disputes; [b] False Claims Act mediations; and [c] peer review disputes. Each speaker will begin by posing a case or two for audience input, then weaving in insights about how s/he would handle it as mediator or arbitrator, followed by additional case(s) raising further issues.

Mark Smalls

Cathy Yanni

Effective Offline and Online Networking in the Digital Age
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM PST

How can you effectively leverage connections to build business? What are some strategies to make the most of in person networking in today’s digital world? ADR and other legal industry marketing experts will share their best practices for making connections, nurturing those relationships, and turning them into business opportunities. Panelists will provide real-life examples about capitalizing on both face-to-face interactions and digital connections to get results.

Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.)

Bringing the World to the US: Development of an International Commercial and Family Business Mediation Practice in the U.S.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM PST

In an ever-increasingly interconnected world, the US is poised to become a viable venue for international mediation. This program concentrates on helping practitioners develop an international mediation practice in the U.S., not only in the context of traditional commercial mediation, but in the important and undeveloped area of internationalized family businesses which account for 3/4 of all businesses worldwide. International mediation of commercial and family owned business cases is an appropriate tool for resolution and even prevention of disputes particularly in internationalized family businesses. Mediation of these disputes provide an excellent professional opportunity for the audience.

Gina Miller

Starting a Successful Career in ADR: Tips From ADR Users
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM PST

Are you new to the ADR profession or looking to expand you ADR profession into other practice areas? Hear from a panel of seasoned lawyers about what would encourage them to use a neutral for the first time. ADR users will share tips about getting the word out, successful strategies to employ in a mediation, and soft skills necessary to achieve success as a neutral.

Daniel B. Garrie

How Technology is Shaping the Future of ADR Practice
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM PST

Technology is changing the way we interact with each other, information, and the law. How are these changes impacting the practice of ADR? This session provides insights from three different perspectives: neutrals, in-house counsel, and law firm attorney, discussing how technology is impacting their practice and use of ADR. They will discuss emerging technology related disputes ripe for ADR, the value of using ADR in these new frontiers, and the potential for hiring neutrals with expertise in resolving technology disputes and/or tech experts to facilitate the ADR process. From cyber-security and e-discovery, to social media and apps, ADR practitioners need to know the types of disputes we will face in the future and the resources available to do it right.

Jay Welsh

Richard Birke

Does Training Help Experienced Mediators?
Friday, April 21, 2017 | 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM PST

Successful mediators possess a great many skills – organizational, interpersonal, intellectual and more. In today’s highly competitive marketplace, by the time a mediator becomes successful – that is, in demand in their chosen practice are – these skills all need to be in place. This begs the questions – can an experienced mediator improve meaningfully by participating in training? Or do they improve only by working on cases? Or do they improve at the beginning of their career and then plateau? This interactive mock debate will pit “no they can’t” against an “of course they can.” Together with the audience, we will explore the benefits and limits of training for experienced mediators.

David Brandon

Black and Blue: Healing the Divide in Police-Community Relations
Friday, April 21, 2017 | 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM PST

Widespread and recurring incidents of violence involving law enforcement and local communities have exposed long-standing and deep-rooted distrust on both sides of this divide. For dispute resolvers, these incidents offer a historic opportunity to bring their skills and perspective to addressing these divisions and helping to promote greater understanding. Engaging and resolving such deep-seated tensions requires a variety of targeted approaches and a broad coalition of interested stakeholders at both grassroots and policy-making levels. The JAMS Foundation has been committed to supporting several of these initiatives, including specialized mediation training for police officers, integration and expansion of community-based training and services, and resources to enable local governments and community stakeholders to avert, and if necessary prepare for and constructively respond to outbreaks of civic unrest and violence. We invite you to participate in this discussion of these vital efforts to foster understanding and trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Bruce Edwards

Integrating Research-Based Skills into Your Regular Mediation Practice
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM PST

Recent empirical studies tell us what works—and what doesn’t work—in mediation. But where do we go from here? How can we incorporate these findings into our mediation practice? In this highly interactive session, presenters will briefly highlight empirical ADR research on the impact of different mediator interventions. Then, they will lead the audience through a number of simulations and skills exercises that emphasize those skills found to be most effective. This session is appropriate for mediators who want to improve their skills, as well as trainers and legal educators looking for new ways to teach mediation skills.

 

Featured People

Shirish Gupta
  • Antitrust/Competition Law
  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Business/ Commercial
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Financial Markets
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Professional Liability
  • Securities
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee
R. Wayne Thorpe, Esq.
  • Accounting/Finance
  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Construction
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Employment
  • Entertainment and Sports
  • Environmental
  • Financial Markets
  • Franchise
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Securities
Cathy Yanni
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action/MDL/Mass Tort
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Employment
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Pharmaceuticals/Mass Tort
  • Product Liability
  • Special Master
Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.)
  • Accounting/Finance
  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Employment
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Environmental
  • Estates/Probate/Trusts
  • Federal Law
  • Financial Markets
  • Franchise
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Life Sciences
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Securities
Daniel B. Garrie, Esq.
  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business/Commercial
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Cybersecurity/Data Breach
  • Employment
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Securities
  • Smart Contracts & Blockchain
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee
Bruce A. Edwards, Esq.
  • Arbitration
  • Business/Commercial
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee