Friday, April 25, 2008

Mediation Conferences

This spring is a great time to be a North Carolina
mediator in search of a local mediation conference.

The North Carolina Bar Association recently held the Dispute Resolution Section Annual meeting with a crowd of over 100 attendees. They learned of proposed Superior Court Mediation rule changes, case updates, international mediation, neuro linguistic programing and had a chance to discuss case scenarios with colleagues. In the group discussion on family financial mediation, the participants had a lively discussion about whether to meet with everyone together to start the mediation or start in separate caucuses. As you can imagine, there are pros and cons to each. The program received high marks in its evaluations and the program planners (of which I was one) hope that all in attendance learned something new that they could add to their dispute resolution tool box.

And, if you want more, check out New Horizons in Conflict Resolution on May 2 and 3. This conference is sponsored by the Mediation Network of North Carolina in collaboration with the North Carolina Central University School of Law Dispute Resolution Institute. It is being hosted at the NCCU Law School in Durham and promises to be an interesting discussion of current projects and ideas for all mediators and particularly for those with ties to the many North Carolina community dispute settlement centers. The program begins on Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm and concludes on Saturday afternoon.

If you attended either program send me a post with any comments.

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