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ADR Education on display in Seattle

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Wednesday night (April 16, 2015), four teams of law students were given fact patterns in preparation for the semifinal rounds of the 2015 National Representation in Mediation Competition. Each team, consisting of two students, developed a presentation plan and competed through a seventy-five minute mock mediation today at the 17th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in Seattle. For the second year in a row, I had the good fortune to serve as a judge in the semifinals.

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Shareholder Richard Lord

Advocates, educators, students and neutrals convene in Seattle

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Hundreds of professionals from around the world started arriving in Seattle Wednesday (April 15, 2015) for the 17th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference. Today, they are networking and presenting or attending concurrent sessions ranging from resolving sports disputes and awarding fees in arbitration to dealing with emotions in mediation and managing disputes in developing economies. The sessions will continue through Saturday.

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Arbitrator / Mediator Lawrence H. Kolin

Mediating Professor: Lawrence Kolin Guest Lectures

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Last week, I had the privilege of teaching the Mediation Theory & Practice class of my UWWM colleague Brandon Peters at Florida A&M University College of Law. I was glad to find the students bright and eager to learn the practical side of our profession. Our topic was representing clients at mediation. This required putting back on the advocacy hat and thinking about the process of mediation in a different way than in my daily job as mediator. As a neutral, we are motivated to facilitate the parties in making a decision for themselves. In examining how attorneys should represent clients at mediation, we reviewed the traditional role of a zealous advocate and what issues might arise during negotiations, such as lawyer-client conflicts of interest, non-economic concerns and other potential inhibitors to a deal.

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Shareholder Richard Lord

ADR Section Presents 'Solutions in Seattle'

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This week, Seattle hosts the 17th Annual Spring Conference of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. This year’s theme, “Solutions in Seattle” will bring together hundreds of both new and well seasoned ADR practitioners, educators, service providers, and advocates. Attendees will benefit from CLE programs and networking on every imaginable topic in the field.

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Students and Mediating Professor Welcome Spring Break

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Brandon Peters is teaching a class about mediation this semester at Florida A&M University College of Law. He brings more than two decades of experience as a highly-respected civil litigator to his mediation career, which began with a successful solo practice and continues with Upchurch Watson White & Max. He takes a data- and evidence-driven approach to resolving disputes without ignoring the all-important human factors. To schedule a mediation with Brandon, please call his case manager, Cathy McCleary, at (800) 863-1462, or visit our online calendar. This was our last class before my students go on Spring Break. Many of them have travel plans. They were excited and distracted – not unlike their younger counterparts in…

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Teachers Worldwide Provide Advice to Prevent Lecture 'Letdown'

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This week, I learned about the professional bond shared by the international community of educators. After writing about my delivery of a lecture that felt “flat,” I invited my blog readers to provide advice about avoiding letdown after an exciting guest lecture by a veteran crisis negotiator. I received a great number of responses from teachers all over the world. Here are four of my favorites.

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