Conference Sessions

Ethics Opinion 675: What Happened, And What Next?

Opening Plenary
Friday, March 1 9:15 - 10:45 AM

Session Description:

In August 2018, the Professional Ethics Committee of the State Bar of Texas issued Opinion 675 declaring that Texas attorneys acting as mediators may prepare a proposed written settlement agreement that memorializes the terms of the parties’ agreement reached during mediation and present that agreement to the parties. The opinion resolved an important question for mediators who are Texas attorneys, but it left the question unanswered for everyone else. This presentation will discuss Opinion 675 and suggest ideas for routes to expanding the benefits of the opinion to all mediators.

Ethics credit: 1.5

The Brain in Conflict: Bringing Science to the Mediation Table.

Session A
Friday, March 1 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Implicit Bias, Intelligence and Empathy

Session B
Friday, March 1 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Successful LGBT Mediations, What Every Mediator Should Know

Session C
Friday, March 1 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

When the Challenge Isn’t the Client: Dealing with Attorney and Third Party Personalities and Agendas in Family Mediations

Session D
Friday, March 1 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Between Two Homes- Focus on the Ongoing Family Pre and Post Mediation

Session E
Friday, March 1 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Session Description:

A central value to the practice of mediation is client self-determination. Many children are growing up between two homes due to family circumstances and family mediators find themselves involved in working within these complex family structures. This presentation offers participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the dynamics of these families, relevant standards of practice and ethical guidelines, and pre/post mediation options. This presentation offers information on resources to help families prepare for mediation and reduce ongoing litigation and relitigation post mediation.

Ethics credit: 1.0

Marketing for the Modern Mediator

Session F
Friday, March 1 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Session Description:

Your potential clients don’t care what you do. They care why you do it. What motivates you as a mediator and what contribution do you make to our shared human experience? In other words … your brand. A brand story should include your mission, vision, and values, as well as the promise you make to clients and much more. From the brand story, emerges the brand messaging. Together, the brand story and messaging communicate how your mediation practice differentiates from other practices and why this matters. In this workshop, you’ll learn the core components of a brand story. You will receive insights and worksheets to assist in developing your brand, and tips for effectively marketing your modern mediation practice.

The Interplay between the Texas Judicial System and Alternative Dispute Resolution: a View from the Bench

Session G
Friday, March 1 3:45 - 5:15 PM

Mediating in a Virtual World: Challenges and Lessons Learned

Session H
Friday, March 1 3:45 - 5:15 PM

Mediator Competence and Proficiency: Empirical Standards

Session I
Friday, March 1 3:45 - 5:15 PM

Session Description:

Mediation is a conflict resolution process, facilitated by a mediator, that empowers the disputing parties to determine the outcome of a dispute. However, mediation is not a licensed profession and therefore lacks consistency or agreement regarding effective mediator practice standards; there is limited research addressing this area.

Limited peer-reviewed research that evaluates the effects or relationship of mediation experience, recency of mediation practice, and frequency of mediation practice on the determination of mediation outcome exists. This session presents research results that will provide practicing mediators empirical information that informs a standard of practice for optimizing mediation outcome and mediator effectiveness.

Politics, Policy & Progress: How Mediators Can Save Our Country - One City at a Time, One Relationship at a Time.

Saturday Plenary Session
Saturday, March 2 8:45 - 9:30 AM

Avoid Financial Errors in Mediated Divorce Settlements

Session J
Saturday, March 2 9:45 - 11:00 AM

Multi-Party Facilitation: We're Going to Need a Bigger Table

Session K
Saturday, March 2 9:45 - 11:00 AM

The Best Kept Secret: 3 Essential Keys that Enhance Your Mediation and Improve Your Health!

Session L
Saturday, March 2 9:45 - 11:00 AM

Cultural Diversity in Mediation

Saturday, March 2 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM