The Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference will take place at the William H. Gates Hall, University of Washington School of Law, on March 24–25.
For 22 years, the nationally acclaimed conference has offered a wonderful opportunity for attendees to learn new dispute resolution skills and share ideas with colleagues. This year’s conference will include several nationally recognized speakers, including:
• Nina Meierding, “Advanced Mediator Skills: Ethical Pitfalls & How to Best Avoid Them or Work Through Them” and “It’s Not My Fault: Mistakes Were Made, But Not by Me;”
• Randy Kiser, “Attorney/Client Overconfidence: Facts, Causes & Correctives” and “Ethical Dilemmas in Mediation and Settlement Negotiations;” and
• Ken Cloke, “Conflict Revolution – or Apology, Forgiveness” and “The Art of Asking Questions.”
Several sessions will offer practical skills for lawyers who represent clients in mediation and in arbitration, with a track of sessions especially helpful to newer lawyers.
The conference is the largest regional conference devoted to dispute resolution, with diverse sessions expected to attract more than 300 participants. Co-sponsors include the University of Washington School of Law; the King County Bar Association ADR Section; the Washington State Bar Association ADR Section; Resolution Washington; Integrative Family Law; ADR Roundtable; Foster Pepper; The William D. Ruckelshaus Center; Stokes Lawrence; Washington Arbitration & Mediation Service (WAMS); Davis Wright Tremaine; James Kirkham Johns/Johns Dispute Resolution Services; Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR); Donna Lurie/Lurie Workplace Solutions; Ahlers & Cressman; MFR Law Group; Pacific ADR Consulting; Simburg Ketter Shephard & Purdy; and Washington Mediation Association.
This year’s conference, offering 45 presentations with topics of interest to both those serving as neutrals and those serving as advocates in ADR processes, also includes:
• “How Improv Skills Help Mediation: Maximizing Exceptional Communication with ‘Yes, And;’”
• “Online Dispute Resolution: New Frontiers;”
• “Improving Results in Emotion-Laden Conflict Resolution;”
• “Stories That Harm, Stories That Heal: Moving Beyond ‘Them’ and ‘Us’;”
• “How Science Explains Creative Choice and Decisions in Conflict Resolution;”
• “Mediation of Employment, Elder, Family and Insurance Disputes;”
• “Advanced and Basic Mediation and Arbitration Skills;” and
• “Mediator Humor: How Mediators Stay Sane and Break Impasse.”
...login to read the rest of this article.