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Mediation Skills CLE: Deep Dive

Mediation Skills CLE: Deep Dive

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A seminar for DRC-certified mediators seeking to refresh their skills and refine advanced strategies.

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**This training is approved by the NC Bar for 4 CLE Credit Hours.

As a mediator you’ve gained experience and encountered a variety of cases. You’re now ready to dive deeper into key questions about recurrent challenges.

This live, interactive webinar will be facilitated by a team of experienced mediators. The seminar will include brief review of rules and strategies followed by opportunities for real-time practice, discussion, and feedback.

Overall, participants will deepen skills to:

  • Employ reframing strategies to move parties beyond their positions to their interests at the different stages of the mediation process while maintaining the ethical boundaries of the mediator role.
  • Avoid impasse, assess whether impasse is inevitable, and respond when impasse has occurred.
  • Sharpen advanced mediator tools including bracketing and reality testing.
  • In the final hour, participants will choose a topic: (1) dealing with challenging parties or (2) handling special issues related to insurance representatives.

The "Deep Dive" seminar requires active engagement of all participants. The number of participants will be limited in order to provide individualized feedback and opportunities for practice. All participants are expected to keep their video and audio on for the duration of the seminar.

SCHEDULE

12:30 – 1:30 – Reframing: strategies, types, ethical considerations.

1:30 – 1:45 - Break

1:45 – 2:30 – Question Types: strategies, types, ethical considerations

2:30 – 3:15 – Technical negotiation skills: bracketing and reality testing

3:15 – 3:30– Break

3:30 – 4:15 – Impasse – avoiding impasse, knowing what to do when impasse occurs

4:15 – 5:00 – Participants select one of two breakout groups:

  • Insurance representatives in mediation
  • Dealing with difficult people/personalities

PRESENTERS

Fred Barbour has lived and practiced law in Asheville for more than 36 years. For the first two thirds of his practice, he spent most of his time in the courtroom in hearings and trials, or outside the courtroom investigating cases and preparing them for trial. During the last third of his career, he has focused on mediation. Fred tried more than 100 cases to a jury verdict. He believes that this experience gives him perspective in counseling clients to make choices likely to lead to favorable resolution of their conflicts and helps him serve more effectively as a mediator guiding discussions about settlement. He has served as a mediator in more than 1000 cases, assisting the parties and their attorneys in settlement negotiations. While each case and each mediation is different, this experience informs his interactions with clients and attorneys and increases the odds of successful settlements. Outside of the office, Fred enjoys hiking, biking, running, and playing music.

Sharon Tracey Barrett is a retired Superior Court Judge and a former Buncombe County District Court Judge. She currently serves as an Associate Judge and Justice for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and as an Emergency Superior Court Judge. Through a practice called Barrett Resolutions, Sharon now works as a mediator and arbitrator. She is a member of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. She graduated cum laude from Boston College in 1983 and received her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986. She practiced law in Asheville for nineteen years, focusing primarily on civil litigation, until she became a judge in 2005. She was President of the Buncombe County Bar from 2002-2003 and served for many years on the board of directors of The Mediation Center.

Sarah Corley is an attorney licensed in Georgia and California, and a mediator with more than 20 years of experience. She began her career as a lawyer specializing in litigation and employment law. In 1996, she started her own mediation practice, MediationWorks NC, and has worked as private mediator ever since. She is certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission in Superior Court, Family Financial and Clerk of Court mediation, and serves on the panel of mediators for federal district court and the United States Postal Service. She is a member of the NC Academy of Superior Court Mediators and the NC Association of Professional Family Mediators.

Laura Jeffords, MPA, the Mediation Center’s Executive Director. Laura has over 15 years' experience as a professional mediator and conflict resolution skills trainer. She is experienced in working with community, family, re-entry, and organizational conflict.

Adrienne I. Roberson is an attorney and Certified Family Financial Mediator. After working with a small firm in Hendersonville for over 12 years focusing on family law, Adrienne obtained her certification in the family financial mediation program and opened her own practice focusing exclusively on mediation and arbitration. Adrienne graduated from UNC-CH in 2002 with a B.A. in History and from Campbell Law in 2005. She lives in the Asheville area with her family and is a die-hard Tarheel fan.

All registration fees benefit The Mediation Center.

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