ABCs of ADR: Best Practices Guide for Litigators & Neutrals

ABCs of ADR: Best Practices Guide for Litigators & Neutrals
Litigators and neutrals unite! Meet us at the Bar for a full-day CLE devoted to better understanding the relationship between litigation and dispute resolution.

Why Should You Attend?

This is must-see CLE for litigators and neutrals!  Hear pointers and perspectives from both litigators and neutrals, and learn more about the thought process of the practitioner "across the table."

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has become more prevalent and is often required by agreements between disputing parties. Although you may be accustomed to trying cases in the courtroom, those skills are not always the best practices before a mediator or arbitrator.

Panels of top litigators and ADR Neutrals will discuss details of advocacy in mediation and arbitration. Neutrals will explain their expectations of advocates and litigators discuss their expectations from arbitrators and mediator.

The dialogue between advocates and neutrals will highlight the contrast in skills and techniques between traditional litigation and ADR and will provide practitioners with a guide for handling mediation and arbitration from start to finish.
Topics & Speakers:
Preparing for Mediation
Preparing the Client; Selecting the Mediator; Pre-mediation submissions and Pre-mediation negotiations
Shawn M. McGraw, Koehler Fitzgerald LLC, prior GC at Tremco
Thomas G. Repicky, Private Mediator
Joseph S. Simms, Koehler Fitzgerald LLC
David A. Schaefer, McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA, Moderator

Making the Most of the Mediation Session
Opening Statements – Whether and how to do them; Whether and when to make the first move;
Caucuses – Best practices; What to disclose and when

J. Philip Calabrese, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Raymond Krncevic, Tucker Ellis LLP; formerly in house at University Hospitals
Deanna Jackson, Mediator – EEOC
Jerome F. Weiss, Mediator, MediationInc
Timothy G. Warner, Huffman, Hunt, Klym & Warner, LLC, Moderator
Help Me, Mediator: Creative Strategies for Getting to Resolution Sooner than Later
Styles of Mediation; Breaking Impasse, Opening Demands and Offers, Dos and Don’ts
Majeed G. Makhloulf, Berns, Ockner & Greenberger, LLC
Matthew Mennes, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Karen E. Ross, Tucker Ellis LLP
Peggy Foley Jones, Giffen & Kaminski, LLC, Moderator

Mediation in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals -- and More
Paul B. Calico, Chief Mediator, U.S. Sixth?Circuit Court of Appeals

Getting Off on the Right Foot: Drafting Effective Contract Provisions, Understanding the Statutory Framework, and Selecting the Best Provider
Jeffrey A. Brauer, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Judge Richard M. Markus, Private Judicial Services, Inc.
Susan Grody Ruben, Mediator & Arbitrator, Moderator

Navigating the Arbitration Pre-Hearing Process
Deborah A. Coleman,
Coleman Law, LLC
Peggy Foley Jones, Giffen & Kaminski, LLC
Stephanie Dutchess Trudeau, Ulmer & Berne LLP
Gregory A. Thompson, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, Moderator

Arbitration: Best Practices for Using your Trial Tools in a Different Setting
Michael H. Diamant, Independent Arbitrator &?Mediator
Ian H. Frank, Frantz Ward LLP
Kelley Barnett, Frantz Ward LLP
Mark I. Wallach, Walter | Haverfield LLP
Mark I. Wachter, Wachter Kurant LLC, Moderator

Seminar Chairs:

Mark I. Wachter, Wachter Kurant LLC, ADR Section Chair
Gregory Thompson, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, Litigation Section Vice Chair


8:30 a.m.  Registration & Breakfast
9:00 a.m.  Program

CLE Hours:

6.00 hours CLE anticipated


$200 - CMBA Members
$275 - Non-Members
$160 - Government, Non-Profit and New (<1 year) Lawyers
$130 - Affiliate Members/Non-Attorneys (no CLE)

CLE Passport holders - please call to register or download the registration form.

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2018-10-30 08:30:00 2018-10-30 17:30:00 America/Detroit Joint ADR & Litigation Section CLE Registration at 8:00 a.m. Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 1375 E. 9th Street, Floor 2, Cleveland, OH 44114 CMBA
10/30/2018 8:30 AM - 10/30/2018 5:00 PM
CMBA Conference Center
1375 East 9th Street
One Cleveland Center
Cleveland, OH 44114 United States


Tuesday, 30 October 2018

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
10/30/2018 8:30 AM

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