Again this year SCMA and the American Institute of Mediation (â€œAIMâ€) have teamed up to offer an Advanced Track for mediators who have mediated 250 cases or have 5 years mediation experience. Co-sponsoring this track with AIM, and limiting participants to only those with significant mediation experience, allows us to provide sessions that cater to the unique needs of advanced mediators and address those challenges with which seasoned mediator wrestle day in and day out in their practice. This track is designed to appeal to even the most experienced mediators because they deal with dilemmas that need to be managed, rather than more simple problems for which there is a solution. We all deal regularly with bias, prejudice and bad behavior, and sometimes struggle to choreograph the dialogue and build trust. This advanced track features the latest work of Ken Cloke, Jim Melamed, Lee Jay Berman and Woody Mosten, as they try to help us become what the AIM Institute calls more complete mediators.
Advanced Track Workshops
Advanced Track Workshop I
Impasse is a Fallacy: An advanced mediatorsâ€™ workshop
Time: 10:15 a.m. â€“ 11:45 a.m.
Trainer: Lee Jay Berman, Los Angeles, CA
This high energy, seriously practical, advanced workshop will engage you â€“ first in identifying the most common specific causes of impasse, and then in delivering tools that will help you to resolve more cases by avoiding these common traps. Together, we will explore tools to rethink how you do every stage of the process, beginning with convening a case and the mediatorâ€™s introduction, right through how you can manage joint sessions and caucuses more effectively, and then finally how to close the deal more successfully. Seasoned mediators will leave renewed, refreshed and motivated to start applying these new tools immediately.
Lee Jay Berman began as a full-time mediator and trainer over 19 years ago, and has successfully mediated over 1,800 matters. He mediates through PMA Dispute Resolution in the Century City, and is also a national panelist with the AAA, a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators, and a Charter Diplomat with the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He was Mediator of the Year for the US Bankruptcy Court in 2007; the Daily Journal named him a Top Neutral in 2008 and 2009; and he has been named to the Whoâ€™s Who of International Commercial Mediation in 2012 and 2013. He founded the American Institute of Mediation, leaving his position as Director of Pepperdine Law School’s Mediating the Litigated Case program after seven years. He has trained judges, attorneys and business leaders in Croatia, Jordan, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, India and Australia. In 2010, SCMA honored him with the Randolph Lowry Award for his leadership in educating mediators.
Advanced Track Workshop II
Utilizing Your Core Peacemaker Values to Obtain Better Settlements
Time: 1:00 p.m. â€“ 2:30 p.m.
Trainer: Forrest â€œWoodyâ€ Mosten, Los Angeles, CA
Every experienced mediator has a growing toolbox of conflict resolution strategies. This workshop will help you identify and utilize your core values to be the keys to selecting the right tool and how to use it at the right time to design innovative formats, manage participant behavior, and keep parties from walking out the door long enough to sign a settlement. Woody Mosten will use his most recent book and ACR article as foundation material for this workshop.
Forrest (Woody) Mosten has been a private mediator since 1979, has been SCMA’s Annual Keynote speaker 3 times, and trains mediators and lawyers worldwide. He is the author of 4 books, including, Mediation Career Guide, and his training signature is to blend the mastery of advanced skills with strategies to develop profitable mediation practices.
Advanced Track Workshop III
The Masterâ€™s Panel I: Drilling down with Top Mediators
Time: 2:45 p.m. â€“ 4:00 p.m.
Trainers: Eleanor Barr, PMA Dispute Resolution
Denise Madigan, PMA Dispute Resolution
Christine Masters, Masters & Ribakoff
Ken Cloke, The Mediation Center
Lee Jay Berman, moderator and author of the upcoming ABA book â€œHow to Become a Master Mediatorâ€
There is a reason why top mediators are retained time and time again. There is a reason why the Daily Journal designates them Top Neutrals year after year, and their colleagues vote them Hollywood Reporter Power Mediators, SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers. Something makes these mediators special. Itâ€™s something more than just preparing well, working hard, and dogged determination not to quit (although those certainly help). Every top mediator has something they do that sets them apart. These top mediators will discuss what goes on in their minds before, during and after a mediation, and will discuss in specific detail what they did to rise to the next level, and what they do that makes so many attorneys return to them over and over. This group will take questions after their initial presentations. As we expect other top mediators to be in attendance for the Advanced Track, we expect to have a fruitful and practical group discussion that will leave attendees with tips for taking their practice to that next level.
Advanced Track Workshop IV
The Mastersâ€™ Panel Part II: Drilling down with seasoned advocates
Time: 4:00 p.m. â€“ 5:15 p.m.
Trainers: Jason M. Booth â€“ Booth, LLP
Scott Grossberg â€“ Cihigoyenetche Grossberg & Clouse
Brenda Radmacher â€“ Wood Smith Henning & Berman
Lee Jay Berman, moderator
Over the past 20 years, mediation has successfully infiltrated the civil litigation system, and with the help of the various court-annexed mediation programs, practicing litigators have been exposed to dozens or even hundreds of different mediators and their different styles and approaches. With the Los Angeles Superior Courtâ€™s mediation programs gone, and others throughout the state seriously constrained, thousands of cases that had gone to these programs will now be going to the private marketplace. As advocates have become more seasoned at selecting their mediators, they can articulate better than ever before what they look for in a mediator, what has impressed them, and what has turned them off about mediator conduct. Come and hear where your blind spots may be, and leave with ideas for making advocates demand your services even more as they select their mediators in this new and open marketplace.