Upcoming External Programs and Speaking Events

How to Handle Difficult Negotiations in Mediation & Collaborative Law Cases
Faculty: Michael P. Bishop and David A. Hoffman
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM)

Within all forms of alternative dispute resolution, there are certain variables – such as psychological issues, diversity issues, and tough bargainers – that can challenge your abilities as a facilitator to successfully manage the conflict and avoid impasse.

Regardless of the specific forum you are facilitating, understanding the influence of these underlying variables and being aware of skills and techniques to address them will serve you well and assist the parties in finding a mutually satisfactory resolution.

Whether it’s a divorce, an employment issue, a family business dispute, or some other conflict, these challenges are pervasive. Our discussion will include experiential exercises and dialogue designed to expand our awareness of these variables and present the results of research on how we can all do a better job of managing these inherent elements.

  • Implicit Bias and Diversity Issues in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • The Psychology of Alternative Dispute Resolution: How to Manage Emotions (Including Our Own!)
  • Impasse-Breaking Techniques: 25 Tools to Hone for Your Toolbox
  • Caucusing and Joint Sessions: How to Make the Best of Both
  • Ethics: How to Handle Your Thorniest Dilemmas

Our featured presenter David A. Hoffman is the founding member of Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, where he serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and collaborative law attorney. He also teaches three courses at Harvard Law School on the topics of Mediation, Diversity and Dispute Resolution, and Collaborative Law. David has addressed mediators and collaborative professionals throughout the United States, aiding the lawyer, advocate, and interested party who wishes to find an alternative to litigation.

Moderating our day will be Cohen Garelick & Glazier attorney Michael P. Bishop. Michael has been named an Indiana Super Lawyer in the area of litigation since 2004, concentrating his practice in the areas of mediation, arbitration, probate and trust litigation, and civil litigation. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Alternate Dispute Resolution and Arbitration and Trust and Estate Litigation since 2006. In 2008 he was selected as a Member of the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Neutrals and serves on its Large Complex Case Panel.

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