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ABA Section of Dispute Res. 2014 Conference Is Accepting Proposals

The Conference will take place on April 2-5, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

The Deadline for Proposals is September 6, 2013.

ACR Blog Radio - Conciliation: The New Normal (Annual Conference Wo...

Tune in Wednesday, July 3 at 4:30 pm Eastern time for our upcoming show featuring an  ACR Annual Conference Workshop Preview - DelShanna Moore's session titled "Conciliation: The New Normal."

The partnership between the Neighborhood Justice Center and the Civil-Law Self-Help Center has resulted in an improvement and streamlining of landlord/tenant disputes being conciliated with a minimum addition intervention necessary from the court. The cases often result in a cessation in legal action from the beginning. This new normal, of having options available for landlords and tenant in a location easily accessible and with the necessary staffing, has reduced the time commitments of the court. The session will take place Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 2pm at the ACR Annual Conference.


During this webinar, Giuseppe Leone, project manager of the ACR Hawaii project Virtual Mediation Lab, shows how parties:

>> Can now participate in an online mediation not only with a PC or Mac, but also with their Ipad, Iphone, Android smart phone
>> Can have joint and private sessions – as they do in face-to-face mediation
>> Can share online virtually any kind of information: pictures, pdf documents (e.g. invoices, estimates, payment receipts), Excel worksheets (e.g. to simulate what-if scenarios), websites, videos, Powerpoint presentations, wp documents, and an online whiteboard (e.g. to write up an Agreement Draft or the agenda for the next online or face-to-face mediation session)

Leone also explains why in online mediation:

>> Mediation skills and experience are far more important than technology
>> Parties behave differently than when they participate in a face-to-face mediation
>> Mediators need to master whatever software they use

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