A panel of judges discuss how to appear for court over Zoom, proper courtroom decorum, attire and presentation, and an explanation about local rules, standing orders, and how to properly complete an Order.
Explore some of the many options for designing and implementing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and the potential consequences of omitting well-designed effective ADR process in construction contracts.
Address selecting the case that is ripe for settlement, determining the correct timing for settlement discussions, and preparing the case, your client, and yourself for a successful mediation. Also cover best lawyer practices when participating in a mediation.
Get an overview of yet another form of ADR, Collaborative Divorce. Learn the process basics and paradigm shift necessary for this practice. Also learn the basic tenants of collaborative law, what this kind of diversity adds to your practice, and how it affects the parties and their families in the best way possible.
Learn how mediators can help separating and divorcing clients by enrolling mediation-friendly (limited scope representation) attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals to support their mediation process. Understand important “dos and don’ts” for attorney mediators.
Presented in both “TED-Talk” and panel formats, learn from multiple perspectives (advocate, psychologist, mediator and arbitrator) how litigant anxiety and our own implicit (subconscious) biases can affect mediation and arbitration outcomes. Litigants often engage the legal system with anxiety and stress, which influences their participation in the process and can affect case outcomes. Mediators and arbitrators bear the responsibility of facilitating and adjudicating the rights and obligations of litigants and must understand their own implicit biases in order to prevent these internal influences from negatively impacting objectivity and neutrality. Learn tips and strategies for recognizing and overcoming your implicit biases.
Learn how to start a Private Mediation practice from scratch by creating a business plan and then implementing it. Understand the importance of a solid business plan, from having a virtual practice vs. having a physical location to marketing choices and branding and how that translates into new clients. We will also discuss resources available to help you establish your private practice so that you can hit the ground running.
With the swift pivot to conducting mediation via online conferencing, the restrictions of COVID and quarantine need not delay your pending mediations. Learn suggested language and notifications to help your mediation participants be properly prepared for a virtual process and ensure that the confidentiality and privacy of the process is protected. The importance of being properly prepared for an online proceeding, in keeping with the duty of competence, is also reviewed.
Sharpen your mediation skills by learning to accurately assess the personalities and power inequities of the parties and their counsel, understand the risks and opportunities behind the different mediation styles, and refine your techniques for dealing with contingencies and managing complex technical issues across multiple parties. By mastering the art of handling complex disputes, you will be able to assist parties in reaching resolutions even in the most difficult cases.
Licensed attorneys in Illinois who serve as mediators or arbitrators are bound by the Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct. Ensure your understanding of those rules by hearing how a panel of experienced mediators and arbitrators apply the rules to various problem scenarios.
Learn the art of handling complex disputes and online mediations; how to start and grow your mediation practice; how to navigate implicit bias and psychological issues in the context of mediation; how to ensure compliance with ethical rules and proper handling of problem scenarios during mediation; and the benefits of collaborative law as demonstrated by its use in divorce cases.