CRM Annual Conference

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Conflict Resolution Minnesota

Annual Conference

Event Date:  May 4th, 2018


Metropolitan State University

New Main Building

700 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106

Early Bird Registration open until Friday April 13th, 2018

Conference Theme:  Reflect and Refresh

Minnesota is entering a new era with the creation of Community Mediation Minnesota and the expected adoption of revisions to Rule 114.  Change provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the past in order to prepare for the future.  As our society has become increasingly polarized, our work is needed now more than ever. Join Sharon as she explores where we have been and the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.

Keynote Speaker: Sharon Press

Sharon Press is Director of the Dispute Resolution Institute and a Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she teaches negotiation, mediation, ADR and a mediation clinic.  She currently serves as Co-President of Community Mediation Minnesota, Secretary for Community Mediation and Restorative Services, a member of the Minnesota State Court ADR Ethics Board, and is on the Board of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation.  Press is immediate past-chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Section and mediates regularly for the Dispute Resolution Center at Ramsey County Conciliation Court.  Previously, Press served as director of Florida’s state court ADR programs.  Press is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Mary Parker Follett Award for Excellence and Innovation in Dispute Resolution and CPR’s Special Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field and Future of Dispute Resolution. She is co-author of the textbook: Mediation Theory and Practice (3rd Edition).  Press chairs ACR’s Conflict Resolution Day Committee and was ACR’s representative to the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005) drafting committee.

13 Breakout Sessions Include:

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“Building an ADR Practice and Demystifying ADR Rosters”

Linda Mealey-Lohmann, Esq. – Mealey-Lohmann Mediation & Dispute Resolution


“Remote Mediation: Skills for Mediating from a Distance”

Sharon Press, J.D. – Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law


“Mediation and Domestic Abuse: Always or Never?”

Antoinette Vacca, J.D. – Washington County – Family Court Services


“Negotiation Coaching for Mediators”

Susan Mainzer, J.D. and Aimee Gourlay, J.D. – Mediation Center


“Mediation and the Art of Possibilities”

Araela Kumaraea, Lecturer, University of Minnesota


“Strategies to Resolve Impasse in Divorce Mediation”

Marilyn McKnight, MA, AM and Stephen Erickson, J.D. – Erickson Mediation Institute


“Arbitration: When is Arbitration the Best Solution to a Dispute?”

Paul Jacobsen, J.D. – Jacobsen Law, PLC – Pete Obermeyer – Arbeider, Inc


“Housing Stability Through Mediation”

Beth Bailey, Sandy Moberg-Walls, Christopher Mendez – Community Mediation & Restorative Services


“Diversity Discussions: Introduction working with Somali clients/families”

Fatumo Isse


“Resolving Conflict in Secure Settings: Opportunities and Challenges”

Sue Stacey and Sarah King – MN Dept. of Corrections


“Restorative Family Group Conferences in Schools”

Sarah Davis, J.D. and Chelsea Schmitz, J.D. – Legal Rights Center


“20 Years of Community Conferencing”

Cynthia Prosek – Restorative Justice Community Action


Ethics in Alternative Dispute Resolution


We are applying for a total of 6 CLE credits, including 1.5 Ethics CLE, 1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE, 6 Rule 114 credits and 6 CEUs applied for to the Minnesota State Board of Social Work.

Lunch is provided by Alimama Catering and Parking is Free!!!!!

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