Mediation is one of the fastest-growing areas of law, and it is the subject of great interest to the legal profession. Mediation is part of the legal landscape in nearly every substantive area and legal setting.  Attend the Federal Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention September 13 – 15, 2018 in New York City to explore this rapidly developing field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) while learning how to provide much-needed services to people in conflict.

The number of disputes that are resolved through mediation now exceeds exponentially those that are tried in courts. Whether or not you select a career path in this field, the experiential learning skills gained at the panel on “Effective Representation in Mediation” will prove invaluable in helping you craft creative solutions in emotionally charged situations. Register now at www.fedbar.org/FBAcon18.

Lawyers are increasingly immersed in mediation, both as mediators and as traditional representatives of clients whose matters are subject to a mediation resolution.  CLE programs like “Effective Representation in Mediation” will provide lawyers with substantive law and practical strategies.

Experienced mediator, Simeon H. Baum, President of Resolve Mediation Services, Inc. will moderate this panel of highly recognized Bar leaders, including former Magistrate Judge now at JAMS (Hon. Frank Maas), longstanding icon of the ADR world (Dean John Feerick), renowned litigator and proponent of ADR (NY City Bar President John Kiernan of Debevoise), and esteemed litigator and mediator (Paul Sarkozi, former NYSBA Commercial & Federal litigation Section Chair). This panel of noteworthy speakers will address the decision to mediate, preparation for mediation, and ethical issues involved in mediation.

Utilizing interactive panel discussions and dialogue, this panel will present tips on mediator selection, the varieties of mediator types and orientations, mediation strategy, client preparation, conducting pre-mediation conferences, pre-mediation submissions, the opening statement, conduct of joint session or caucuses, information gathering and strategic disclosure, effective communication, handling leverage, risk and transaction cost analysis, impasse breaking, deal analysis, closure, and overall negotiation theory, strategy, and skills.

Attendees will also learn about empowering parties, persuasion techniques, dealing with power imbalances, drafting agreements, and finding creative solutions. This panel draws on insights from a range of academic disciplines including law, psychology, and economics.

Gain an understanding about resolving cases ranging in size, industry, and complexity through mediation. Examine how to craft solutions that are tailored to the party’s needs at a fraction of the expense and in a much shorter time period than would typically occur in court.

Attend the FBA Annual Meeting and Convention to help you develop skills that are important to effective problem solving and constructive lawyering. Register on or before August 10, 2018 for the Annual Meeting and Convention at www.fedbar.org/FBAcon18 to enjoy early bird rates!


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.