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11:30AM - 5:00PM: Advocacy updates, employment law, and more!

5:00PM - 7:00PM: Dinner on your own (Discover Saratoga)

7:00PM - 10:00PM: S'more Conversations ... and Cocktails!
Join us for a casual welcome reception around the fire pit located outside of Bookmakers Restaurant, facing Broadway.



7:30AM - 9:00AM: Registration / Check-In / Continental Breakfast
8:00AM - 8:30AM: State of the Association / Board Elections
8:30AM - 9:00AM: Keynote by Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (Ret.)

9:15AM - 10:45AM: SESSION A

  • Advancing Our Own Advocacy: Mindful Energy Management To Be Your Best Self (Ruth Pearce, CiPP, PMP);
  • When Parents Bring Religion To The Table (Michael West)
  • Hearing The "Yes" Behind The "No:" Finding Creative, Collaborative Solutions (Dian Killian, PhD)

11:00AM - 12:30PM: SESSION B

  • Environmental Engineering: Hacking Your Surroundings For More Effective ADR (Mark Leuthauser)
  • Is It You? Is It Me? Mediating With Challenging Clients: What Mediators Need To Know About Trauma (Annie Monaco, LCSW-R, Julie Loesch)
  • Channeling Disputes Into ADR: Appropriate Provisions for Organizational Documents and Commercial Agreements (Lisa Renee Pomerantz, Esq.) [1.5 CLE]

12:30PM - 2:00PM: Lawrence Cooke Peace Innovator Award Luncheon honoring Jody Miller

2:15PM - 3:45PM: SESSION C

  • Disability Awareness in Dispute Resolution (Anne Sternbach, Elise Friello, Esq.) [1.5 CLE]
  • Mediator Ethics with the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (Jeff Shepardson, Kim Reisch, Esq.) [1.5 CLE]
  • Getting Your Needs Met By Making Powerful Requests (Dian Killian, PhD) 

4:00PM - 5:30PM: SESSION D

  • Mediating Child Support With Shared Parenting (Daniel Burns, Esq.) [1.5 CLE]
  • A Blogging Strategy For Peace Builders: How To Use Inbound Strategies To Demonstrate Your Value To A World in Conflict (Jesan Sorrells)
  • Mediating From An Ethical Perspective (Michael West)

5:30PM - 7:00PM: Dinner on your own (Discover Saratoga)
7:00PM - 10:00PM: Optional: Peter Glassman Memorial Event (View Event Invitation)

7:00AM - 8:00AM: Registration / Check-In / Breakfast Buffet

8:00AM - 9:30AM: SESSION E

  • Bridges Out Of Poverty Overview (Dona Fragnoli, Nathan Mandsager, Michael Baez)
  • Re-Entry/Transition Circles: Supporting Return To Community (Kim Reisch, Esq., Ingrid Welch, Donna Ramlow) [1.5 CLE]
  • Identity, Perception, And Bias Awareness (Jasmin Brandow, Rebecca Koch)

9:45AM - 10:45AM: SESSION F

  • The Mediator As A Trickster Raven (Charlotte Carter, J.D.)
  • CDRC's Approaches To Supporting And Advancing Restorative Initiatives In Schools (Glen Parker, Esq., Amy Alfonso)
  • Strange Mediation Bedfellows: From Cops To Astronauts To Romas To Revolutionaries (Brad Heckman)

11:00AM - 12:30PM: SESSION G

  • Gut Check: The Science of Mediation And Decision Making (Daniel Weitz, Esq.) [1.5 CLE]
  • New Mediation Tools, Applications, And Profit Centers: Everything DiSC®, Employee Relations And Human Resources Practitioners (Deb Best, SPHR, SHRM-SCP)
  •  Restorative Justice Skill ­Builder (Duke Fisher)

12:30PM - 2:00PM: Networking Luncheon / Closing Remarks



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