Alternative Dispute Resolution

Event Start:
03/09/2022 4:00 PM
Event End:
03/09/2022 6:00 PM

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
Webinar Fee: $50

This Program is Online Only

This program is cosponsored by the Flaschner Judicial Institute.



Hon. Paul A. Chernoff, Massachusetts Superior Court (Ret.), Private Mediator and Pro Bono Superior Court Judicial Mediator.

Hon. John C. Cratsley, Massachusetts Superior Court (Ret.), author of the annual LEXISNEXIS ADR Practice Guide, Massachusetts Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mediator and arbitrator with JAMS and volunteer mediator in the Suffolk Superior Court.

Dwight Golann, Research Professor of Law, Suffolk University; author of Mediating Legal Disputes (ABA 2021).

Carmin C. Reiss, Principal of Resolutions, LLC, Adjunct Professor of Law, Suffolk University, contributor to Mediating Legal Disputes (ABA 2021).

A growing trend in many cases is to resolve them without a costly trial. Alternative Dispute Resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and conciliation, can be a valuable means to that end, and is an important option for the practicing attorney. Join our panel of experts and learn about settling cases through several types of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Faculty will discuss key issues mediators and lawyers encounter in arbitration, mediation and other processes, as well as recent legal developments.

Judge John Cratsley - Emerging Topics in Arbitration

  • Review of federal and state appellate court arbitration decisions in 2021 including—
  • What constitutes notice and acceptance of a contractual arbitration provision?
  • When can a non-signatory compel a party into arbitration and when can a party compel a non-signatory into arbitration?
  • What are the legal requirements for vacating an arbitration award?
  • When has a party waived arbitration?

Judge Paul Chernoff Introduction & Preparation for Mediation/Conciliation Session

  • Importance of the Mediation agreement
  • Computer compatibility for remote sessions
  • Court pleadings – other documents, videos, etc.
  • Confidential Mediation Memoranda
  • Site visits, Google Earth
  • Pre-mediation Conference with counsel & client
  • Pre-mediation Conference with counsel

Professor Carmin Reiss – Conducting the Mediation Session

  • Remote vs. in-person mediations
  • Introductions, expectations, and ground rules set by Mediator
  • Options for Plenary Sessions, including none
  • Presentations by counsel – openings
  • Roles for parties, counsel, experts, insurers, and others
  • Roles for the Mediator
  • Creating an atmosphere conducive to settlement
  • Managing the dialogue within the process
  • Mediator caucuses with subgroups: counsel only, clients only, experts only
  • Evaluative input from the Mediator (or not)

Professor Golann – Issues in Caucusing & Addressing Challenges

  • Ensuring and managing confidentiality, inside and outside the mediation
  • Eliciting and delivering “insulting first offers”
  • Techniques for managing (almost inevitable) impasses

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