Tuesday - 10.20 Noon ET
How Mediators Can Increase Access for Victims
Although Domestic Violence Advocates have historically discouraged the use of mediation to resolve issues in couples experiencing domestic violence, through the use of ODR and other protections, mediation can expand justice to victims.
Tuesday - 10.20 3 PM ET
Can Mediators Fill the Void Created By COVID-19 Immunity Laws?
States across the country have implemented COVID-19 immunity laws designed to protect healthcare facilities and providers from civil liability related to the spread of COVID-19. Do the new laws provide fair and sufficient protections to both patients and providers? Or are patients left without recourse? We will discuss all of this and how mediators can fill the void created by these laws.
Wednesday - 10.21 Noon
Resolution 105 Roundtable
Joanne St. Louis
Gail Wright Sirmans
This panel discussion will review the implementation and progress of ABA Resolution 105 and inspire next steps to mobilize a CALL TO ACTION to ensure its effectiveness. There are initiatives all around us, spearheaded by affinity bar associations and other interested groups to move the needle forward. Our willingness to push visibility and responsibility will compel accountability and create possibility. Panelists will offer different perspectives on what diversity looks like for consideration on how we can all, as dispute resolvers, work together and individually to advance the mission of equitable inclusivity for all.
Wednesday - 10.21 3 PM ET
Offering a Lifeline to Parents through Mediation During the Pandemic
This presentation will identify the physical as well as psychological barriers, which parents face in resolving their custody and parenting disputes, now and in the future. The panel will also highlight how mediation can be a better option for parents to use when resolving their disputes. Finally, the panel will provide tips to help practitioners make the mediation experience useful and impactful in the virtual world.
Wednesday's Pre-Recorded Program
How funding Access to Justice ADR programs enhances the profession, and creates a rich rewarding experience for DR professionals.
Thursday - 10.22 Noon ET
Mediation, Language Barriers, and Access to Justice
A vast civil justice gap exists between the number of people who need civil legal assistance and the few who receive it. A lack of access to justice can be devastating, especially for low-income individuals who cannot afford representation and have limited language proficiency. Join bilingual mediators, Ana Sambold and Doug Witten as they address the issue and relate real cases and stories to demonstrate how mediation is breaching the civil justice gap and providing access to justice.
Thursday - 10.22 3 PM ET
Mask Off 3
Dr. Lane Rollin
Revelations and Solutions: Revelations and Solutions Roundtable Discussion shining a light on disparities in the black community (health, education, housing, legal/judicial, employment, law enforcement) and the necessary roles of the legal and dispute resolution community to effect real change. The discussion will demonstrate the 'venn diagram' intersectionality of how we are all connected and thus responsible for the change that MUST occur.
Access to Justice – Making the Party that is Mediation Welcoming and Inclusive by Anelise Codrington
Friday - 10.23 Noon ET
Does Technology Always Improve Mediation and Access to Justice?
There is no question that technology can improve many aspects of our lives. But does greater reliance on technology always improve mediation and access to justice? The session will discuss ways in which technology can improve our mediation and justice processes, identify dangers and shortcomings with certain technologies, and explain how those dangers can be minimized. Accessibility for persons with disabilities will be a particular focus of this session.
Friday's Pre-Recorded Program
This interactive panel will address how mediators and others have developed innovative solutions to long vexing healthcare disputes and what the results portend for the future in expanding healthcare and reducing disparities.