Education & Resources

Webinars and In-Person Programs

March 8-9: 2018 AAA National Labor Conference
In-Person Program

The 2018 American Arbitration Association’s National Labor Conference will focus on challenges that labor relations professionals will face as they navigate the ever shifting landscape of the new economy and the rapid pace of change that it portends.

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Honorable Marsha Berzon, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Phillip A. Miscimarra, Chair of the National Labor Relations Board

Major Co-Sponsors:

  • The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University

Nationally renowned leaders from the major law firms, union and management ranks, as well as National Academy of Arbitrators, will be on hand to give their views on what’s in store for the labor relations community and what strategies will be best suited for positioning organizations, practices and businesses to succeed in the New Economy.

Attendees will leave with techniques and best practices to help them meet the many challenges ahead and how to best position themselves and their organizations to take advantage of the opportunities that will no doubt come about.

March 23: 2018 AAA Construction Conference
Adapting Dispute Resolution Strategies for Today’s Complex Construction Projects
In-Person Program

The 2018 American Arbitration Association Construction Conference will focus on the growing complexities of construction projects, the multifaceted disputes these projects create and how to adapt your dispute resolution strategies to mitigate risk and keep projects on track.

Experts in the field will discuss:

  • How to maximize efficiency in a complex case;
  • What arbitrators expect from schedule and damage experts;
  • BIM, VDT, VR: what it all means and how it affects construction disputes;
  • Ethics in arbitration;
  • And more…

Attendees will leave with techniques and best practices to help them adapt their dispute resolution strategies for today’s complex construction projects.

March 29-30: Advanced Mediation & Settlement Conference Skills for Jurists
In-Person Program

This 16-hour course is specifically designed to provide a comprehensive immersion in the essential skills and knowledge required of active and former judges that are interested in developing productive mediation practices and administering productive settlement conferences. In addition to jurists, this program would also benefit those who wish to improve their mediation awareness and savvy.

Through engaging dialogue, interactive exercises and simulated mediations facilitated by a faculty of experienced mediators -- one of whom is a former state appellate court judge -- you will not only acquire vital knowledge about mediation theory, practice and techniques, but also begin developing the skills indispensable to convening productive mediation and settlement conferences.

The course, offered over two consecutive days and designed to appeal to a variety of learning styles, is open to current and former judges interested in the field of mediation and to ADR program personnel and panelists affiliated with court-connected mediation programs. The registration fee includes all course materials, a continental breakfast, and lunch each day.

Participants aspiring to join a mediation panel for a specific jurisdiction should check with the appropriate body to determine whether this course satisfies that panel's training requirements.

Topics include:

  • Mediation demonstration
  • Process and roles, skills and attributes
  • Communication dynamics
  • Negotiation essentials
  • Science of persuasion/mediator influence
  • Settlement-building and impasse-breaking techniques
  • Culture and bias
  • Mediator ethics
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