Mediation on Trial: Putting Mediation and Conciliation on Trial (CR WEEK EVENT)


Date: Monday, October 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Worcester County Law Library
184 Main Street
Worcester, MA, 01608

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Join the Massachusetts Bar Association for a mock hearing in which the process of mediation is the subject of the argument. This is one of four events planned as part of the MBA Dispute Resolution Section’s celebration of Conflict Resolution Week.

Appearing before a judge, two attorneys will debate the benefits and flaws in mediation and conciliation. Panelists will act out the roles of the judge, attorneys, husband, wife, conciliator and mediator in a family law matter.

Held in open session, the presentation will portray the result of the parties’ decision to mediate as an alternative to continuing with a trial.

Panelists will argue the benefits and pitfalls of mediation in a fun and informative way.


Heidi-Rachel Webb, Esq., moderator
Consilium Divorce Consultations, Lincoln

Justin Lee Kelsey, Esq., program chair
Skylark Law & Mediation, PC, Southborough

Hon. Robert Langlois (ret.), panelist
Verrill Dana LLP, Boston

Jeffrey Neil Fink, Esq., panelist
Jeffrey Fink, Esq., Wellesley

John A. Fiske, Esq., panelist
Healy, Fiske, Richmond & Matthew LLP, Cambridge

Cynthia T. Runge, Esq., panelist
Cynthia T. Runge, Esq., Boston

Jeffrey A. Soilson, Esq., panelist
Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston

This event is open to the public, lawyers, DR professionals, members of the MBA and other bar associations, law students and those interested in attending.  


Additional Conflict Resolution Week Events

Monday, Oct. 15

Worcester/Central Mass. Court-Connected Dispute Resolution Programs
12:45-2 p.m.
Worcester County Law Library, 184 Main St., Worcester
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Join us as we celebrate Conflict Resolution Week by presenting, honoring and acknowledging the work of the court-approved conciliation/mediation programs in the Worcester/Central Massachusetts area.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Walking the Tightrope: Accountability and Reconciliation in the #MeToo Era
4:30-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
RSVP here.

In the turbulent wake of #MeToo, how do we move from shaming to accountability and reconciliation? Have we slapped a one-size-fits-all label on rapists, gropers, would-be seducers, and office bullies? Panelists — lawyers, mediators, a university ombudsperson, and journalists — will discuss how communities of interest may begin to heal from the assault of bullying or a culture of sexual harassment. What is the road to reconciliation?

Thursday, Oct. 18

Conflict Resolution Day Reception
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Harvard Law School, Austin Hall, 1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
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During this reception, the MBA will honor the memory and legacy of Frank Sander, a luminary in the field of conflict resolution, by bestowing its inaugural MBA Professor Frank E.A. Sander Award in Dispute Resolution to David A. Hoffman, the founding member of Boston Law Collaborative LLC. Special guest Robert Mnookin, a leading scholar in the field of conflict resolution, will provide an inside look at dispute resolution today, during a Q&A session. In addition, Gov. Charlie Baker’s proclamation recognizing Oct. 18 as Dispute Resolution Day in Massachusetts will be presented at the reception.

Sponsoring Sections:

Dispute Resolution Section

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