Past NEACR Spring Programs


2018 Annual Meeting/Spring Program
"The Four Ways to Assure Mediator Quality Control (And Why None of Them Work)"

Michael Moffitt, visiting Harvard Law School professor and Philip H. Knight Chair from the University of Oregon School of Law


Discussion to promote understanding about how quality assurance works in other practices, and how by understanding the ways in which those mechanisms have evolved over time we gain an important set of insights about the possible future(s) of quality assurance in mediation




2017 Annual Meeting/Spring Program
"Lessons in Nonviolent Resistance from Global Movements"

Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution, which promotes the worldwide study and strategic use of nonviolent resistance


Presentation about nonviolent resistance in the world today and what we can learn from global movements




2016 Annual Meeting/Spring Program
"Negotiating the Nonnegotiable"

Dan Shapiro, affiliated faculty member with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and a pioneer in negotiation psychology studies


Presentation based on his book  Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts




2015 Annual Meeting/Spring Program
"Taking the War Out of Our Words"

Carolyn Wilkes-Kass, Co-Director of the Center on Dispute Resolution at Quinnipiac University School of Law


Presentation based on Taking the War Out of Our Words: The Art of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication, by Sharon Strand-Ellison




2014 Annual Meeting/Spring Program
"Mediator as Moral Witness: Navigating the Risky Shoals of Right and Wrong"

David Hoffman
, nationally renowned mediator, a pioneer in the field of conflict resolution and a leading thinker, author, practitioner and teacher


A discussion about the ethics that bind us and our work as mediators 




2013 Annual Meeting/Spring Program

"The Oxygen Mask Principle"


Emily Gould, a mediator, conflict resolution practitioner and the Principal of Empatia Resolutions


Workshop designed by Emily to help conflict resolution practitioners and scholars learn how to care for themselves, as well as those they are working to help




2012 Annual Meeting/Spring Program

"On Being Relevant: Describing What We Do"


Tammy Lenski, a longtime practitioner, teacher, and trainer in conflict resolution


A conversation with Tammy to help us consider and explore the language we use to talk about our work




2011 Annual Meeting/Spring Program

"Assuring Mediator Excellence"


Lou Gieszl, former ACR President, deputy executive director of the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office and adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore’s Master’s Degree Program on Negotiation and Conflict Management


Presentation about how we as mediators can attain greatness for ourselves, the conflict resolution field as a whole and those who we serve within it 


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