2019 Annual Symposium

WHEN THE RIGHT ANSWER AT THE WRONG TIME IS THE WRONG ANSWER: Understanding Readiness, Pacing, and Timing in Mediation, Negotiation & Collaborative Law

Friday November 1, 2019 | Ingleside Hotel, Pewaukee, WI

The 2019 CFLCW Annual Symposium will feature Nina Meierding, JD, an international trainer in mediation, collaborative practice and strategic negotiations.

While some cases reach impasse based on a disagreement about substance, many fall apart because of a breakdown in the process.  This Annual Symposium will focus on effective and efficient preparation, negotiating the process and potential sources of resistance and customized techniques to break impasses.

Nina Meierding has assisted in the resolution of over 4,000 disputes and has conducted training throughout the world, including Canada, Sweden, Ireland, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and India. She has consulted and trained many groups – including court systems, corporations, medical agencies, governmental agencies, school districts, small and large business entities, and individuals in the areas of conflict resolution, cross cultural issues, management skills, and negotiation skills.

Nina served as a special education mediator for the California State Department of Education and was the mediation partner and trainer for the Wisconsin Special Education System (WSEMS) from 2006 – 2017.

Nina will draw from research in the field and her experience as a family law advocate, a mediator in over 4,000 cases, and as a trainer for almost 30 years. Come prepared to learn practical, usable skills that are applicable to advocacy, collaboration, or mediation cases.

What you will learn:

  • The four stages in negotiating and navigating a case
  • Different types of readiness levels: process, substance, psychological
  • Working as a team – formation, dynamics, and their impact on the process
  • Psychological biases that can create process impasses
  • Pro-active skills in preventing impasses in process
  • Personalized and made-to-order techniques to break through specific sources of resistance
  • Use of internal and external professionals to manage the process

For over 25 years, Nina has been an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, an adjunct professor at both Southern Methodist University’s Dispute Resolution program in Dallas, Texas  and at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennesee. She has been a guest instructor at many other universities and law schools. Nina has also been an instructor at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada and the California Judicial College, and has been a plenary speaker and presented workshops at judicial and state bar conferences.

Nina is a Life Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and was a founding member and President of the Board of Directors of the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, the first non-profit community mediation center in Ventura County, California. She is an honorary fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, and in 2017 she was awarded the Lifetimes Achievement Award from the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.

She is a former president of the Academy of Family Mediators and served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Conflict Resolution, the California Dispute Resolution Institute, and the Southern California Mediation Association, as well as on the Council for Distinguished Advisors at Pepperdine University and the Advisory Board at Southern Methodist University and many other organizations. She was awarded the Peacemaker Award in 1992 by the Southern California Mediation Association for her outstanding work in the conflict resolution field, the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award, an international award given by the Association of Conflict Resolution, in 2005, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American College of Civil Trial Mediators in 2017.  She is an honorary fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and an emeritus fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.

This unique session will begin at 8:30 AM and the afternoon will conclude by 4 PM. Continuing Education credits will be available for all attendees.  The 2019 CFLCW Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon will he held from 12 Noon to 1:15 PM and the cost of the luncheon is included in your registration.

Early Registration is now available here.



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