8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Thursday, April 11,
8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Friday, April 12,
1155 F St NW, Suite 1150
Washington, DC 20004
Regular Registration: $395
Attorneys with less than 10 years of practice: $295
Announcing an extraordinary opportunity for our attorneys: an intensive two-day mediation boot camp taught by the best litigators and mediators in our field. The two days will consist of lectures, small group instruction, and small group exercises to comprehensively cover mediation from start to finish including on: client interviewing, managing your client’s expectations, what works at the outset and how to get the defense to consider mediation, insurance involvement, mediation statements, opening statements, what to consider in making an initial demand, and how to get to and document an agreement.
Participants will have an opportunity to engage in mock mediations in small groups to hone in on their skills and receive feedback from former judges and JAMS mediators.
Former judges and JAMS mediators including Sherrie Krauser, William Connelly, Gerald Bruce Lee, Curtis von Kann, Richard Levie, John Mott, Jerry Roscoe, Dennis Sweeney, and Rosemarie Annunziata will be participating to offer their expertise and valuable insight during panels and in small groups.
Our panelists include Deb Eisenberg, Kellee Kruse, Jeanne Louise Heiser, Rob Niccolini, Susan Wiltsie, Nat Calamis, Avi Kumin, Gregg Greenberg, Linda Thatcher, Les Alderman, Sundeep Hora, Garen Dodge, Doug Topolski, Frank Morris, and Alison Davis.
Space is limited: opportunities for participation are on a first come first serve basis.
Hon. Sherrie L. Krauser
Judge Krauser joined JAMS as a neutral after more than 20 years as a distinguished Maryland trial judge. Judge Krauser's broad experience, including her special expertise in resolving complex civil and employment litigation informs her efforts to help parties resolve diverse issues in the context of fair and efficient ADR proceedings.
Judge Krauser has taught extensively in law schools and continuing legal and judicial education programs on trial advocacy, legal and judicial writing, and substantive law. Her instruction in trial and writing skills reinforces her commitment to resolving conflicts through straightforward, respectful communication.
Hon. William G. Connelly
Judge Connelly joined JAMS as a neutral following more than 22 years of distinguished service as a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court of Maryland. During his time on the bench, Judge Connelly presided over more than 1,800 settlement conferences and tried a number of bench and jury trials, including complex commercial disputes, employment, construction, personal injury and insurance related cases.
An expert at settlement Judge Connelly gained a reputation of mediating difficult cases by treating every lawyer with respect, being incredibly prepared and by exhibiting patience all throughout the process. His use of common sense and professionalism followed him throughout his career both on the bench and in private practice.
Judge Connelly is highly regarded for his fair and creative approach to each matter. He was often praised for being one of the hardest working judges on the bench who listened carefully to every detail until the matter resolved.
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