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MWI Mediator Roundtables

Roundtables bring mediators and other practitioners together to discuss new ideas, strengthen ADR skills and to provide opportunities to learn from and engage with top-notch presenters from the conflict resolution community. Roundtables are free for all active MWI mediators. For those who are not active MWI mediators, we welcome you to attend up to one free Roundtable per calendar year. Thereafter, those who are not MWI mediators are still welcome to register, but with a $50 fee for attendance.

RSVP is required by registering below. Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of the event.

COVID-19 Update: Due to health risk concerns, MWI will hold all upcoming Roundtables via video conferencing. For information about MWI’s COVID-19 policy click here.


Location

MWI
10 Liberty Square – 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Note that all MWI Roundtables start with social meeting time for 30 minutes followed by the featured program.


Calendar

  • May 29, 2020 from 2:30-4pm: Discussing Ethical Dilemmas in Mediation
  • June 2, 2020 from 1-3:30pm: Zoom Role Play Session
  • June 9, 2020 from 10-11:30am: Thinking About Power in Mediation
  • June 12, 2020 from 11am-noon: Reviewing Best Practices for Court Mediation Forms
  • June 30, 2020 from 2-3pm: Reviewing Best Practices for Court Mediation Forms

May 29, 2020 from 2:30-4pm: Discussing Ethical Dilemmas in Mediation

Presenter: Megan Winkeler, Director of Training & Engagement
Location: Online webinar. Once you register, you will be sent a link to access the Roundtable.

A party confides in you that the evidence they’re presenting to the other side is doctored. Your co-mediator discloses information that a party wanted to keep confidential in hopes that it brings the parties to agreement. A party displays erratic behavior, and you wonder if they understand enough to participate in the process. What’s a mediator to do?
In this Roundtable, you’ll be presented with potential ethical pitfalls and asked to come up with a plan of action. We’ll focus on what duties and responsibilities mediators have when presented with ethical dilemmas, best practices for managing such dilemmas, and the inherent challenge in mediating through seemingly “gray areas” of our practice. A rich debate of questions and ideas is encouraged!


June 2, 2020 from 1pm-3:30pm: Zoom Role Play Session

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Presenter: Megan Winkeler, Director of Training & Engagement
Location: Online webinar. Once you register, you will be sent a link to access the Roundtable.

During this session, we will offer our District & Municipal Court Mediation Program panel members an opportunity to mediate a role play via Zoom. The experience will be similar to how we offer role play experience during our 40-hour mediation training – two of you will co-mediate, two will play parties, and one or two observers may be present. At the end of the simulation, you will be able to share your experiences and feedback with one another.

Please register for this session no later than Wednesday 5/27 so I can create the role play groups. If you would like to attend as an observer (understanding that not everyone can set aside an afternoon to actively take part in a role play), please let me know when you register and I’ll be happy to do so.


June 9, 2020 from 10-11:30am: Thinking About Power in Mediation

Presenter: Megan Winkeler, Director of Training & Engagement
Location: Online webinar. Once you register, you will be sent a link to access the Roundtable.

Power is a fluid, abstract, and messy concept – and it matters a lot. As mediators, parties’ power and how they exert it can present tricky ethical dilemmas and in-the-moment challenges. This Roundtable offers mediators an opportunity to step back and think about how power impacts mediations, what duties mediators have when presented with power imbalances between parties, and what skills a mediator can use in the moment to act ethically and effectively. Bring stories of your challenging cases and an open mindset ready to learn!


Reviewing Best Practices for Court Mediation Forms

Session 1: June 12, 2020 from 11am-noon
Session 2: June 30, 2020 from 2-3pm

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Presenter: Megan Winkeler, Director of Training & Engagement
Location: Online webinar. Once you register, you will be sent a link to access the Roundtable.

We’ve been out of court for a while due to COVID-19, so this Roundtable will serve as a refresher for using best practice when filling out mediation forms in court. Forms that will be covered include:

  • Agreement to Participate
  • ADR Referral Form
  • Agreement for Judgment (small claims)
  • Agreement for Judgement (summary process)
  • Mediation Memorandum

Please plan to attend one of these sessions. Both sessions will cover the same material. If the two dates offered do not work for you, let me know and I’ll be happy to schedule a third session.


Register

To register for an MWI Mediator Roundtable, please complete the form below, indicating the date and name of the Roundtable you wish to enroll in. Megan Winkeler, MWI’s Director of Training & Engagement, will be in touch within two business days to confirm your registration. The confirmation will include a link and information to access the online meeting.


For More Information

For more information about MWI’s Roundtables, please email Megan Winkeler at mwinkeler@mwi.org or call 617-895-4032 with questions.