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Effective Mediation: How to Handle a Joint Opening and When to Skip It

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Date Published

October 29, 2020


Mecklenburg County Bar


General, Mediation & Arbitration


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An effective joint opening session can set the stage for settlement at mediation. This program provides techniques to ensure mediators and attorneys make the most of the opportunity to speak to everyone involved in the process, including when to skip it completely. Appropriate for lawyers and mediators at every level of experience, the panel will discuss the rules and best practices regarding:

  • Using the opening session to effectively communicate the information required by Rule 6(B)(1) of the Rules Implementing Statewide Mediated Settlement Conferences
  • Circumstances in which it's best to skip the opening session altogether
  • Dealing with difficult lawyers and clients to ensure the opening session sets the stage for resolution
  • Rules of the road regarding confidentiality and admissibility - what is the latest guidance from NCDRC?
  • Who is required to be there? Who should be there?
  • Setting expectations early to help work through frustration late

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Steve Dunn

Danae Woodward
Miles Mediation & Arbitration

Meredith S. Jeffries

Meredith S. Jeffries, Member, Alexander Ricks PLLC: Meredith has more than two decades of experience in the area of labor and... Read More

Sterling Spainhour

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

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