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Mediation: Closing the Deal! (12.7.10)

An experienced panel of mediators and litigators will offer nuts and bolts advice for best practices in the important area of closing the mediation deal.  Issues surrounding the final agreement will be discussed including, whether it is ever appropriate to leave a successfully concluded mediation without a signed agreement; who should draft the agreement; when to use a memorandum of understanding; the pros and cons of bringing a prepared agreement; important clauses to include and when to include them; negotiating over the language in the agreement; and methods of keeping deals together after the parties leave the mediation.  Ethical considerations surrounding the mediation agreement will also be covered.  Read more

Settlement Counsel: What You Should Know About an Emerging Area of Law Practice (11.16.10)

Most attorneys now understand that litigation advocacy differs substantially from mediation advocacy. In this age of specialization there are attorneys who act exclusively as negotiators, resolving disputes. These attorneys are called Settlement Counsel.

Through interactive discussion and role-play a panel of mediators, litigators, settlement counsel and in-house counsel will explore the pros and cons of this emerging practice area. Attend this program and learn the following about settlement counsel: What they do, how one becomes settlement counsel, when they should be used, how their presence affects the litigation, advantages or disadvantages of engaging settlement counsel, and ethical considerations. This program will be of interest to in-house counsel, litigators, mediators, and those interested in transitioning into this developing specialty. Read more