2 Days

This two-day workshop for mediators, arbitrators and lawyers is focused on how to combine the benefits of mediation and arbitration into a stand-alone process that provides an effective, fair and speedy way to resolve disputes. In Med-Arbitration, the “med-arbitrator” first attempts to help the disputing parties work out an agreement in a mediator’s role, but should mediation fail, the med-arbitrator assumes the role of an arbitrator and renders a binding decision. This course takes participants through the key issues and elements of this innovative dispute resolution process by exploring its opportunities and challenges, reviewing relevant case law, and considering and practicing the unique skills and attributes that are required to effectively conduct this new alternative dispute resolution tool. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will know the qualities, skills and ethical issues to effectively conduct med-arbitration, how to assess when its use is appropriate, how to draft the necessary med-arbitration agreements, and how to adhere to best practices in the med-arbitration process. Participants will also receive practical tips to help them avoid some of the common pitfalls that new med-arbitrators can encounter. Learning level: Advanced Prerequisites: Mediation and/or Arbitration training and/or experience recommended.