Continuing Legal Education

Mediation Roundtable: The Discussion of Hot Topics in the Mediation of Disputes

October 17, 2017
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. (Lunch Served at 12:00)
1.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)


Celebrate Mediation Week! Don’t miss this one-hour luncheon seminar that discusses the use of mediation to help parties resolve disputes, including why it is a better choice for your clients; how to convince family law litigants to agree to it; the ethical issues you must consider; and how to make mediation a normal part of the commercial dispute process. Lunch provided.

Program Coordinator:
Hon. Michael J. Chmiel
, Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, Woodstock

Program Moderator:
John R. Schleppenbach
, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago


NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nomial fee via the registration page.



12:00 p.m.  Complimentary Lunch Served
Sponsored by ADR Systems

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.  Why Alternative Dispute Resolution? Why Mediation?*
Learn how your next client can benefit from mediation or alternative dispute resolution with this brief overview that explains why both are better choices than going to court.
John R. Schleppenbach, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago
Deborah J. Soehlig, Fischel & Kahn Ltd., Chicago

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.  Mediating Family Disputes*
Discover how to convince family dispute litigants and their advocates to agree to mediation in areas outside of the court-imposed mandates.
Sandra Crawford, Law Crawford, P.C., Chicago

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.  Ethical Considerations*
This segment explores the balance of efficiency and effectiveness of mediation with our professional obligations as attorneys.
Laura M. Urbik Kern, Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern, Elmhurst

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.  Commercial Mediation*
Join us for a look at commercial mediation and how to make it a routine part of the dispute.
Hon. Allen S. Goldberg, JAMS, Chicago
Hon. Edward Washington (ret.), ADR Systems, Chicago


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval