5th Annual Midwest Mediation Conference
September 25 - 26, 2015 featuring Larry Bridgesmith, J.D.

Navigating Difficult Mediations: When Reason Has "Left the Building"
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Larry Bridgesmith, J.D., is Chief Relationship Officer of ERM Legal Solutions LLC and a practicing lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee. He is listed as one of America's Best Lawyers, among the Leading Lawyers for American Businesses and SuperLawyer. He is a member of the International Academy of Mediators and a member of the Dispute Resolution Section Council of the American Bar Association.

Larry has practiced in the fields of labor, employment, and dispute resolution for over 30 years and has served in management roles for boutique and mid-sized law firms throughout his career. He founded Lipscomb University's Institute for Conflict Management and served as its inaugural Executive Director. He also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certificate.

Larry is an adjunct professor in legal project management, conflict management, and mediation at Vanderbilt University School of Law, Belmont University Massey Graduate School of Business, and the Albany Medical School Alden March Institute for Biomedical Ethics. He coordinates the Program on Law and Innovation at Vanderbilt School of Law.

In 2013, Larry was awarded the Grayfred Gray Award for Public Service in Mediation by the Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee. His practice in facilitation and training in organizational change management has taken him across the country and around the world.

This two-day Conference, sponsored by the Indiana Association of Mediators in conjunction with the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Northwest on Friday, September 25th and Saturday, September 26th. Registration for attendees will begin at 8:00 a.m. on both days. A detailed Conference Agenda is available for your review.

The four modules during the two-day Conference are:

Module 1-- The Biology of Conflict Management: This session will be instructive and use interactive exercises to establish the physiology underlying successful mediation.

Module 2-- A Mediation Framework Based on the Science of Human Conflict: Through interactive exercises this session will establish a conceptual framework within which mediators and attorneys can work to encourage party creativity, which can engage their cognitive problem solving skills.

Module 3-- When Reason Has "Left the Building": This session will use interactive exercises to teach mediators and attorneys how to apply neuroscience teaching to help get mediation back on track when emotions (not psychological illness or injury) are proving to be an obstacle to agreement.

Module 4-- Becoming "Learning Leaders" to Increase Your Influence and Economic Opportunities: This session will use interactive exercises to provide mediators and attorneys with techniques to expand our influence and improve the service we offer to a broader constituency for "fun and profit."

Members of the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers may attend the Conference at the same cost as current IAM members. For persons who are not currently IAM or NASW members*, the cost of registration includes 2015 and 2016 IAM membership.

For your convenience, the following information is also available:

  • A map to the Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Northwest (Phone number: 317-288-6060)
  • A registration form for the Conference (for those who do not wish to register online)
  • A brochure with more Conference information
  • The IAM Conference Policy which includes information on cancellation and refunds
  • Online registration at the Conference Website

The conference has been approved for 12 hours of NLS and 12 hours of CME for attending both days of the conference. For those who attend only one day, the conference has approved for 6 of NLS and 6 hours of CME for each day of the conference. The IAM has also applied to NASW for 12 hours of Social Worker CEH for both days and for 6 hours each day. Approval of NLS/CLE hours for attorneys requires a written application to the Commission and is limited to 12 hours in any 3-year period.

Your registration includes on-line access to all Conference materials, as well as morning and afternoon snacks and lunches. There will be time for extensive networking and to get answers to your questions, so come prepared. If you prefer to have materials printed in a binder, there is an additional fee of $10.00 and the materials will be available at registration.

The Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Northwest is offering a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $119.00 (plus tax) with breakfast for attendees of the Conference. When booking a room, it is necessary to identify yourself as a Conference attendee to receive this discounted rate, otherwise their normal rate of $189 will apply.

Cost of Conference Registration prior to Tuesday, August 26, 2015:

For a two-day registration (both November 1st and 2nd):

Current* IAM and NASWIN members: $299.00

New IAM members: $399.00 (includes $60 IAM dues for 2015 and 2016)

For a one-day registration:

Current* IAM and NASWIN members: $199.00

New IAM members: $299.00 (includes $60 IAM dues for 2015 and 2016)

* Current members are those members who have paid their 2015 membership dues prior to August 1, 2015

After August 25, 2015, the price of both one-day and two-day registrations increases by $50.00. Attendance is limited to 50 registrants. If payment for your registration has not been received by September 11, 2015, your registration will be cancelled.

Scholarships: The IAM is offering ten (10) $100 scholarships that may be applied to the cost of your registration to students, new mediators, and those with financial need. Please contact IAM at (317) 732-8585 for more scholarship information. If registration is done on-line, you will be issued a reimbursement check for $100 at the Conference.

Cancellation: Current IAM or NASWIN members may cancel their registrations for either one-day or two-day attendance prior to September 11, 2015 in writing and receive a full refund of the cost of their Conference registration, minus a $10.00 cancellation fee if you registered and paid with a credit card online. However, for persons who are not current IAM members, cancellation and a refund of your registration (minus the $10.00 credit card cancellation fee) will also cancel the IAM membership for 2015 and 2016 that was included in the cost of your registration. After September 11, 2015, a cancellation fee of $75.00 will apply to all registrations and the balance of your payment will be refunded upon written request.

Ample free parking is available at the Conference location for attendees.

If you do not wish to register for the Conference online, please use the link to the Registration Form above or the one in the brochure, or go to the Membership page, download and fill out the IAM Membership Application Form and send it, with your payment, to the address indicated on the form.

2014 - 2015 Officers and Directors

At the Annual Meeting of the Membership, which was held on October 16, 2014, the Association had the pleasure of hearing from Andrea Ciobanu, who is the Chair of the ISBA ADR Section. She spoke on various opportunities that the IAM may have to collaborate with the ADR Section in the future. Following her presentation, the following officers and directors were elected for 2014 - 2015: Ann Thrasher - President; Megan Wells - Vice President (President-Elect); Portland Schnitzius - Secretary; and Rick Wacker - Treasurer. All of the officers serve as Directors of the Association. Dustin Matern, as Past President, serves on the Executive Committee and as a director. Other directors elected at the meeting include: Andrea Ciobanu (Indianapolis), Marlo Dale (Indianapolis), Sarah Dicks (Crawfordsville), Mark Fairchild (Avon), Marla Hylton (Carmel), Lea Shelemey (Valparaiso), June Shrieves (Greenwood), and Kim Van Valer (Franklin).

Task Force Established to Consider Changes to Indiana's ADR Rules

Indiana Chief Justice Brent Dickson has appointed an Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force, chaired by Judge David Avery to consider and propose changes to the current Indiana Rules of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Subcommittees have also been established to review the ADR Rules in four areas: (1) domestic relations mediation; (2) civil mediation; (3) arbitration; and (4) mini-trials, summary jury trials, and private judges. The IAM is well represented in this process by Past President Kim Van Valer, the current President Ann Thrasher, and director Andrea Ciobanu.

IAM Continues to Investigate Community Mediation Centers

The Board continues to investigate Community Mediation Centers. If you're interested in getting involved in this project, please contact Mary Hoeller. If enough information becomes available, a separate page will be added to this website in the future.