Participant Comments on the 2018 Conference featuring James Coben

  • "James Coben was absolutely fantastic! He kept the audience captivated and presented the topics in a way that was engaging and not boring."
  • "Fantastic! Great ethics subject matter."
  • "One of the best speakers ever! Well versed and tailored to Indiana law and great presentation. Fun and enjoyable day!"
  • "Great speaker!"
  • "Without a doubt the most beneficial conference I have attended! Truly enjoyed!"

SAVE THE DATE! The 9th Annual Midwest Mediation Conference will — by popular demand — feature the return of Zena Zumeta and will be held on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2019! More information to follow.

2018 - 2019 Officers and Directors

At the Annual Meeting of the Membership, which was held on October 16, 2018, officers and directors were elected for the 2018 - 2019 term. These include: Tess Worrell - President; Lea Shelemey - Vice President (President-Elect); Marya Pleasant - Secretary; Jim Johnson - Treasurer; Rick Wacker - Assistant Treasurer. All of the officers serve as directors of the Association. Other directors are: Beryl Cohen, the Executive Director of the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (Indianapolis), Kathy Elpers (Evansville), Carolyn Roper (Westville), June Shrieves (Greenwood), Matt Tarkington (Batesville), Kim Van Valer (Franklin), Rick Wacker (Fishers), Megan Wells (New Palestine) (Past-President), and Dee Young (Indianapolis).

Recent Developments

The IAM has made significant progress in becoming the organization for expertise in the area of Mediation. We have worked hard for the last decade to be recognized as a leading authority both by bar associations and by the Indiana Supreme Court. Another primary focus of the IAM has been to promote the training and inclusion of non-attorney mediators in our field.

Recent IAM Successes

Victor D. Quintanilla, Director of the Center for Law, Society and Culture and Amy G. Applegate, Director of the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic, both at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, approached the IAM — through Kim Van Valer & Marla Hylton — for participation in a ground breaking study of the use of mediation in Indiana trial courts. Of particular interest for the study was the view of judges, attorneys and litigants toward mediation and its benefit in the resolution of family disputes thus preventing parents and children from having to be involved in the prolonged and adversarial court process. The IAM provided guidance in survey content and direction toward essential study participants – particularly non-attorney mediators who were not otherwise reached for participation.

The Indianapolis Bar Association requested IAM representation in a panel discussion of mediation for its Annual Conference. Marla Hylton and Jim Johnson (both non-attorney mediators) represented the IAM on the panel which included judges, attorneys and mediators.

Former Indiana Chief Justice Brent Dickson 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. Significant revisions were in reference to confidentiality (again affirming the IAM's strong position in favor), and protections for identified victims of domestic violence. The IAM was well represented in this process by Past IAM Presidents Kim Van Valer and Ann Thrasher and by IAM Member 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.