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The MSBA's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Presents


"Last Chance Mediation: Surprising Results from the Appellate Court Family Mediation Project"

This presentation will outline how cases can settle even at such a late date, after there has been a trial and long after people have dug in their heels. Although one of the presenters was at first skeptical of any chance of these cases reaching settlement, there have been several surprises. When a case has settled, the settlement is most often reached on issues resolved other than the stated “legal” issues that were being appealed. Two currently active mediators will share their approach and present creative settlement examples from their experience in mediating over 60 of these “Last chance mediations”.


Steve Erickson 
Steve Erickson was admitted to practice law in Minnesota in 1974 and has worked full time as a mediator since 1980. He practices primarily in the area of Family Law, but also mediates employment disputes, complex business disputes and land disputes. In 1985, he initiated a demonstration project for Farm Foreclosure mediation, and was asked to write the Rules of Mediation for the Minnesota Farmer Lender Mediation Act. He received a Bush Leadership Fellowship Award for the study of mediation in 1979 and is a founder and past president of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. He is well known as a mediation trainer and speaker and has published numerous articles and books on the subject. His most recent book is The Practitioner’s Guide to Mediation, A Client-Centered Approach (2001 Wiley Pub., NY). In 1996 he was awarded the Distinguished Mediator Award by the Academy of Family Mediators for his contributions to the field. He currently co-chairs the Association for Professional Family Mediators' Taskforce on Mediator Standards of Practice. He has been on the panel of mediators for the MN Court of Appeals Family Mediation Program since its inception.

Mike Black 
Mike Black has been practicing law in St. Paul as a sole practitioner since 1978, concentrating in family law. He is a 1975 graduate of St. John’s University and obtained his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mike is an experienced mediator and arbitrator and provides services as a parenting time expeditor and parenting consultant. Mike has been active in the Ramsey County Bar Association for many years, and has served as the chair of the Young Lawyers Section and the Family Law Section. Mike is a founding member of Conflict Resolution Minnesota, a professional association of mediators and arbitrators. He has been on the panel of mediators for the Court of Appeals Family Mediation program since 2008.

1 hour of Standard CLE credit applied for
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Date:   Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Time:   12:00 p.m. to 01:30 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380 Minneapolis, MN 55402 

The Section will hold a brief business meeting at 12:15 p.m. with the CLE beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m.


Section Members:  Free
MSBA Members (But Not Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Members):  $10.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students:  Free
Join the Section and attend this CLE at no additional cost (section membership runs through June 2014 - that's 3 free months of membership!):  $37.00

Teleconferencing is available. Please indicate this option when registering or contact Molly Malone prior to April 7. Instructions will be emailed to you on April 8.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Nicole Battles, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336