Rebecca M. Picard

Mediator/Attorney
Erickson Mediation Institute
3800 W. 80th St. #850
Minneapolis MN 55431
952/835-3688
952/835-3689 Fax
emi@ericksonmediation.com

Education
J.D., Willamette University College of Law
L.L.M., University of Virginia
Post-graduate psychology courses, Alfred Adler Institute of Minnesota

Experience/Training
Rule 114 qualified, practitioner member, Academy of Family Mediators, Minnesota SPIDR and MAM member.

Over 320 hours of arbitration and mediation training from 1982-1999 with Williamette University College of Law, Harvard Law School and AALS, Washington State Bar Association, U.S. Arbitration (Seattle), American Arbitration Association (Minneapolis), The Mediation Center (St. Paul), Citizen’s Council on Crime and Justice, Dispute Resolution Services, Hamline University Dispute Resolution Institute, MSBA CMDR Section, U.S.P.S. Redress program, Academy of Family Mediators (San Francisco), and SPIDR.

Mediations
Approximately 20 employment cases, 150 divorces, 25 post-decree cases, 5 paternity cases, 5 disputes involving other kinds of family issues, 10 civil cases, 12 victim offender cases.

Familiarity and Experience
I took both labor law and public sector labor law classes in law school. As an associate with Garvey Schubert & Barer in Seattle for five years, I handled a variety of litigation including employment litigation. I have served as an employment arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and have taken the AAA’s advanced training for employment arbitrators (16 hours in San Francisco in June 1997). I regularly attend the Minnesota CLE Employment Law Institute, and have taken a number of other CLEs on employment law subjects.

Other Factors Relevant to Ability to Mediate Employment Disputes
I am on the roster and have mediated a number of employment disputes as part of the U.S. Postal Service’s REDRESS programs under which all EEOC complainants are offered mediation. In the early ‘80s, I was fortunate to have had a full semester course in mediation, negotiation and arbitration in law school, including a 12-hour simulated mediation conducted by a FMCS mediator. I believe that I have been mediating most of my life. I have 36 credits in graduate psychology courses, and have taken 16 hours of Sherod and Phyllis Miller’s training on teaching communication skills. I have done extensive “personal growth” work, and am comfortable with both the emotional and legal aspects of employment disputes.

I am active in the ADR community. Since the Fall of 1997, I have been Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution (CMDR) Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and will be representing the Section on a panel in the ABA’s first ADR Institute in Boston in the Spring of 2000. I am a practitioner member of the Academy of Family Mediators and serve on the Academy’s Ethics Committee.

References
Judy Johnson, Speeter Johnson Hautman & Hamilton P.A., 120 S. Sixth St. #1515, Minneapolis MN 55402; 612/339-7566
Steve Erickson and Marilyn McKnight, Erickson Mediation Institute, 3800 W. 80th St. #850, Minneapolis MN 55431
Carol Klaphake, Hall & Byers P.A., 1010 St. Germain W. #600, St. Cloud MN 56301-0966