The Future of Mediation & Frontiers of Conflict Resolution - Imagining a Conflict Revolution PLUS In-Person Social

Event Description

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APRIL Hybrid Event: Remote and In-Person Options

Featuring Speaker World-recognized Mediator/Arbitrator, Kenneth Cloke!

Co-Sponsored by the MSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and Mitchell Hamline School of Law - Alternative Dispute Resolution Society

Please note that the ADR Section Business Meeting will start earlier at 11:45 AM for in-person introductions, and the CLE program follows immediately by 12 Noon. Join us for the Networking Social following the program.

April ADR Schedule:
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM | ADR Section Meeting - Welcome & Intros
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | CLE Program - Keynote Feature Ken Cloke
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM | In-Person only Networking Social - Nearby Restaurant TBD (walking distance)

In-Person* Option - see bottom details: if you register to attend in-person, you will be included on the social count.    


We create our own future, but not entirely as we choose. In this sense, we can describe the future of mediation as mediated or negotiated, in part by our vision, values, attitudes, intentions, and actions; and in part by the natural and historical conditions in which we live, imagine, and act.  For these reasons, it is impossible to bring about a future for which the preconditions have yet to appear; nor can we imagine a future for mediation until we have practiced and experienced it over an extended period of time, and encountered its inherent limits. 

Conflicts mark frontiers, the places where we weaken and divide.  Yet these same frontiers contain the forces that strengthen us, bring us together, transform us, and dissipate our differences.  Conflicts probe our innermost natures, and the outermost limits of our being.  They provoke cruelty and compassion, competition and collaboration, revenge and reconciliation.  Mediation is the dangerous magic that moves us from one to the other.
This session will consider the possibilities and limitations of mediation; the internal and external frontiers of conflict resolution; the relational spaces where things fall apart and come together miraculously.  It will include a consideration of political conflicts, conflict resolution systems design, the politics of ethics and the ethics of politics, conflict as a heart-based and “spiritual” crisis, and the need for a wide-ranging “conflict revolution.”

Featured Presenter - Remote:

Kenneth Cloke, World-recognized Mediator/Arbitrator

MN CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event code: 455225    

ADR Rule 114 Credit applied for


Section Member: Free
MSBA Member not a member of the Section: $10.00
Non-MSBA Member: $15.00
Law Student: Free
New Admittee (attorney admitted after 1/1):  Free

Remote Participation: 

Online webcast participation is available.  Please indicate your remote option.  Instructions will be sent via e-mail a day prior to the program.

In-Person Participation: 

When registering for in-person, please indicate and note the following:

Mitchell Hamline School of Law* | 875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, Mn 55105-3076
Conference Room: 325

*MHSL Campus Protocols
- All visitors must show proof of vaccination at the front desk to be permitted in the building.
- All visitors must wear a mask at all times except while actively eating and drinking. When eating and drinking near others, please maintain as much distance as possible.
- High-filtration masks are strongly recommended, particularly N95/KN95
- Everyone should stay home if ill for any reason.

Online Deadline to Register: April 10, 2022

Join the ADR Section: MSBA members who are not members of the Section can join and attend this CLE for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact the program manager to register for this CLE at no cost. Want more information about the ADR Section?  


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Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.


The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:

Geen Mui |

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

11:45 AM to 2:30 PM

Mitchell Hamline School of Law
875 Summit Av
Saint Paul, MN 55104