POSTPONED - Brown Bag Lunch Seminar titled "Mediation in the Me Too Era: Mediating Sexual Discrimination Cases and Managing Harassing Behavior," Tuesday, April 7th, 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM in the First Year Classroom at the University of Maine School of Law. DIRECTIONS
There will be a moderated panel discussion to include Amy Sneirson, Esq., Executive Director of the Maine Human Rights Commission, Maria Fox, Esq., partner at MittelAsen, LLC, Edward R. Boutin, Commissioner and Mediator, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and Jay Wilgus, Esq., Mediator, Arbitrator, and Facilitator at Klancy Street. Moderated by Rebekah Smith, Esq., ADR Practitioner at Seven Tree Solutions.
This event will include a discussion of the laws and general remedies governing Sexual Discrimination and Harassment cases as well as recent trends in this area. There also will be a discussion of best practices and potential pitfalls in managing bullying and harassing behavior in sexual discrimination/harassment cases and in general.
1.5 Harassment/Discrimination CLE and CADRES Credit hours available.
This program is free for MAM members and law students/faculty and $25.00 for all others.
Remember to bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided by the Law School.
Amy Sneirson has been the Maine Human Rights Commission’s Executive Director since late 2011. Prior to that, Amy practiced law with a focus on employment, education, and civil rights issues in private firm, nonprofit agency, and state attorney general settings in both Maine and Missouri. Originally from Massachusetts, Amy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in New York and her law degree from the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis.
Maria Fox is a partner of MittelAsen, LLC in Portland, Maine. She has practiced employment law for over 20 years, providing legal consultation and representation before administrative tribunals as well as in state and federal court, to employees and employers in all manner of workplace matters, including disability accommodations, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, non-competition and severance agreements, family and medical leave, wage and hour, employment contracts. Maria also serves as a private mediator, arbitrator, and independent investigator of labor and employment matters. She is a member of various alternative dispute resolution panels, including as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association Employment Law panel, and as a mediator for the Maine Human Rights Commission and Maine Labor Relations Board panels, as well as for the American Arbitration Association Labor and Employment panel. Maria earned her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law and a Bachelor’s in Public Policy from William Smith College.
Jay Wilgus is a lawyer, mediator, educator, consultant, and facilitator specializing in multi-party dispute resolution processes and dispute resolution systems design. Prior to forming Klancy Street, he served as Director of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution at the University of Michigan, Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Utah, and an attorney-mediator in private practice. Wilgus is national leader in the field of student conduct and conflict management who is regularly called upon to assist postsecondary institutions, federal agencies, academics, and others seeking to improve institutional responses to student conduct, student conflict, and sexual misconduct. He holds an Honors degree in Communications from the University of Utah, a Master’s in Dispute Resolution (M.D.R.) from Pepperdine University, and a J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in Salt Lake City where he served as a member of the Utah Law Review.
Edward R. Boutin: currently, Mediator for Federal Mediation and Conciliation (FMCS), previously, EEO Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist (USPS), Part time Mediator for Maine Judicial Court FED/Small Claims, Contract Mediator for Maine Department of Education, Part time Mediator and Board member for Community Mediation Center. EDUCATION: MS in School Psychology, University of Southern Maine, BA in Economics, Northeastern University, Certifications in Mediation and Human Resources from the University of Southern Maine, 30 plus professional conflict resolution trainings from FMCS, EEOC, Maine Judicial Branch, US Postal Service and others.