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    • October 18, 2018
    • 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
    • University Events Room, Glickman Family Library, 314 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 - CONFLICT RESOLUTION DAY - 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM. The fall program will be a brown bag luncheon seminar on Public Policy Collaboration and the Maine Revives Civility Project

    Mark Hews and Ann Gosline will describe two areas of work that support a culture of effective citizen engagement in addressing tough societal challenges. 

    Ann Gosline will describe the evolving landscape of public policy collaborative processes, in the context of a continuum from one-time public hearings to multi-year collaborative processes Ann will describe typical phases and elements of public policy collaborative processes, her experience with these processes in Maine, and her observations of skills needed by process facilitators and the overlap with the mediation field.  

    Mark Hews will describe the Maine Revives Civility Project and its role in helping people foster an open exchange of ideas and expression of values that can lead to better problem-solving, more effective government, and inclusive and engaged communities. Learn about the tools and resources available to increase awareness about the role of civil discourse in community life, teach skills to further constructive conversations, and support efforts to use this framework to address self-identified community issues. 

    Ann and Mark will comment together on the strong relationship between these areas of work.

    This program is FREE to MAM members and Maine Law students. All others $15. 

    1.0 hrs CLE and .5 Ethics CLE is pending for this event.

    BRING YOUR LUNCH. MAM will provide coffee, drinks and dessert.

    Biographical Information

    Ann Gosline After practicing law as an advocate and later as a mediator for 15 years, Ann began focusing on collaborative processes to bring the public, private and non-profit sectors together to address tough problems.  Over the past three decades, Ann has designed and facilitated collaborative processes involving all levels of government to address natural resource and land use issues such as watershed restoration, transportation planning, wind-power siting, wetlands regulation, agricultural practices, fisheries management and trans-boundary marine protected areas, and carbon emission reduction strategies, as well as health care system reform, access to health care and legal services, and other issues. These processes have ranged from one-day meetings to multi-year projects. Ann also continues to mediate and arbitrate.

    Ann is currently focusing on two collaborations to advance landscape-level land conservation initiatives to support thriving human communities and ecosystems in Maine and in the American Southwest.

    J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1976

    B.A., Stanford University, l971

    Mark Hews is President of M E Hews and Company, LLC, specializing in project coaching and facilitation, rural community and economic development, and strategic planning. He is also co-founder of Total Crowd Solutions, an open innovation approach to project planning and resourcing for small towns and rural areas. Mark has 37 years’ experience in community development and project management working with small towns, businesses, and nonprofits. The Company also contracts with organizations to provide leadership and organizational development services and community capacity building. Mark is currently serving as the State Coordinator for Maine Revives Civility, a program of the National Institute for Civil Discourse to help people restore civility and respect in their public discourse.

    • October 23, 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Lewiston, Maine

    Mediation Child Support Challenge

    Tuesday, October 23, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM. The deadline for enrollment is October 15.

    The Saturday, October 20, 9:30 AM to noon class has been postponed. If you are interested in this workshop, but the dates do not work for you, send a message to the adminstrator and Patty will try and arrange another session. 

    Patty Weidler, who teaches the Family Law Course required for CADRES family law mediators, is offering a half-day workshop on child support at her office in Lewiston. This workshop is intended for practitioners with a working knowledge of child support who want to brush up on their child support skills, explore the more nuanced and intricate child support calculations, and/or face some new challenges taken from real life mediations. Patty will provide light snacks and hot tea. Coffee, wonderful bagels and pastries, and sandwiches are available at Forage Market, on the floor below Patty’s office. 

    Enrollment is limited because of space, so please sign up for your preference as to the workshop time as soon as possible. The deadline for enrollment is October 15. 

    A waitlist will be maintained for future sessions.

    $50 per session.  2.5 CLEs available. 

    Biographical Information - Patricia Weidler, Esq., is an attorney who practices as a Guardian ad Litem for Title 22 cases and volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem for Title 19-A cases. Patricia has taught for many years a variety of college, adult education, and high school courses. She has also taught family law and child support workshops for Maine mediators for several years. Prior to her current practice, Patricia practiced family law with an Auburn law firm.

    For more information contact:     

    Patricia E. Weidler



    • November 01, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, 46 University Dr, Augusta

    MAM ANNUAL MEETING AND FALL CONFERENCE - Thursday, November 1st at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta. DIRECTIONS

    MAM members $100, Non MAM members $150. Registered non members qualify for a free year membership at MAM ($50 level)

    4.0 CLE and 1.5 Ethics credits pending

    8:30 AM - DOORS OPEN - Refreshments available

    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM - KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - "Timeless ADR Marketing: How to Find More of the Clients You Most Want" - Dr. Tammy Lenski, Presenter - .75 CLE credits and .75 Ethics credit

    Successful ADR marketing isn't just a set of activities. It's also a set of attitudes and mindsets that propel you to take action. In this interactive, engaging presentation, you will learn which activities and mindsets can best help you raise your profile in the ADR marketplace, including:

    • Timeless ADR marketing fundamentals that are crucial to positioning yourself in the marketplace
    • How to demonstrate your relevance and value to your market
    • How to decide which new marketing tactics are worthwhile
    • How a scarcity mindset can hobble your marketing efforts -- and how to overcome it
    • The ways your view of competition can help or hinder you
    • Ethical considerations for marketing with integrity

    This presentation is suitable for established mediators looking to expand business and new mediators just starting out. There will be time for audience Q&A, so bring a marketing question you've been itching to get answered.

    10:45 AM - 12:00 PM - FOLLOW UP PANEL - 1.0 CLE credits and .25 Ethics credit - Tammy Lenski, Peter Schroeter, Rebekah Smith, and Jacqui Clark will serve on an interactive panel to discuss marketing and practical business issues relating to the business of mediation. Audience members are encouraged to bring their questions to the panel.

      BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION - Since 1997 Dr. Tammy Lenski has worked with individuals and organizations worldwide as a mediator, coach, speaker, and educator. She specializes in resolving conflict and addressing friction in ongoing personal and business relationships. Tammy co-founded the world’s first master’s degree program in mediation in 2002 and has taught conflict resolution in four university graduate programs. In 2012 the Association for Conflict Resolution recognized Tammy with the Mary Parker Follett Award for innovative and pioneering work in the field. In 2013 she was the first mediator appointed to ACR’s Academy of Advanced Practitioners, and in 2015 the New England Association for Conflict Resolution presented Tammy with the Pioneer Award. Her two books are The Conflict Pivot and Making Mediation Your Day Job.

      12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - LUNCH will be provided. 

      12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - MAM ANNUAL MEETING

      1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - AFTERNOON SESSION 1 - “Family Law Year in Review and Ethics Issues for Mediators” - Elizabeth F. Stout, Esq., Presenter - 1.0 CLE credits and .5 Ethics credits

      Liz Stout, who is an experienced family law practitioner and former educator at the University of Maine School of Law, will provide an update on recent family law cases of relevance to family law mediators. In addition, Liz will speak about her experience as a mediator, which is almost exclusively with self-represented parties. She will discuss ethical issues that come into play when mediating with self-represented parties. When you see someone making choices you believe are poor choices or if they are asking for assistance with legal issues, what do you do? Liz also will talk about the issue of participants that may be impaired as well as safety issues for the parties and the mediator. Liz will take questions and welcomes the audience to share strategies used to handle such situations.

      BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATIONElizabeth Stout received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 1986 and her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law in 1990. Following a distinguished career in public service, in 2002, Elizabeth opened a solo practice, and later became a partner in the firm of Givertz, Scheffee & Lavoie, P.A. In 2015, Elizabeth launched the first legal residency program in the state of Maine, the Maine Community Law Center, and currently serves as its Executive Director. She is a practicing family law attorney, Guardian ad litem and mediator, and was an adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law teaching Family Law for five years. Elizabeth is a member of the Maine State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Maine Collaborative Law Alliance.

      2:45 PM - 4:00 PM - AFTERNOON SESSION 2 - "Recent Updates to the Federal Tax Code" - Peter Tetreault, EA, Presenter - 1.25 CLE credits

      An experienced accountant will discuss recent changes to the Federal Tax Code, which will affect your mediation practice, especially in relation to family law issues, and your business operations and allowable deductions.

      BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Peter is a senior tax professional with the Office of Cornelia Viek, CPA in Brunswick. With 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors, Peter’s expertise in the areas of tax, accounting, labor compliance, payroll, non-profit, and small business planning enables him to work with a diverse portfolio of clients. Peter is a native of the Bath / Brunswick area and volunteers with local nonprofits including Arts are Elementary, Long Reach Swim Club and All Saints Parish. Peter is enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service.
      • November 01, 2018
      • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • The Holocaust and Human Resource Center at UMaine in Augusta

      Please join:

      Sonia Buck, Esq., Linnell, Choate & Webber, LLP

      Nelson Larkins, Esq., Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP

      Rebekah Smith, Esq., Seven Tree Solutions, LLC, and

      Pamela Waite, Esq.

      in sponsoring our Fall Conference to be held on November 1st at the Holocaust and Human Resource Center at UMaine in Augusta.

      The morning will begin with Dr. Tammy Lenski presenting, "Timeless ADR Marketing: How to Find More of the Clients You Most Want", followed by a panel discussion. In the afternoon there will be two programs,  “Family Law Year in Review and Ethics Issues for Mediators” with Elizabeth F. Stout, Esq. and "Recent Updates to the Federal Tax Code" with Peter Tetreault, EA. There will be a brief Annual Meeting during the lunch hour. 4.0 CLE and 1.5 Ethics hours are being offered. Several levels of sponsorship are available. 

      See Schedule of Sponsorships to view the benefits of sponsorship.

      MAM appreciates your support of the Annual Conference as well as our continuing education and training programs. We seek to provide leadership in the areas of ethics, standards, and qualifications, to increase public understanding and awareness about ADR and to keep advised on new legislation or other public policies connected to the ADR field.

      We are excited to share with you the opportunity to sponsor the Fall Conference. We would appreciate your consideration of becoming a sponsor and perhaps forwarding the opportunity to one other person or firm you think would consider being a sponsor, attend the conference or join MAM.

      With any questions or to become a sponsor, please contact the administrator, administrator@mainemediators.org

      Thank you very much!

      MAM Meetings and Events Committee

      For more information or to register, go here: 


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