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General Law

Mediation in the Time of COVID-19: Tips & Techniques to Succeed with Virtual ADR


Video conferences and conference calls are tools familiar to the legal community.  Now more than ever, we find ourselves using these tools in new ways, including to successfully resolve disputes of all kinds.

Topics that will be covered include:
~ Preparing for virtual ADR: technical requirements, administrative assistance, practice sessions, and optimizing professional appearance online
~ Effective advocacy in an online environment: Reading the “virtual” room, effective communication, client control, and momentum building techniques
~ Tools for virtual proceedings: breakout rooms, group chats, screen sharing, and document exchange

Kenneth D. Gack

Ken Gack
Ken Gack is a principle in JAMS, the world leader in alternative dispute resolution services. Ken joined JAMS in 1996, and has mediated, arbitrated, and served as special master and discovery referee, in over 4,000 matters. Ken’s areas of focus include catastrophic injury; real property; professional negligence; and business disputes. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Ken has successfully resolved numerous cases using a virtual platform that mirrors the in-person mediation experience.

Date: Date/Time: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Time: Check-In: 11:30 am; Presentation 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Presenter(s): Ken Gack

Place: Zoom Videoconference

MCLE: 1.0 Unit Participatory MCLE Credit in General Law

Registration Fee:
$60–SCBA Members
$75–Public
$20–Students (with proof of current enrollment)
$45 — Barristers (in their first 5 years of being admitted to practice law) will have to email Ann: Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org to register.

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