I am delighted to be serving as the Program Chair and Moderator of “How to Improve Your Mediation Advocacy in Employment Litigation” on June 7, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 1:45 p.m. PDT presented by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the Bar Association of San Francisco at the BASF offices at 301 Battery Street in San Francisco and webcast nationally. The program is also co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and the Society of Human Resource Management. I hope that you can attend this excellent program.

Our target audience for this program includes employment litigators, in-house counsel and mediators. If you’re interested feel free to register here.

I will moderate the highly interactive panel roundtable discussion. The highly experienced panel consists of Mediator and Arbitrator Ruth Glick, plaintiff attorney Therese Lawless of Lawless & Lawless, defense attorney Brian Ashe of Seyfarth Shaw and Senior Corporate Counsel Jorja Jackson of Salesforce.

In a roundtable discussion format, focusing on wage-hour, wrongful termination, discrimination and sexual harassment matters, including the differences between single plaintiff, class action and PAGA cases, the panel will discuss the typical steps in an employment mediation:

  • Effective mediation memoranda and pre-hearing conferences

  • Effective oral presentations

  • Handling emotional issues

  • Identifying best, worst and most likely alternatives to a negotiated agreement

  • Opening offers and settlement moves

  • Avoiding or breaking impasse and closing the dea

  • Non-monetary issues, including apologies, reference letters and reinstatement

Each panelist plans to prepare materials on “Ten Tips for a Successful Employment Mediation”, written from their perspective.

Once again, I hope to see you all there and if you’re interested feel free to register here (same as the link above).

I was pleased to Co-Chair the recent Cornell Family Business Roundtable “Family Business Conflict: From the Inside and Out” at the Hult International Business School in downtown San Francisco on April 5. We had very insightful comments and discussions throughout the entire day at Hult's wonderful facilities.

Our expert faculty included Co-Chair Doug Baumoel, MBA of Continuity Family Business Consulting in Boston, Joan DiFuria, psychologist and MFCC of the Money, Meaning and Choices Institute in the Bay Area, Dr. Isabelle Lescent-Giles, economist, Professor of Global Strategy and Family Business at Hult, and Dr. Dennis Jaffe, organizational systems and sociology, of Wise Counsel Research in San Francisco. The program was terrifically organized and supported by Dann Van Der Vliet, Executive Director of the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Our discussion panels included “Understanding Identity Based Conflict”, “Proactive Conflict Avoidance vs Reactive Dispute Resolution”, “Emotional Triggers for Conflict: Communicating with Lower Risk”, “Cultural Differences in Conflict Management” and “Facilitating Cross Generational Conversations”.

Attendees included a mix of experienced U.S. family business owners as well as international business students from Cornell and Hult, planning to return to their family businesses in foreign countries including India, the Philippines, Cambodia, Colombia, Argentina, Democratic Republic of the Congo and France. Their personal stories were fascinating and inspiring.