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How to Improve Your Mediation Advocacy in Employment Litigation, June 7, 2018



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).