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    • October 13, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • October 22, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONLINE

    16-hour Agricultural Mediation Training ONLINE

    Interested in becoming an agricultural mediator? The Maine Agricultural Mediation Program (MAMP) offers mediators the opportunity to co-mediate a wide range of possible issues on farms or involving farmers.  This 16-hour training will introduce you to the range of topics covered by agricultural mediation. It includes multiple guest speakers and daily opportunities to practice and role play the types of conflicts and issues that arise on farms and within the agricultural community.

    DATES: Sessions will be held online October 13, 15, and 20, 22 (TUES/THUR for two consecutive weeks), 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.


    PLEASE REGISTER BY OCTOBER 6, 2020. This training is generously funded through the United States Department of Agriculture, Maine Agricultural Mediation Program.


    Multiple presenters will meet with you over the four training sessions from the USDA, FSA, Land for Good, MOFGA, Cooperative Extension, Family and Community Mediation, and many more! The sessions will be facilitated by Leslie Forstadt from University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the MAMP, and Karen Groat from Family and Community Mediation and the MAMP.

    Sign up Today! Enrollment Information:

    Dates: October 13, 15, 20, 22
    Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Location: ONLINE
    Fee: $0, deadline October 6, 2020


    Register online here.

    For more information contact Leslie Forstadt at maineagmediation@maine.edu or Karen Groat at Karen@mainefcm.org or Mainefcm.org.

    • November 06, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:45 PM (EST)
    • by ZOOM

    ANNUAL MEETING AND FALL CONFERENCE - Panel Discussion: "Mediation in the Me Too Era: Mediating Sexual Discrimination Cases and Managing Harassing Behavior," and  Presentation: "A New Look at Mediation Practice Quality," Friday, November 6, 9:30 am - 12:45 pm by ZOOM.

    CLE: 2.5 CADRES Credit hours available.

    Session 1 - 1.5 Harassment/Discrimination hours

    Session 2 - 1.0 Ethics hours

    MAM members $50.00 and non MAM members $75.00.

    University of Maine School of Law Students - Free.

    You will receive an email a few days before the event with Zoom instructions.

    9:30 to 10:00 am - Annual meeting

    10:00 to 11:30 am Panel:  "Mediation in the Me Too Era: Mediating Sexual Discrimination Cases and Managing Harassing Behavior" - moderated panel discussion. Discussion of the laws and general remedies governing Sexual Discrimination and Harassment cases as well as recent trends in this area. There will be a discussion of best practices and potential pitfalls in managing bullying and harassing behavior in sexual discrimination/harassment cases and in general.

    Speakers 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
    • Jay Wilgus, Esq., Mediator, Arbitrator, and Facilitator at Klancy Street
    • Moderated by Rebekah Smith, Esq., ADR Practitioner at Seven Tree Solutions

    11:30 to 11:45 am Break

    11:45 am to 12:45 pm Practice Quality presentation -  "A New Look at Mediation Practice Quality" - MAM has established standards of conduct for mediators, which the Practice Quality Committee would like to revisit with you. The Committee invites your opinions on which standards are most valuable and essential to your work and how you maintain dialogue around mediation standards and ways of mediating, both as mediators and as individual/agency supporters of mediation. Please join the Practice Quality Committee in an engaging conversation around how you and those around you mediate and how you can guide the work of this Committee in revising the standards of conduct for mediators in order to better support mediators and collectively deepen the quality  of mediation practice in Maine.

    Session 2 Presenter: MAM Board member Sarah Matari - Sarah came to alternative dispute resolution work with hopes of empowering community members, organizations and institutions to address conflict through holistic dialogue. Sarah currently focuses on training and organizational culture change at RJP Maine. She came to Maine having provided mediation and restorative justice training and direct services to New York City based institutions and communities, such as the New York State Unified Court System, Community Dispute Resolution Centers, and the Department of Education. She continues to work towards partnering with any institution, organization, or school interested in building up their restorative culture and conflict resolution skills. Sarah began conflict resolution work at Smith College, and went onto Fordham Law School to advocate for international children's rights. Her passion for helping communities to establish a culture of belonging and safety for all of its young people drives her work. 

    Session 1 Panel Discussion bios: 

    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.

    Rebekah Smith: Rebekah has 15 years of multi-faceted experience in helping people successfully resolve disputes, convening many hundreds of mediations, in person and through remote video proceedings. In addition to serving private parties, she has provided mediation services for individuals involved with the Maine Department of Education, Maine Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, Community Mediation Services, and Maine Human Rights Commission. She also presides over other forms of dispute resolution, including fair hearings, arbitrations, and independent investigations, and has served as the Alternate Chair of the Maine Labor Relations Board of Arbitration and Conciliation. Her previous experience includes clerking for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as a two-year Skadden Fellowship.

    • January 21, 2021
    • 8:30 AM (EST)
    • January 25, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • by ZOOM

    MAINE ASSOCIATION OF MEDIATORS (MAM) presents a Three Day Family Law course designed for new mediators who wish to apply for the Family Law Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Services (CADRES) roster.  Training to be held by ZOOM, Thursday, January 21st, Friday, January 22nd, and Monday, January 25th, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. There will also by a one hour reading and homework assignment on Thursday and a two hour assignment over the weekend.

    FAMILY LAW training provides fifteen (15) hours of family law instruction. Designed for mediators who want to be on the CADRES Family Matters roster or who encounter family law issues in their work, the training covers the three major areas of divorce and family law cases: children, property, and support. Topics include parental rights and responsibilities, marital property, child support, spousal support, post-judgment actions, and other family law issues. During the training, participants will be introduced to relevant statutes, court forms, and mediation agreements. Participants will also be calculating child support obligations using the Maine Child Support Guidelines and statutes for a variety of scenarios.

    MAM members - $400 Non MAM members - $450

    Registration and Fee must be received by January 11, 2021.

    Cancellation Policy: Fee will be refunded, less $50 deposit, if request is received by January 11, 2021. 

    14 CLE hours plus 1 Ethics hour and 15 CADRES hours available.


    Pam Waite - MAM President - A graduate of Smith College and the University of Maine School of Law, Pam represented the State of Maine as an Assistant Attorney General primarily in employment and tax matters for over 30 years. A skilled negotiator, she trained to become a mediator and now mediates privately; serves on the court rosters for family matters and foreclosurcases; and also is on the roster as a mediator for the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Maine Department of Education. Pam believes strongly in party self determination and the importance of trying to resolve disputes by agreement as an alternative to engaging in lengthy and expensive litigation.

    Lucy Wess - MAM Board member - is a mediator, facilitator, and educator and the owner of Mindful Mediation, LLC in Wilton, Maine. She was introduced to the world of dispute resolution while studying Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana and soon after became a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Over the last decade, she has been involved in academics, athletics, and support services in domestic and international higher education settings. Since January 2019, Lucy has applied her varied skills and experiences as a CADRES Family Matters mediator, private mediator and facilitator in a variety of settings, and an Adjunct Instructor in the Undergraduate and Graduate Peace & Reconciliation Programs at the University of Maine. She also is interested in promoting peace, reconciliation, and restorative justice through cross-cultural mediation and facilitation. She serves as a volunteer facilitator with the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine (RJIM) and is pursuing a Master of Art of Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) in Peace and Reconciliation at UMaine. 

Past events

October 15, 2020 CONFLICT RESOLUTION DAY - Mentoring Circles Workshop
October 05, 2020 40-hour Certificate Program in Mediation
September 16, 2020 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
June 11, 2020 Family Law Mediation Training
May 28, 2020 "Braver Angels: Reuniting America" - Documentary screening and discussion
April 17, 2020 Mediating Privately – The Mediation Agreement and Insurance Considerations
March 18, 2020 Mediator Peer Study Group
February 24, 2020 Mediator Peer Study Group
December 06, 2019 Negotiation Skills and Strategies
November 06, 2019 Mediation Skills for Leaders
October 23, 2019 Agricultural Mediation Training
September 26, 2019 Working in Mediation (or Otherwise) with Parents who are in High Conflict.
September 23, 2019 40-Hour Certificate Basic Mediation Training
September 11, 2019 Mediator Peer Study Group
June 13, 2019 Advanced Mediation Skill Development
June 12, 2019 Domestic Violence Screening for Mediators
June 03, 2019 Family Law Mediation Training
May 06, 2019 Agricultural Mediation Training
May 02, 2019 Probate Court Mediation Initiatives
April 03, 2019 40-hour Certificate Program in Mediation
February 06, 2019 40-Hour Certificate Mediation Training
January 07, 2019 Mediator Peer Study Group
November 15, 2018 Advanced Mediation Skill Development
October 23, 2018 Mediation Child Support Challenge
October 18, 2018 Public Policy Collaboration and the Maine Revives Civility Project - A BROWN BAG LUNCH SEMINAR
September 17, 2018 Mediator Peer Study Group
June 19, 2018 32nd Annual Thomas Nevola MD Symposium
June 13, 2018 Mediation Skills for Leaders - June 13 & 14, 2018
June 13, 2018 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training - June 13, 14, 15, & 21, 22, 2018
June 04, 2018 Family Law Mediation Training
May 17, 2018 Consumer Law Training for Mediators
April 26, 2018 40-hour Certificate Program in Mediation - April 26, 27, 28 & 30, May 1, 2018
April 04, 2018 Promote Civility in your Community
April 02, 2018 Mediator Peer Study Group
March 02, 2018 Domestic Violence Training for Mediators - Postponed to March 2nd
January 22, 2018 Mediator Peer Study Group
December 13, 2017 2nd Wednesday Mediator Breakfast
December 01, 2017 One-Day Transformative Mediation Training
November 08, 2017 2nd Wednesday Mediator Breakfast
November 02, 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference
October 18, 2017 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training - October 18, 19, 20, 26, & 27 2017
October 12, 2017 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar on Restorative Justice
October 02, 2017 Mediator Peer Study Group
September 13, 2017 2nd Wednesday Mediator Breakfast
July 19, 2017 Domestic Violence Training for Mediators
June 14, 2017 ​40 Hour Certificate​ ​Basic​ ​Mediation Training
May 17, 2017 Domestic Violence Training for Mediators

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