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Spirit of Collaboration: Starting and Managing a Peer Group

February 21, 2023 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST


In this interactive webinar, Gary Friedman and Kim Gordon will discuss the value and benefits of starting a peer group for mediators and ADR practitioners. Drawing from decades of experience in conflict resolution and mediation, centered on the understanding-based model, Friedman and Gordon will share their process for forming peer groups and their foundational importance for developing mediation practices and guidance for creating excellent sources of support in collaborative professional support and self-reflection groups.

Topics will include best practices for:

  • Defining the group’s purpose and intent
  • The initial formation and leadership structure and meeting facilitation guidelines
  • Developing practice and roleplay opportunities
  • Promotion and marketing to increase participation and growth
  • Leveraging local resources for expertise
  • Nurturing a group for long-term sustainability
  • The benefits and challenges of in-person and online meetings

Join Gary Friedman and Kim Gordon on February 21, 2023, from 12 PM – 1 PM PST for an interactive webinar for those looking to share questions and personal experiences. (Attendees are not required to participate and may remain anonymous).

Gary J. Friedman has been practicing law as a mediator with Mediation Law Offices in Mill Valley, California since 1976, integrating mediative principles into the practice of law and the resolution of legal disputes. Co-founder of the Center for Understanding in Conflict (formerly the Center for Mediation in Law), he has been teaching mediation since 1980. Prior to his work as a mediator, he practiced law as a trial lawyer with Friedman and Friedman in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After several years as an advocate, he sought a new approach to resolving disputes through increasing the participation of the parties in the resolution of their differences. At that time, he and his colleague, Jack Himmelstein, began to develop the Understanding-based model that is now practiced extensively in the United States and Europe. As one of the first lawyer mediators and a primary force in the current mediation movement, he has used this model to complete over one thousand mediations in the last two decades He has mediated numerous two-party and multi-party disputes in the commercial and non-profit realms, in the area of intellectual property, real estate, corporate, personnel, partnership formations and dissolutions, and family law.

Kim Gordon has been an attorney and mediator for over 30 years and a collaborative law practitioner for over 20. She started her legal career as a clerk for US Federal District Judge Helen Frye and not long afterward found her calling in Family Law. Kim now works exclusively in Collaborative Law and Mediation. She began training others in collaborative practice in 2004 and now teaches basic and mastery-level work from workshops to several month and yearlong programs. Kim is an international collaborative law and conflict resolution speaker and educator, serving on the Training Faculty for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals for eight years. Kim has co-taught comprehensive courses for collaborative professionals on understanding-based conflict resolution based on the work of Gary Friedman, explicitly focusing on Inside Out work, and co-taught a conflict resolution class at Maitripa Buddhist College. Currently, she is working to bring the Insight approach to the conflict resolution community.

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February 21, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST
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Center for Understanding in Conflict


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