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Top Tips for Starting an ADR Practice

February 15, 2022 at 12:00 pm PST


Date February 15, 2022

Time 12 PM PST • 3 PM EST • 9 PM CET

Cost $47

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You’ve taken mediation and conflict resolution trainings and have begun developing the skills you need to serve clients in conflict, but how do you make that your day job? In this webinar, Catherine Conner and Melanie Rowen will discuss concrete tips for starting your own practice that includes or is focused on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative practice.

By participating in this webinar, you will take away:

  • An understanding of the basic steps towards running your own practice
  • Ideas for networking and marketing
  • Ways to identify opportunities to serve clients

Looking for more support in starting your own understanding-based ADR practice? Check out our 3-part series, Your Next Steps: Launching Your Understanding-Based ADR Work. Click here to learn more.


Catherine Conner and Melanie Rowen

Catherine Conner has been a mediation and collaborative practice trainer since 2004. She is a frequent presenter at collaborative conferences and family law workshops. She authored Collaborative Practice Materials with Steven Neustadter and Margaret Anderson. Catherine Conner’s private practice focuses on family law alternate dispute resolution, including mediation, collaborative practice, and private judging. She graduated from the University of California, Boalt Hall in 1982 and is a founding partner of Conner, Lawrence, Rodney, Olhiser & Barrett, LLP. In 1992, Catherine became a Certified Family Law Specialist.  She has been honored as the recipient of the Rex Sater Award for Excellence in Family Law, the Eureka award by Collaborative Practice California and was the 2018 honoree for Careers of Distinction.  She was on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals from 2007-2014 and served as the President in 2013.

Melanie Rowen, our President, is a mediator and conflict coach who believes in the power of understanding-based conflict resolution to transform our world. She frequently trains individuals and groups on effective communication in conflict situations and on creating inclusive environments, particularly around gender, sexual orientation, and disability. Melanie previously litigated civil rights cases, including marriage equality, employment discrimination, issues involving transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families, and issues facing LGBTQI elders, at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Before that, she worked in business litigation at Latham & Watkins LLP.  Melanie serves on the Board of Directors of the Transgender Law Center and is the Associate Director for Public Interest Programs at UC Berkeley School of Law.




February 15, 2022
12:00 pm PST
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