Speakers: Julia Morelli and Dan Rainey
CME: pending 1.5 General and Family CME
Cost: $25 Members/ $35 General Public
Networking: 7-7:30pm (coffee, soda and light snacks will be provided)
Technology will continue to play an important role in our lives, and mediation is no exception. Participate in this interactive session and become more aware of the practical and ethical issues related to ODR (online dispute resolution). Learn what you need to consider when deciding if and how to include technology in your mediation practice. This workshop includes cautionary tales about email, Skype and use of the telephone, and recommendations for best practices.
About the Speakers:
Julia Morelli has over fifteen years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, manager and consultant. She is the Director of Operations for the George Mason University (GMU) Instructional Foundation and President of Holistic Solutions, Inc. Her practice includes mediation and facilitation, organizational assessment and development, strategic planning; and training related to conflict management, the use of technology in dispute resolution, diversity and cultural issues, and communication. Julia provides the GMU community with conflict management training, workplace coaching and group facilitation; and serves as mediator for individual and group mediations for state agencies through the Virginia Department of Employment Dispute Resolution. Her private practice includes work with government, private and non-profit organizations. She received an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Organizational Conflict and Diversity Management. She has also received a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management.
Daniel Rainey is the Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services (ADRS) for the National Mediation Board (NMB), and he is the agency’s Ombudsman. He directs the NMB’s alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program, which includes: 1) an ongoing training program offering courses in Facilitated Problem Solving and Grievance Mediation; 2) specialized training in topics such as teambuilding and System Boards of Adjustment; 3) third party work in grievance mediation, interest-based contract negotiation, and group facilitation; and, 4) Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). The ODR program includes the use of technology for contract negotiations, grievance mediation, arbitration hearings, and other work with parties in the airline and railroad industries. He is a member of InternetBar.org, an online dispute resolution organization addressing issues of justice involving cyber-law and cyber-transactions, he is a member of the planning committee for the United Nations Fifth ODR Conference (2007), and he is a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution (CITDR) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Southern Methodist University.