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NJAPM’s Annual Civil and Divorce Mediation Seminar


$105 – $225

NJAPM's Annual Civil & Divorce Seminar

 SATURDAY, JUNE 15. 2019, 8:15 AM to 4 PM

The Imperia, Somerset, NJ
(Exit 10 off Route 287)
Theme: Leading Technology, Tools, and Techniques for Professional Mediators

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Anju D. Jessani and Katherine Newcomer, this year's co-chairs, are pleased to notify you of our upcoming seminar. This year is going to be our best seminar ever, with topics guaranteed to help expand your mediator toolbox and to make you more marketable.

After a light breakfast, and a welcome by NJAPM President, Gabielle Strich, three experts will kick-off our morning plenary/joint civil & divorce presentations, leveraging our theme of Leading Technology, Tools, and Techniques for Professional Mediators:

  • John Sands: Strategies for a Successful Career in Mediation.  John's clients include an impressive list of arbitration and mediation parties including Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL, Fortune 500 companies, and federal, state and local governments. He has also mediated and "fact-found" more than 4,500 public and private-sector labor-management, employment law. sexual harassment, ERISA and collective bargaining impasses for 1,000's of clients.
  • Colin Rule: The Current Status and the Future Online Dispute Resolution and Demonstration of ODR ToolsColin, the guru on Online Dispute Resolution, will talk about trends in ODR for professional mediators and provide some demonstrations of ODR tools.  Colin was the Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal, and before that General Manager of Mediate.com, the largest online resource for the dispute resolution field.
  • Lawrence R. Jones: Civil and Family Topics Ethics Presentation.  Judge Jones is a Former NJ Superior Court Judge who retired in 2017.  During his seven years on the Ocean County Superior Court bench, he wrote 62 opinions, endeavoring to fill gaps in case law.  Judge Jones now teaches in NJAPM's mediation programs, in addition to being a professional mediator.


Following  Networking Lunch, We Will Have Breakout Afternoon Workshops:

  • Civil Workshops: Felicia Farber has arranged two civil interactive workshops:
    1. Colin Rule and Marvin Schuldiner: How to Implement Free/Low Cost Technology Tools (including ODR) to Expand Your Mediation Practice.  Separating the worthwhile technology ones can be a challenge. This session will lay out the range of services available across several different categories (e.g. demand creation, practice management, and data collection), and make recommendations around platforms, best practices, and strategies.  The speakers will also address how ODR can open new opportunities for mediators to expand their practices into new areas and geographies.
    2. Felicia Farber, Moderator. Panelists John Sands, Patricia Barasch, and Jed Marcus: What Attorneys and Parties want from Their Mediators and What You Should Want from Them. An effective civil mediator and two advocates who are also mediators (one representing employees, and the other employers), discuss what has worked for them, and what they want from mediators in their cases. 


  • Divorce Workshops: Lynn Norcia has arranged three family and divorce workshops:
    1. David Carton and Tony Prinzo: Life After the One-Third Alimony Rule of Thumb Died. Where are we going with alimony, including what's happening with modifications, and a suggested new rule of thumb
    2. Bruce Matez: 2019 Legal update on Divorce Cases. A brief overview of divorce legislation in New Jersey and a summary of recent New Jersey family and divorce cases that are important to divorce mediators.
    3. Lynn Norcia, Moderator. Panelists Bill Donahue, Joan Geiger, and Dr. Eileen Kohutis:  21st Century Solutions for Today's Parenting Plans, Especially When Parents Strive for 50/50 Time Sharing.  What biases do you bring to parenting plans and what does the social science say? What plans/schedules work better and when?  Child support guidelines and out of pocket expenses for parents with unequal incomes.  School enrollment and other issues not to miss in your MOUs.


Included with Your Registration Fee

  • All Meals, Conference Materials, and Continuing Education Credits as Applicable


Continuing Education Credits

  • 6.80 NJ CLE’s including 1.0 Ethics Credits
  • 6.80 CPE including 1.0 Ethics Credits
  • 5.66 NJAPM Credits
  • This class satisfies the 4.00 hour annual continuing mediation education requirement to remain on both the family economic roster, and also the civil roster


Registration Fees - Early Bird Registration Fees Increase by $20 after 6/7/19

  • Early Bird Member Rate: $165
  • Early Bird Non-Member Rate: $185
  • Early Bird Full-Time Student/Government Rate with ID: $125
  • Pre-Approved Volunteer/Speaker Rate: $105


Cancellation Policy

  • A full refund less a $20 administrative processing fee before June 7 (so no penalty for early registration as you get a discount).  After June 7, there will be a full refund less a $50 administrative processing fee.  There will be a 50% refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of the event.  Barring exceptional situations, there will be no refunds for no shows on the day of the event.


Payment at the Door on Day of Event

  • Will be an additional $20 charge above our regular admission price, so please pay early to take advantage of our early registration discount, and our lower pre-registration rates.


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$105 – $225


Anju D. Jessani
Katerine Newcomer
Felicia Farber
Lynn Norcia


Imperia Conference Center
1714 Easton Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873 United States
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