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MCFM 2020 Family Mediation Institute (Online)

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***  NEW!  Early registration discount extended!  ***
***  NEW!  The Institute will be recorded this year!  ***
Both days of the Institute will be recorded for later viewing. The registration fee includes access to
all live sessions AND the conference recording when it becomes available.
Registrants must sign a recording release. See the registration form for details.



proudly presents the 
19th Annual


Thursday, December 3, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Friday, December 4, 2020
8:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
by Zoom Videoconference

December 3, 2020

"Parallel, Intersecting, and Colliding Paths at the
Growth Edge of Family Dispute and Conflict Resolution"

Speaker:  Pauline Tesler, Esq.


Clients often seek a specific mode of dispute resolution―mediation, collaboration, arbitration, or litigation. A carefully facilitated “informed process choice” conversation at the start often reveals misconceptions about the salient differences between the process options, and how to select the process best suited for getting issues resolved. Our clients may become frustrated and want to change, switch to a different process or a different professional. Sometimes the case we initially thought was well suited for mediation or collaboration may unfold as a slow-moving train wreck, obliging us to tinker with the process or even to terminate it. Pauline’s presentation will explore these situations to help us do a better job, as John Lande would say, of “fitting the forum to the fuss,” including considering whether and when litigation may be a client’s wisest choice. 

About the Keynote Speaker:

Pauline Tesler, a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, is certified as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California and is listed in “Best Lawyers in America.” An early pioneer in extending interdisciplinary team Collaborative Practice worldwide, Pauline co-founded the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, was its first President, co-founded The Collaborative Review, and has written two acclaimed books and numerous articles on collaborative practice, for which work she received the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s first “Lawyer as Problem Solver” award in 2004. In 2013 she founded and now directs the nonprofit Integrative Law Institute at Commonweal, teaching lawyers a broad repertoire of competencies for working effectively with legal disputes arising from conflicted human relationships. 



"When Living Together Is the Best Option:  Helping Clients Build a Sturdy Framework So Things Don’t Fall Apart"
Presenters:  Barbara Kellman, J.D., LCSW and Mary Sheridan, Esq.

"Alimony and Child Support"
Presenter:  Fern Frolin, Esq.

Special Recognition:  Presentation of the John Fiske Award for Excellence in Mediation


"Implicit Bias:  Working with Unconscious and Preconscious LGBTQ and Racial Biases"
Elliott Kronenfeld, LICSW, CST and Lucretia Futrell, M.A. in Counseling

"Moving Beyond Screening:  Mediation and Intimate Partner Violence"
Presenters:  Jennifer Hawthorne, Esq.; Ellen Waldorf, Esq.; Stephanie Goldenhersh, Esq.; Jennifer Hatch, Esq.; and Victoria Spetter, Esq.

"Family Law:  The Year in Review"
Presenter:  Jonathan Fields, Esq.


For the full Institute schedule, workshop descriptions and faculty bios:
Download the 2020 Institute brochure


Early registration discount extended!
MCFM Members $170
Nonmembers $210

What's Included: Institute registration fee includes access to all  live sessions; the video recording for both days; and conference materials (PDF).


RECORDING:  All registrants must sign a recording release. See the registration form for details.

PAYMENT:  MCFM accepts major credit cards only (VISA, MasterCard, Discover,  AMEX). Sorry, no checks.

TUITION ASSISTANCE:  Limited scholarship assistance for the Institute will be considered upon email request to Laurie Udell, Chair of the Institute Planning Committee.

MCFM CANCELLATION POLICY:  If notified of cancellations on or before November 27, 2020, MCFM will refund the applicable registration fee less the cancellation fee of $25. No refunds will be granted after November 27, 2020. Substitutions are permitted at any time. Cancellations will be acknowledged but refunds will not be issued until after the Institute.

Please email cancellation requests to no later than November 27.


QUESTIONS? Email MCFM Administrator Ramona Goutiere


December 3, 2020 8:30 AM through December 4, 2020 12:45 PM
Zoom Videoconference
United States
Event Fee(s)
Registration $ 240.00