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MCFM Professional Development Workshop (Online)

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Professional Development Workshop

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
By Zoom Videoconference



RECORDING:  This workshop will be recorded. Please see registration form for details.

CANCELLATIONS:  If you discover after you register that you will not be able to attend, please let us know ASAP by emailing

WORKSHOP TOPIC:  “Bringing Mediation Online:  Lessons Learned So Far”

PANELISTS:  Patrice Brymner, Josh Hoch and Deepika Madan

MODERATOR:  Justin L. Kelsey


Mediation is flexible by nature, and mediating during a pandemic has been no exception. In order to continue offering mediation we have all had to learn how to move our work online and the mediation community has stepped up to the challenge. In this program you will hear about how this shift has affected private mediation, co-mediation, community mediation, and mediation in the courts.  
A panel of practitioners from these different forums will share their experiences and the lessons they've learned to help us all improve our virtual offerings to clients.


Patrice Brymner is an attorney and mediator, providing virtual mediation and collaborative divorce services, from offices in Acton and Southborough. Patrice trained in Client-Centered Lawyering at the Hastings Civil Justice Clinic and graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1996. Her commitment to Client-Centered Lawyering informs all of her professional work. 

Patrice has presented on numerous topics, including the role of dignity in divorce and the challenges of addiction and alcoholism in divorce. Since April 2020, Patrice has co-hosted a weekly drop-in workshop supporting dispute resolution professionals in pivoting to virtual practice. Patrice has co-authored best practice guidelines for virtual mediation and collaborative practice.

Josh Hoch has served as a divorce and family mediator and as MWI’s Director of Mediation Services for the past 19 years. He mediates all types of divorce and family matters with MWI and manages mediations and arbitrations in the areas of family law, consumer automotive, real estate, land use, construction, personal injury, and workplace / employment.

In the past 10 months, Josh has mediated over 150 sessions remotely and has participated as a trainer in 18 dispute resolution training programs via Zoom.

Deepika Madan is a mediator, trainer and the Manager of Mediation Services at North Shore Community Mediation Center (NSCMC). At NSCMC, Deepika works closely with the Essex County courts (District, Probate and Juvenile), and NSCMC volunteers, as well as provides case management for other community referrals. As a trainer, she leads NSCMC’s annual basic mediation training; and she designs and delivers custom conflict resolution workshops to clients.

Deepika mediates with several local organizations and has mediation experience in civil, advanced civil, housing eviction, harassment prevention order, criminal, juvenile, family and prisoner re-entry cases. She co-facilitates Restorative Justice Circles for a juvenile diversion program. She also coaches and trains students studying mediation at Boston Law School, Suffolk University Law School, and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

With a background in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry including a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Master’s Degree in Biophysics, Deepika made a transition to the field of dispute resolution after completing her basic mediation training in 2008. She completed an advanced training in Divorce Mediation in 2011 and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from UMass Boston in 2013.

Justin Kelsey is a collaborative divorce attorney and mediator. He is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Boston University School of Law. Justin is the President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and is the Past President of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. He also serves as a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Section Council.

Justin designed the Stevenson-Kelsey Spousal Support Calculator and the first Massachusetts Child Support iPhone App. Justin is the owner of Skylark Law & Mediation, PC, which is located in Southborough and concentrates primarily on the resolution of family conflict outside of court.


COST:  No charge to attend the Workshop


This virtual event will be powered by Zoom. You must register to attend. Zoom access instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email.

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Guests and prospective MCFM members
are always welcome at our workshops!


February 10, 2021 from  2:00 PM to  4:00 PM