News and Updates:
the 2008 Community Mediation Center's Board of Directors:
Lisa Carroll, Chair
Prof. Becky Jacobs, Vice Chair
Bob Swan, Secretary
Sam Fowler, Esq., Treasurer
Paul Rajkowski, At-large
John Buckley, PhD*
Janet Gurwitch, Esq.*
Bob Kronick, PHD*
Greg O'Connor, Esq.
Lisa Collins Werner, Esq.*
* newly elected
We say goodbye to our
long-time CMC board member and vice-chair, mediator Jim
Johnson. Jim is now a new director at the Knoxville office
of the Red Cross, and still accepts CMC's Rule 38 reduced-fee referrals
for divorce mediation.
Board members enjoying CMC's annual
holiday party in December, 2007: L-R, Jim Johnson, Lisa Carroll,
Greg O'Connor, Bob Kronick, and Sam Fowler
More holiday party pictures
March 13, 1-2pm,
Executive Committee meeting,
Gay St. conference room.
March 20, 5:30-7:30pm, Board meeting, Home of Amy Goff (email for
March 18. TVMA'S regular monthly
are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month
social time, Meeting time, 7-8pm;
Click here for directions to
Friday, April 11,
Tennesseee Valley Mediation Association (TVMA) will host:
O. Russell Murray, Esq.
from Denver, CO,
a renowned speaker and teacher on the uses
of mediation in litigation.
The workshop is titled:
"A Litigator’s Guide
to Mediation, and
Mediator’s Guide to Litigators"
To find out more about the speaker, go to
his website, www.adrcom.com. The
all-day workshop will be held at TVUUC, and will be worth 6 hrs of CLE/CME.
Included in the cost is a copy of his very useful and readable book,
"The Mediation Handbook:
Effective Strategies for Litigators",
2006. More information to follow on TVMA's
website at www.tnmediators.com
Register early for the best price and to help us plan more efficiently for
this annual fundraiser.
who do not need CLEs
pay the same rate as KBA members!
KNOXVILLE BAR ASSOCIATION DATES:
KBA ADR Section:
will be held at the law office of Butler, Vines & Babb (2701 Kingston Pike) from
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. The programs have each been approved for one hour of general
CLE credit (unless otherwise noted). KBA Members not wishing to receive CLE
credit may attend the program at no charge (handout materials not included). A
reservation is required in advance of the program. $5 additional the day of the
program. The cost is $20 for KBA members & $30 for non-KBA members. The
cost includes one hour of CLE credit and the handout materials. CMC volunteers and staff may attend for the same price
as a KBA member.
Monday, March 3, 5:30-6:30PM,
Mediation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Revisited
Speaker: Lewis Hagood, Esq. of Arnett, Draper&
Lewis Hagood's primary practice areas are labor and employment
discrimination law, ERISA, business, and civil litigation. Lewis is a
contributing editor for the ABA's annual publication, "The Developing Labor
Law" and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America as well as Who's Who in
Monday, April 7, 5:30-6:30PM,
Mediating with Governmental Entities: Avoiding Problems, Pitfalls and
Speaker: Joseph G. Jarret, Esq.
Joe Jarret is a Rule 31 Civil Mediator and attorney who trained under and
taught for internationally known mediators David Strawn and Mel Rubin.
Joe most recently served Polk County, Florida, as its County Attorney.
A former US Army Combat Arms Officer, he holds a Masters in Public
Administration from Central Michigan University, and a law degree from
Statson University College of Law, and a Graduate Certificate in Public
Management from the University of South Florida. He is a new to
Knoxville and is a member of the Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations.
KBA Family Law Section
Child Support: Q&A
March 26, 2008
(in the First Tennessee Bldg off the
in downtown Knoxville)
Presented by Kevin Teffeteller, staff attorney for
TN Child Support Enforcement
Cost is $20 for KBA members; $30 for nonmembers.
*Come early and buy your lunch at the
Lunchbox if you'd like to eat during the presentation. No
outside food allowed.
Chancery Court Practice: Views from the Bench
May 16, 2008
Don't miss this opportunity to meet Chancellors from in and around
Knox County, and learn practice tips that will help you
successfully litigate in Tennessee Chancery Courts. Gain valuable
insights into how area Chancellors manage their cases and run their
courtrooms. If you practice at all in Chancery Court, you will not
want to miss this seminar.
Approved for 3 Hours of General CLE Credit
Date: Friday, May 16, 2008
Time: 1:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Location: Main Assembly Room, City Count Building
$90 KBA Members;
$125 Non Members
($5 additional the day of the program)
UT COLLEGE OF LAW DATES:
Collaborative Law Training Update
Knoxville: We have a
date for our Collaborative Family Law Training:
May 7-8, 2008 for attorneys,
and a related
training on May 9 for
"collaborative professionals" (mediators, psychologists &
therapists, evaluators, financial planners, real estate experts) who
would otherwise be involved as "dueling experts" in family
Register early by calling Micki Fox at
UT College of Law, 974-4464
Her email is
Here is the positive 2007 ABA Formal Ethics Committee Opinion
on Collaborative Law
ashville meetings & trainings:
Association of Professional Mediators (TAPM)
University Institute for Conflict Management
Contact: Rich McPherson
3901 Granny White Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
Web Site: www.icm.lipscomb.edu
the Complex Case:
TN Rule 31 Civil Mediation Training
April 17-19 & May 8-10, 2008,
Ezell Center Third Floor
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
For more information and to register,
Next Cohort Class of ICM Students Will Begin in August 2008. Apply online
Left, Larry Bridgesmith, JD, Executive Director, Lipscomb University
Institute for Conflict Management
(ICM); Right, Marietta Shipley, retired 2nd Circuit Ct Judge in Davidson
Co, first President of TAPM, and
founder of the Mediation
SAVE THE DATE!
MARCH 28, 2008
see Calendar of Events for details
6 HR. CLE
ANDY LITTLE, Mediator from North Carolina will
PRESENT "MAKING MONEY TALK"
ANN BARKER, Attorney & Mediator from Knoxville will speak
on Family Mediation
meetings in Nashville
for state-wide coalitions
Tennessee Coalition of Community Mediaton (TCCM)
Tuesday, March 11
in Nashville at
Ezell Center, 3rd floor
Tennessee Coalition on Mediation Awareness (TCMA)
Tuesday, March 11
in Nashville at
Ezell Center, 3rd floor
Come and help us plan the 2008 Mediation Day in Tennessee!
Jean Munroe provides excellent Rule 31 mediation training for civil
and family mediators in the Knoxville area and across Tennessee,
with cross-over training offered. She is also considered to be the
"go-to" trainer for domestic violence issues in mediation.
Click here for her 2007 training
schedule. Jean and her partner Paul donate many hours of their
time to pro bono mediation work, including assisting and mentoring
CMC in its training needs. Also see Jean's page at
One of our volunteer mediators,
has a new mediation service called Consensus Mediation Group.
She provides mediation services, and she has beautiful mediation
conference spaces (with wireless internet, fully audio-visual
capable, kitchen and breakout facilities, and plenty of
parking) in a office complex in convenient West Knoxville.
She's also offering the space for legal conferencing needs:
settlement meetings, depositions, and out of town attorneys needs.
WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM ON FIRST TUESDAY!
Buy a Ben & Jerry's ice cream at Western Plaza between 5pm-8pm, and
20% of what you pay will go directly to Community Shares!
group is interested in becoming a Community Shares member group,
from the front (office)
Time to welcome another wonderful group of new mediators to our
ranks! In January and February, CMC trained a class of 11 community
volunteers and 14 UT law students to co-mediate our cases in General Sessions
and Juvenile Court.
Joe Jarret, Esq.
David Waite, Esq.
The law students participating in our training, and now acting
as CMC volunteer mediators in Knox County General Sessions and Juvenile Courts,
Training took place at the UT College of Law, as it does every
spring semester. We blend the training of the community volunteers with
that of the Mediation Clinic students at the law school. We have so much
diversity of skills, talent and culture in this class: attorneys, court
interpreters, Hispanic speakers, business people, teachers, mental health
workers, human resource managers, therapists, restauranteurs! All learn
together, from each other, in order to provide mediation services to the Knox
Our trainers were Bob Swan, Ann Barker, Becky Jacobs, Jen Comiskey, and myself. Helping over the course of the two weekend training
with invaluable coaching and role-playing were our "seasoned" (not "old")
volunteer mediators and board members (including the entire CMC Executive
Committee): Lisa Carroll, Sam Fowler, Becky Jacobs, Bob Swan, Paul Rajkowski, Judy and Bill Toole, Lon Young, Marsha Hupfel, Jenny Burkemper, Lisa
Beckman, and Don K. Ferguson. Two of our newest volunteer mediators from
our last training assisted in preparation and training: Judith Mallory and
Monday after training was done, I had two more applications to
be volunteer mediator in my email inbox, and currently I have six. Thanks to
everyone who has applied. It appears
the word is out on what a great opportunity our training and mentoring offers.
CMC has also received a request for help in training parenting plan/visitation
mediators in the 4th judicial district. We look forward to working with
ETHRA (East Tennessee Human Resource Agency) on this project. Our vision
is to produce a "Community Mediation Center In A Box" using our excellent
manual, forms, ethics outline, role plays, and coaching tips so that other
Tennessee counties can create community mediation programs in a cost-effective
I also want to give a shout out to our
UT School of Social Work intern, Bethany Townsend, who will help CMC by conducting some solid research on
CMC "client satisfaction". I've always wanted to know how long-lasting are
the parenting plans which we assist the never-married parent to mediate?
We'll soon have a preliminary answer! Beth attended our winter basic
training so that she could conduct interviews in a more sensitive way. I'd
also like to thank Stanley Taylor at Knoxville
Leadership Foundation for assisting CMC by acting as Beth's Social Work