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Court Symposium Workshop ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 2024 Spring Conference

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Court Symposium Workshop ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 2024 Spring Conference

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
At the San Diego Westin Gaslight District

Can Israel’s Early Dispute Resolution Reform Work in the U.S.?

For decades family law jurisdictions throughout the United States have struggled with protecting children and families from the negative consequences of adversarial litigation. This workshop will explore the dispute resolution programs currently in place in the United States, the need to reform the Family Law System and how U.S. family law jurisdictions might benefit by adopting programs for early dispute resolution that resemble the new family law system in Israel.

Presenters: Terri Breer, Attorney Mediator, New Day Divorce; Galit Sneh Lurie, Attorney Mediator, Sneh Lurie Mediation & Collaborative Law Offices

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Panel Presentation ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 2024 Spring Conference

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Panel Presentation ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 2024 Spring Conference

Thursday, April 11, 2024
At the Westin, San Diego

Mediation 2024: Strategies for Riding the Waves with Parties in Today’s Shifting Current

Mediators need to add a new set of skills to keep up with the current shifting landscape and the needs of the parties who are being tossed about by the emotional waves caused by post-pandemic, technology and remote settings, polarized social and political climate, and economic pressures. This workshop will better prepare mediators to recognize, manage and resolve conflict with participants who are wrestling with handling their higher anxiety and post-traumatic stress from today’s social climate.

Presenters: Lee Jay Berman, Mediator, The Mediation Offices of Lee Jay Berman; Terri Breer, Attorney Mediator, New Day Divorce; Harshitha Ram, Attorney and International Arbitrator, Lex Apotheke

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Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) – 2024 Family Mediation Institute (FMI)

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Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) – 2024 Family Mediation Institute (FMI)

Thursday, April 18 – Saturday, April 20, 2024

2024 Family Mediation Institute: Conductors of Peace: Orchestrating Family Harmony

New Day Divorce is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the Friday Night Mixer and Exhibiting at the Family Mediation Institute (FMI) on Friday, April 19, 2024 and Saturday, April 20, 2024.

Please visit New Day Divorce at our Exhibitor Table during the FMI Conference!

Saturday, April 20, 2024
At CalState Dominquez Hills Campus

This workshop will address how to create transformative outcomes in mediation where the subject dispute involves the special relationships between family members, including divorce, elder and probate disputes. In divorce there will always be an ongoing relationship between the parties particularly if they will be co-parenting in the future or sharing social relationships. Elder disputes often involve disputes between parents and their children and/or between siblings who disagree on the care plan for an elderly parent. Probate disputes may involve disputes between 1st and 2nd wives, stepchildren and biological children, and between siblings and step-siblings. Ms. Breer will introduce several skills to empower decision making that will promote family harmony and transform conflicts into settlements that preserve the special relationships involved. Program will include skills that empower parties’ decision making to promote family harmony and Transformative skills that will change the way the parties manage conflict and improve the familial relationship.

Presenter: Terri Breer Attorney Mediator, New Day Divorce

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ABA Early Dispute Resolution (EDR)  Committee Meeting

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ABA Early Dispute Resolution (EDR)  Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Are We Ready for Mandatory Early Dispute Resolution in Family Law Matters?

Terri Breer, Attorney Mediator will discuss the recent legal reforms in Israel that are designed to channel family conflicts out of the courts by creating a mandatory Early Dispute Resolution process.  Included in the reforms is the requirement that anyone wishing to file an action with a court in the matter of a family dispute, shall first submit to the court a “petition for dispute resolution” that shall not include arguments or facts relating to the conflict and once filed, the parties are “frozen” from pursuing any adversarial proceeding for up to 90 days.  During the “frozen period” the parties may only seek to resolve the conflict consensually and peacefully through counseling, mediation, family or spousal therapy.  As a result of these new reforms Israel has seen a 50% reduction in the number of families in litigation.

Terri Breer will review why early dispute resolution is so desirable in family law matters and will consider the pros, cons and the feasibility of enacting similar reforms in the U.S. for the benefit and wellbeing of children and families in divorce.

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4th Dialog on Family Law System Reform

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4th Dialog on Family Law System Reform

Dialog on Family Law System Reform - Together we can change the adversarial culture of divorce.

Monday, March 4, 2024 – 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Join us for a lively discussion on the need to redesign the family law system to better meet the needs of families and the family law courts. Is the current family law system working in your jurisdiction? Do you have ideas on reforms that you would like to see enacted to improve the system? What programs are working well at your local courthouse? Do you believe the family law system in your jurisdiction is broken?

Family Law Attorney Mediators, Jennifer Winestone and Jeff Jacobson have developed proposed legislation for a Joint Petition for family law matters in California. They have not only drafted the proposed revisions to the Family Law Code to implement their Joint Petition but have discussed the proposed legislation and sample proposed forms with several family law bench officers, legal  professionals and organizations and have begun collecting endorsements from many leaders in the family law and mental health communities as well as bar associations and collaborative association. Jennifer and Jeff believe that the current Petition and Response are archaic forms designed for litigated cases (with checkboxes that often have relevance only in default proceedings and they find that the current forms serve the singular purposes of opening up a case with the Court; however the current construction of the forms are not compatible with the goals of mediation (and other non-litigation alternatives), creating unnecessary stress for people, increasing conflict, and decreasing opportunity for agreement. There proposal is to provide a Joint Petition that does not require a petitioner and respondent in the traditional sense and does not need to be served on either party. We will hear more from these two professional colleagues about their proposed legislative reform, their progress so far and their goals for the project.

We will also discuss the various written notices that are provided by several California jurisdictions to parties along with their conformed copies of their Summons & Petition for Dissolution of Marriage that notify them of the opportunities for mediation and other consensual models of dispute resolution that will help expand the reach of out of court options for families of divorce.

Let’s talk about what we might do as family law professional and court staff members to better serve the families in our communities and improve how we deliver family law services. What changes can we make and should we make as family law professionals to improve the delivery of family services in our jurisdictions?

We will be using a Zoom meeting format for this program. We looking forward to having you share your thoughts on this important topic.