2017 NEACR Biennial Regional Conference, September 8, 2017




NEACR is delighted to introduce Lawrence Susskind as the keynote speaker of the 2017 NEACR Biennial Conference. Professor Susskind, one of the founders of both the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Consensus Building Institute, will be giving a talk and leading a discussion on the theme Consensus Building in the Age of Trump: Strategies for the ADR Field. Professor Susskind’s argument is that it is actually easier to facilitate useful and productive conversations in more contentious times. ADR professionals should be clear though about the value we can add. Our goal should not be to change people. Instead, we should offer problem-solving assistance — even in the face of harsh disagreement. And, we must be absolutely diligent about maintaining our neutrality (no matter how strongly we feel about a particular subject).

Joining our keynote speaker will be a stellar roster of presenters and workshops. This year’s lineup features a jam packed day of theory, discussion and conflict resolution excitement. Click here to view the complete agenda with individual workshop titles, descriptions and presenters. An abbreviated schedule of events:

9:00am to 9:30am – REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

9:30am to 11:00am – SESSION 1

11:00am to 11:15 – BREAK

11:15am to 12:45pm – KEYNOTE

12:45pm to 1:45pm – LUNCH & NETWORKING

1:45pm to 3:15pm – SESSION 2

3:15pm to 3:30pm – BREAK

3:30pm to 4:30pm – SESSION 3

Please note that each of the three sessions listed in the agenda above will feature different tracks:

  • Resilience: Community and Co-existence
  • Invention: Meeting Families Where They Are
  • Leadership: Responsive Mediation Practice

Click here to register or find more information about this week’s big event.

Contact Us

Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
c/o The Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108


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  • Mass Bar Association Conflict Resolution Week October 16-20, 2017

    MBLA Members are invited to join the Massachusetts Bar Association for Conflict Resolution Week as they celebrate the many benefits that dispute resolution (DR) processes bring to the legal community and the people of Massachusetts. Calendar of Events: Monday, Oct. 16 Western Mass. Court-Connected Dispute Resolution Programs 12:45–2 p.m., Hampden County Hall of Justice, Springfield Tuesday, Oct 17 Youth Mediation and Juvenile Justice Panel 4:30–6:30 p.m., Massachusetts School of Law, Andover Wednesday, Oct 18 Beyond the Courthouse, Dispute Resolution Options for Families in Transition Noon–1:30 p.m., Ventress Memorial Library, Marshfield Fundraiser: Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC) Bash 6:30–8:30 p.m., Cambridge Innovation Center, Cambridge Thursday, Oct 19 Conflict Resolution Day Reception 5:30–7:30 p.m., Adams Courthouse, Boston Fr iday, Oct 20 Documentary Film Screening: The Peacemaker 7–9 p.m., Harvard Law School, Ames Auditorium, Cambridge Detailed event information at www.MassBar.org/CRWeek.

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