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The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution has designated the third week of October as Mediation Week. This year’s Mediation Week was be held October 15th – 21st. In celebration, Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas hosted a free continental breakfast and sponsored a $50 Gift Card Sweepstakes.
In past years, Notices for Settlement Week were distributed by mail which slowed the response time. For 2017, DRS North Texas made case submissions for Settlement Week more easily available by providing electronic versions of notices and related documents. The number of cases submitted to Settlement Week was similar to years past using the electronic filing method. With documents more readily available, the agency is eager to see increased participation by the legal community in Settlement Week in the years to come.
July 13, 2017, Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas Inc. hosted an advanced mediation training at Texas A&M University School of Law. Jack Manhire gave an exemplary presentation that explained how implicit (unknown) biases impact each person, how our brains consciously process bits of information, barriers to inclusion, and strategies for counteracting the negative effects of implicit biases.
Through videos, group activities, and open discussions attendees were demonstrated the importance of being aware of implicit biases in order to improve employee engagement and performance in organizations. Inspired to better understand ones own implicit biases, attendees made personal self-commitments to ratify the negative effects of implicit biases.
“The presentation has motivated me to continue to grow via recognizing biases and addressing them.”
“Brought to my awareness new things/thoughts for me to examine and consider changing.”
“Inspired me to be aware of my thought processes and the included projections and judgments.”
“A great workshop in our turbulent times.”
“Very relevant topic; great discussion.”
September 26, 2016 through October 5, 2016, Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, Inc. held Settlement Week 2016. Settlement Week is a designated week held in accordance with Chapter 155.001 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code to facilitate voluntary settlement of civil and family law cases.
Legal professionals and individuals with cases pending in civil and family courts submitted cases to be resolved quickly during Settlement Week.
September 8, 2016, Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas Inc. and Texas A&M University School of Law conducted an advanced mediation training on restoring collaboration between disputants using the SCARF Model. Lecturers Jack Manhire and Kay Elliott presented the five domains of social experience identified in SCARF – a tool for mediators to help parties minimize perceived threats and maximize rewards in mediation.