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Advanced Civil Mediation - 6 CME / 6 CLE - July 25-26, Live In-Person only at the Beautiful French Lick Springs Resort & Casino

Updated: 4 days ago

Part of the Masters Series Summer Conference

6 CME / 6 CLE - Friday & Saturday, July 25-26

LIVE IN-PERSON ONLY! – French Lick Springs Resort & Casino

We are pleased to bring the Advanced Civil Mediation program to the spectacular setting of the historic French Lick Springs Resort & Casino! Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Indiana, it is a grand backdrop for this year's event, as part of ICLEF’s Annual Masters Series Summer Conference. 

This Live In-Person Only Seminar is part of ICLEF's Masters Series and is designed as an advanced-level session for those practitioners who already have a fundamental understanding of each practice area. This discussion-oriented curriculum will take you deeper into tougher, more challenging matters. Bring your questions and toughest issues too, to share with the group.


Hosted Reception following Day 1 in the Grand Atrium of West Baden

We return to the West Baden Atrium where you and your guest can join us to unwind from the day's discussions!

Continental breakfast served before Day 2. Casual Dress for all events.

Click Here to learn about all there is to see and do in French Lick & West Baden during your stay.



Pre-Mediation Preparation

 The Mediation Submission

 Absent parties - Getting all of the necessary parties to attend the mediation. 

 Beginning the mediation - Initial joint sessions

 Dealing with lawyers who don’t want you to talk directly to their client / the insurance claim rep. 

 What to do when a mediation gets off to a bad start 

 The importance of active listening as a mediator

 Understanding the different perspectives of parties, lawyers and insurance companies and why that matters in getting cases resolved – Helping the parties “speak the same language.” 

 Getting the parties to consider / acknowledge the weaknesses as well as the strengths of their own case, the strengths of the opposing party’s case and translating that into their positions with regard to the value of the case.

 Dealing with lawyers who want to make imprudent / counter-productive arguments or send counter-productive messages to the opposing party 

 Settlement negotiations – How far a mediator can go in guiding the settlement negotiations 

 Dealing with particular types of people 

 Methods for dealing with and over-coming impasse 

 Using calculations regarding a Plaintiff’s recovery from a settlement vs. a verdict

 Giving parties information their attorneys may not have given them.

 Overview / Summary - Why some mediations “fail” and how to prevent it 

 The Settlement Agreement 

 Post-mediation follow-up

 Conducting mediations by Zoom vs. in person and combinations thereof.



Teresa L. Todd, Seminar Chair, Attorney at Law, Indianapolis

Samual R. Ardery, Bunger & Robertson, Bloomington

Michael P. Bishop, Bishop Mediation & Arbitration, LLC, Indianapolis

Be Denton, The Mediation Group LLC, Indianapolis

Peter D. Palmer, Pete Palmer Law LLC, New Albany

Kevin K. Fitzharris, Barrett & McNagny LLP, Fort Wayne

Dr. Michael J. Jenuwine, J.D., Ph.D., Legal Clinic, University of Notre Dame, South Bend



We have a limited number of blocked-off rooms for our Masters Conference Attendees at the brand new French Lick Valley Tower and the beautiful French Lick Resort & Casino & West Baden Springs Resort & Spa. Click Here to make reservations online. Use the Group Code 0724ICL as both the Group Code and Password. You can also call the resort directly at 1-844-241-6361 / 1-888-936-9360. Use reservation Group Code 0724ICL. The "cut-off date" is June 26, 2024. Reservations made after this date will still be accepted based on the hotel's prevailing rate and space availability.

Please note: set your specific arrival and departure dates to see accurate room availability.  If the system should say SOLD OUT prior to the cutoff date, simply change the date to the night you wish to check-in.  The date field is located in the upper left corner of the room reservation page. Remember to click on "Refine Search" after you change the date field.

You may also wish to consider the following hotels in the area and still join us for all the programming and activities of the conference:


Part of the Masters Series Summer Conference

6 CME / 6 CLE - Friday & Saturday, July 25-26

LIVE IN-PERSON ONLY! – French Lick Springs Resort & Casino

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN • Premier Indiana CLE


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