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Advanced Civil Mediation - 6 CME / 6 CLE - July 27-28

Advanced Civil Mediation

Part of the Masters Series Summer Conference

6 CME / 6 CLE - Thursday & Friday, July 27-28

French Lick Springs Resort & Casino, French Lick, IN

We are pleased to bring the Advanced Civil Mediation program back to the spectacular setting of the historic French Lick Hotel! 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 Seminar Only 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. Click Here to learn more about all there is to see and do while in French Lick.

Hosted Reception following Day 1 in the Grand Atrium of West Baden - Guests of Attendees Welcome

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



• Beginning the mediation

• The most important things for a mediator to say to each of the parties

• Gathering the “good and bad facts” from each party to discuss later during the mediation.

• Dealing with / compensating for the trend away from doing an initial joint session

• Things mediators can do before mediations to help get cases settled

• Building rapport with the parties, lawyers and claims people – Establishing connection & trust

• How insurance companies and defense attorneys approach mediation

• Helping the parties speak the same language

• Working within the constraints of the insurance company’s model of the case

• Helping the plaintiff filter their responses in ways the insurance company can evaluate

• Why some mediations fail and how to prevent it

• Assisting the parties in identifying and evaluating the value drivers for the case

• Understanding how juries look at cases and evaluate a plaintiff’s damages

• Things a mediator can do to be more than just a “message carrier” – How to insert yourself

into the mediation process effectively

• Dealing with the inexperienced attorney

• Dealing with the attorney who is wrong about the law

• Dealing with lawyers who don’t want to let you talk to their clients / claim reps directly

• The use of technology in conducting mediations via Zoom

• Dealing with lawyers who want to make imprudent / counter-productive arguments

• Methods for dealing with and overcoming impasse

• What opinions can you express as a mediator and when and how do you do it?

• Indiana case law regarding the necessity of a written Settlement Agreement and the logistics

of getting the Settlement Agreement executed in remote mediations

• Follow-up after a failed mediation

• Cases involving a risk that the defendant will declare bankruptcy

• Dealing with the lawyer who doesn’t want to disclose information / evidence

• Multi-party mediation

Due to our discussion format, not all topics will receive the same treatment or emphasis during the program.



Teresa L. Todd, Seminar Chair

Attorney at Law, Indianapolis

Kyle M. Baker

The Mediation Group LLC, Indianapolis

Michael P. Bishop

Bishop Mediation & Arbitration, LLC, Indianapolis

Joy L. Colwell

Purdue University Northwest, Munster

Robert J. Dignam

O'Neill McFadden & Willett LLP, Schererville

Mark A. Scott

Scott Law Office & Mediation Center, Kokomo

Jerome L. Withered

Withered Burns, LLP, Lafayette



Discounted room rates for the ICLEF Masters Conference are available by Clicking Here or calling the resort directly at 1.844.241.6361 / 1.888.936.9360. Please use Group Code 0723ICL. The "cut-off date" is June 29, 2023. Reservations made after this date will still be accepted based on the hotel's prevailing rate and space availability.


Advanced Civil Mediation

Part of the Masters Series Summer Conference

6 CME / 6 CLE - Thursday & Friday, July 27-28

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

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

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