AAM Meetings and Events

One (1.0) hours of CE credit is available to attendees for most AAM meetings.

AAM meeting usually begin with 30 minutes of networking followed by a one-hour presentation. 
AAM events are free to any one interested. Meetings offer a light lunch that is free to members and a requested $5 donation for non-AAM members.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

    • 20 Oct 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Dispute Resolution Center, 5407 North IH35, Suite 410, Austin

    Our speaker will be Ben Cunningham, founding partner of the Lakeside Mediation Center in Austin. Ben will address the question of when co-mediation is appropriate; the roles of co-mediators, including lawyer and non-lawyer co-mediation scenarios.  We will also discuss the types of cases/conflicts that lend themselves to co-mediation; thoughts on building a unique co-mediation model for practice in potential new arenas. The discussion will allow for some Q & A as time permits.

    A nationally recognized attorney-mediator, Ben Cunningham has mediated over 3,000 cases. Ben holds the highest credentialing designation awarded by Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubble, and is a Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. Known as an expert in the field of conflict resolution, Ben has trained mediators from all over the world, and is co-author of the critically acclaimed ABA book on mediation, Stories Mediators Tell.  Ben writes and lectures regularly on managing emotions in high conflict situations. Before his life as lawyer and mediator, Ben worked in law enforcement as a street cop and hostage negotiator. Ben is a Past-President and board member of the Travis County DRC, a member of the Graduate Advisory Board for Legal/ADR Studies at Texas State University, former Texas Association of Mediators Director, a member of the Texas Association of Attorney Mediators, and of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

    The meeting will begin at 11:30 am for networking and the one-hour presentation will begin at 12:00. One (1.0) hour of CE credit is available to attendees.

    This event is free of charge to all interested people, with a light lunch provided. For non-AAM members, a $5 donation for lunch is requested.

    We look forward to seeing you there!
    • 08 Dec 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Dispute Resolution Center, 5407 North IH35, Suite 410, Austin
    Robert Kamm, Attorney, Lobbyist and Mediator, will give a Legislative Update on matters of interest to the mediation community surrounding the 85th Sessions of the Texas Legislature.

    Bob is a lobbyist, lawyer and mediator representing clients in legislative and administrative matters, primarily before the Texas Legislature and state agencies. In addition to government affairs consulting, Bob’s 37 year career in Texas has taken him along the path of civil litigator, lawyer for a Texas Senate Committee, lead lobbyist for a major statewide association, legislative candidate and mediator.

    Following Bob's remarks, AAM will have our annual Ethics in Mediation program that, when combined with the ethics provided by Bob's presentation, will meet one hour of the three-hour ethics training required annually by TAM and TMCA.

    The meeting will begin at 11:00 am for networking and the ninety-minute presentation will begin at 11:30. One and a half (1.5) hours of CE credit is available to attendees, of which 1 hour will be ethics.

    This event is free of charge to all interested people, with a light lunch provided. For non-AAM members, a $5 donation for lunch is requested.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

Events Prior to 2015

Here are some of the diverse topics presented by many outstanding practitioners in the conflict resolution field.

Stacie McGee, Ethics in Film

Mark Sims, Stories and Examples in Family Law Mediation

Ted Daniels, Diane Harvey and Karen Smithson, Panelists - Getting Started in Mediation

David Huang, Walter Krudop and John Morgan, Panelists - Mediation and Workplace Safety Precaution

Walter Wright , Ethics in Caucus

David Huang, Difficult Mediations

Luemara Wagner, Multicultural Issues in Mediation

Karl Spock, ADR Legislative Update 2013

Kevin Leahy, This is Your Brain on Ethics, www.knowledgeadvocate.com

Mary Thompson, www.corderthompson.com - The Role of Apology in Mediation

Julia Benkoski - Mediating Estate-Probate Disputes...Or Are We Herding Cats? - www.jgblegal.com

Jan Berger - Ethical Dilemnas

Better Business Bureau - Alternative Dispute Resolution program

Kathy Lenox - Putting the 'Me' in Mediation: Finding your Niche

Larry Schooler - How Mediators Prepare for Mediation

Walt Krudop - Interactive Ethics

Karl Slaikeu, PhD - www.karlslaikeu.com - Conflict Resolution Experiences in Afghanistan

Mary Thompson, www.corderthompson.com - Facilitation

Mary Steinhardt, PhD, UT professor and Faculty Ombuds presented on Ombudsmen. For more information on Mary Steinhardt visit: http://www.utexas.edu/education/resilience/about.html

Susan Schultz - ADR legislation update
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Kate Stewart, PhD presented Goals and Stories: A New Model for Mediators
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Rick Bradstreet, PhD, presented on The Drama Triangle. Phone: 512-338-9907, E-Mail: rbradstreet@sbcglobal.net

Real Estate/Foreclosure Mediation by Jeff Jury. Jeff is a DRC mediator and has served as DRC Board President. He is an Austin lawyer with a large mediation practice and a noted author and speaker in the field. Jeff Jury - Web site: www.bajb.com/jj.jsp – Arbitration

Walter Wright, Unauthorized Practice of Law/Insurance

Suzanne Schwartz, Challenging Attorney Behavior in Mediation

Angela Jamison, DRC mediator, and Bruce Kravitz, Community Education Director of the AGE program (Austin Groups for the Elderly) presented on Elder Mediation. Click here to view presentation.

Charlie Cannon, Web site: www.mediate.com/ccannon/ - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the ESGR Ombudsman Program

Claude Ducloux - Tips and Tricks for Mediators

Katie Bond - Adult Victim-Offender Mediations

Mike Schless, Jan Berger, Walt Krudop - Ethics discussion panel

David Garza - Transformative Mediation

Susan Schultz - ADR legislation update

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