So Now You Know: CLE/CME for DRC Certified Mediators
Date: Friday, April 28th, 2017
Time: This seminar is offered twice on the same date. The content of the two sections is the same; only register for one.
Section #1: 12:00pm to 2:15pm
Section #2: 3:00pm to 5:15pm
Registration opens 30 minutes before each section.
Location: Lenoir Rhyne University in the Asheville Chamber Building, 36 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
CLE/CME Credit: 2 hours credit that may apply as both Continuing Mediator Education and Continuing Legal Education*
*credit approval pending
Starting with the 2017-2018 fiscal year, every active MSC and FFS mediator certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission DRC) must annually complete 2 hours of continuing mediator education (CME) certified by the DRC. Complete your 2 hours at an in-person seminar in Asheville on Friday, April 28th in plenty of time for 2017-2018 renewal. Review the DRC rules here.
Light snacks, coffee, and water are included. Section #1 attendees can add a boxed lunch to their registration for $10. Pre-ordered lunches will be provided on arrival.
The seminar will address a range of issues relating to the various rules, statutes and case law relating to mediation of cases pending in North Carolina state and federal courts. Also included will be descriptions of the applicable requirements set forth in the Dispute Resolutions Commission’s advisory opinions and standards of conduct for DRC certified mediators.
Topics will include: persons who may and/or must attend court-ordered mediations, scheduling mediation in compliance with applicable court orders and rules, including special circumstances such as pendency of interlocutory appeals and the commencement of bankruptcy proceedings, requirements for written settlement agreements at mediation, issues regarding the enforceability of mediated settlement agreements, dealing with litigants who do not speak English, issues concerning mediation with indigent parties, and the confidentiality parameters involved in mediated settlement conferences.
Sharon Tracey Barrett is a retired Superior Court Judge and a former Buncombe County District Court Judge. She currently serves as an Associate Judge and Justice for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and as an Emergency Superior Court Judge. She received her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986. She practiced law in Asheville with the firm of Patla, Straus, Robinson & Moore for nineteen years. She serves as President of the Board of Directors of The Mediation Center. Through a practice called Barrett Resolutions, Sharon currently works as a mediator and arbitrator.
Frank Goldsmith is a trial lawyer and mediator who lives in Buncombe County and maintains a law office in Marion. He received his Juris Doctor degree with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill. Frank was certified as a mediator in 1996 and has mediated many state and federal cases in the past 21 years. He is a member of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America,” “Super Lawyers,” and “North Carolina Legal Elite” in the fields of alternate dispute resolution and employment law. Currently, he serves on the boards of the North Carolina Justice Center, Carolina Public Press, and the ACLU of Western North Carolina.