So Now You Know: CLE/CME for DRC Certified Mediators

Time: 12:00 – 2:15pm

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Location: Western Carolina University Asheville Campus at Biltmore Park (south Asheville)

Cost: $100

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2 hours credit that may apply as both Continuing Mediator Education and Continuing Legal Education

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, September 15th before the DRC deadline of September 30, 2017.  Review the DRC rules here.

The seminar will address a range of issues concerning the various rules, statutes and case law relating to mediation of cases pending in North Carolina state and federal courts. Also included will be review and discussion 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
  • confidentiality parameters involved in mediated settlement conferences.


Sharon Tracey Barrett is a retired Superior Court Judge and a former Buncombe County District Court Judge. Through a practice called Barrett Resolutions, Sharon currently works as a mediator and arbitrator. She also 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 then practiced law in Asheville with the firm of Patla, Straus, Robinson & Moore for nineteen years before becoming a judge. She serves as President of the Board of Directors of The Mediation Center.

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 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.

Click here for directions to Western Carolina University at Biltmore Park. Click here for a map of Biltmore Park, which includes instructions for free parking.


All registration fees benefit the Mediation Center.
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Buncombe County Location

40 N. French Broad Ave., Suite B
Asheville, NC 28801


fax: 828-232-5140

Henderson County Location

101 South Grove St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792


fax: 828-697-8528

Transylvania County Location

137 North Broad St., Suite 1
Brevard, NC 28712


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