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Agenda



Seminar Objectives:

  • Understand confidentiality in ADR under the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act and relevant ADR and other policies and procedures;
  • Explore obstacles and opportunities involved in applying confidentiality procedures;
  • Establish opportunities for addressing future confidentiality questions;
  • Learn together

9:00 – 9:45 Introduction

  • Opening remarks -- Elena Gonzalez, Director, Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution and Charles Pou, Chair, ABA Joint Committee to Promote Quality in Administering Government Conflict Management
  • Introduction of participants and session leaders
  • Identify specific confidentiality situations and questions they would like to see addressed in the program
  • Review agenda, course goals and format

9:45 – 10:00 Confidentiality in Mediation: Why, When, How, Generally (interactive presentation)

  • Theory and practice of why mediators, parties, and program administrators are concerned about protecting confidentiality

10:00 – 10:45 Overview of the ADR Act of 1996 (presentation)

  • The statute and practical suggestions for protecting confidential exchanges of information when the government is a party

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:40 Small Group Discussions -- Different Situations and Roles

11:40 – 12:15 Full Group Discussion of Key Issues and Questions

12:15 – 12:30 Addressing Future Confidentiality Questions

12:30 Evaluation and Adjourn