Don't Panic! Staying Effective in Mediation, Even When Time is Short

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 77 minutes
Recorded Date: May 27, 2020
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  • The risks of limited time & forms of mediator persuasion
  • Understanding motivation
  • Application: three strategies
Runtime:  1 hour, 17 minutes
Recorded: May 27, 2020


With the proliferation of court-connected mediation programs, many mediators are learning how to adapt their techniques to suit a time-limited mediation. In such circumstances, there can be a temptation to resort to more coercive techniques, which can undermine the process.

This presentation will provide strategies for staying connected to the parties in mediation, even when time runs short. Through this presentation, you'll learn: (1) why coercive techniques often undermine the efficacy of a mediation process; (2) what types of non-coercive techniques mediators typically employ; and (3) strategies for adapting these techniques to time-limited circumstances.

This program was recorded on May 27th, 2020.

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American Bar Association


Jennifer Sullivan

Senior Assistant Dean for Administration and Program Development
University of Colorado Law School

Jennifer Sullivan is the Senior Assistant Dean for Administration and Program Development at the University of Colorado Law School.

Prior to joining Colorado Law, Jennifer was a commercial litigator at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, where her practice focused on claims of breach of contract, fraud, misappropriation and other business torts, and fiduciary relationship disputes. Twice named a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers magazine, Jennifer served as a law firm associate, partner, and counsel, and maintained an active pro bono practice devoted primarily to asylum and post-conviction work. Jennifer graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1999, and clerked for the Honorable W. Royal Furgeson, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Jennifer serves on the Advisory Council to the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, as well as the board of directors of Focus Reentry, a Boulder-based non-profit that helps people integrate into society following incarceration. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys her husband and four children, and occasionally escaping them to swim, read, and write

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