The Next Generation of Mediation: Go Ahead, Quit Your Day Job – April 1, 2017

The Next Generation of Mediation: Go Ahead, Quit Your Day Job

Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2017 Annual Conference, Memphis TN
April 1, 2017 – 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM

This interactive session with Michael Aurit, Amanda Singer and Justin Kelsey will showcase an in-depth panel discussion of four essential family mediation business building areas: (1) Most effective marketing strategies; (2) Biggest marketing mistakes; (3) Modern billing approaches to increase business; and (4) Best overall business practices. This candid conversation will provide takeaways that participants can immediately introduce into their own mediation practices to win more cases and grow business potential. A “roundtable” audience participation portion will offer audience questions, comments and engagement.

 

The Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2017 Annual Conference is taking place from March 30, 2017 through April 2, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Memphis, TN.  Click here to view the 2017 APFM Conference Flyer or here to Register.

The Flyer has a discount code for $50 off (MEMPHIS17).

The Legacy of Adam and Eve: Exploring the Impact of Gender Bias on Neutrality and Fairness – March 31, 2017

The Legacy of Adam and Eve: Exploring the Impact of Gender Bias on Neutrality and Fairness

Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2017 Annual Conference, Memphis TN
March 31st from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Justin Kelsey, Beth Aarons, and Jennifer Hawthorne will be leading a presentation and discussion on instances in divorce mediation where gender bias may impact the mediator’s ability to maintain neutrality and guide clients towards a “fair” result, such as where alimony and parenting plans are involved. The presenters will share case examples and demonstrate a fishbowl role play designed to illuminate some of the challenges of deciding if, when, and how to intervene in client discussions which may appear unfair while preserving neutrality, and the role of gender bias in that assessment.

 

The Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2017 Annual Conference is taking place from March 30, 2017 through April 2, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Memphis, TN.  Click here to view the 2017 APFM Conference Flyer or here to Register.

The Flyer has a discount code for $50 off (MEMPHIS17).

 

Startup Workshop @ DOCKIT – March 24, 2017

Starting a law practice requires planning, inspiration, and help.  MassLOMAP has organized a workshop to help lawyers looking to start a law practice focusing on planning, office tech, client management, marketing, entity selection, ethics, finances, and stress management.

This workshop will happen at DOCKIT, a legal co-working space in Springfield, Mass. and is cosponsored by the Hampshire County Bar Association, Hampden County Bar Association, Franklin County Bar Association, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), Starting Out Solo, and the Western Mass and Solo and Small Firm Committees of the Women’s Bar Association.

Faculty to include:

Anna Levine, Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Heidi Alexander, Director, MassLOMAP

Justin Kelsey, Skylark Law & Mediation, P.C. and incoming President of MCLC

Karen Adamski, O’Brien & Adamski

WHEN:  March 24, 2017 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
WHERE: Dockit | 3rd Floor, 75 Market St, Springfield, MA 01103
COST:Free

Click here for more information or to register.

QDROs: Getting it Right the First Time – March 17, 2017

On Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8:00 AM, Justin Kelsey will be presenting on the information divorce professionals need to know about QDROs at a meeting hosted by Pamela T. Lasher CFP®, CDFA®, Vice President- Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley.

This program will focus on the most common mistakes in Retirement Division provisions in Divorce Agreements and how to avoid them.  It will include an overview of the types of division orders and the decisions that must be made in order to create a complete order.

For information download the flyer here: QDRO Invite.

Click here for more information about QDROs.

 

The Collaborative Consult & 6-Hat Thinking – March 13, 2017

Justin Kelsey will present a training on the Collaborative Consult to the Hampden/Hampshire County Collaborative Practice Groups on March 13, 2017 at 4:30 during their monthly meeting.

The training will focus on updating the concept of an initial consultation with a client to include techniques and lessons from the Collaborative Law process.  The training includes an introduction to 6 hat thinking and how that theory can influence consultations and Collaborative law process in general.

Click here for more information.

Collaborative Law: Practice Family Law with ❤ – Massachusetts Lawyer’s Journal – May/June 2016

ADR coverThe Mass Lawyer’s Journal May/June edition published my article “Collaborative law: practicing family law with heart”

“Collaborative law is a different experience for my clients. If my divorcing clients finish their case having no better idea how to deal with conflict than when they first came into my office, then I have failed them. Divorce is a by-product of conflict in the marriage, but if people are ending their marriage to escape that conflict, why do so many couples end up in long drawn out court fights for years, essentially continuing that conflict? Because somewhere along the line the complaint-style system has failed them.”

Read more here and please share!

MCLC Introduction to Collaborative Law Training – Sept 22 -23, 2016

Currently, three of the attorneys at Skylark Law & Mediation are trained in Collaborative Law, an out-of-court dispute resolution process. The Collaborative Law process may be used to resolve conflict in all types of matters, including family, business, and probate disputes. The Collaborative Law training is an excellent opportunity to add valuable skills to your conflict resolution toolbox.

Justin Kelsey, the owner of Skylark Law & Mediation, PC, will be one of the trainers at the upcoming 2016 Introductory Collaborative Training presented by the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.

This training meets the standards set forth by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (“IACP”), and those completing this training are eligible for membership in the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and the IACP. More importantly, by participating in this training you would immediately become part of a growing, cutting-edge international community of Collaborative Law practitioners.

For more information or to register click here.