ABA Webinars on March 19 and 20 About Simulations and ODR

From GFOI Linda Seely, Ana Sambold, and all our friends at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution:

Dear ABA DR Section members,

This Thursday, 3/19 and Friday, 3/20, we’ll continue bringing some of the leading figures in the world of online dispute resolution to provide you with all the information you need to rapidly adjust your practice to the current situation with COVID-19.

Here is the information about our two upcoming FREE benefit member programs held by Zoom:

  1. Thursday, March 19, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)

Conducting Simulations Online In Conflict and Dispute Resolution Courses

Description: This session aims to support teachers as they transition their classroom-based negotiation and dispute resolution courses to an online, synchronous, video-based format in response to recent campus closures.  Noam Ebner and Sharon Press will guide participants through the setup, conduct, and debriefing of video-based simulations conducted in real-time in these courses.  They will also introduce various methods for conducting simulations asynchronously and outside of live class meetings. Sharon and Noam will do their best to respond to all questions related to conducting negotiation and conflict simulations online.

About the Speakers: 

Professor Sharon Press, director of the Dispute Resolution Institute, joined the faculty of Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2009 where she teaches Mediation and Negotiation (in both online and in-person formats), and a Mediation Clinic.  Press currently serves as Co-President of Community Mediation Minnesota and is a board member of Community Mediation and Restorative Services (CMRS) and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation.

Noam Ebner is a Professor of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Creighton University’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. He is a former chair of Creighton’s online graduate degree program in negotiation and conflict resolution. Noam has developed online program curricula, designed online courses, and taught online and hybrid courses on negotiation and conflict topics for the past fifteen years. Here’s his email.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:  Please click this URL to register and join.

Or join by phone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)

  1. Friday, March 20, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (EST)

ODR in the ERA of COVID-19: Experts Answer Your Questions

Description: This program is a chance for dispute resolution professionals of all levels of experience to ask the experts those burning questions we all have about ODR as we enter this new era of delivering services to our clients.  Colin Rule of Tyler Technologies, Amy Schmitz, Professor of the University of Missouri and Professor David Larson of Mitchell Hamline School of Law will be discussing some of the issues around ODR and answering your questions.

About the Speakers: 

Professor Amy J. Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Online Dispute Resolution, AI, Data Analytics and the Law, and other courses in the JD and LLM Program. Professor Schmitz has published over 50 articles in law journals and books, and a book, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, with Colin Rule.

Colin Rule is Vice President for Online Dispute Resolution at Tyler Technologies.  Tyler acquired Modria.com, an ODR provider Colin co-founded, in 2017.  From 2003 to 2011 Colin was Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal. He is the co-author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business and The New Handshake: ODR and the Future of Consumer Protection. Colin co-founded Online Resolution, one of the first online dispute resolution (ODR) providers, in 1999 and served as its CEO and President.

David Allen Larson is a Professor of Law at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Senior Fellow at the Dispute Resolution Institute. He is the ODR System Designer for the New York State Unified Court System; Vice-Chair, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution; Co-Chair of the Technology Committee and the ABA ODR Standards Task Force; and was a member of the ABA E-Commerce and ADR Task Force.  Click here to read his articles.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: Please click this URL to register and join.

Or join by phone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)


The Section of Dispute Resolution plans to record these programs and make the recordings available as a public service. If you missed last Monday’s program with Susan Guthrie, here is the link to our new RESOURCE page where we’ll be posting all our future programs dedicated to Online Dispute Resolution.


Please keep in mind that our Section will continue producing these types of trainings to support our community during this crisis period. Please encourage all your non-ABA DR Section member colleges to join our Section so we can keep them posted. Here is the link to join the ABA.  If they are already an ABA member and want to join the Section, they would go sign in and go to their My ABA page and join there. Together we will get through this.

Email Ana Sambold if you have any questions or need more information.

Stay safe, healthy and optimistic!

Ana M. Sambold, Esq.
ABA DR Section Educational Programming Officer
Mediator – Arbitrator – ADR Specialist

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