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Governor Lee has proclaimed March 2021 as Mediation Month in Tennessee. TAPM Proclamation of Mediation Month by governor.2021.pdf
http://www.tncourts.gov/adrplan serves as the one stop shop for the ADR Plan.
NEW MEDIATION PLAN TARGETS BACKLOG OF CASES IN TENNESSEE COURTS - see http://tncourts.gov/press/2020/12/10/new-mediation-plan-targets-backlog-cases-tennessee-courts
Videos of January 2021 training for mediators to address the Tennessee courts' backlog of cases due to COVID:
ADR Plan: Introduction & Overview/ADR Plan Case Flow and Forms at https://aoc.streamingvideo.tn.gov/Mediasite/Play/9107f92ff6bd4dcdad2759b94a36f2261d
Part 1: Working as a mediator when both parties are self-represented at https://aoc.streamingvideo.tn.gov/Mediasite/Play/407862f49aaa495f83f70c62a7b9e9101d
Part 2: Working as a mediator when both parties are self-represented at https://aoc.streamingvideo.tn.gov/Mediasite/Play/f099a693855446a1923bcf7bb1cbda581d
Remote Technology (Zoom, Phone, Docusign) at https://aoc.streamingvideo.tn.gov/Mediasite/Play/778b1954c8464e7591696525270d07411d
At its January 22, 2021 training attended by hundreds of mediators, the Tennessee ADR Commission presented the nuts and bolts of implementing the TN Supreme Court's ADR plan addressing the local court backlogs that developed due to COVID-19. Three Community Mediation Centers will serve has hubs and strong administrative support. Check out the Resource Material at http://tncourts.gov/sites/default/files/docs/1-22-21_handout_material.pdf
The Michigan State Court Office of Dispute Resolution has an online guide for Zoom mediations. The 16-page guide includes:
The Nashville Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC), is expanding its services to Memphis through a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant supporting the NCRC’s restorative justice approach for juvenile victims and offenders. In partnership with the Shelby County Juvenile Court and the Shelby County Community Justice & Mediation Center, the NCRC will receive the $500,000 grant over three years to serve the Memphis area. TAPM Board member Karen Phillips will lead the Memphis office. The NCRC’s Executive Director is TAPM Board Member Sara Figal.
The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts recently awarded grants from the Parent Education and Mediation Fund (PEMF) and the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) of Tennessee to not-for-profit community organizations across the state.
Read more on the Tennessee AOC website.
TAPM's Advanced Training on Mediation of Health Care Disputes and Race and Gender Fairness in ADR, now re-scheduled for March 12, 2021 at Lipscomb University, features Keynote Speaker and Advanced Mediation Trainer Myra C. Selby.
Morning Session | Myra Selby | Advanced Training on Mediation of Health Care Disputes
About Keynote Speaker and Advanced Mediation Trainer Myra C. Selby. Ms. Selby, a partner at the Indianapolis office of Ice Miller, is an experienced commercial mediator and arbitrator. She also has a broad-based law practice with a focus in corporate internal investigations, appellate practice, compliance counseling, complex litigation, risk management, strategic and other legal advice, across various industry sectors. Selby has the distinction of being both the first woman and the first African American to serve as an associate justice on the Indiana Supreme Court from 1995-1999. In 1999, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed Selby to chair its Commission on Race and Gender Fairness, charged with ensuring fairness and diversity in the legal system. She continues her tradition of service to the commission as a current member.
Note: CME/CLE credit will be available and communicated once the seminar agenda is finalized.
Dear Tennessee Mediators:
On behalf of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators, on the occasion of George Floyd’s funeral yesterday, I want to share a message of hope and reconciliation. TAPM deplores the violence that ended George Floyd's life. We hope our profession can help our communities work to understand and repair the harms resulting from racism, and create opportunities for restorative dialogue.
We are professional peacemakers. Let’s support and work for peaceful solutions in Tennessee. One way to do that is to offer pro bono mediation in your community. Consider ways you can use your skills to help people have difficult conversations.
Sincerely Yours, Marnie Huff
President, Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators
Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. (Connie) Clark will receive the Grayfred Gray Public Service in Mediation Award at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators on April 3, 2020. Clark will be honored for her lasting contributions to the field of mediation.
Justice Clark is a strong supporter of access to justice for all Tennesseans. As the Supreme Court Liaison to the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission, she promotes its mission to provide collaborative leadership to create solutions and resources that address and eliminate barriers to access to justice for all. She recognizes and supports the key role of mediation as an access to justice solution.