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Practice (Alone) Does Not Make Perfect: Achieving Excellence in Practice

  • 21 Jun 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Via Zoom Meeting

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TAPM is honored to present Michael D. Lang, mediator and editor of Divorce & Separation:  A Practical Guide to Making Smart Decisions", and Laurie Amaya, mediator, consulting and collaborative divorce attorney, with "Practice (Alone) Does Not Make Perfect:  Achieving Excellence in Practice". Attendees will receive a free digital copy of the Divorce & Separation book.

Time: 11:00 AM CST / 12:00 PM EST

1 hour CME General Mediation Issues/1 hour CLE GEN


Michael D. Lang, J.D.

For over 40 years Michael has mediated family, workplace and organizational disputes and has presented introductory and advanced mediation and conflict management courses, workshops and webinars in the US and internationally.

Having created one of the first graduate programs in conflict resolution in the US at Antioch University, he served in a similar role at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.
Michael has authored The Practitioners Guide to Reflective Practice in Conflict Resolution (2019), co-authored The Making of a Mediator: Developing Artistry in Practice, (2000). He is the co-creator and co-editor of Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving During a Pandemic (2020) and Family Conflict During a Pandemic: Stories of Struggle and Hope (2021).

He has produced a video series, In Their Voices, www.thereflectivepractitioner.com/video-conversations.

Michael currently facilitates 10 monthly online reflective practice groups for mediators.


Laurie Amaya is a full-time mediator, consulting and Collaborative divorce attorney in Pasadena, California. After litigating for many years, Laurie changed her practice in order to help clients find solutions and reach agreements without going to court. As a peacemaker she has been able to assist hundreds of clients in reaching mutually acceptable agreements!

Laurie is an APFM Certified Advanced Practitioner, APFM Senior Mediator, and a Certified Senior Mediator with Mediate.com. Along with Michael Lang she co-facilitates a monthly Reflective Practice Group sponsored by the ABA, has been a member of the APFM Reflective Practice Group with Michael Lang for over 2 years and facilitates a local Reflective Practice Group in Pasadena. Laurie received her B.A from U.C. Santa Cruz 1988, JD from Southwestern University and has been licensed to practice law in California since 1993 and Arizona since 1994.

She is married and has a daughter in college.


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