Austin Mediators Association Meetings and Events

One (1.0) hours of CE credit is available to attendees for most AMA meetings.

AMA meetings usually begin with 30 minutes of networking followed by a one-hour presentation. 
AMA events (including a light lunch) are free to AMA-members, and $10 for non-members. Read HERE how you can become a member.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

    • 22 Nov 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Home Slice Pizza, 501 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
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    November Social

    Friday, November 22, 2019 

    12:30pm-2:00pm

    AMA November Social

    Everyone is invited to our November social for refreshments, fun, networking and socializing. The event will be on the patio at Home Slice Pizza Northloop under a canopy and next to a kids' play area. Light refreshments will be provided. Additional items may be optionally purchased.

    Location: Look for us on the patio at Home Slice Pizza Northloop, 501 E. 53rd St., Austin

    Please register if you plan to attend as it helps us plan!




    • 13 Dec 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Austin Dispute Resolution Center
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    MIKE: Mediation Is Kinda Ethical (An interactive learning experience)

    Presentation by Michael J. Schless, JD

    (Note the early start time for our December meeting)

    11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Location: Austin Dispute Resolution Center

    About the speaker:  Mike Schless is a Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent A-V rated attorney whose practice has been limited to Alternative Dispute Resolution since 1992. He has mediated or arbitrated over 2,000 cases covering a broad range of topics and degrees of complexity. Prior to his career in ADR, Mike served the people of Travis County, Texas, as Judge of the County Court at Law, No. 3, with prior experience as a trial lawyer in Austin after becoming licensed in 1973.

    Mike has served in numerous ADR related professional organizations including Past National President of the Association of Attorney-Mediators, the AA-M representative on the Board of Directors of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, past Chair of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association board, past Chair of the SBOT ADR Section, and President of the Texas Association of Mediators.

    Having received many accolades and field related awards, Mike remains a member of the Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) Roster of Distinguished Neutrals; as well as a member of the International Academy of Mediators, and the Association for Conflict Resolution.

    In addition to his practice, Mike is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law where he teaches courses in Negotiation and Mediation. He has also been a member of the faculty of the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) Executive Masters of International and European Business Law program where he taught mediation each year in Luzembourg for nine years.


Past Events

18 Oct 2019 When to Ask the Extra Question: Discretion and Traffic Enforcement
20 Sep 2019 September Social
16 Aug 2019 Regaining Respectful Political Dialogue: Better Angels in Austin, TX
28 Jun 2019 Marcy Goodfleisch: Ethics in Humor
14 Jun 2019 June Social
26 Apr 2019 Lesley & Rick Bradstreet: "Three Conflict Resolution Styles...Why Can’t We All Just Get Along"
15 Feb 2019 Walter Wright "Can Non-Attorneys Draft Mediated Settlement Agreements?"
14 Dec 2018 Jonathan Crowe "The Role of Party Self-Determination in Mediation Ethics"
19 Oct 2018 Gaylen Paulson "The Art and Science of Effective Negotiations”
17 Aug 2018 AAM Meeting: Restoring Civil Discourse in an Overheated Society
15 Jun 2018 Mark W. Sims "Child Protective Services Mediations"
20 Apr 2018 Collaborative Divorce and the Mediator’s Role
02 Mar 2018 Dealing with Trust Issues in Mediations
08 Dec 2017 Legislative Update and Annual Ethics Program
20 Oct 2017 Co-Mediation: Applicability and Practical Considerations
18 Aug 2017 Handling Strong Emotions in Mediation, in Yourself and Others
23 Jun 2017 Why Mediations Fail
21 Apr 2017 Helping Parents Reach Mediated Agreements That Work
17 Feb 2017 Legal Services for Pro Se Litigants
09 Dec 2016 Contemporary Ethical Challenges for Texas Mediators
07 Oct 2016 Navigating Through High Heat Mediations
12 Aug 2016 Strategies Unlimited: How understanding universal, human needs helps resolve conflict
24 Jun 2016 Family Dynamics and Communication Styles
08 Apr 2016 A Discussion on Key Mediation Topics
19 Feb 2016 The Role of Certified Divorce Financial Analysts in Mediation
11 Dec 2015 Mediation Ethics Roundtable
23 Oct 2015 Legislative Update
07 Aug 2015 Flexing Your Mediation Style to Achieve Better Results
12 Jun 2015 Framing: How to Guide Without Leading
10 Apr 2015 AAM Meeting - Landlord-Tenant Mediations
06 Feb 2015 Gardner-Betts Juvenile Court Mediations

Events Prior to 2015

Here are some of the diverse topics presented by many outstanding practitioners in the conflict resolution field.

Stacie McGee, Ethics in Film

Mark Sims, Stories and Examples in Family Law Mediation

Ted Daniels, Diane Harvey and Karen Smithson, Panelists - Getting Started in Mediation

David Huang, Walter Krudop and John Morgan, Panelists - Mediation and Workplace Safety Precaution

Walter Wright , Ethics in Caucus

David Huang, Difficult Mediations

Luemara Wagner, Multicultural Issues in Mediation

Karl Spock, ADR Legislative Update 2013

Kevin Leahy, This is Your Brain on Ethics, www.knowledgeadvocate.com

Mary Thompson, www.corderthompson.com - The Role of Apology in Mediation

Julia Benkoski - Mediating Estate-Probate Disputes...Or Are We Herding Cats? - www.jgblegal.com

Jan Berger - Ethical Dilemnas

Better Business Bureau - Alternative Dispute Resolution program

Kathy Lenox - Putting the 'Me' in Mediation: Finding your Niche

Larry Schooler - How Mediators Prepare for Mediation

Walt Krudop - Interactive Ethics

Karl Slaikeu, PhD - www.karlslaikeu.com - Conflict Resolution Experiences in Afghanistan

Mary Thompson, www.corderthompson.com - Facilitation

Mary Steinhardt, PhD, UT professor and Faculty Ombuds presented on Ombudsmen. For more information on Mary Steinhardt visit: http://www.utexas.edu/education/resilience/about.html

Susan Schultz - ADR legislation update
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Kate Stewart, PhD presented Goals and Stories: A New Model for Mediators
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Rick Bradstreet, PhD, presented on The Drama Triangle. Phone: 512-338-9907, E-Mail: rbradstreet@sbcglobal.net

Real Estate/Foreclosure Mediation by Jeff Jury. Jeff is a DRC mediator and has served as DRC Board President. He is an Austin lawyer with a large mediation practice and a noted author and speaker in the field. Jeff Jury - Web site: www.bajb.com/jj.jsp – Arbitration

Walter Wright, Unauthorized Practice of Law/Insurance

Suzanne Schwartz, Challenging Attorney Behavior in Mediation

Angela Jamison, DRC mediator, and Bruce Kravitz, Community Education Director of the AGE program (Austin Groups for the Elderly) presented on Elder Mediation. Click here to view presentation.

Charlie Cannon, Web site: www.mediate.com/ccannon/ - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the ESGR Ombudsman Program

Claude Ducloux - Tips and Tricks for Mediators

Katie Bond - Adult Victim-Offender Mediations

Mike Schless, Jan Berger, Walt Krudop - Ethics discussion panel

David Garza - Transformative Mediation

Susan Schultz - ADR legislation update

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