Austin Mediators Association Meetings and Events

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

In-person AMA meetings usually begin with 30 minutes of networking followed by a one-hour presentation. 
Online and in-person meetings are free of charge to members, and $15 to non-members. Attendees wishing to receive Continuing Legal Education (CLE) are asked to pay a small additional fee for each event where it is offered.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

    • Friday, August 16, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 97

    Gender & Sexuality in Mediation



    Date & Time

    Friday, August 16, 2024 @ Noon

    She, Her, He, Him, They, Them

    Therapist and mediator Matt Smith, LCSW will share insight about the ways a party's gender and sexual orientation may affect a mediation. He will examine the risk of implicit bias on the part of a mediator and consider ethical implications for the practice of mediation.

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    What is the difference between sex, gender, and sexual orientation? What is gender identity?

    How might a party’s views on gender and sexuality show up in mediation?

    Why are people specifying pronouns these days [she/her, he/him, and they/them]? How should I handle this as a mediator?

    What assumptions about gender and sexuality am I making that I might not even be aware of?

    What are the ethical implications of how I handle gender and sexuality in a mediation, particularly if the parties disagree about these issues?

    The content of this session will include 1) common concepts and terms related to gender and sexual orientation with which mediators should be familiar; 2) a review of relevant legal ethics and professional responsibility as per the Ethical Guidelines for Mediators (published by the Supreme Court of Texas) and the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (jointly published by the American Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, and the Association for Conflict Resolution); 3) discussion of common implicit biases and stereotypes related to gender and sexual orientation; and 4) presentation of case studies that raise questions of ethics and implicit bias related to gender and sexual orientation. Matt earned a B.A. in linguistics from Yale University and a Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Advanced Mediator in the State of Texas. He has expertise on gender and sexual orientation from both his graduate education and his work with families regarding these topics as both a mediator and a psychotherapist. Matt has taught these topics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He served as the Executive Director of Out Youth from 2007-2009 and is currently a Therapist and Family Mediator at Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service. In both settings, he's worked with families in conflict around issues of gender and sexuality.

    Attendees questions are welcome and encouraged.

    1 hour of mediator continuing education,

    including 1 hour of ethics for attendees

    1 hour of MCLE, including 1 hour

    of ethics pending State Bar of Texas approval

    Registration is free for AMA Members/$15 for non-members. Attorneys who wish to receive Texas MCLE credit are asked to pay a $5 fee to offset the cost of MCLE sponsorship.

    Become a member today for as little as $35!

    • Friday, October 18, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 95

    Mediation Law Update



    Date & Time

    Friday, October 18, 2024 @ Noon

    Come hear the latest in mediation-related case law in Texas from Gene Roberts, Jr., Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Legal & Mediation Services at Sam Houston State University. Gene holds a J.D. from Southern Methodist University and a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Sam Houston State University. Gene has held numerous leadership positions in professional mediation organizations, including past president of the Texas Association of Mediators (TAM), past chair of the Dallas Bar Association's ADR Section, past Chair of the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas, and current board member of the DRC of Montgomery County. He speaks regularly on mediation-related topics, including ethics, legal updates, and related issues. Gene is the 2023 Susanne C. Adams Award recipient from TAM.

    Attendees questions are welcome and encouraged.

    1 hour of mediator continuing education,

    including 0.25 hour of ethics for attendees

    1 hour of MCLE, including 0.25 hour

    of ethics pending State Bar of Texas approval

    Registration is free for AMA Members/$15 for non-members. Attorneys who wish to receive Texas MCLE credit are asked to pay a $5 fee to offset the cost of MCLE sponsorship.

    Become a member today for as little as $35!

    • Thursday, December 12, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Austin DRC
    • 99

    End-of-Year In Person Meeting


    Austin DRC

    Date & Time

    Thursday, December 12, 2024 @ 11:30 am

    Presentation to be determined.

    Election of 2025 Board members will take place.

    Lunch will be provided.

    1 hour of mediator continuing education,

    including 0.25 hour of ethics for attendees

    1 hour of MCLE, including 0.25 hour

    of ethics pending State Bar of Texas approval

    Registration is free for AMA Members/$15 for non-members. Attorneys who wish to receive Texas MCLE credit are asked to pay a $5 fee to offset the cost of MCLE sponsorship.

    Become a member today for as little as $35!

Past Events

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 Judicial Insight Into Mediation
Thursday, May 02, 2024 May Happy Hour at Home Slice
Friday, April 19, 2024 Mediating Diversion Cases
Friday, February 16, 2024 Mediating Special Education Disputes
Friday, December 08, 2023 New Year’s Resolutions: Achieving Better Mediation Outcomes
Friday, November 10, 2023 November Social at Whole Foods Domain Upstairs
Friday, October 20, 2023 Restoring Communities Through Restorative Justice
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 Psychology and Negotiations in Mediation
Friday, June 23, 2023 Communication and ethics challenges in cross-cultural mediations (In-person meeting)
Friday, May 05, 2023 Cinco de Mayo Social
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 Court-Appointed Neutrals: A Practical Discussion with One of the Best
Friday, February 17, 2023 Back to the Basics: Lessons from Mediation Training
Friday, December 16, 2022 In-Person -- Let's Get Ethical: A Mediators' Roundtable
Friday, November 04, 2022 Building a Successful Mediation Practice
Friday, August 26, 2022 Financial Solutions and Resources for Mediation
Thursday, June 30, 2022 Mediating with a Visible Disability.
Friday, April 22, 2022 Employment and Housing Mediation- Navigating the New Landscape Post March 2020
Friday, March 25, 2022 AMA In-Person Social at Home Slice
Friday, February 18, 2022 Venus V. Piñeyro: Unconscious Bias and How It Can Affect Mediation
Friday, December 10, 2021 Let’s Get Ethical: A Mediator’s Roundtable
Friday, October 29, 2021 The 1964 Civil Rights Act and Community Mediation: Now and Then
Friday, August 27, 2021 ZOOM Mediations: Lessons Learned
Friday, July 09, 2021 #Networked
Friday, May 21, 2021 Virtual Happy Hour May Social
Friday, April 30, 2021 Drafting the MSA, Including Case Law Update and Pandemic Consideration
Friday, February 26, 2021 How to Create Your Dream Mediation Practice
Friday, December 11, 2020 Cognitive Biases and Mediation
Friday, October 16, 2020 Domestic Violence and Mediation
Friday, August 14, 2020 A Conversation About Race by Mediators for Mediators
Friday, June 26, 2020 The Aga Khan Conciliation & Arbitration Boards: Conflict Management in a Global Community Setting
Friday, April 24, 2020 "Productive Conflict in a Virtual World"
Friday, March 27, 2020 CANCELED: March Social
Friday, February 28, 2020 Stacey H. Langenbahn, J.D. on "Tele-mediation: The New Frontier"
Friday, January 24, 2020 January Social
Friday, December 13, 2019 "Mediation Is Kinda Ethical"
Friday, November 22, 2019 November Social
Friday, October 18, 2019 When to Ask the Extra Question: Discretion and Traffic Enforcement
Friday, September 20, 2019 September Social
Friday, August 16, 2019 Regaining Respectful Political Dialogue: Better Angels in Austin, TX
Friday, June 28, 2019 Marcy Goodfleisch: Ethics in Humor
Friday, June 14, 2019 June Social
Friday, April 26, 2019 Lesley & Rick Bradstreet: "Three Conflict Resolution Styles...Why Can’t We All Just Get Along"
Friday, February 15, 2019 Walter Wright "Can Non-Attorneys Draft Mediated Settlement Agreements?"
Friday, December 14, 2018 Jonathan Crowe "The Role of Party Self-Determination in Mediation Ethics"
Friday, October 19, 2018 Gaylen Paulson "The Art and Science of Effective Negotiations”
Friday, August 17, 2018 AAM Meeting: Restoring Civil Discourse in an Overheated Society
Friday, June 15, 2018 Mark W. Sims "Child Protective Services Mediations"
Friday, April 20, 2018 Collaborative Divorce and the Mediator’s Role
Friday, March 02, 2018 Dealing with Trust Issues in Mediations
Friday, December 08, 2017 Legislative Update and Annual Ethics Program
Friday, October 20, 2017 Co-Mediation: Applicability and Practical Considerations
Friday, August 18, 2017 Handling Strong Emotions in Mediation, in Yourself and Others
Friday, June 23, 2017 Why Mediations Fail
Friday, April 21, 2017 Helping Parents Reach Mediated Agreements That Work
Friday, February 17, 2017 Legal Services for Pro Se Litigants
Friday, December 09, 2016 Contemporary Ethical Challenges for Texas Mediators
Friday, October 07, 2016 Navigating Through High Heat Mediations
Friday, August 12, 2016 Strategies Unlimited: How understanding universal, human needs helps resolve conflict
Friday, June 24, 2016 Family Dynamics and Communication Styles
Friday, April 08, 2016 A Discussion on Key Mediation Topics
Friday, February 19, 2016 The Role of Certified Divorce Financial Analysts in Mediation
Friday, December 11, 2015 Mediation Ethics Roundtable
Friday, October 23, 2015 Legislative Update
Friday, August 07, 2015 Flexing Your Mediation Style to Achieve Better Results
Friday, June 12, 2015 Framing: How to Guide Without Leading
Friday, April 10, 2015 AAM Meeting - Landlord-Tenant Mediations
Friday, February 06, 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,

Mary Thompson, - The Role of Apology in Mediation

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

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 - - Conflict Resolution Experiences in Afghanistan

Mary Thompson, - Facilitation

Mary Steinhardt, PhD, UT professor and Faculty Ombuds presented on Ombudsmen. For more information on Mary Steinhardt visit:

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:

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: – 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: - 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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