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 $15 for non-members. Read HERE how you can become a member.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

    • 14 Aug 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Virtual
    • 71

    A Conversation About Race by Mediators for Mediators

    Friday, August 14, 2020

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Location: Virtual

    The Austin Mediators Association invites you to join us, as psychologist and mediator Michelle Edwards, Ph.D. moderates an open conversation between two experienced mediators as they discuss the impact of the current racial and emotional upheaval on the mediation process. It is the goal of this conversation to increase mediators’ understanding of the roots of the turmoil and ways to utilize that understanding to help move clients forward toward peace and resolution.

    Registration: Free to members / $15 for non-members. Registration limited to AMA Members only through July 31st, after which registration will open to non-members. Registration is limited to 100 total participants. Become a member now for as little as $35!

    One (1) hour of CE is pending approval for those who attend.



    ***One (1) hour of MCLE has been approved for this activity by the State Bar of Texas.  For those attendees who wish to also receive 1 hr. of Texas CLE, there will be an additional $5 added to registration to cover the State Bar fees.***

    Danette Ross Watson is a TMCA Credentialed Distinguished Mediator, trainer, and ADR Consultant at Solomon’s Way ADR Services in Big Spring. She was born and raised in Martinsburg, West Virginia with six siblings by a single Mom and is a former President of the Martinsburg/ Berkeley County, WV Branch of the NAACP (2010-2013). She is a wife of 5 years, a mother of two, and a grandmother of one.

    Danette has been mediating for 25 years and has an extensive background as a mediator, negotiator, facilitator, consultant, and trainer. She holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution and business management, respectively, from Concordia College and University, and a paralegal degree from Penn Foster University.

    Danette founded Solomon’s Way ADR Services, LLC in 1999 and became Executive Director of the West Texas Community Mediation Center in October 2019. She is a member of the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators and completed training by that organization while working as a counselor with GEO Corrections in Big Spring. She has dealt with high-conflict family and domestic issues with several courts in Maryland and West Virginia, workplace and EEO complaints for USPS REDRESS and various federal agencies, and also has experience with mental health care conflict management. Danette is currently on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Mediators and serves as its Outreach Committee Chair. She is also on the board of the YMCA in Big Spring, a FEMA ADR Advisor, and a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable.

    William N. (Bill) Woodson, III, J.D. is a graduate of Stanford University and Golden Gate University Law School and a former law school professor. The youngest of four children of a US Navy war veteran, Billy grew up in the San Diego area. Life was good, the family never went without, because Dad was a "supply guy" in the Navy and knew where to get just about anything. As the youngest, Billy watched his siblings, carefully seeing what “worked” and what did not. In a family troubled by anger pride, biases, and intolerance, young Billy developed the soft skills, the ability to communicate and peacemaking.

    Following his brothers’ example, Bill joined the military and served a stint with the US Air Force as an air traffic controller. Seeing career military was not what he wanted, he decided to be the first in the family to attend college, where he met his future wife. After law school Bill spent four decades practicing civil litigation in some of the busiest trial courts in the country. He also acted as a settlement conference judge in the civil courts and became certified in mediation in both California and Texas.

    A few years ago Bill and his wife Sue moved to Texas to be near his daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. He currently focuses his broad experience on mediation, mentoring, coaching and peacemaking in civil litigation cases and church-related disputes. He volunteers his mediation services at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center and is President of the Austin DRC Board of Directors, co-President of the Austin Mediators’ Association, and a member of the Texas Association of Mediators.

    Michelle Edwards, Ph.D. is a Texas Mediator Credentialing Association Credentialed Mediator and licensed psychologist. She is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Austin Mediators Association and has a private mediation practice. Michelle holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her mediator certification in 2004 through the University of Texas Graduate Portfolio Program in Dispute Resolution. Michelle completed her doctorate at the American Psychological Association accredited New Mexico State Counseling Psychology program in 2012. She focuses her work on family and divorce mediation, combining her counseling and mediation skills to promote collaborative communication.

Past Events

26 Jun 2020 The Aga Khan Conciliation & Arbitration Boards: Conflict Management in a Global Community Setting
24 Apr 2020 "Productive Conflict in a Virtual World"
27 Mar 2020 CANCELED: March Social
28 Feb 2020 Stacey H. Langenbahn, J.D. on "Tele-mediation: The New Frontier"
24 Jan 2020 January Social
13 Dec 2019 "Mediation Is Kinda Ethical"
22 Nov 2019 November Social
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,

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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