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

    • 11 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Virtual
    • 73

    Cognitive Biases and Mediation

    Friday, December 11th, 2020

    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Location: Virtual ZOOM

    Please join AMA for our December meeting on Cognitive Biases and the ethics of Evaluative vs. Facilitative Mediation. Mediator Steve Schulwolf will discuss some common pitfalls attorneys and parties face in evaluating cases and possible ways mediators can attempt to address them. Studies show humans employ short-cuts that often lead to faulty decision-making. Behavioral scientists have identified cognitive biases that cause people to act against their best interests. These biases can significantly impact settlements and litigation. In suggesting methods for dealing with cognitive biases, Mr. Schulwolf will discuss ethical issues, including the fact that the mediator’s role is not to “correct” a party’s biases, but rather to assist all parties in accurately assessing litigation risk in order to exercise their self-determination and reach a mutually beneficial settlement.

    Registration: Free to members / $15 for non-members. Registration limited to AMA Members only through November 27th, 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 and a half (1.5) hours of mediator CE for those who attend.


    **One and a half (1.5) hours of MCLE, including one and a half (1.5) hours of ethics is approved for this activity by the State Bar of Texas.  For those attendees who wish to receive 1.5 hrs. of Texas CLE, including 1.5 hrs. of ethics, there will be an additional $5 added to registration to cover the State Bar fees.**


    Steve Schulwolf is an attorney with over 25 years of litigation experience. Steve represented clients in trial and appellate courts in numerous jurisdictions throughout the country and advised clients at mediations of several multi-million dollar matters. After practicing at a large firm Steve taught at a law school in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. After returning to the U.S. he founded Michaels, Schulwolf & Salerno (formerly Michaels & May) where he served as the managing shareholder. Steve has transitioned to mediation where he has a passion for assisting parties in resolving their disputes or, at the very least, better understanding their litigation risks.

Past Events

16 Oct 2020 Domestic Violence and Mediation
14 Aug 2020 A Conversation About Race by Mediators for Mediators
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
Click here to view presentation.

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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