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

    • 30 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Virtual
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    Drafting the Mediated Settlement Agreement, Including Case Law Update and Pandemic Considerations

    Friday, April 30th, 2021

    12:00 - 1:00 pm

    Location: Virtual ZOOM

    Please join AMA for our April meeting on Drafting the Mediated Settlement Agreement, Including Case Law Update and Pandemic Considerations. Family Law Attorney, Mediator, and Collaborative Law Practitioner, Sara Saltmarsh will discuss what you need to know today about drafting a mediated settlement agreement (MSA), including the effects of both recent case law and COVID-19. Her discussion will also include 15 minutes of ethics regarding the duties to advise and inform the client regarding the terms of the MSA. She plans to include a question and answer period at the end of her presentation.

    Registration is free to AMA Members/$15 for non-members. Registration is limited to 100 total participants. Become a member now or renew an expired membership for as little as $35!

    One hour of mediator continuing education, including 0.25 hours of ethics, for attendees!


    One hour of MCLE, including 0.25 hours of ethics, is pending with the State Bar of Texas.  For those attendees who wish to receive 1 hour of CLE, including 0.25 hours of ethics, there will be an additional $5 added to registration to cover the State Bar fees.


    Sara E. Saltmarsh has practiced Family Law for over 35 years. She has mediated Family Law and other legal disputes since 1990 and has been Board Certified in Family Law since 1992. Her practice is devoted to Family Law, Mediation, and Collaborative Law. A past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Austin Bar Association, Ms. Saltmarsh is current Chair of the ADR Section of the Austin Bar Association and serves on the Austin Bar Board. She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, and was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2020.

    Ms. Saltmarsh is a frequent and popular speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars. She has also authored legal articles on topics such as divorce procedure, local civil practice, and retirement benefits. She is an active community volunteer for many local organizations, including her children’s schools, the Austin Bar Association, and Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas.

    • 21 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Virtual

    May Social

    Friday, May 21, 2021 


    AMA May Social

    COVID-19 getting you down? Want to hang out together with other mediators to keep your spirits up? Or maybe just curious to get to know them? Here's an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions about mediation with your local AMA members!

    Please join us for our May social for fun, networking and socializing. The event will be take place virtually on ZOOM.

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

Past Events

26 Feb 2021 How to Create Your Dream Mediation Practice
11 Dec 2020 Cognitive Biases and Mediation
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
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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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