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

    • 28 Feb 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Austin Dispute Resolution Center

    Stacey H. Langenbahn, J.D., Divorce Mediator in Texas

    Stacey H. Langenbahn, J.D., on "Tele-mediation: The New Frontier" 

    Friday, February 28, 2020

    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Location: Austin Dispute Resolution Center

    Tele-mediation is the fastest, easiest, and least expensive way to expand your mediation practice right now. Join Stacey Langenbahn, J.D., Credentialed Distinguished Mediator, on Friday, February 28, 2020 and learn about the technology, uses, and advantages of mediating online. After this presentation, you’ll be ready and able to implement positive changes in the way you do business.

    The meeting (including lunch) is free of charge for Austin Mediators Association (AMA) members, and $15 for non-AMA members.

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

    About the speaker:  Stacey created Detente collaborative mediation as a "conscious business", meaning it is designed to operate in a way that engages and inspires its participating clients and professionals. Detente is built on authentic leadership, positive direction, and personal and organizational growth.  We strive to provide the highest quality, ethical, services and utilize feedback, good and bad, from clients and other professionals in our resource network to constantly improve.  Stacey and the Detente network of professionals seek to do genuine good for every family in crisis, thereby strengthening and sustaining the fabric of our community and our world.

    Professional Honors:

    • Best Lawyers in America 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
    • 2016 Credentialed Distinguished Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
    • Top Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney Fort Worth Magazine
    • "Superb" Avvo rating (highest category)


    • Co-author, "Family Collaborative Mediation: The New Resolution Solution," The Texas Mediator, 2013
    • Co-Author, State Bar of Texas "ADR Handbook" Family Mediation chapter 
    • Training Internship with Internationally Renowned Mediator Forrest "Woody" Mosten (California, Sept. 2013)

    Professional Affiliations: (*founding member)

    • President, Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2017
    • Vice President, Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2016
    • Board of Directors of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators since 2013; Chair Public Education/Marketing
    • Academy of Professional Family Mediators* (Advanced Practitioner)
    • Texas Mediators Association
    • Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
    • Integrated Law/Legal Change Makers*
    • State Bar of Texas Family Law Section
    • The Global Collaborative Law Council
    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
      • Civil Committee*
      • Civil Desk editor Collaborative Review
    • American Bar Association Collaborative Law Section*
    • State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Section*
    • Dallas Bar Association Collaborative Law Section* (Secretary)
    • ABA Liaison to the CPR Institute
    • Northeast Collaborative Professionals
    • Association of Attorney Mediators

    Presentations of Collaborative Mediation and Collaborative Law:

    • Academy of Professional Family Mediators (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
    • Imago Relationship Institute International Conference (Vancouver, BC 2012)
    • KLIF radio "Real Talk Texas: Real Talk with Real Experts"
    • Dallas Bar Association
    • Houston Bar Association
    • Ontario Collaborative Law Federation in Ontario, Canada
    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals in San Diego, CA; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Toronto, Canada
    • Northeast Collaborative Professionals

    Law Licenses:

    • Texas
    • Florida

    Mediation Trainings:

    • Basic Mediation: Academy of Attorney-Mediators (40 hour) (2000)
    • Family Mediation (family dynamics, family violence, child development, and family law):  Peace Talks Mediation Services (25 hour) (2009)
    • Family Mediation (family dynamics, family violence, child development, and family law):  Mosten Mediation Services (40 hour) (2013)


    • Law degree: Washington College of Law at the American University, Washington, D.C. 1989
    • Undergraduate degree: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1985
    • 24 Apr 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Austin Dispute Resolution Center

    Alice Dendinger, SPHR, announced as speaker for April Member Meeting

    Friday, April 24, 2020

    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Location: Austin Dispute Resolution Center

    The meeting (including lunch) is free of charge for Austin Mediators Association (AMA) members, and $15 for non-AMA members.

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

    About the speaker:  

    Alice Dendinger, SPHR, has over 30 years of experience in the field of Human Resource Management and Organizational Development. Alice has demonstrated success at linking HR initiatives and programs to the overall business mission and goals of an organization thus creating a positive impact on the overall bottom line. She is often called upon to “transform the organizational culture.”

    Alice has focused her work on strategic management, organizational development, employee relations and communication, mediation and conflict resolution, performance management; and assisting the leaders, managers, supervisors, and direct reports at every level to “work better together.”

    Since 2002, she has led the Alice Dendinger Alliance Group providing HR Consulting, Coaching and Mediation services and in 2014, she launched PivotU – A Training, Learning, and Transformation Company. Her true passion is providing personalized service by uncovering and addressing the real issues affecting clients’ teamwork and productivity.

    As a popular speaker and workshop facilitator, Alice has engaged audiences in the topics of cultural transformation, conflict management, enhancing communication and several topic areas of human resource management and HR professional competency. She is skilled at taking a very difficult topic and making it understandable to audiences at all levels within an organization.

    Alice is a pre-approved provider of HRCI recertification credits at a strategic and general level. Noted for her success as a keynote and public speaker, Alice was a 2014 inductee into the HR Southwest Conference Speaker Hall of Fame. Alice was most recently named as a Blazing Star by the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

    Alice has contributed to the advancement of the HR profession and serving over 20,000 HR professionals throughout Texas as State Director of the SHRM Texas State Council (2007&2008), Member of the SHRM Texas State Council (1999-2010), Austin Human Resource Management President (1999) and AHRMA Board Member (1995-2001). In addition, Alice has served as President or member of many nonprofit boards such as The Dispute Resolution Center, Peoples Community Clinic, Seton Northwest Community Advisory Board and The Down Home Ranch to name a few.

    Alice has an undergraduate degree in Business Management and a Masters in Communication. Additional education/certifications include: Coach University graduate, Texas Certified Mediator, DiSC Behavioral Analyst, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Accredited Facilitator, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Emotional Intelligence Profile 2.0, and Future Search Strategic Planning Facilitator. Alice has continued education in organizational development, strategic planning, communication, group facilitation, conflict management, team development, interpersonal skills, leadership development and 360° assessments.

Past Events

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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