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Dispute Resolution Breakfast: Mediating Multi-Party Disputes
Start Date: 3/1/2018Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 3/1/2018End Time: 10:00 AM
Event Description:
Mediating & Facilitating Multi-Party Disputes

This interactive session will feature mediator/facilitator/trainer Eileen B. Hoffman dealing with such questions as:

  • When you face a multi-party or large group meeting, what skill do you think is or will be most helpful?
  • When facilitating or mediating with a group, what is or could be your worst nightmare?

Commissioner and Professor Hoffman will discuss mediating and facilitating large complex regulatory and other disputes with equally complicated disputants in the United States as well as dealing with cultural, religious, and generational issues when mediating/teaching and training abroad.  She will compare and contrast simple v. complex processes and provide insights into how to manage the more intricate, technical, and mega-disputes while being mindful that in the end, all or most of the participants must agree.  She will provide an interactive presentation, complete with questions and answers, exercises, videos, and discussion.

Eileen B. Hoffman is a Commissioner at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and currently Acting Director of FMCS’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and International Services in Washington, D.C. She mediates workplace disputes, discrimination complaints as well as collective bargaining labor disputes in the US; she has trained, designed and assessed dispute resolution/mediation services and programs for mediators, labor, management, and government officials, and members of international and nongovernmental organizations focusing on interest-based problem-solving negotiations and communications in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.   She has been widely recognized for her distinguished career, served on many Boards and as Past President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution.  A graduate of the ILR school at Cornell University, she has a law degree from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. She has been teaching dispute resolution at George Washington University as an Adjunct Law Professor for the last 20 years. Eileen grew up in Bayside, Queens and went to New York City public schools.

Eileen Hoffman

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