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CLE: Honing Your Mediation Skills: The Basics and Beyond
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4.0 MO MCLE Sponsored by the BAMSL ADR Committee and the local chapter of the AAM

10/30/2014 to 11/1/2014
When: Thursday, October 30, 2014
From 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Where: BAMSL Bar Center
555 Washington Ave.
Saint Louis, Missouri  63101
United States
Contact: Shannan Deemie
314-421-4134 x 3120

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Sponsored by the BAMSL Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee and the Association of Attorney Mediators (AAM)


4.0 Missouri MCLE Hours


Attendees will learn about the role of the neutrals in the ADR process in the local federal court as well as in the process generally. This CLE fulfills the requirement for Federal Court Certification.   



8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.                     Registration & Breakfast (included)
8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.   "Ten Ways in Which the Eastern District Court of Missouri's ADR Rules Make the Mediator's Job Easier"
James Woodward
9:20 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.   "Mediator Boot Camp: Getting from Selection to Resolution"
Jane Cohen and Melvin Kennedy
10:10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.                    Break  
10:20 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.   "The Rolling Stones Theory of Mediation: Building Trust through Metaphors and Stories"
Ronald Wiesenthal and Rebecca Magruder
11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Mining for Gold: Digging through Today's Business Bestsellers for Mediation Tips"
Kim Kirn and Hon. Joan Burger  




James Woodward — Adjunct Professor of Judicial Administration, Michigan State University 


James Woodward served as clerk of court for the United States District Court for the Eastern

District of Missouri in St. Louis for 15 years, until his retirement in July 2014. He was appointed

to that position in October 1999 after eight years in the same court as chief deputy clerk. Before

joining the federal courts, he was employed as Associate Director of the Administrative Office of

the Illinois Courts for eight years. Jim is a 1979 graduate of the University of Missouri -Columbia

School of Law and is a 1990 Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Court Management. He is admitted

to practice law in Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois, and is an active member of the Federal Court

Clerks Association and the National Association for Court Management. Jim’s teaching and

research interests include caseflow management, alternative dispute resolution and self-represented

litigant services. He also has served as a consultant on international rule of law projects in Thailand

and Kosovo. He currently teaches in the Master of Science in Judicial Administration program at

Michigan State University and in the Pre-Law program at Saint Louis University.


Jane Cohen — Principal, Law Offices of Jane Cohen LLC


Jane Cohen formed her own firm in May 2002 after more than 16 years of larger firm practice.  Ms. Cohen serves as a certified mediator for Aequitas Alternative Dispute Resolution, EEOC, the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the 21st Judicial Circuit (St. Louis County), and the 22nd Judicial Circuit (St. Louis City).  She also serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and Aequitas in commercial, franchise and real estate disputes.  Ms. Cohen has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers since 2005. Her legal practice is primarily dedicated to the organization and general representation of businesses and their owners with an emphasis in real estate, and franchise and distribution law.  Ms. Cohen received her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law after earning a B.B.A. in finance from The University of Iowa.  She is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois. Ms. Cohen is a member of the Association of Attorney Mediators (STL Chapter Secretary) and the Association of Missouri Mediators.  She became certified as an arbitrator and a mediator in 2007.

Melvin Kennedy  — Principal, Law Office of Melvin D. Kennedy LLC

Mr. Kennedy has been admitted to practice law in Missouri and Illinois since 1993.  Mr. Kennedy has practiced in the areas of bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, criminal defense and employment discrimination.  Mr. Kennedy has represented both employers and employees in employment discrimination cases.  For fourteen (14) years he worked as a Senior Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  As an EEOC attorney, Mr. Kennedy litigated employment discrimination lawsuits in federal courts throughout the Midwest.  Mediation, however, allows the parties to take control of the resolution of their dispute, rather than place the decision in the hands of the Judge or jury.  Melvin Kennedy is an experienced mediator and is available to help you take control of resolving your legal dispute.  Mr. Kennedy is certified to mediate lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and has mediated numerous discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ronald Wiesenthal — Owner, St. Louis Mediation Center


Ron Wiesenthal is the owner of the St. Louis Mediation Center. He received a bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969 and his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1972. His introduction to mediation came in 1991 with his graduation from the Attorney-Mediators Institute of Dallas. He is also a graduate of the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institute at the University of Houston. He has attended and completed numerous other courses in mediation. He has mediated more than one thousand  cases to a settlement. As a practicing attorney he attended hundreds of mediations both as counsel and special counsel (solely for the mediation) to plaintiffs and defendants. Ron Wiesenthal is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Texas and several federal district courts as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is approved as a neutral by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri , Missouri Supreme Court and the American Arbitration Association. From 1982 to 2008 he was Board Certified in Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Wiesenthal has authored several articles concerning mediation for bar journals and serves as  a speaker on mediation for both the Missouri Bar and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.  Ron is a former Chair of the Missouri Bar Mediation Committee, the Small Business Committee of BAMSL, and the Solo and Small Firm Committee of BAMSL.  He is a member of the Association of Attorney Mediators and the Association of Missouri Mediators.  He has been named a Super Lawyer in Alternate Dispute Resolution. In 2011 Ron was invited to become a Charter Member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN). 

Rebecca Magruder  — Sole Practitioner, Rebecca T. Magruder, M.S.W., J.D

Rebecca T. Magruder is a sole practitioner who focuses her private practice on mediation, collaborative law, and other non-adversarial methods for resolving family and workplace disputes.  Since opening her private practice in 1997, Rebecca has mediated more than 1,700 disputes.  Rebecca is an Advanced Practitioner member of the Family Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution.  Rebecca trains and mentors new mediators; presents advanced workshops on conflict resolution, mediation, and collaborative practice to professional and corporate organizations; and serves as an adjunct assistant professor for mediation training at St. Louis University School of Law where she directed the school’s mediation clinic for 14 years.

Kim Kirn — Attorney and Mediator, Kim Kirn Law  

Ms. Kirn is a ground-breaking mediator and arbitrator; she conducted the first arbitration pursuant to the new arbitration provision in the Madison County Realtor's contract as well as the first mortgage foreclosure mediation in Madison County. She continues to be a popular mediator/arbitrator for those programs. She is a tireless advocate for the mediation process and will not stop urging the parties towards settlement until no stone is left unturned.
Ms. Kirn uses her background as a litigator and in-house counsel to delve deeply into the fact and law of the dispute to discover where the possible areas of disagreement are and, more importantly, where the areas of agreement are. Her areas of experience include: employment, real estate, personal injury, commercial and education including special education. She has published numerous legal articles on the subjects of mediation, employee misconduct, sexual harassment, privacy in the workplace and the use of alternative dispute resolution in real estate disputes. She has spoken on mediation topics, not only in the St. Louis metropolitan area, but throughout the country. She has taught Business Law and Ethics to university senior business school students.


Hon. Joan Burger

Judge Burger was a Circuit Judge for the Twenty Second Judicial Circuit for thirteen years (1995-2008); she was the trial judge for numerous complicated civil cases including multi-week trials and one trial lasting three months. Before becoming a judge, she practiced practiced law for nineteen years; first as a prosecutor for four years, then as a solo practitioner in the general practice of law. Judge Burger's practice included cases in several jurisdictions in the St. Louis area. She was appointed to sit on the Missouri Supreme Court to hear cases as special judge in 1997. She was Presiding Judge for the St. Louis Drug Court for two years; Truancy Court Judge at Roosevelt High School for four years. Judge Burger retired from the bench in 2008. Before becoming a judge, she practiced law for nineteen years; first as a prosecutor for four years with the Juvenile Court and then as an Assistant Circuit Attorney. For the next fifteen years, she practiced law with small firms or in solo practice. Judge Burger’s practice included cases in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County. She served as a Hearing Officer for the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners during that time

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