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Joint ADR/Civil Law Section MCLE Meeting - Civil Case Mediation Strategies
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Timing, Preparation and Negotiation Strategies

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Where: DuPage Bar Center - Classroom
126 S. County Farm Rd
Lower Level - Classroom
Wheaton, Illinois  60187
United States
Presenter: Pat Rice
Contact: Barb Mendralla

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Joint ADR/Civil Law MCLE Meeting



Speaker: T. Patrick Rice

Summary: Learn Civil Case Mediation Strategies from a veteran DuPage County attorney, Patrick Rice  Mr. Rice will discuss considerations including when to initiate discussions about mediation, selecting your mediator, confidentiality of the mediator, preparation for the mediation, and negotiation strategies at the mediation. Civil arbitrations will also be discussed.


What You Will Learn By Attending This Presentation:

1. Introduction of Speaker and Initial Commentary on ADR=>the goal is to reach a compromise settlement


2. ADR:  Learn the various forms of ADR, types of cases that utilize it, considerations for which type of ADR best suits your client’s case, and selection of mediators

  •  Pre-Suit v. a pending matter
  •  Settlement conference, mediation, or arbitration?
  •  Selecting your mediator/arbitrator(s)

3. When is your client’s case ripe for ADR?  Learn about timing considerations for ADR


4. Mediation Strategies:  Learn how to maximize mediation via thorough preparation, informative and persuasive mediation submissions, and effective negotiation strategies. 

  • Preparing for the hearing
  • Your mediation submission
  • Negotiation strategies


5. Arbitration:  Learn about parallel strategies for handling your arbitration

  • Preparing for the arbitration
  • Your arbitration submission
  • The “mini trial”

Time: 11:45 am to 12:00 pm - lunch and 12:00 to 1:00 pm - presentation

Location: DuPage Bar Center - Lower Level, Classroom (126 S. County Farm Rd. Wheaton IL 60187)

Credits: 1 Credit MCLE



Questions? Please contact staff liaison, Barb Mendralla at or 630-653-7779.

Lunch will be provided to those who register in advance.


Only DCBA members will qualify for MCLE credit.


Electronic handouts will be provided in advance; no paper handouts will be distributed.


If you register and are unable to attend, please contact the DCBA office at 630-653-7779 so we can cancel your registration.

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