Friday of Mediation Week 2020 highlights important topics on diversity, implicit bias, and access to justice. The resources provided here provide strategies to help neutrals (and parties) face their own biases and assumptions, and be better positioned to resolve cases successfully, as well as reflections on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the ADR process.  This is the first year that the American Bar Association has sponsored original content for its Mediation Week celebration. This year’s theme is Access to Justice – the Mediator’s Role. Miles mediator and arbitrator,Winter Wheeler, is co-chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Mediation Week programming committee. Check out additional resources (below) for a rundown of ABA’s programming on access to justice.

Follow Mediation Week 2020 resources here and by searching for the official hashtag on social media: #MediationWeek2020.

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Conversations around diversity and implicit bias have been at the forefront in 2020. In this 60-minute CLE webinar, Robbie Ashe, partner at Bondurant, Mixon & Elmore, LLP; Clyde Mize, partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP; along with Miles neutrals Michael Eshman and Bianca Motley Broom, have a candid discussion about how these issues impact ADR and practical tips to facilitate change with your own organization. 
This program is available for 1.0 CLE credit hour in the following states: Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, and Ohio. To apply for CLE credit for this program, please submit here. You must view the entire program. Be sure to select the correct CLE program and include your full name, contact information (email and phone number), and your Bar number. We will not accept CLE credit submissions after Friday, October 30 at midnight. For questions, please email

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ABA Mediation Week:

American’s Bar Association’s Mediation Week theme is Mediation and its role in expanding access to justice during and after a pandemic. The full calendar of events is available here.

On October 20th at 3 PM ET, Winter Wheeler will lead a group of medical malpractice experts as they ask the question: Can Mediators Fill the Void Created by COVID-19 Immunity Laws? Register here. 


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