For more than a decade, Associates in Dispute Resolution LLC, has been a leader in designing and developing high-quality training programs for regional, national and international bar associations as well as customized presentations in behalf of corporations, law firms, human resource managers, court personnel, judges and experienced litigators. ADR, LLC, Partner Larry R. Rute has served as a long-time Adjunct Professor at Washburn University School of Law teaching Dispute Resolution Techniques. ADR, LLC, Patrick Nichols, has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching Dispute Resolution at the University of Kansas School of Law and Washburn School of Law.

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EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION IS $175.00 (on or before Friday, September 18, 2020)
After September 18, 2020, registration is $195.00
Approved for 6.5 hours of CLE/CDRE including 1.0 Hours of Ethics
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Approved for 6.5 hours of CLE/CDRE (f/n/a CME) Credit which includes 1.0 Hours of Ethics

Please join Associates in Dispute Resolution, LLC, for our annual CLE/CDRE event scheduled for Friday, October 9, 2020.  We are excited to bring you this year’s training event via Zoom Webinar to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get their required CLE/CDRE credits completed.  You will enjoy this practical, advanced-level program which will provide an in-depth look at the following topics:

8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.                INTRODUCTIONS

9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.                MISSOURI/KANSAS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

This CLE will explore the 2020 Missouri and Kansas Legislative Sessions. The presentation will focus on review of newly enacted laws, provide background on controversial proposals, discuss the legislative process as well as the impact for practitioners going to court during COVID-19.  This CLE will also preview 2021 issues and possible legislative proposals. 

Joseph N. Molina III began serving as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Kansas Bar Association in 2008. His primary responsibility is statewide advocacy for KBA issues and Access to Justice platforms. Prior to joining the KBA he was Chief Legal Counsel for the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority where his practice involved insurance subrogation, labor law and employment law.  He also previously served as an Assistant Attorney General acting as the Director of the Kansas No-Call Act.  Molina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics from Eastern Oregon University along with a juris doctorate from the Washburn University School of Law.


John Cusick graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2000.  John has devoted his entire legal career to litigation and representing injured people and their families.  He has focused his practice in the areas of personal injury and employment law.  John is licensed to practice law in the states of Missouri and Kansas and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court-Western District of Missouri and the District Court of Kansas. 



9:50 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.          BREAK (10 minutes)


Confidentiality provisions in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes rest at the intersection between privacy and self-determination and the protection of vulnerable parties. Confidentiality protections fall into three categories ranging from absolute or blanket confidentiality to qualified confidentiality.  This session discusses confidentiality provisions in mediation agreements.

Professor Linda Elrod is the Richard S. Righter Distinguished Professor at Washburn University School of Law and Director of the Children and Family Law Center. She was a Fulbright Senior Specialist for the Dublin Institute of Technology, has received the William O. Douglas Outstanding Professor Award, the Roy A. Myers Excellence in Research faculty award, and the Chief Justice Kay McFarland Attorney of Achievement Award.




Larry R. Rute has mediated more than 4,500 matters involving commercial law, corporate dissolution, consumer protection, domestic relations/division of assets, employment law, FLSA, insurance bad faith, personal injury, toxic torts and other complex high-profile employee discrimination cases, including class and collective actions.  Licensed in Missouri and Kansas.  He is immediate past-Chair of the Supreme Court’s Dispute Resolution Council.  He serves as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, National Arbitration & Mediation, and FINRA Dispute Resolution.



10:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.        BREAK (10 minutes)


As human beings, our brains are wired to make cognitive shortcuts based on our previous experiences and unconscious assumptions.  Angela will discuss how implicit cognitive biases can negatively affect the ability of attorneys and their clients to effectively interpret information in the mediation context.  Participants will have an opportunity to take an online implicit bias test on their smartphones, laptops, or tablets. 

Angela Gupta brings over 29 years of legal experience to her work as a mediator, arbitrator, and independent investigator.  Angela served as chambers counsel in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and practiced law in two Kansas City law firms and in the United States Attorney’s Office, where she handled cases involving commercial, employment and bankruptcy law.  Angela is an Approved Mediator in the State of Kansas and in the federal district courts for the District of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri.  Angela is an Approved Arbitrator with FINRA.



11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.        LUNCH (go grab a snack or lunch and join us back here at 12:30 for more sessions.

12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.          LESSONS IN MOVIES & MEDIA ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Movies and television present various takes on dispute resolution: negotiation, conflict, mediation and resolution. While entertaining, they often contain valuable insight into those processes. The program will use clips from movies and television programs to demonstrate how (and how not) to approach conflict resolution.

Patrick Nichols joined in partnership with Larry Rute in our firm Associates in Dispute Resolution, LLC in 2004. Patrick has mediated over 1,500 cases. A former trial lawyer, he now mediates and arbitrates cases in Kansas and Missouri focusing on employment, ERISA, Personal injury, including catastrophic injuries. He is AV-rated by Matindale Hubbell. He had been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1994 and is a Kansas Missouri SuperLawyer. He has trained law students, lawyers and mediators at scores of seminars and workshops including national and international events. For many years he was a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators.



1:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.        BREAK (10 minutes)

1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.        TIPS FOR NAVIGATING ZOOM MEDIATION LIKE A PRO (Part 1 of 2)

Mediations via video conferencing became a required method in the dispute resolution process in 2020 and we offer tips and information for handling your mediations via Zoom and the issues that can come along with the process.

Marvin Motley is an experienced legal professional and business executive. He began his career in private practice before serving as in-house counsel and AVP Human Resources at Sprint Corporation. He is a member of both the Kansas and Missouri Bars and Approved Mediator in the State of Kansas. He provides mediation services in employment and commercial cases in state and federal court in Kansas and Missouri. Marvin received his B.A., J.D., and Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.



Robert Sullivan, lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, has served as a neutral in dozens of civil disputes.  He is approved by the Kansas Supreme Court Office of Judicial Administration, as a Mentor Mediator, for core and civil cases, assisting others who are attempting to be approved as mediators by the Office of Judicial Administration. He is also a mediator coach for students taking mediation courses at Johnson County Community College.




Dawn Dawson, has been the Office Manager/Case Manager of Associates in Dispute Resolution since 2001 near the inception of the firm.  Dawn has worked for large and small law firms for 38 years but found the mediation and arbitration side of it interesting and fun.  Dawn is our technical advisor when it comes to video conferencing and she will give you tips and tricks in managing your Zoom mediations. 




2:20 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.        BREAK (10 minutes)

2:30 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.        TIPS FOR NAVIGATING ZOOM MEDIATION LIKE A PRO:  Participate in an Actual Zoom Mediation (Part 2 of 2)

 2:55 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.       BREAK (5 minutes)

 3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.        DOMESTIC MEDIATION 2020

This session will  provide an opportunity to discuss: how COVID has changed the way domestic mediation is conducted, I am particularly interested in how courts are handling parenting time and how to conduct mediation when circumstances make face to face difficult or impossible; differences in the process for private vs. panel mediations; implications of the new Supreme Court rules governing mediation; how different court guidelines can impact the process. My hope is always that participants walk away with something that will enhance the mediation process for their clients, civil or domestic.

Adina F. Morse began her legal career as a litigation associate with the firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens and Young in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the firm, Adina clerked for The Honorable Curtis J. Joyner in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. After leaving Stradley, Adina has served as an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law, Washburn University Law School and most recently, at the University of Kansas School of Law.  Adina joined Curtis Barnhill in law practice in 2016 and became a partner with the firm in 2018.  Adina's practice includes division of assets pursuant to divorce, domestic mediation, conservatorship and guardianship matters, wills, trusts, and other probate matters.



3:50 p.m.                ADJOURNMENT




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