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KCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Meeting (Feb. 14)

Meeting Called By: Sarah Armstrong, Chair

11:45 AM.   General Meeting and Introductions (Please bring your own lunch.  Water and coffee are available.)

12:00 to 1:30 P.M. – Educational Program:  “Tough Moments in Mediation

I. Introductions

II. Panelists:  Tough moments & strategies developed to deal with them

III. Questions & discussion

1:30 P.M. – 2:00 Networking and learning about volunteer opportunities (Please feel free to stay after the program to network with your colleagues or meet the Section volunteers and learn about how to get involved in the Section activities.)


ESTERA GORDON is Of Counsel at Graham & Dunn PC and focuses her practice on complex, high-stakes litigation matters. She provides legal and factual analysis, assists in developing case strategy, and specializes in persuasive writing for dispositive litigation events and appeals. Estera has participated in major litigation matters in many areas, including lender liability, real estate, trust/probate, business, condemnation, and environmental disputes. Estera also consults with litigation and transactional attorneys regarding mediation and alternative dispute resolution strategies and procedures. Estera is a trained and experienced mediator and arbitrator, active on several mediation and arbitration panels. She is a Washington Mediation Association Certified Mediator, and an Approved Washington State Foreclosure Mediator. As a mentor mediator with the King County Dispute Resolution Center, Estera has mediated hundreds of disputes and provides conflict resolution training, coaching, and demonstrations to new mediators and business professionals. She also serves as an arbitrator under the King County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Rules, and is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Arbitration and Mediation panels.

PARIS KALLAS is a panelist at Judicial Dispute Resolution, where she is a mediator, arbitrator, special master, and trial and appellate consultant.  She was appointed to the King County Superior Court by Governor Gary Locke in 2001.  Judge Kallas presided over the full range of civil and criminal cases.  Her caseload included complex litigation and such high-profile cases as the Jewish Federation shootings, police officer discipline, and childhood sex abuse and molestation allegations against clergy.   Judge Kallas served as Chief Civil Judge from January 2009-July 2010 and Chief Asbestos Judge from January 2008- July 2010.  During her tenure at the Superior Court, Judge Kallas chaired the Local Rules Committee, the Ex Parte and Probate Department Committee, and served on the Court’s Executive Committee.  From 1996-2001, she served as a Commissioner at Division One, Washington State Court of Appeals.  As a trial and appellate attorney, she litigated in all levels of state court, emphasizing appellate practice and criminal defense.  She received her law degree from University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) in 1981. Kallas is a member of the Maritime Law Association.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Dispute Resolution Center of King County and the Foundation for Washington Courts.

MARC STEINER, M.A., has worked as a mediator and trainer for 20 years. He currently is the Training Coordinator for the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution where he trains and mentors adult mediators. His background is highlighted by his work with youth in family settings, schools, community programs, various juvenile justice settings, child protective agencies, and the courts.   Prior to assuming his current position, Marc taught mediation skills at the University of New Mexico and has worked as a contract mediator and trainer for dispute resolutions centers throughout the U.S.

WALLACE WILKINS is the owner of Take Risks! in Seattle. He teaches courses through Cascade Executive Programs on conflict mediation, organizational management, anger prevention, stress prevention, change management, leadership, and public speaking. In his work with Take Risks!, Wilkins serves as a conflict mediator, organizational coach, and personal consultant for clients such as the State of Washington, the United States Postal Service, the Boeing Company, Microsoft, Nintendo, the Project Management Institute, and the Northwest Public Power Association. He has also consulted with organizations in Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Chile, and Malaysia. His work focuses on speaking and writing about powerful strategies for individuals and organizations to create low-stress, low-conflict, high achievement.

Materials available for download: Pending

**WEBCAST > This section meeting will also be offered to KCBA members via an internet video stream.  To participate by streaming video and to download materials, please go to 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the meeting.*Please note – the streaming video will only begin approximately 5 minutes before the scheduled start of the meeting. Do not be alarmed if you cannot see/hear the video before this time.*

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