On-Demand Video

Using ADR For Your Practice 2022

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  • Start Date:2022-12-05 19:00:00
  • End Date:2024-12-05 19:00:00
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  • Level:Various
  • Topics:ADR/Mediation

$249.00 ["ProPass"]

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Join us for three one- hour segments as we address ADR and Mediation.

The first hour will focus on Getting Started and is designed to address two contrasting but overlapping goals and provide some guidance on time and cost-effective ways for practitioners to effectively represent disputants in mediation, while also highlighting the diverse career track opportunities developing for practitioners who early in their career can advantage development of skillsets and approaches previously only provided to “seasoned lawyers”.

The second hour will consist of Three Openings and Transitions offering “live” exercises demonstrating and sharing techniques and options for use in everyone’s practice. The panel will discuss the value of each approach, and tie in the recommendation that sets the stage for successful process. 

The final hour, Structure of ADR World in Pennsylvania, will briefly discuss the history of the development of mediation and provide an update on initiatives ongoing in Alleghany and Philadelphia and surrounding counties, also federal USDC structures and the “patchwork” that we hope to connect moving forward. 

Co-sponsored with the PBA ADR Committee.

All attendees will receive the course materials as a digital book. Course materials are not available for separate purchase but a printed copy is available to attendees for $40. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637. Printed versions of the course book will not be distributed at the course; please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the course book to be shipped.

Recorded in December 2022.


David Fitzsimons Esq.

Mr. Fitzsimons is a Principal at ADRFitz LLC in Carlisle. He is committed to the value of mediation. With 39 years and counting of legal experience his practice touches all aspects of ADR, representing individuals and companies in contract and business disputes involving construction, business operation/succession, employment, land-use, estate matters, commercial litigation, and personal injury matters. In addition to mediation, Mr. Fitzsimons also serves as an arbitrator, both on court-appointed panels and as a privately retained neutral. A certified member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s Mediator Panel, he is also a member of the Dauphin and Cumberland county panels in addition to a number of professional memberships and accomplishments in the arena of mediation. His focus and teaching on the ethics involved in mediation support his unique approach in effectively mediating disputes. He maintains a perpetually under construction website at www.ADRFitz.com.

Rochelle Grossman Esq.

Ms. Grossman has devoted her career exclusively to Family Law since graduating from Temple University Law School in 1991. She is a 1988 cum laude graduate from Brandeis University. Having spent the first 15 years of her legal career as an advocate and most recent 15 as a Family Court Master in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Ms. Grossman founded the Family Arbitration and Mediation Center in 2017. In 2020, she merged the Center with the law firm of Potts & Shoemaker, now Potts, Shoemaker & Grossman, LLC whereby she leads the firm’s alternative dispute resolution department and has resumed the representation of individuals in their domestic relations matters. Ms. Grossman is a certified mediator and completed the arbitration certification program of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has used her experience as a master and arbitrator to train other arbitrators. She also holds a graduate tax certificate in estate planning, and is a past-chair of the Montgomery Bar Association Family Law Section. Additionally, Ms. Grossman has served on Council to the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section and has been a frequent author and lecturer for the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Pennsylvania Bar Association Continuing Legal Education programs in all areas of family law and alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Grossman is past-president of the Brandywine Valley Chapter of CISV (formerly, Children’s International Summer Villages), an international peace education organization; and sits on the board of the West Chester Area Child Access Center, which provides free supervised visitation for parents and their children.

Mary Kate Coleman Esq.

Ms. Coleman is a civil litigation attorney, mediator, and arbitrator with the law firm of Riley, Hewitt, Witte & Romano, P.C. in Pittsburgh. She received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1979 and her J.D. from St. Louis University in 1982, where she was a senior staff member of the St. Louis University Law Journal. In 1983, she received her M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. She is admitted to the practice of law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. Over the years, Ms. Coleman’s practice has included the defense of personal injury, toxic tort, asbestos, medical malpractice, employment, product liability, insurance sales practices, civil rights, and other types of civil litigation. Additionally, she received certificates from Harvard Law School’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers for completing its Mediation Workshop and Negotiation Workshop. Ms. Coleman serves as a mediator and arbitrator privately, for various organizations and the courts. She is the Past Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee and serves on the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Special Fee Determination Committee. She is the former editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee’s newsletter, Resolution; was the chair of the PBA ADR Committee from 2020-2021 and co-chair of the PBA ADR Committee from 2021-2022 and 2022-2023; and she served as the former chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee’s Court-Annexed Mediation Programs Subcommittee. Ms. Coleman was appointed to the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution.  She recently served as a member of the Allegheny County Mediation Task Force.  Ms. Coleman is the recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee’s 2022 Sir Francis Bacon Award. She is the author of published articles and a frequent speaker on the subject of ADR.

Brooks Foland Esq.

As an advocate, Brooks has participated in hundreds of mediations and arbitrations over the last 29 years in cases involving personal injury, including vehicle accidents (cars, trucks and motorcycles), trips and falls, products liability cases, professional liability claims against EMS and fire agencies and insurance coverage and bad faith cases. Following his mediation training, he has mediated and co-mediated approximately two dozen cases. Brooks has served as counsel in hundreds of mediations, arbitrations, mock jury trials and other dispute resolution forums over the last 29 years. The value of these claims has ranged between five figures and eight figures. He has worked with many different mediators and arbitrators in these cases and has paid close attention to what works in mediation and what does not work.  As a litigant, Brooks has gained valuable information from several ADR professionals, which I employ in my own mediation practice.

Kristina Forrey Esq.

Kristina practices in the areas of Family Law and Juvenile Dependency and provides mediation services in Family Law. Kristina graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology focusing on exceptional child development and “abnormal” psychology. She attended Widener Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, graduating in 2018. Kristina served as a law clerk intern for the Honorable Martin Carlson, Federal Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Upon admission to the Bar in 2018, Kristina briefly practiced Family and Civil Law in Lancaster County before accepting a position as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrea Marceca Strong in the Court of Common Pleas of York County in April 2019. Upon completion of her clerkship in October 2020, Kristina joined the Allie Law Group, as an associate attorney. In September 2021, Kristina she joined the firm of Ream, Carr, Markey, Woloshin & Hunter, LLP, as a partner. Kristina opened a solo practice in February 2023 focused on family law, dependency, and mediation. Kristina is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) and is Secretary of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee, and member of the Children’s Rights and the Collaborative Law Committees. Kristina is also a member of the York County Bar Association, where she is an active member of the Family Law Section, serves as Liaison for domestic violence issues for the Family Law Section, and is Secretary/Treasurer for the York County Young Lawyers Section.  Kristina volunteers with community organizations, including the Wills for Heroes program, providing free will and estate planning for members of the military and first responders, as well as the Bartz Brigade, which focuses on veteran suicide prevention and awareness through various programs and events.

Nancy Glidden Esq.

With thirty-two years of civil litigation experience Nancy is very much aware that there are many disputes for which alternate dispute resolution is a more appropriate path than traditional litigation. Because of her extensive litigation experience and training in alternative dispute resolution, and her subject matter expertise, she is frequently retained to serve as an arbitrator or mediator. In terms of mediation, Nancy mediates disputes pre-suit, or at the appropriate time in the life of a litigated case. As a mediator her goal is to analyze and help streamline complex issues to assist parties and counsel with achieving timely, appropriate, and cost-effective solutions to disputes. She is sensitive to the people challenges and emotional components that can sometimes infuse many disputes, and engages in active listening and productive communication and work creatively and constructively with parties and counsel to achieve successful mediated outcomes.

Clymer Bardsley Esq.

Clymer Bardsley has more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer, mediator, trainer, and coach.  Currently, he mediates matters involving family law and special education law. Clymer also teaches and trains people in mediation and conflict resolution.  He has been a faculty member in Adult and Organizational Development at Temple University, where he teaches Mediation, Negotiation, Team Development, and Interpersonal Communication.  He is also an instructor for the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College at Columbia University. Clymer mediates and facilitates for Pennsylvania’s Office for Dispute Resolution, which focuses on Special Education matters. Throughout his career he has helped thousands of individuals to increase their productivity by reducing the conflict in their personal and professional lives. Clymer earned his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and his B.A. in History from Middlebury College.

Judith Weintraub Esq.

Ms. Weintraub is an attorney, dispute resolution practitioner, entrepreneur and business executive, and is a bestselling author.  She is founder of Weintraub Legal Services, a firm offering business law services and dispute resolution services.  She is a distinguished neutral for the International Institute of Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and FINRA, and a certified mediator with the International Mediation Institute.  She has published many articles on ADR in the Legal Intelligencer and Philadelphia Business Journal and has presented numerous ADR CLEs.  Judy is also the founder of SkillBites, LLC, a publishing firm specializing in the publishing of books by entrepreneurs and professionals.

Richard Klein (Ret.)

Judge Klein spent 28 years as a trial and eight years as an appellate court judge in Pennsylvania. He served as a trial judge in all parts of Philadelphia’s courts.  When first appointed, he was the youngest judge in the history of Pennsylvania. When Judge Klein was elected to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, its intermediate appellate court, he received a “highly recommended” rating from the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the endorsement of every major newspaper in the State that made judicial endorsements. Retired from the bench, he is serving as a mediator, arbitrator and appellate consultant as “Of Counsel” with McElroy and Deutsch in Philadelphia. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and an honor graduate of Harvard Law School. He won a National Merit Scholarship when he graduated from Friends’ Central School. He is co-author of the West Publication book, Trial Communication Skills, written with Body Language author Julius Fast and international lawyer Roberto Aron. He was awarded the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Sir Francis Bacon award, given to an individual who excels in the area of alternative dispute resolution and has had a significant professional impact in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the area of ADR. He also received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s highest award for effective writing, the Clarity Award. He served for ten  years as co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution committee. He is founder and co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Plain English Committee. He is chair of the Pennsylvania Futures Commission in the 21st century, starting again to review and update a long-term plan for the Pennsylvania Justice system originally prepared 20 years ago. He served as educational leader for legal-study tours sponsored by the Corporation for Professional Conferences, having led 18 such trips, including trips to Russia, China, Greece, Thailand, Vietnam, France, Egypt, and the Czech Republic and Hungary, and South Africa. He served for fifteen years as an adjunct lecturer at Temple University Law School. Judge Klein frequently lectures on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Effective Writing, Trial and Appellate Advocacy, Legal Ethics, and other topics. He is past president of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. He also is the drummer and leader of the jazz groups, “The Reading Terminals” and “The Moonlighters.”

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