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ODR – A Practical Program for Practitioners
The ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) and The Canadian Collaborative for Engagement & Conflict Management (CECM) have united on a new, ambitious and practically-focused program in support of mediators and arbitrators offering services online. This program has been developed by Colm Brannigan and Marc Bhalla, who each have a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in Dispute Resolution and focused their academic research on Online Dispute Resolution. Colm and Marc have been practicing ODR long before the COVID-19 pandemic and believe that there is a great deal more to addressing conflict remotely than getting a videoconferencing account.
This in-depth, interactive program will highlight what is unique about addressing conflict online. In its practical focus, attendees will be walked through online mediation and arbitration processes, from engagement to conflict closure. Unique challenges and opportunities will be discussed and creative ways to make use of various technologies to enhance the process demonstrated.
Whether this is your first foray into the world of ODR or you are well versed in it, you will be able to enhance your practice by taking this unique 10-hour program. The program will be presented through an introduction and 3 modules, over the dates below.
LL.M (ADR), C.Med,
C.Arb, IMI Cert, FCIArb
LL.M (DR), CCI (Hon’s),
C.Med, Q.Arb, MCIArb
Format: This course will be presented online via Zoom.
Required Equipment: Attendees need a computer, tablet or phone, an internet connection (wired recommended), a microphone and video camera if they wish to be seen or to participate by audio or video. Attendees do not have to present themselves visually or audibly to interact or otherwise participate in the course.
Who Should Take This Course? Mediators, arbitrators, lawyers and other legal representatives who are either involved in online dispute resolution or are considering becoming involved and would like to learn more about it than a one-platform-fits-all approach. While ODR shares similarities with in-person processes, there are significant differences that practitioners need to be aware of.
|Module 1||Module 2
|Welcome / Overview of Module||The Agreement to Mediate Online – Key Agreement Clauses||Online Mediation
|Introduction to Instructors||The Opportunities & Challenges of Online Dispute Resolution||How Arbitrator Appointment Works Online||Online Settlement Negotiations
|Introduction to Attendees||Beyond Zoom – An Overview of Various Processes, Platforms & Tools||Online Med-Arb Agreements||Online Arbitration|
|History of ODR
|Put Yourself in their Tech – Empathizing with Clients||Essential Pre-Process Meeting Tips||The Challenge of Witness Testimony in Online Arbitration|
|What to expect out of program||Put Yourself in their Robe – Understanding Legal Counsel||Not Mission Impossible – Overcoming Common Hurdles||Managing and Recognizing the Perception of Bias|
|Live, Rehearsed or Pre-Recorded – Synchronous & Asynchronous Process Considerations||Creating a Safe and Balanced Space||Getting it in Writing – Capturing Settlement Terms Online|
|Platform Checklists||Feeling Heard Online||Launching and promoting an ODR practice.|
|Presence & Power||Client engagement – proposing ODR and related options|
Professional Development Accreditation:
- ADRIC Continuing Education & Engagement (CEE) points: 20
- Law Society of British Columbia: 10 hours
- Law Society of New Brunswick: 10 hours
- Law Society of Saskatchewan: 9 hours
- CPD accreditation pending from all Law Societies across Canada
Spring workshop: Tuesday March 30 through Thursday April 1, 2021 Register here. EARLY BIRD OPPORTUNITY: Those who register by Thursday, January 21st participate in an online role play exercise! (Role play assignments will be circulated in late January.)
Summer workshop: Tuesday July 6 through Thursday July 8, 2021 (Registration opens soon)
Fall workshop: Tuesday September 7 through Thursday September 9, 2021 (Registration opens soon)
Introduction & Module 1: Tuesday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
Module 2: Wednesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Module 3: Thursday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
ADRIC Members: $495 Non-Members: $695 applicable taxes extra
Limited spaces available
Deadline to register: the Thursday prior at 11:59pm ET
Special offer to attendees: Those who register to attend this program are welcome to sign up to participate in a ZOOM settings webinar and a role play exercise coordinated by Colm and Marc after the program concludes. (To participate, just indicate your interest during the first session.)
Note: this course is available in English only at the moment, but we hope to translate and find French instructors for 2021.
CANCELLATION POLICY: If you must cancel, notice must be received in writing. All refund requests received up to one week prior to the date of the webinar will receive a refund less a 5% administrative fee. Notice must be received NO LATER THAN 11:59pm ET THREE DAYS PRIOR to the date of the webinar to receive a refund less a 25% administrative fee unless we are able to find a replacement for your spot, in which case you will receive a refund less 10% admin fee. No refunds available after that point.