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Huff Speaking Schedule: past presentations
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Past Presentations 

Presenter, "How to Refrain from Participation as an Attorney: Unauthorized Practice of Law Issues for Mediators" (Nashville Conflict Resolution Center February 13, 2018)

Trainer, "The Self-as-Mediator Seminar: Getting Others to Work with You, not against You," a Mediation Training Institute International seminar (Local Nashville Non-Profit, August 2014-May 2015)

Panelist, "Mediator and Advocates as Allies in the Mediation Process," Tennessee Bar Association continuing legal education program (Nashville, May 2015)

Panelist, "Dispute Resolution Involving the Self-Represented Litigant," Harry Phillips American Inn of Court (Nashville November 2014)

Trainer, "Workplace Conflict Management: An Introduction to How to Resolve Conflict with Others," 4 hour workshop, part of Women in Leadership Series, Austin Peay State University (October 2014)

Co-Chair, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute (San Antonio October 2014)

Presenter, "Preparing Yourself and Your Client for Mediation," and co-producer ADR Institute - Alternative Dispute Resolution in Today's World: ADR Issues for the Business Lawyer, the Trial Lawyer and the Dispute Resolution Neutral (Nashville Bar Association September 2014)

Co-Chair, Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute, a two day program sponsored by ABA Section of Dispute Resolution,  Nashville TN (November 2013)

Presenter, "Mediation Ethics and Professionalism Update," Annual Mediation CLE Program, Nashville Bar Association, Nashville TN (Nov. 12, 2013)

Presenter, "Negotiations in the Workplace," annual Women's Career Summit, Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, Franklin TN (September 2013)

Presenter, "Workplace Conflict Management: the "wrong reflexes" and stopping the retaliatory cycle," Nashville Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Committee (May 2013)

Moderator, "Water Wars: Mediating Water Rights Disputes," Vanderbilt University School of Law (March 2013) 

Presenter, "Arbitration Caselaw Update," Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum, Tennessee Bar Center, Nashville TN (April 11, 2013)

Facilitator, "Opening Session," Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Boston MA (Nov. 15-16, 2012)

Moderator, "Breaking Impasse" panel discussion, Tennessee Supreme Court ADR Commission's Annual ADR Workshop, Lipscomb University (October 19, 2012)

Tennessee Mediation Ethics,” presented four hour ethics segment of approved Rule 31 mediator training for Tennessee State agency counsel, organized by Tennessee Labor-Management Center, Nashville  TN (June  2012)

Moderator, “Strategies, Tactics, and Common Mistakes in Arbitrations," ABA Young Lawyer Division Spring Conference, Nashville  TN (May 2012) and encore presentation as webinar sponsored by ABA Young Lawyer Division, Section of Dispute Resolution, Section of Litigation and Center for Professional Development (August 2012)  

Poster Presentation, "Gridlock on (or off) the Grid," (American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, Washington, D.C. (April 2012)

Presenter, "Careers in Alternative Dispute Resolution," informal presentation to law students, Vanderbilt ADR Organization, Nashville TN (March 2012)

Panelist, "Careers in ADR," ABA Mid-Year Meeting, New Orleans LA (February 2012)

“Tennessee Mediation Ethics” - designed and presented five hour ethics segment of approved Rule 31 mediator training, Tennessee Labor-Management Center, Murfreesboro TN (February 2012)

Panelist, "New Hybrid Approaches to Transactions, Dispute Prevention & Resolution:  Shaping ADR Processes to Fit the Problem and the People in Deals and Disputes,"  ABA Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada (August 2011)   

"ADR Ethics and Caselaw Update," Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum, Tennessee Bar Center, Nashville TN (May 2011)

Panelist, "Lemon Law Arbitration," short presentation to law student group, Vanderbilt ADR Organization (VADRO) (March 2011)

Discussion Facilitator at small group discussions on Negotiating in the Caucus Stage of Mediation and on Breaking Impasse, ABA Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute,  Fort Lauderdale, FL (November 2010)

Moderator, "Truth, Lies and Permitted Puffing:  The Psychology and Ethics of Negotiating Deals," Nashville Bar Association program sponsored by NBA Bankruptcy Committee and co-sponsored by NBA ADR and Federal Courts Committees (July 2010)

Panelist, "Analyze This!  And Do It Ethically," ABA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Conference, San Francisco. The Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality reported that parties and their attorneys believe analytical assistance from the mediator (e.g. evaluative or directive techniques) is one of four essentials to high quality mediation in commercial cases.  This presentation  addressed whether mediators can provide such assistance while remaining true to the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators. The panel discussed: 1) how applicable law and ethical guidelines affect various kinds of analytical assistance mediators might provide; 2) research on “prospect theory” which may suggest that mediators could inadvertently promote unfair settlements; 3) the duty to refrain from giving legal advice; and 4) the importance of the mediation convening stage, to plan appropriate techniques for a particular case.  (April 2010)

Panelist on Arbitration Fairness Act bills, currently pending in Congress, Tennessee Bar Association annual ADR continuing legal education program, Nashville TN (March 2010)

Moderator at "Debatable Dilemmas:  Real World Mediation Ethics for Litigators and Mediators,"  a program at the ABA Midyear Meeting, Orlando FL on challenging mediation ethics issues such as conflicts of interest, competence, settlement authority, insurance coverage, mediator’s opinions on case value,and settlement confidentiality clauses.   (Feb. 2010)

"Negotiation:  Get Paid What You Know You're Worth," presentation to business owners at Nashville Business Incubation Center (February 2010)

“Ethics 20/20 Issues & ADR: A Report on the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission,” presentation at TAPM Civil Mediator Peer Group meeting on issues ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission was addressing in its  review of the ABA Model Rules of Conduct and the U.S. system of lawyer regulation in the context of advances in technology and global practice; discussion included international arbitration and ethics issues for attorney mediators in the era of personal computing, e-mail, “smart-phone” technology, enhanced personal digital assistants, and the Internet (Feb. 2010)

"The Hidden Cost of Conflict at Work," presentation at University of Phoenix, Franklin TN campus (February 2010)

Panelist on Arbitration Fairness Act at "Tennessee ADR 2010," a Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators  lunch and learn program, Nashville TN  (January 2010)

"Remarks on the Arbitration Fairness  Act," presentation to masters degree students 
at Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management (January 2010)

"Negotiation Skills:  Get Paid What You Know You're Worth," presentation to members of TN Chapter of American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (September 2009)

"Mediation in the Non-Profit World," presentation to masters degree students 
at Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management (August 2009)

"Negotiation: Tips for Attorneys" and "Choosing a Qualified Mediator in Tennessee," short presentations at meeting of Lawyers' Association for Women Solo/Small Firm Networking Group (August  2009)

"Mediation Advocacy at the Appellate Level: A New Opportunity for Risk-Benefit Analysis," short presentation at Nashville Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee meeting (August 2009)

Workplace conflict management seminar presented by Marnie Huff:  "The Manager-as-Mediator Seminar: Helping Good Employees Do Good Work Together" (June 2009)

"Problem-Solving Negotiation," a half day workshop presentation at the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville TN, designed by Marnie Huff for Executive Directors of nonprofit organizations (April 2009) 

Panelist on mediation of criminal cases, panel presentation to Tennessee Judges receiving mediation training, Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management (April 2008)

"Mediation and Meeting Facilitation Skills for Non-Profits," presentation to masters degree class at Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management  (January 2008) 

Panelist on attorney health and wellness, Memphis Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (December  2007)

Middle Tennessee State University Sociology Class on Dispute Resolution: presentation on mediation, design mock mediation, and coach students in mock mediation exercise (May and October 2006; May and October 2007); presentation on negotiation skills and coach students in mock mediation exercise (May 2008)

Habitat for Humanity New Homeowners Class, presentation on Resolving and Avoiding Conflicts with Neighbors; design interactive presentation and coach participants in conflict resolution skills (September and December 2006; June and September 2007; January and June 2008)

In honor of International Conflict Resolution Day, Marnie Huff presented speakers to the Nashville Women's Breakfast Club during October 2007.  See ACR web site for more on International Conflict Resolution Day.

"Suicide Prevention At Work In Tennessee:  The Nashville Bar Association Task Force On Attorney Health And Wellness," presentation by Margaret M. Huff, Chair of NBA Task Force on Attorney Health and Wellness, at program hosted by Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, in connection with a site visit to Tennessee by representatives of the Centers for Disease Control (September 2007)

Moderator and program producer of “Ethics in Advertising:  Advertising, Blogs, Websites and ‘Super’ Claims - Implications for Interstate Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation Practices,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Continuing Legal Education program, San Francisco, CA ( August  2007)

“Mediation as a Healing Profession at the ‘Tipping Point’ in Tennessee,” presentation at Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management to inaugural masters degree class (January 2007) and second masters degree class (August 2007)

Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management, observe, evaluate and coach students on mediation skills in mock mediation exercises (May 2007, May 2008, July 2009, March 2010, March 2012)

Panelist on appellate mediation and mediation ethics, Nashville Bar Association Continuing Legal Education “Mediation Essentials: Practical, Ethical and Mechanical” (March 2007)

Tennessee Supreme Court ADR Commission's Fourth Annual Advanced Mediation Techniques Workshop, panelist on mediation practice (October 2006)

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