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Christine Morganti
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Expert to Teach Conflict Resolution

Albuquerque, N.M.—The State Bar Center for Legal Education, First and Second Judicial District courts are sponsoring an upcoming continuing legal education seminar for New Mexico attorneys, negotiators, facilitators, collaborators, mediators, and clinicians at the State Bar Center Nov. 12. Conflict Resolution Expert Nina Meierding will present Advanced Settlement Skills: How to Settle a Case.


Meierding is a national leader in the field of conflict resolution and has been providing training and mediation services for over 25 years. She is a former president of the Academy of Family Mediators and served on the board of directors of the Association of Conflict Resolution and many other organizations. She is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, Southern Methodist University and Lipscomb University. She was the director and senior mediator at the Mediation Center for Family Law in Ventura, California, from 1985–2007 where she mediated over 4,000 disputes. She is a consultant and trainer for the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS). Meierding has trained thousands of individuals in businesses, courts, school districts, city, county, and federal governmental agencies, medical centers, corporations, non profit groups and universities throughout the United States and abroad.


Mediation is a process in which the mediator assists the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement. In divorce mediation, the areas of custody (parenting plans), child support, spousal support, and a division of assets and debts can be discussed. The mediator can prepare the Marital Settlement Agreement and the necessary documents to be filed with the court (upon the parties' request) and no court appearance is usually necessary.


Alternative methods of dispute resolution (ADR) are being used increasingly by courts and lawyers to supplement traditional resolution by litigation. The intent is less to attack and beat the other side than to work together to craft a mutually acceptable resolution of a case. Mediation, settlement facilitation, mandatory non-binding arbitration are some of the ADR approaches that are available to litigants in New Mexico state courts. They are similar in that they employ a neutral third party (often, but not always, a lawyer) to help litigants resolve their differences, thereby saving all parties both time and money.

Visit http://www.nmbarcle.org/catalog.aspx?browse=ViewProg&catid=1162 to register and http://www.nmbarcle.org/additionalfiles/1162/CLE_ADR-1112-form.pdf to view the full schedule.

Note: News media are welcome to attend and cover the sessions. Please notify Christine Morganti, cmorganti@nmbar.org or (505) 797-6028 if you plan to attend.

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.