UCCR Brown Bag Lunch Presentations

  These interactive luncheons will be held the third Wednesday of every month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Law & Justice Center located at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City.


  If you or someone you know would like to present at a Brown Bag, please let us know. Also, if you have a topic you would like us to address and want us to find a speaker, let us know that too!

2015 Schedule

Februry 18

"Gender Differences in Negotiation"

 -James Holbrook and Stacy Roberts

Description of Topic:

We have all heard there are different styles and approaches to a negotiation that may stem from our training, experiences, or history of conflict.  But how often do you realize that gender may affect not only how you negotiate, but how others perceive you when you are negotiating.  As the facilitators of communication and negotiation, mediators should be cognizant of the expectations and approaches to negotiation that may be affected by the gender of the parties to mediation, as well as the gender of their attorneys.  This discussion will provide an overview of gender differences to a negotiation, specifically social expectations, inferences, presumptions, motivations and reactance, and how you can better prepare for mediation given these differences. 

March 18

At the Scott Matheson Court House 450 South State Street, SLC
(W-19, Conference Room A on the First Floor)

 "Changes to the ADR Disposition Notice and Self Help Center Form"

  -Nini Rich, ADR Director Administrative Office of the Courts  

 April 15

 "Attorney Preferences When it Comes to Mediation"

 -Patrick Burt, Kipp & Christiansen, P.C and Gabe White, Christensen & Jensen

 Description of Topic:

 As more areas of law are required to mediate before heading to trial, either out of agreement, court order, or state law requirements, the attorneys are building their own approaches to prepare for mediation, select mediators, and how to use their mediator before and during mediation.   Straight from the attorneys, a discussion of how they prepare, how they select their mediators, what mediators do that is useful (or less useful) at mediation.

17th Annual UCCR Symposium
 "Accountability & Conscience in Dialogue"

Friday, May 15, 2015

At the Utah Law & Justice Center


 No Brown Bag 

 July 15

 "Peacebuilder Scholarship Program Introduction and Conflict Resolution in Children’s Literature"

 -Marcy Fetzer, Professor, Brigham Young University

Description of Topic:

 “One night while reading to my four children, I made a discovery that changed everything I thought I knew about teaching Communication. The book was, Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin. It is a book about cows, a duck, and a farmer who were negotiating a trade of milk for blankets. There is a standoff, compromises are made, there is give-and-take, and eventually the cows and the farmer settle on a comfortable resolution for both parties. After many years of studying and teaching at the University level, I was astounded by this book’s ability to make the complexity of negotiation and communication come to life in such a vivid, illuminating, and simple way. I decided to search for other picture books that had a similar effect and found many. I found many and realized that these picture books could help children (and adults!) learn how to become better communicators in a very effective way. They were simple yet complex, humble yet powerful.”


Dr. Marcy Fetzer is professor of management communication in the Marriott School of Management. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Education, with an emphasis in Organizational Conflict. Dr. Fetzer’s scholarly work investigates the discursive structures of conflict, where transformative dialogue intersects with traditional bureaucratic organizational form. Her dissertation—an ethnographic study of peer mediation at an alternative high school—highlighted students’ experience of learning and practicing the conflict resolution principles and practices of peer mediation within the environment of alternative schooling. 

 August 19 
"Relational Communication"

 -Russell Wood, Ph.D., University of Utah, Department of Communication Professor 

Description of topic

The essence of mediation is communication and negotiation between parties.  As mediators we facilitate this dialogue, which includes our own communications and those of the parties.  It is important to realize and understand that the messages we send to others as we talk contain two major elements: content and relational instructions, which are different from verbal vs. nonverbal cues.  Professor Wood will explain the importance of understanding the essence of relational communication, and recommendations for being a successful communicator.

September 16

 "You call that an Apology?":  Using a Double-Edged Sword Effectively"

-Stephen Kelson

Description of topic:

We all make and hear apologies in one form or another on almost a daily basis.  Sometimes they’re effective and other times they backfire.  As mediators we often facilitate dialogue with parties demanding, requesting, needing, refusing, or willing to make an apology.  It is important to recognize and understand the elements of an effective apology.  Mr. Kelson will discuss the distrust of apologies in litigation, the importance of an effective apology and recommendations for effective apologies.

Stephen D. Kelson is a shareholder at the office of Christensen & Jensen PC, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where his practice focuses on commercial litigation, personal injury and mediation.  He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Utah, his J.D. degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, and Master of Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law.  He has conducted over 500 mediations, including cases involving professional liability, personal injury, and commercial and employment disputes.
Mr. Kelson served as the Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section, and he served as the Chair of UCCR from 2014 through 2015.  His professional recognitions include the Utah Judicial Council’s 2011 Service to the Courts Award for outstanding contribution to Utah’s judicial system

 October 21

 "Domestic Violence and Mediation"

 -Roshan Richards 

 November and December 

 No Brown Bag Presentations

Happy Holidays! 



Stacy Roberts, UCCR Board Member
and Brown Bag Event Chair

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