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CME for Family Mediators – Aug. 18

CME for Family Mediators – Aug. 18

• Mediating Cases Involving Domestic Violence and Reporting Issues

• Owning the Room: Establishing and Maintaining Control in Mediation

• Pros and Cons of Marathon Sessions v. Multiple Sessions

• Financial Considerations

• Dealing with Difficult Clients and Attorneys

• Forms and Best Practices – Balance Sheets, Forms, Sample Language

• Mediating the Low Income Case

• Party Crashers: Dealing with Non Parties Who Attend

• Ethics: When Lawyers Give Bad Advice


Lana Pendoski – Chair
Newton Becker Boukamp Pendoski P.C., Indianapolis

Christopher J. Barrows
Barrows Legal Group LLC

Kerry Hyatt Bennett
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Indianapolis

Kathryn Hillebrands Burroughs
Cross Pennamped Woolsey & Glazier, Carmel

Elisabeth M. Edwards
Wanzer Edwards, Indianapolis

Lisa Fears
Law Resource Center, Franklin

Dr. Bart Ferraro
Meridian Psychological Associates P.C., Indianapolis

Jill E. Goldenberg
Schuman Cohen Garelick & Glazier, Indianapolis

Mark Hildebrand
Holistic Financial Partners LLC, Indianapolis

Greg Noland
Emswiller, Williams, Noland & Clarke, P.C.

James A. Reed
Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Indianapolis

Robert N. Reimondo
Capper Tulley & Reimondo, Crawfordsville

Melanie Reichert
Broyles Kight & Ricafort P.C., Indianapolis


6 CLE / 6 CME – Friday, August 18; 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

– ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis

– Available after the Live Seminar date


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Civil & Family Mediation 40 Hour Courses Announced for 2017

Civil and Family 40 hour mediation courses provide an excellent learning environment with practical experience in mediation. Each program has a professional & informative approach to the psychological, legal and business aspects of mediation. These courses provide the 40 hour instruction certified as appropriate for mediation training by the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education under the Indiana Trial Rule – ADR.

The Family to Civil Crossover Training provides 16 crossover hours as well as 9 CLE hours and 3 Ethics hours and is designed for those that have already attended and completed an earlier Family Mediation Training session and now wish to complete the Civil Mediation Training.


June 21-25, 2017 –  24 CLE / 6 E   (40 Civil Med. Hours)
Limited to 42 participants!
LIVE IN-PERSON ONLY! – ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis

June 21-23, 2017  –  9 CLE / 3 E   (16 Med. Crossover Hours)
Limited to 6 participants!
LIVE IN-PERSON ONLY! – ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis

August 9-13, 2017  –  24 CLE / 6 E    (40 Fam. Med. Hours)
Limited to 42 participants!
LIVE IN-PERSON ONLY!  ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis



Attorney at Law – Mediator

W. Douglas Lemon was admitted before the Indiana State Bar in 1995, as well as the U.S. Northern and Southern District Courts. Memberships include the Indiana State Bar Association and the Kosciusko County Bar Association. Mr. Lemon graduated from Hanover College (BA) in 1992 and received his JD from the Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington) in 1995. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Mr. Lemon has built a wide-ranging and diverse practice including: insurance defense, plaintiff’s litigation, criminal defense, estate planning and probate, real estate transactions, guardianships and adoptions, family law, business development, and juvenile law. Since completing the Civil Mediation Training course in 2008, Mr. Lemon’s practice has increasingly concentrated on both civil and domestic mediation, and he has served as a frequent Assistant Trainer in subsequent courses.

In addition to pursuing his law practice, Mr. Lemon attended Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana from 2003-2005 and has been serving as the Senior Pastor of Oak Grove Community Church (Warsaw) since 2005.

Senior Judge, Mediator

Terry C. Shewmaker practiced law for over 23 years serving as a civil attorney as well as a deputy prosecuting attorney. Thereafter he served 18 years as the elected Judge of Elkhart Circuit Court. He handled thousands of cases including tort claims, mortgage foreclosures, domestic relations, and commercial litigation, along with criminal cases. Judge Shewmaker is certified as a Senior Judge and registered mediator.

Attorney at Law – Mediator, Lake County

Joy L. Colwell is trained in both civil and family mediation. In addition to writing the manual used in this seminar, she has been training with Thomas R. Lemon since 1994. Her background also includes general legal practice as well as litigation experience. Ms. Colwell was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1984 and the Illinois Bar in 1988. She is a graduate of Indiana University, B.A., 1980; Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, J.D., 1984 (cum laude). She has also taught such subjects as Dispute Resolution and Negotiations.

Attorney at Law – Mediator
Baker & Gilchrist LLC, Avon & Indianapolis

Caroline Gilchrist is a partner in the firm of Baker & Gilchrist, with offices in Avon and Indianapolis. She first became interested in mediation in 1987 when she completed the forty-hour family law mediation training program. She has been a mediator for the Indiana Special Education Mediation Services. She has been trained as a civil mediator since 1993. Ms. Gilchrist received her undergraduate degree from Ball State University and graduated from the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, in 1982. The focus of her law practice is mediation and litigation, specifically, family law, medical malpractice and personal injury. She has served on the Family Law Executive Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association for a number of years and was chairperson in 1995. She is co-chairperson of the mediation subcommittee of the family law section of the Indiana State Bar Association. She has participated in “Settlement Week,” and has spoken in a variety of seminars regarding the subject of mediation.

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Law Tips: 19 Tips for Breaking the Impasse in Your Mediations

The mediation process is profoundly expanding in many law practice areas. Lawyers are striving  continually to improve their mediation skills in order to provide clients the best services possible. It could also reasonably be said that there are times when even the most prepared and experienced mediator runs into an impasse.

Our Law Tips faculty participant, Jill Goldenberg Schuman, Cohen, Garelick & Glazier, Indianapolis, draws on her expertise as a mediator, arbitrator and lecturer in family law to assist practitioners in developing mediation skills. In her recent session during the ICLEF CME for Family Mediators Seminar, she shared her insights for “Breaking the Impasse.” Perhaps her suggestions will provide the spark necessary the next time you are searching for a way to kindle the fire in your mediation:

Mediation Impasse Suggestions For Family Law Cases:

1. Pay out property settlement as alimony.

2. QDRO retirement dollars to pay (a) marital debt or (b) attorney fees.

3. Sell assets.

4. Leave or rent a house to a spouse.

5. Have a side agreement on terms of sale of a house not to be introduced into court.

6. Joint legal custody (a) split issues by giving one medical and the other education or (b) spell out issues in the settlement agreement such as the children shall attend ** school or shall continue to use** as his or her medical provider.

7. If alcohol or prescription drugs or other damaging allegations are involved, consider a side agreement to be executed but held and not filed with the Court and only to be filed with the Court in the event of an alleged breach.

8. Adding oversight language for dealing with drugs and alcohol.

9. Adding stepped in or phased in parenting plans.

10. Adding time frames for review for certain issues.

11. If an issue cannot be resolved and is not ripe (such as where the child attends kindergarden the next year or should it be at age 5 or 6) – add in a clause for family law arbitration of the issue within a certain time frame.

12. Prioritize goals.

13. Allow a party to vent and show empathy.

14. Create enforceable plans to “earn” more time with the children.

15. Mediator’s suggestion – Even after the parties and attorneys leave.

16. Bracketing.

17. Lawyers only conference.

18. Temporary joint ventures.

19.  Apologies.

Are you thinking of #20 to add to these mediation avenues? If you’d like to contribute to this list, leave a comment below for your fellow Law Tips readers. Or, perhaps you’re interested in the Video Replay’s of CME for Family Mediators training session that includes Jill’s discussion and expanded training, along with 11 other expert instructors?

I appreciate Jill Goldenberg Schuman allowing me to share her expertise on Law Tips. And thanks so much to the faithful Law Tips readers for returning. I look forward to continuing to bring you the interesting educational input from our faculty in 2014.


About our Law Tips faculty participant:
Jill Goldenberg Schuman, Cohen, Garelick & Glazier, Indianapolis, concentrates in the areas of family law and alternative dispute resolution.  Ms. Goldenberg Schuman received her B.S. in business from Indiana University in 1990 and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1993. She is certified by the Indiana Certifying Organization of the Indiana Bar Association as an Indiana Certified Family Law Specialist. She is also a registered domestic mediator. Jill is a lecturer in various family law and alternative dispute resolution topics for ICLEF.  And has been an author on several family law appellate decisions.

About our Law Tips blogger:
Nancy HurleyLaw Tips blogger, has long-standing connections with Indiana lawyers. She was formerly a member of the ISBA and IBF staffs for over 30 years. Nancy’s latest lifestyle venture is with ICLEF. We are utilizing her exceptional writing and interviewing skills while exploring how her Indiana-lawyer background fits with ICLEF’s needs. When she isn’t ferreting out new topics for Law Tips, her work can be found in our Speaker Spotlight blogs, postings on the ICLEF Facebook and Twitter pages, and other places her legal experience lends itself.

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