Mediation Services for Landlords and Tenants in the Age of COVID-19: Stability and Resiliency
Monday, Oct. 18, 1-2 p.m.
MBA Zoom Webinar
Join the Massachusetts Bar Association's Dispute Resolution (DR) Section as we kick off Conflict Resolution Week by honoring and acknowledging the work of mediation providers who provided free pre-court mediation services for landlords and tenants for COVID-19-related lease disputes, in addition to handling summary process cases that were filed in the courts and referred to mediation. This program is sponsored by the MBA's DR Section and the Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution.
Reimagining the Dispute Resolution Frontier
How Technology and the Pandemic Have Triggered A DR Evolution
Thursday, Oct. 21, 4-6 p.m.
MBA Zoom Webinar
Join the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution (DR) Section as we virtually celebrate Conflict Resolution Day. During this program, the MBA will honor the memory and legacy of Frank Sander, a luminary in the field of conflict resolution, by presenting its MBA Professor Frank E.A. Sander Award in Dispute Resolution to Hon. John Cratsley (ret.).
Cratsley (pictured right) served on the Massachusetts Superior Court for 24 years, serving as chair of the Superior Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. From 1999 to 2004, he served as chair of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution. Since his retirement in 2011, he has served as a full-time arbitrator and mediator at JAMS. He focuses his practice on a wide variety of matters, including contract, construction, employment and insurance disputes. He recently served as a part-time special judicial magistrate, appointed by the chief justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, hearing matters arising from the drug lab litigation. He has served as a lecturer of law at Harvard Law School since 1972 and as adjunct faculty at Boston College Law School since 1994.
An expert panel will also discuss how virtual technology has changed the landscape, expanded the toolbox and affected the future outlook for DR. The program will conclude with a discussion of wellness for DR practitioners and others who use virtual technology in their practices.