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Mediation In Today’s World CLE

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Date(s) - 01/28/2022
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


This three-hour Mediation in Today’s World CLE is designed for attorneys who want to learn practical skills for mediating via Zoom.  Topics include managing participants in e-mediation, practical tips for setting up virtual conferences and caucus rooms, using documents effectively on Zoom by sharing the screen, and getting the necessary signatures when a settlement is reached. The last hour will feature a panel discussion of “Top Ten Tips for Zoom Mediation.”



Judge Sharon Barrett practiced law in Asheville for nineteen years with the firm of Patla, Straus, Robinson & Moore, P.A., representing individual, corporate and governmental clients in state and federal courts in a wide range of areas, including: business, personal injury, contract and commercial disputes, employment matters, medical negligence, construction, discrimination and real estate. She also served as a District Court Judge in the 28th Judicial District for five years, and later served as a Special Superior Court Judge, holding court in thirty of North Carolina’s one hundred counties. Judge Barrett understands the value of negotiated settlements for all involved. This experience gives her insight about how to help disputing parties achieve resolution.

Sarah Corley has more than 20 years of experience mediating disputes. She began her career as a lawyer specializing in litigation and employment law. She is admitted to the Bars of Georgia and California and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association.

After realizing the benefits of mediation with her own clients, Sarah pursued mediation training and certification. She volunteered her services to the Justice Center of Atlanta and subsequently became the Executive Director of The Mediation Center of Asheville. Sarah was a lead trainer for The Mediation Center’s Superior Court Mediated Settlement Conferences Seminar and served as the center’s director from 1992 to 1996; she went on to found MediationWorks in 1996. Sarah is a member of numerous mediation panels and has extensive training in general, family and workplace mediation. She also provides permanency mediation for court-referred child abuse and neglect cases.

Frank Goldsmith has more than 45 years of general civil and criminal litigation practice with areas of focus including employment law, personal injury litigation, commercial, real estate, construction litigation, constitutional and civil rights law, and criminal defense. Frank is certified as a mediator by North Carolina’s Dispute Resolution Commission in 1996, and has mediated hundreds of cases in the state and federal courts. He has served on the Boards of Governors of both the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ).

Laura Jeffords is the Executive Director of the Mediation Center, which serves Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, and Polk counties and provides mediation for issues involving district court cases, juvenile court complaints, Medicaid appeals, school conflicts, neighborhood disputes, prison re-entry, and family concerns. The Mediation Center also provides supervised child visitation and monitored child exchange services. She has served in this role since 2008. Laura has been a member of the board of directors for the National Association for Community Mediation and holds an undergraduate degree in theoretical linguistics from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University.

(A link to the virtual event will be sent to all enrollees the day before the seminar.)


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Member Ticket $105.00
Non-Member Ticket $210.00