Education Services

Advanced Mediator Training Series: The Extent or Limit of Mediator Influence to Effect Settlement

Session ID: 20AMTP009

  • Start Date

    October 19, 2020 8:30 AM (EDT)
  • End Date

    October 19, 2020 4:00 PM
  • Duration

    7.5 hours
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Registration Status: OPEN

Registration for this program closes on October 12, 2020 12:00 AM

Registration Fee
Price (USD)
General $425.00
AAA Panelist $375.00

Refund Policy

Refunds (less a $25 administrative fee) are available if a written cancellation request is received no later than 10 business days before the start of the program. Substitution of attendees can be made at any time.


AAA-ICDR® Dispute Resolution Center
150 East 42nd Street
17th Floor
New York, US  10017

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Faculty and Summary

James  Skelton
James  Skelton

American Arbitration Association
New York, NY

Neil Carmichael
Neil Carmichael

American Arbitration Association
Charlotte, NC

"It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best."

This saying aptly applies to mediator influence and the effect the mediator may have on the parties' efforts to arrive at a mutually satisfactory settlement. To be effective, mediator influence must be both skillfully and intentionally executed. This one-day program explores the key elements of mediator influence and the extent (or limit) they have on effecting a settlement. Primary topics addressed in the program are:

• External and Internal Sources of Mediator Influence

• External and Internal Impediments to Mediator Influence

• Executing Fundamental Skills to Enhance Mediator Influence

• Ethical Dimensions of Mediator Influence

While prior training and experience in mediation would be helpful, they are not necessary to participate in and benefit from the program. Mediators from all areas of practice, as well as other professionals, are welcome to register.


   "One of the best AAA programs I have ever attended."

   "Very far-reaching.  I liked the interactive format."

   "Excellent.  The program provided a new and revealing perspective."

   "This program exceeded my expectations.  Thank you."

   "The segment on impediments to mediator influence was extremely interesting."

   "This program will make me a better mediator.  It made me think."

As part of its long-standing, ongoing educational mission, the American Arbitration Association grants a limited number of scholarships that cover the cost of educational program registration. Scholarship eligibility is limited to students, government workers, retired professionals, arbitrators/mediators who are no longer active on the AAA roster, and others as may be determined by the AAA. To request a registration fee scholarship, please send an email to Include your current position and affiliation, and a brief description of the basis for your registration fee scholarship request. The American Arbitration Association reserves the right to grant or deny any request based on the information provided by the requesting individual and available space in the program.

If you are an AAA Panelist please note this program does not satisfy your annual Arbitrator Continuing Education requirement.

CLE Information:

West LegalEdcenter is procuring continuing legal education (CLE) credits on behalf of American Arbitration Association.  This program is available for CLE credits in California, New York, and Pennsylvania.  Credit amounts vary by attendance verification and jurisdictional rules and cannot be confirmed in advance of the program.


Please contact AAA Education Services at or 212-716-3977.