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    The First Thousand Mediations: ADR Experiences from an Old Mediator


    Original Date: 07.12.11  General Credit:2.00

    "The First Thousand Mediations: ADR Experiences from an Old Mediator" is presented by the Hon. Leslie Smith.*

    Mediation is part of the litigation culture and has been for the past 20 years. What else is out there? What are bad, ineffective negotiation techniques? Does the position statement really make any difference? Why are many clients not prepared for the process? What unusual solutions got the case settled? Judge Smith will answer these questions and more while passing along some entertaining experiences from past mediations. 

    *Judge Leslie C. Smith was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge on April 1, 1995 and retired on October 1, 2008. He served for over six years as a District Judge in New Mexico's Seventh Judicial District. During that time, he was presented the Outstanding Judicial Service Award and was twice presented the Outstanding Contribution Award by the New Mexico State Bar Association. He was presented with the "Century of Achievement Award" by the New Mexico State Bar, recognizing 25 lawyers and judges for their contributions during the 20th century. Judge Smith received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, his Juris Doctorate (with high distinction) from the University of Kentucky and his LL.M. from the University of Western Australia. He has served on both the New Mexico Supreme Court Committees for the Rules of Civil Procedure and the Rules of Evidence. While a state district judge he chaired the New Mexico Supreme Court Judicial Grievance Board and the Court's Judicial Leave Committee. In 1986, he was elected to the Board of Bar Commissioners. He has chaired the State Bar's BenchBar Committee and has served on numerous other Bar committees. He has also served as a member of the Board of Editors for the New Mexico Bar Journal and the State Bar Bulletin. Before being appointed district judge, he was practiced law in Truth or Consequences for 18 years and was a MartindaleHubbell "av" rated attorney. He continues to teach at numerous CLE events, the National Advocacy Center, and in eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.

    120 Minutes, 2.0 General Credits