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MARCH 6 MEETING AND CURRENT ACTIVITIES

PROPOSED STANDARDS OF CONDUCT FOR MEDIATORS IN COLORADO

The ADR Professionals Qualifications project, which is looking at the need for qualifications for the various ADR professionals, requests your endorsement of the attached draft of Standards of Conduct for Mediators. Please see the attached letter and standards of conduct. If you have questions, please call the Chair of the steering committee, Sally Ortner-778-8005.

NEXT LUNCHEON MEETING TO DISCUSS ADR IN EMPLOYMENT

Our next luncheon meeting will address the topic of ADR in employment disputes. The panel will consist of Katie Miller, advocate for employees and neutral, Preston Oade, advocate for employers, Breck Grover, Regional VP of the American Arbitration Association, and Frtiz Ihrig, arbitrator and mediator for employment and labor disputes. Van Elmore, arbitrator and mediator and past chair of the employment study group will moderate. The manual for the use of ADR in employment disputes, which was produced by our employment industry focus group, will be handed out. Mark your calendars for June 2nd at noon at the Bar offices, 1900 Grant, 3rd Floor, Denver.

ADHOC ADR/TRANSACTIONAL LAW COMMITTEE MEETS

This committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:30 to noon in the CBA offices. It is considering a joint luncheon with our committee in October. This committee is also considering placing ADR contract clauses for specific industries on the CBA web page. If you have specific industry related ADR clauses please fax them (no longer than 5 pages please) to Ms. Sally Ortner at 778-7416.

NEXT BUSINESS MEETING - APRIL 3RD

The next CBA ADR Forum Committee business meeting will be held on April 3rd at noon in the CBA offices. Please mark your calendars.

The business meetings for the next several months are as follows: April 3rd, May 8th and June 5th. All of these meetings will be at noon at the CBA offices. The May meeting has been rescheduled for the 8th because of the ABA ADR meeting on May 1st.

MARCH 6TH BUSINESS MEETING DISCUSSES SPEAKERS BUREAU

Sally Ortner, Van Elmore, Merrill Shields, Susan Demidovich, Steve Mains, Cindy Savage, Ron Shear, Elizabeth Carver and Sheila Somberg attended the March 6th business meeting. The group discussed the speaker's bureau. Our committee has a speakers bureau to provide presentations on ADR to various interested audiences. If anyone is interested in participating as a speaker, please complete the attached form and deliver it as indicated. (Even if you have previously been involved in the speakers bureau, please resubmit a new form.) In addition, each speaker will need to complete a speaker's orientation. (Attendance at the orientation will be required despite previous attendance at past orientations.) The orientations will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the CBA offices on each of the following days: March 27th, April 4th and May 22nd. Please make arrangements to attend one of these orientations by contacting Diane Hartman of the CBA at 860-1115.

Please note that all sub-committee chairs are requested to attend the Business Meetings in order to provide a report of activities. If the chairs can not attend, then another member of the subcommittee should attend the Business Meeting to make an in person report. In the event that no one can attend, then a written report should be submitted to our Chair, Sally Ortner, prior to the Business Meeting. Thanks.

LONG RANGE PLANNING MEETING - APRIL 3RD

There will be a long range planning meeting for our committee at 10:30 on April 3rd at the CBA offices. This will precede the business meeting. If you have ideas or input on the direction of our committee for the future, please plan to attend. All sub-committee chairs are requested to attend.

SUB-COMMITTEES REPORT KEY ACTIVITIES

COLORADO LAWYER

Please contact Lili Lehrburger 837-1001 for details regarding future articles. Submissions for the next of our 4 annual articles will be due on April 1ST. Submissions for future issues are also welcome. We need more articles, particularly regarding ADR in select substantive areas.

HEALTH CARE

This subcommittee previously met for 2 years and produced a white paper on mediation for managed care panels and doctor termination. The rejuvenated committee now has 13 members, including nine industry people. At its second meeting, it tried to focus on subjects for activity. The subcommittee decided to avoid large public policy issues, such as bio ethics, but did decided that patient disputes regarding contract coverage and the quality of care could be good subjects.

EDUCATION

The Education Subcommittee is handling the speaker's bureau and is coordinating our next luncheon meeting on June 2nd.

COLORADO PLEDGE SUB-COMMITTEE

The Colorado Pledge subcommittee is considering asking CFO's, CEOs, in house counsels and HR executives to attend a presentation on the general pros and cons of ADR. The subcommittee is considering handing out the neutrals directory at that meeting. In addition, the subcommittee intends to invite pledge members to our June 2nd luncheon meeting regarding ADR in employment.

ADR IN GOVERNMENT SUB-COMMITTEE

This Sub-Committee meets on the last Friday of the month. The next meeting will be on March 27th from 10 to noon at the Colorado Attorney General's office. (See contact info below for contacts.) The group is planning to draft ADR phamplets for various state agencies to use. The Attorney General's Office is planning to educate the various agencies regarding their authority to use ADR. The sub-committee is also talking with administrative judges concerning ADR use. In addition, it is looking at other states and the federal government to see what role ADR has in governments.

INDUSTRY FOCUS

REAL ESTATE

This sub-committee is reviewing ADR clauses for use in standard real estate contracts including a "check the box" clause for arbitration.

EMPLOYMENT

The employment group is evaluating bids for printing the manual and is considering various mechanisms to educate employers, employees and attorneys regarding the use of ADR in employment disputes. The employment group will be represented on the panel for our next luncheon meeting on June 2nd.

ACTIVITES TO JOIN

The following activities and programs are available for you to join. Please contact the indicated chairs if you would like to participate.

Bar Convention - William J. Baum, 575-7548, Fax 825-8400

Members: Shelia Porter, Ed Dauer

Colorado Lawyer Column - Lillian Lehrburger, 837-1001, Fax 839-1031

Members: Susan Demidovich

Education/Topical Lunch - Co-Chair Susan Demidovich 696-0822, Co-Chair Sheila Somberg 376-9016, Fax 744-1880, E-Mail sheila@mediation-usa.com

Members: Christine Coates, Robert Smith,

Industry Focus Employment - Co-Chair Fritz Ihrig, 771-3690, Fax 771-1016, E-Mail fgihrig@aol.com and Co-Chair Van Elmore

659-7342, Fax 659-1051, E-Mail vel@rmi.net

Members: The employment industry focus group is a long-standing focus group. Over the course of several years, nearly 32 different individuals have assisted the group. Space does not permit listing all of these participants, however some of the active participants are: Breckenridge Grover, John Robinson, Lynn Feiger, Mike Severns, Preston Oade, Robert Steiert, Sheila Somberg, Stephen Snyder, Timothy Sparks and Valerie McNaughton

Industry Focus Health Care - Health Care - Ed Dauer, 871-6278, Fax 871-6001, E-Mail edauer@du.edu

Industry Focus Residential Real Estate - Lili Lehrburger, 837-1001, Fax 839-1031

Members: Richard Workman, Sally Ortner, George Hoffenbeck, Jr., Kent Levine, Mike Gorham

Legislative - Angela Arkin, 224-9000, Fax 224-9099 E-mail ararkin@aol.com

Members: Cindy Savage, Jane Irvine and S. Beth Boaby

Membership - Robin Amadei, 604-1960, Fax 604-6278

The Colorado Pledge - Merrill Shields, 866-3557, Fax 866-3955

Members: Deb Armbruster, Ginny Arnold, Allan Peryaam, Jeff Zelmanow, Bill Baum and Robin Amadei

Government ADR Task Force - Co-Chair - Richard Busch, 628-3338, Fax 628-3368 and Co-Chair - Merrill Shields, 866-3557, Fax 866-3955

Members: David Kaye, Valerie McNaughton, George Bentley and Jim Carr

Long Range Planning - Steve Mains, 444-6559, Fax 444-3997

Members: Officers, Past-Chairs, members at large, Sub-committee Chairs and others expressing interest.

Ad Hoc Transactional Law/ADR Group - Sally Ortner, 777-8005, Fax 778-7416

Members: Shelia Porter, Merrill Shields, Lili Lehrburger, Richard Busch II, Ed Gossman, George Hoffenfeck, Jr., David Sondheimer

MEMBERS OF THE CBA ADR FORUM COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Chair - Sally Ortner 777-8005, Fax 778-7416

Chair-Elect - Steve Mains 444-6559, Fax 444-3997

Past Chair - Thomas Brightwell 298-8250, Fax 298-8264

Secretary - Van Elmore 659-7342, Fax 659-1051, E-Mail vel@rmi.net

Members at Large - Cynthia Savage 837-3667, Fax 837-2340 and Bruce Campbell 825-8400