Exit Strategies: When and How to End a Process Well
Thursday, May 22, 2008, 3:30pm 5:00pm

Presenters:
Matthew Schweisberg (Moderator), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New England Regional ADR Program
Joshua Jacks, Metropolitan Mediation Services, UMass-Boston Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution
Douglas Thompson, Environmental Practice Group, The Keystone Center
Elissa Tonkin, J.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New England Regional ADR Program

Track: Matching the Process to the Problem: Navigating Process Choices

Description:
This panel will address a commonly neglected, but critical component of ECR processes when and how to best conclude a process. Often, much consideration is given to certain parts of an ECR process, e.g., convening, assessment; less often does planning clearly address how to end the process, including contingencies should it not progress to a neatly tailored conclusion. This session will explore the neutral's opportunities at each stage of a process to help parties end well. The panel and attendees will share their stockpile of stories failures, successes, you-be-the-judge to discover the characteristics of good endings and some useful practices should things not go as planned.

Primary Target Audience(s): ECR Practitioners/Attorney Mediators

Handouts/Presentations:
Exit Strategies - Mediating to the Hopeful End