UCCR Brown Bag Lunch Presentations

These interactive luncheons will be held the third Thursday of each month starting in March from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Law & Justice Center located at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City. 

If you or someone you know would like to present at a Brown Bag, please let us know. Also, if you have a topic you would like us to address and want us to find a speaker, let us know that too!

2017 Schedule

February 9th

"Culture in Conflict"
Presenters:   Refugee & Immigration Center Asian Association of Utah, and Evie Brinkerhoff

Awareness of cultural backgrounds and diverse populations can be useful when assisting people in conflict find common ground and understanding. This presentation will include a discussion of cultural awareness by a representative from the Refugee and Immigrant Center at the Asian Association of Utah (RIC-AAU), followed by a facilitated dialogue with Evie Brinkerhoff.

The Refugee and Immigrant Center at the Asian Association of Utah (RIC-AAU) was founded in 1977 and is a private, non-profit, community-based organization located in Salt Lake City. Originally established to support Asian immigrants and refugees in their transition to life in the United States, the organization has expanded its resources and services over the past 40 years to assist refugees and immigrants from around the world. Today, they serve over 2,000 refugees, immigrants, and other community members each year. With over 60 staff members, our backgrounds cover 17 countries and over 30 languages. They are devoted to helping clients become more self-sufficient in their daily lives, and aim to reduce the barriers that refugees and immigrants face when adapting to life in the U.S. 

Evie Brinkerhoff is a Child Welfare Mediator with the Administrative Office of the Courts who has devoted much of her time to helping those from diverse backgrounds as well as volunteering with the YCC in Ogden, Utah.

 March 9th

" Stocking Your Mediation Tool Kit"  -Natalie Threlkeld

 What HAS to be in your mediator kit.  What SHOULD be in your mediator kit.  What COULD be in your mediator kit. Natalie Threlkeld will discuss the concept of creating and using a mediator kit so that you are always prepared for any type of mediation and what resources work the best for her and possibly for you!!

 Natalie Threlkeld

Natalie Threlkeld is the owner of Agree-able Mediations in Layton, Utah. She teaches mediation classes as well as a class regarding tax issues in a divorce. Natalie is a Master Mediator and holds the domestic violence expertise. She has mediated over 5,000 hours in various areas including divorce, custody, alimony, real estate, guardianship, EEO, landlord/tenant, ADA, probate, debt collection, and taxes. Natalie was the Domestic Mediation Program Coordinator for the Administrative Office of the Courts. She designed and implemented the mandatory mediation program for contested divorces when the requirement to mediate contested divorces was enacted in 2005. In her previous life, Natalie worked for the IRS for 26 years teaching tax law and tax accounts. She facilitated dysfunctional teams and taught IRS employees how to talk to taxpayers! Natalie is the wife of one, the mother of two, and the Nana of 5.5 (one is on the way!) Natalie loves to read and play in the dirt in her yard!

April 13th

The Zen of You and Me

An exploration of how coming together must include the ways in which we are very different

Diane Musho Hamilton

Diane Musho Hamilton is a gifted professional mediator, author, facilitator, and teacher of Zen and Integral Spirituality. As the first Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Utah Judiciary, Diane established mediation programs throughout the court system and has won several prestigious awards for her work in this area, most recently the 2016 Peacemaker Award from the BYU Center for Conflict Resolution.

She has been a practitioner of meditation for more than 30 years and is a lineage holder in the Soto Zen tradition. Diane facilitates Big Mind Big Heart, a process developed to help elicit the insights of Zen in Western audiences. Diane is considered a pioneer in articulating and applying the insights of an Integral Life Practice based on work of Ken Wilber. Since 2004, she has worked with Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute in Denver, Colorado.

In 2008, Diane co-founded Two Arrows Zen, a center for Zen study and practice in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah with her husband Michael Mugaku Zimmerman. She is also Lead Trainer for Ten Directions' Integral Facilitator Certificate Program, a uniquely developmental approach to group facilitation mastery.
Diane is the author of Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution, (2013, Shambhala Publications). She is also featured in The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women, (2013, Wisdom Publications.)
Her newest book is The Zen of You and Me: A Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone (March 2017, Shambhala Publications).

May 19- UCCR Annual Symposium!!!

July 13th
Preventing the Mediation Meltdown: A Survival Guide from Perspective of Counsel

What better way to get on the same page about mediation, than to hear from an experience trial attorney how she prepares herself and clients for mediation.  It is equally as important for attorneys to prepare themselves, as well as, their clients for mediation, as it is for mediators to understand what attorneys are doing to prepare for mediation.

Heather L. Thuet is a skilled and experienced trial attorney with jury trials in federal court and in state courts across Utah. As a shareholder at Christensen & Jensen she chairs the firm’s Real Estate practice group. Her practice is in the areas of Real Estate, Medical Aesthetic Malpractice, Construction Defect, Insurance Bad Faith and Catastrophic Personal Injury.

She is an elected Bar Commissioner representing the Third Division on the Utah State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners and is the former Chair of the Utah State Bar’s Litigation Section.

Heather is a licensed real estate broker and owner of boutique real estate brokerage, Endurance Real Estate. She is serving her 9th year as a Judge Pro Tem in the Salt Lake Justice Court. In 2016 she completed her four year term as a Commissioner on Salt Lake City Historic Landmarks Commission protecting the city’s heritage homes and historic structures.

Aug. 10

Debriefing Mediation Obstacles 

Since we use mediation to resolve conflicts, and no two conflicts are alike, it is inevitable that we will encounter new obstacles with each mediation.  How do we deal with difficult parties, emotions, communication styles, perceptions and barriers?  During this brown bag we will open the discussion to dissect a few unique scenarios, provide tips on dealing with obstacles, and encourage attendees to debrief with each other as we learn new and improved ways to better our practice. 
Stacy Roberts is the Brown Bag Event Chair for UCCR.  She works as a Child Welfare Mediator for the Administrative Office of the Courts, where she mediates child abuse, neglect and dependency cases in the juvenile courts throughout the eight districts in Utah.  Stacy is also an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law where she has co-taught the mediation and negotiation course, as well as coached the college’s teams for the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition.  Before working as a Child Welfare Mediator, she practiced family law as an associate attorney and mediator at Long Okura, P.C


The Dynamics of Domestic Violence Relationships: How This Impacts Negotiation and Mediation

Each year we dedicate a presentation to learning more about the aspects of domestic violence, and this year we will hear from a Pediatrician and Assistant Professor at the University of Utah who has worked with victims, as well as, taught medical students and residents about the health care response to domestic violence, and the effect of witnessing violence on children’s health.  Dr. Franchek-Roa will discuss the characteristics of domestic violence, the science of neurobiology of trauma as is relates to victim’s behavior, and the pros and cons of utilizing mediation when there is domestic violence in a relationship.

Dr. Kathy Franchek-Roa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine and on staff at Primary Children’s Medical Center.  Dr. Franchek-Roa is a general pediatrician who sees children in the University Pediatric Clinic and the Teen Mother and Child Program.  She teaches medical students and residents about pediatric medicine, as well as, about the health care response to domestic violence and the effect of witnessing violence on children’s health.

 Nov. 9-TBA

Anticipating the Use of Mediation and Arbitration at the Estate Planning Stage

Craig will start by discussing the systematic failure of “no-contest clauses” in shutting down inheritance conflicts, along with the brutal statistics, based on his firm’s hundreds of hours of research on hundreds of cases across the nation addressing this issue.  Craig will also address the waste of resources in resolving inheritance conflicts before Utah judges who (Craig’s research statistics unfortunately prove) have very little experience in probate law or issues, and the untapped use of Utah Code Section 75-1-312 in compelling beneficiaries and fiduciaries to resolve conflicts in mediation and arbitration.  Craig would like to spend the rest of the time as an open invitation for interested attorneys to collaborate in drafting an effective and valid Utah mediation/arbitration agreement (focused on inheritance conflicts) that benefactors can require beneficiaries and fiduciaries to sign at the same time the benefactors sign their wills or trusts.  Craig will supply everyone with his current rough draft agreements (lots of time and effort here being freely given), his research on Utah’s arbitration statutes and cases, and his general research on mediation and arbitration.  Craig is looking forward to a discussion on this topic and hopefully getting a few committed people together who would help jointly create a good agreement requiring beneficiaries and fiduciaries to resolve inheritance conflicts through mediation and arbitration—an agreement that can be used by the participants in their own estate planning for clients. 

Craig E. Hughes is the founder of Hughes Estate Law. Craig focuses his practice exclusively on estate planning, estate administration, and estate conflict resolution. He has niche specialties in special-needs trusts and conflict-prevention planning. Regarding conflict-prevention planning, Craig is responsible for initiating, drafting, and securing passage of sections 75-1-312 and 75-9-110(7)(a) of the Utah Code. Craig has practiced law for just over 25 years. Craig graduated from BYU with a bachelor of arts in English. He earned a masters degree in English from Duke University. In 1992, Craig graduated with his law degree from Duke University.

Stacy Roberts, UCCR Brown Bag Event Chair


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