UCCR Brown Bag Lunch Presentations

These interactive luncheons will be held the second Thursday of most months starting in February 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!

2018 Schedule

February 8th

Topic:  "Things That Mediators Want Attorneys to Know: The DO's and Dont's of Mediation"
Natalie Threlkeld

Natalie Threlkeld is the owner of Agree-able Mediations in Layton and Ogden, Utah. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Utah Counsel on Conflict Resolution (UCCR) for 7 years. She was a founding member of the Family Section and the Workplace Section of UCCR and served as the Chair of each section. 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. Natalie mentors new domestic mediators who are working to qualify to mediate contested divorces and to qualify for the divorce mediation court roster. 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.  Natalie loves to read and play in the dirt in her yard!

March 8     

Topic:  Custody Evaluation and 4-903 Hearings


 Presenter:  Ali Thomas

Ali Thomas, LCSW is a custody and parent time evaluator. She owns and runs Child Custody Consultants in Ogden Utah. Ali also provides high conflict co-parent programs amongst other visitation and custody related services.

April   27    20th Aniversary UCCR Symposium

May 10       

Topic:  "The Reflective Mediator"

One of the many things I have learned being a solo practitioner in mediation is that it is a solitary endeavor.  When you are a solo practitioner, how do you receive feedback? How do you know if you are stuck in a rut? Is there a certain personality of client or attorney that triggers you?  Are there certain personalities that you are drawn toward? It is easy to get lost in our busy practice and forget or simply not take the time to think about our role as the mediator and what we are doing well and where we could improve.
In this brown bag, Kathy will lead a discussion on the process of reflection.  When used appropriately reflection enables a practitioner to assess, understand and learn through their experiences. Reflection is a personal process that usually results in some change for the individual in their perspective of a situation or creates new learning for the individual.  Kathy will offer ways in which mediators can become more aware of their own strengths and weaknesses as a mediator by implementing a formal form of self reflection into their mediation practice

Presenter:  Kathy Elton

Kathy is the owner of Kathy Elton Consulting. She worked for the Utah State Court system for over 20 years and served as the Director of Mediation Programs for seven years. Kathy has over 19 years experience serving as a mediator in many different dispute areas. She specializes in high conflict custody disputes, workplace conflicts and family disputes. Kathy is one of the most experienced mediators in the state and has a commitment to offering great service for an affordable cost. In addition to mediation services Kathy offers training, conflict intervention to businesses and government entities and conflict coaching.



 June          No Brown Bag: Ethics CLE

July 12       Topic:  TBA

                   Presenter:  Christina Wilson

August  9    Topic:  Facilitated Discussion:  Debrief generalized cases

September 13   Topic:  Violence Awareness and Working with Victims

                         Presenter:  Jennifer Oxborrow

October            No Brown Bag: ADR Academy

November 8     

Topic:  LGBT rights, legal strategies, and other LGBT issues specific to mediation

Presenter: Danielle Hawkes

Danielle Hawkes; Danielle is a partner of The Salt Lake Lawyers, a litigation firm that works in criminal, divorce, and civil litigation in Utah. Danielle received her law degree in 2010 from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law. After graduating from law school Danielle served a one-year fellowship in Washington DC with Georgetown Law and the Law Students for Reproductive Justice working in women’s and immigrants’ rights with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. She is currently a board member of the ACLU of Utah.


December      No Brown Bag: Happy Holidays!


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