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Moderator Jerry Hoover introduces the next speaker from the panel of Rick Flake, left to right, Curt Martin, Bill Andrews and Steve Nelson during a discussion on mediating construction disputes.
Moderator Jerry Hoover introduces the next speaker from the panel of Rick Flake, left to right, Curt Martin, Bill Andrews and Steve Nelson during a discussion on mediating construction disputes.

A veteran panel of mediators shared their expertise on what works and what doesn’t in resolving construction disputes during a CLE program sponsored by the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center at the Law Center. The presentations, moderated panel discussion, and audience input concerned the unique problems facing mediators in construction disputes, including the management of multi-party disputes between owners, contractors, subcontractors and construction professionals. The program featured an overview of the vertical and horizontal relationships involved in complex construction disputes. Participants heard from panelists with a combined total of more than 3,500 successful mediations.

“I felt the training was informative,” said one participant, Patricia Bastine, a practitioner/arbitrator-mediator with Bastine Resources Mediation. “We not only learned about the construction process, but also the use of techniques.” More than 40 practicing mediators, attorneys with clients in construction, and construction industry consultants and professionals attended the session.

The next program sponsored by the A.A. White Center will be the 40-hour Basic Mediation Training course on June 3-5 and June 10-12. For more information, email AAWhiteCenter@uh.edu or call 713-743-2066. To register, visit www.law.uh.edu/blakely/aawhite

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