Date(s) - 01/21/22
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

COLERA Virtual Arbitration Academy – Session 3

Contract Interpretation and Past Practices

Virtual Meeting

COLERA is offering “free arbitration skills training” to our members.  Each session is approximately two (2) hours in duration and will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Contract Interpretation


Our speaker for Contract Interpretation is Arbitrator Sherrie Passmore.

Sherrie Passmore is an arbitrator and mediator specializing in labor and employment. Arbitrator Passmore serves on various rosters of neutrals, including Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), Arbitration and Mediation Service (AMS), and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board (SERB). She also serves on standing arbitration panels for the Ohio State Troopers Association, the State of Ohio Service Employees International Union, District 1199 (SEIU), and the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, Sherrie has over thirty-five years of labor and employment law experience, primarily as a public sector attorney. Positions held include Executive Director of SERB, Director of Human Resources for the Ohio Treasurer’s Office; Chief Labor Counsel for the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, and Labor Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General.

Past Practices

Our speaker for Past Practices is Arbitrator Elizabeth C. Wesman.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Wesman is a full-time labor arbitrator, based in Camas, Washington. She is also an Emeritus Professor from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, where she taught Labor Relations, Arbitration, and Human Resource Strategy courses for 20 years. She was admitted to the Academy in 2001 and is listed on several labor arbitration panels, including the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the American Arbitration Association, the National Mediation Board, the Oregon Employment Relations Board, and the Washington Public Employment Relations Commission. Betsy is past President of the NAA Research and Education Fund and past President of the National Association of Railroad Referees. She holds a Ph.D. from the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Her academic research and published works have been primarily in the areas of conflict resolution, employment discrimination, and arbitration of Title VII disputes. She has also lectured at numerous management and labor training programs. and in the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University in Portland Oregon.

Betsy began her arbitration practice in Upstate New York, moved with her husband, Bob Lind, to North Carolina – so he could “commute” to London for 9 years – and they both landed with relief finally in the Northwest close to children and grandchildren. Moving twice in ten years was a challenge in keeping up her practice, but it was also gratifying to find that in very varied parts of the country, most advocates still remember how much courtliness contributes to the smooth running of an arbitration hearing. Betsy’s off-duty passion and mental recreation is her horse, Alina, a dun Morgan/Andalusian mare, and they are currently training in Working Equitation, an Iberian sport that tests the all-around versatility of horse and rider.


Meeta Bass, COLERA President, and Arbitrator/Mediator

Pricing and Registration

This webinar is free of charge for COLERA members. Nonmembers can still participate at a cost of $25 for each session. Whether you are a member or a non-member, please book your seat below to reserve your spot and receive the information to join the webinar.

Event Recording

A video recording will become available to COLERA members after the event; please check the members’ only video archive following the event.

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