12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


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PLEASE SAVE THE DATE – Thursday, November 3, 2022, 12:00 to 1:15 PM Central Time 

Employment Dispute Resolution Revolution – Online Dispute Resolution/Mediations at the EEOC and the FMCS

The COVID-19 Pandemic required the EEOC and FMCS to transition to Online Dispute Resolution (“ODR”). First, external program evaluators will present robust data establishing that ODR is successful across a wide range of measures. Then, a panel of experienced EEOC and FMCS mediators will address these results. Attendees will be presented with emerging data collected this past year, along with insights into how mediations succeed in a virtual environment and maximize its benefits. This presentation will raise the issue of whether mediation returns to an in-person format or evolves into new patterns of mediation service.  We are applying for Texas Attorney MCLE credits.


EEOCJennifer Ortiz Prather (Supervisory Attorney for ADR, Houston District Office, EEOC) and

Dr. E. Patrick McDermott is a Professor of Management and Legal Studies at the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business.  In 1999-2000 he was part of a team that evaluated the EEOC mediation program.  He has written a book and numerous law review and peer-reviewed journal articles on workplace conflict and legal issues.  This includes articles using the comprehensive EEOC database.  He recently completed a comprehensive survey of EEOC mediators and parties concerning the use of Online Dispute Resolution at EEOC.  He was a Fulbright Scholar in Law in 2007-2008 in Shanghai China at the East China University of Politics and Law and in 2018-2019 at the University of Bucharest School of Law. Prior to joining academe, he was Associate General Counsel at ABC/Disney in New York City. He holds a B.S. and M.S. (Collective Bargaining) from Cornell ILR, a JD from Rutgers-Newark School of Law, an LL.M in Taxation from NYU Law and a Ph.D. in Human Resources Management from The George Washington University.

  FMCSWalter Darr (FMCS Field Operations Manager for Region 5 which includes responsibility for about 20 FMCS Commissioners in about 16 states)

Pricing and Registration

We hope you will be able to join us for this informative discussion. Please log into your LERA account (https://lerachapter.org/houston/login/) and let us know if you will be participating in this event. There is no charge for this program, but we do ask that you reserve your spot by submitting a booking below.  The Zoom link for this meeting will be provided only to program registrants, and will be provided separately just prior to the meeting. If you have trouble registering, please contact Mickey Brock (281-732-6918).


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