April 16, 2020 - April 17, 2020    
All Day


Washington State Convention Center Conference Center
800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA, 98101
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Early Bird Registration (by 3/23/2020) – $350*
Regular Registration (after 3/23/2020) – $400*
Student Registration (valid student email required) – $150*
Registration Deadline: April 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

* Fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch on both days.

Refunds are available for cancellations requested by 4/10/2020, subject to a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds are available after April 10.


Printable Conference Brochure (in pdf format)

Registration will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 16.

Conference sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, with the Happiest Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. They will resume on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.


Keynote: Understanding Sources of Resistance and How to Move Past Impasse

Nina Meierding, Seattle, Washington (Negotiation and Mediation Training Services)  | Nina’s Biography
Awareness that an excellent impasse-breaking technique used at the wrong time, by the wrong person, or for the wrong reason can actually create even greater opposition is key to customizing our strategies when we are faced with negotiation obstacles. Ms. Meierding brings her experience of mediating over 4,000 civil cases to explore different sources of resistance and which techniques can be the most successful in moving past gridlock to resolution.

Follow-Up Session with Nina: How to Get “Unstuck”: More Customized Strategies to Break Impasse 

A continuation of this morning’s opening plenary, we will explore additional sources of resistance and customized techniques to get “unstuck” in our negotiations and conversations. We will also discuss how proactive techniques used early in negotiations/conversations can set the stage and eliminate certain types of barricades to moving forward.

Plenary Session: Managing Workplace Risk in the #MeToo/#TimesUp Era

Stephanie Henderson Stocker, Olympia, Washington (Henderson Law Group, PLLC)

Plenary Session: Labor Relations in the Age of Trump

Mike Tedesco, Attorney at Law, Tedesco Law Group

Concurrent Workshop Sessions

FMCS Case Updates | Ethics of Negotiating | To Affinity and Beyond | Words Matter: Time to Clean Up Your (CBA) Language | What’s All This about the Gig Economy? | Interest Arbitration: Lessons Learned | Negotiation Fundamentals: Expanding the Pie before Slicing It–How to Achieve Win-Win Outcomes in Bargaining | What Bias Monsters Are Lurking in Your Closet? How Understanding Implicit Bias Can Make You a Better Negotiator, Advocate, or Neutral | And the Arbitrator’s Award Goes to . . .  | PERColating the Game-Changing Deferral Doctrine: A Review of the Shoreline Community College Decision | Negotiation Fundamentals: The Psychology of Decision-Making at the Bargaining Table



LERA is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its programs and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the registrar at registrar@nwchapterlera.org at least five days in advance of the conference.


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General continuing legal education credits are pending and will be available for Washington State attorneys. Sign-in sheets will be available at registration. Credit is also pending through HRCI.


Conference materials will be available for attendees to download prior to the start of the conference. Conference attendees will receive an email with instructions for accessing the materials.


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