President’s Message – October 2016

Message  from NHCRA President, Jessica Ecker

October 29, 2016

Your Board of Directors of NHCRA are looking forward to a very eventful year!

We are busy planning our annual Meet & Greet to be held at the Common Man in Concord on November 9th.  Judge Robert Foley will be guest speaker at this event, and will be speaking to us about ways we can reduce conflict in the Court and elsewhere.  Judge Foley presides over the new Complex Case Docket in New Hampshire and has been a Family Court Judge in Strafford County for years.  We are honored to have him speak at our event.

Immediately preceding the Meet & Greet at the same location, we are offering a half day CLE on the Intersection of Neuropsychology and Mediation, presented jointly by Ozgur Akbas, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Collaborative Coach, and Briana Coakley, Esq., CFM.  This Course will provide mediators and others with the basics of how the brain works and what people go through while they are going through mediation, along with practical tips about managing the stress of your clients or parties, as well as your own stress in mediation.  We will then discuss in small group settings a number of hypotheticals with our panel.

Our education committee is working hard on putting together a live “replay” of our popular CLE on Drafting Agreements presented by Keri Marshall in the spring – looking at March 24th tentatively in Manchester.  I attended this CLE the first time around, and found it really helpful.  The practical tips and materials were great for pointing out common mistakes and consequences when divorce decrees are poorly drafted.

Looking to our annual meeting in May or June, we hope to have a new Judge as our keynote speaker, and offer a half day of education about retirement plans with Linda Mayrand.  The other half day is in process.  Either way, it should be a terrific educational experience.

We also are working to keep our members apprised of any new relevant legislation which may affect the world of ADR.  We continue to work to determine ways to increase our membership and expand ADR awareness in the general population at large.

I would like to welcome our new directors this year—Ed Philpot, Anthony Matrumalo and Briana Coakley.  Their contributions have already been felt by our board and we truly appreciate their time serving.

Warm Regards,

Jessica L. Ecker, President, NHCRA