NE-ACR announces 2005 Annual Regional ConferenceThe Association for Conflict Resolution’s New England Chapter (NE-ACR) has just announced dates and speakers for its 2005 Annual Regional Conference and Master Class.

The Conference, with the working title of “Pushing the Limits: Conversations for the ADR Community”, is scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 2005, with a Master Class planned for the day before on Wednesday, November 2. This year’s Conference promises an all-star line-up of leaders in the dispute resolution field, so be sure to mark your calendars now.

Robert Benjamin is this year’s Keynote Speaker. Robert is a mediator, past-president of the Academy of Family Mediators, and prolific and controversial author of such articles as “Swindlers, Dealmakers and Mediators: A Brief History of Ethics in Negotiation,” “Mediation as a Subversive Activity,” and “Style Wars And Other Little Hypocrisies,” all available at Robert will also be conducting a workshop at the Conference which is currently under design.

Douglas Stone, who co-authored the conflict resolution classic Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, lectures at Harvard Law School and is a partner of the Triad Consulting Group, will conduct the Master Class on November 2.

The Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 3 at the Boston University Corporate Education Center in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, and the Master Class from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., November 2, at Suffolk University Law School in the heart of downtown Boston.

Requests for proposals for workshops that will be part of the program offerings at this year’s Conference will be going out by the end of this week. Dispute resolution professionals are welcome to submit their ideas for consideration—I’ll provide further details on submission guidelines soon and will make the forms available here for downloading.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted as additional programming and registration information becomes available. Some surprises are planned, so stay tuned.

For more information about the Conference and Master Class, please contact Conference co-chairs Ellen Carno (617-347-0500, or Tad Mayer (617-973-9739, Ext. 26,

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