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TMCA’s 12th Annual Symposium

Saturday, October 22, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.


Garret Townes Auditorium, 1st Floor

Houston College of Law (formerly South Texas College of Law)

1303 San Jacinto, Houston, Texas 77002


To register, please click here. For information regarding this year’s Symposium, please see the complete program in our Symposium brochure.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown has discounted a limited number of rooms for TMCA to $99/night for the night of Oct. 21, 2016. This hotel is located at 400 Dallas Street, Houston, and is about 10 blocks from the South Texas College of Law. Note the rate will likely increase to above $160/night once this block of rooms is reserved.

To reserve a room at this DoubleTree online, please click the following link:

To reserve a room at this DoubleTree by phone, please call 713-759-0202 and be sure to mention you are with TMCA (Texas Mediator Credentialing Association).

See you in Houston this October!


TMCA Center Spread in June 2016 Texas Bar Journal

TMCA will feature its Credential Holders in the center spread of the June 2016 issue of the Texas State Bar’s magazine, the Texas Bar Journal.  The Texas Bar Journal is the only legal publication that reaches every attorney in Texas.  Circulation is 100,000 and growing.  A recent readership survey indicated that 96% of Texas attorneys read the Texas Bar Journal.  To help market TMCA Credential Holders to Texas attorneys, TMCA has placed an ad listing all of our Credential Holders in the Texas Bar Journal every year since 2007.


Suzanne M. Duvall Named
TMCA’S Outstanding Credentialed Mediator for 2015

At its annual symposium in Austin last October TMCA named Suzanne M. Duvall its Outstanding Credentialed Mediator of the Year for 2015. This is the first such award given by TMCA in its 15-year history. The award will become a regular part of the TMCA's yearly symposium and will honor outstanding credentialed mediators who have distinguished themselves in the mediation profession.

Among the many pioneering roles she has filled in Texas and national mediation organizations, Suzanne was a cofounder of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. As President of the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas in 1996, Suzanne and 24 other mediation professionals were appointed to serve on the newly-created Texas Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Court-Annexed Mediations. The mission of the committee was to determine whether or not ethical standards could be established for mediators and if criteria for certification of mediators in Texas could be created. In 1998, the committee produced ethical guidelines for mediators which were approved and adopted by the Texas Supreme Court in 2005.

Following the work of the Advisory Committee and its report to the Texas Supreme Court, the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas undertook to determine whether there was support within the mediation profession for a credentialing process. All of the mediation organizations and associations were invited to provide input through representatives to serve on the newly-created Texas Mediator Credentialing Committee (TMCC) and Suzanne was appointed to chair that committee. Under her leadership, TMCC created the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association (TMCA) in 2001 and Suzanne was named chairperson of its initial Board of Directors. Subsequently, she served as board representative of the State Bar’s ADR Section and currently serves as the Trainers Representative.

Ms. Duvall has received numerous awards for her mediation skills, leadership and service to the mediation profession including the Frank G. Evans Award given by the State Bar of Texas ADR Section for outstanding leadership in the field of dispute resolution, the first-ever American Arbitration Association Brutsche Award for Professional Excellence in Dispute Resolution, the Texas Association of Mediators Susanne Adams Award for Outstanding Commitment and Dedication to the Mediation Profession, and the Association of Attorney Mediators Pro Bono Service Award. She is the 2016 recipient of the Association of Attorney Mediators Steve Brutsche Award, the highest award given by this national organization.

Suzanne’s leadership and service in the ADR field has included positions with the State Bar of Texas (former Member Board of Directors, Past Chair – ADR Section, Vice-Chair Professionalism Committee), Dallas Bar Association (Past Chair – ADR Section), Texas Mediator Credentialing Association (Founding Member, Past President, Current Board Member), Association of Attorney-Mediators (Past National Chair), Texas Association of Mediators (Past President, Current Board Member), Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, UT School of Law (Master), Annette Stewart American Inn of Court. In addition to all of her other activities, Suzanne is the editor of the “Ethical Puzzler” column in the State Bar ADR Section newsletter—a position she has held for the past 14 years.

Suzanne is a Dallas-based attorney-mediator who is affiliated with Burdin Mediations and mediates in Texas and across the country. She has been a full-time mediator for over 20 years and has mediated over 3,000 cases in all areas of civil disputes. She is also an experienced arbitrator and trainer in mediation.

TMCA’s 2015 “Supplement to the Mediation Benchbook
Sent to All Civil Court Judges in Texas

All 2015 TMCA Credential mediators are listed in the 2015 “Supplement to the Mediation Benchbook” which mailed last Fall to more than 1200 District, County, Federal and Supreme Court judges. This annual Supplement is another way TMCA puts credentialed mediators at the fingertips of influencers and decision-makers while fulfilling its mission to promote quality mediation throughout Texas.

The Mediation Benchbook provides Texas judges and others that utilize mediation a resource that includes mediation statutes, sample mediation orders, TMCA guidelines and grievance process, and the Texas Supreme Court ethics orders. Inside the Benchbook’s front cover is a list of Credential holders by county. This was the first time TMCA listed its Credential holders by county. Since this Benchbook was mailed to all District, County, Federal and Supreme Court judges, we wanted these decision-makers to be able to easily find Credentialed mediators within their counties/regions. The Benchbook was funded by your dues and an educational grant from the James W. Gibson Scholarship Fund.

Why Use a Credentialed Mediator?

Because professionalism matters. TMCA credential holders meet specific training, continuing education and experience requirements. Credential holders are bound by a mandatory Code of Ethics and a grievance process. The TMCA credential demonstrates the mediator’s commitment to delivering quality mediation services. Insist on a TMCA credentialed mediator for your next mediation.  For a list of credentialed mediators, click here. To search for a mediator in your area, click here

Why Become a Credentialed Mediator?

Because professionalism matters. A TMCA credential tells the public you meet specific training, continuing education and experience requirements. It indicates your willingness to be accountable through a mandatory Code of Ethics enforced by a grievance process. The TMCA credential demonstrates your commitment to delivering quality mediation services. Insist on excellence—apply for your credential today!



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