TMCA re: COVID-19--A Message from John Palmer, your TMCA Board Chair

Thank you, TMCA Credential holders, for your ongoing commitment to quality mediation throughout Texas.

These past couple of months have been like no other and, on behalf of the TMCA Board of Directors, I wish good health, safety, and a sense of calm for you and your loved ones. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all experienced a “new normal” and I suspect a different, yet still “new,” normal, will evolve over time. This message is intended to address resulting concerns you may have about your TMCA Credential and our annual Symposium.

TMCA Credentialing Requirements

As mediators, social distancing and shelter-in-place orders have challenged our profession in myriad ways. One such impact may be your ability to meet Credential renewal requirements for 2021. We realize both the number of mediations you conduct this year and your ability to fulfill the required 15 hours of continuing education may be affected. Your TMCA Board has identified this potential challenge and will discuss this at our next Board meeting scheduled mid-June. We will advise you of any temporary changes we may make regarding Credential renewal requirements for this year.

If, at this time, you have any questions or concerns about meeting your renewal requirements for 2021, please contact Melanie Grimes, who is our Vice Chair, Credentialing, at mgrimes@mgmediation.com.

TMCA’s 16th Annual Symposium

TMCA’s 16th Annual Symposium is scheduled October 24, 2020, at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel, and we are acutely aware that holding our Symposium “in person” may not be feasible at that time. Although we want so much to see you, to connect, and to learn from each other as we have in the past, your safety is of utmost importance to us. The Board has begun discussing possible alternatives such as a virtual symposium. Even though the method of delivery may change, please rest assured that we will hold our Symposium this year.

If you have any thoughts or ideas about our Symposium, please contact me at Palmer@namanhowell.com.       

And, if there is anything you would like us to know about you, your practice, or there is any way we may help you, please feel free to reach out to me or any of our Board members.

Take care and be safe.

 

APPLY TO RENEW YOUR CREDENTIAL FOR 2020 NOW!

Log into your user account to apply to renew your Credential or click here to apply for a new Credential.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

We kept our promise! TMCA will hold its annual Symposium in Dallas for the first time! Mark your calendars now for Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Location: Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel, 15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison, TX 75001. Our room rate is a low $115 per night with self-parking discounted to $7 per night.

Our room block at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel is now open! You may book your reservation online or call 972-386-6000. If you call, please ask for the "TMCA 16th Symposium" rate.

 

TEXAS BAR JOURNAL CENTER-SPREAD ADVERTISEMENT

Check out our center-spread ad in the upcoming June 2020 issue of the State Bar of Texas' Bar Journal! Every year since 2007, TMCA has placed an ad in the Texas Bar Journal listing all current Credential holders. This exposure to more than 100,000 Texas attorneys helps fulfill TMCA's mission to "Promote Quality Mediation Throughout Texas."

 

TMCA'S 2019 MEDIATION BENCHBOOK SUPPLEMENT

Each year, TMCA mails our "Supplement to the Mediation Benchbook" to more than 1200 District, County, Federal, and Supreme Court judges across Texas. This Supplement includes all current TMCA Credential holders listed by county of primary practice. Our 2019 “Supplement to the Mediation Benchbook” 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, Second Edition, mailed to the same judges, provides Texas judges and others that utilize mediation a resource that includes mediation statutes, a sample mediation order, TMCA credentialing criteria, information about TMCA's grievance process, and the Texas Supreme Court ethics orders. The Benchbook is funded by your dues and an educational grant from the James W. Gibson Fund.

 

MICHAEL J. SCHLESS IS NAMED TMCA'S OUTSTANDING CREDENTIALED MEDIATOR FOR 2019