CHANGES TO 2021 TMCA CREDENTIAL RENEWAL & APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND FEES DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

We hope you are safe and well. In early June, TMCA’s Board of Directors established a “COVID-19 Compassion Committee.” The task of this committee was to assess the impact of the pandemic on Texas mediators and to recommend to the Board any changes to 2021 renewal and application requirements that could ease the burden on current and prospective TMCA Credential holders during this uncertain time. In our June 12th Board meeting, all the recommendations made by this committee were approved.

For TMCA renewals for 2021, for the year 2021 only:

  • Renewal fees will be reduced by 50% for all Credential designations, including the fee for volunteer mediators, for all renewals submitted and paid by 12/31/20.
  • The annual mediation experience requirement has been waived for all Credential designations.
  • The continuing education requirement has been reduced from 15 hours to 10 hours. Such 10 hours must have occurred this year (2020) and relate to the practice of mediation. Of such hours, at least three (3) must consist of mediation ethics, up to four (4) may be self-study, and up to five (5) may be as an instructor of mediation training. Given the reduction in CED hours, such 10 hours shall not include substantive courses. For information regarding Continuing Education Criteria, click here.
  • The requirement to make him/herself available to conduct pro bono mediations each year has been waived for TMCA Credentialed Advanced Mediators and TMCA Credentialed Distinguished Mediators.
  • For Candidates for Credentialed Mediator whose fourth year as such occurred in 2020, that candidate may continue as a Candidate for Credentialed Mediator for one additional year.

For applications by former TMCA Credential holders, for the year 2021 only:

  • Application fees will be reduced by 50% for all Credential designations, including the fee for volunteer mediators, for all applications submitted and paid by 12/31/20.

For applications by mediators applying for a TMCA Credential for the first time:

  • For the year 2021 only:
    • Application fees will be reduced by 50% for all Credential designations, including the fee for volunteer mediators, for all applications submitted and paid by 12/31/20.
  • Beginning 2021 and ongoing:
    • The training requirement now includes the option to take the 40-hour Basic Mediation Training via video conference, if the full 40 classroom hours are live and interactive.

2021 renewals and applications will open 10/1/20 and TMCA’s renewal and application criteria on our website will be fully updated as above at that time.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these changes or your Credential, please contact TMCA’s Vice Chair, Credentialing: Melanie Grimes at mgrimes@mgmediation.com.

 

UPDATE REGARDING TMCA'S 2021 SYMPOSIUM

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, October 24, 2020, for an online Symposium!

TMCA had planned to hold its 16th Annual Symposium at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel. However, concern for the safety of attendees due to the ongoing pandemic compelled your TMCA Board of Directors to make the decision to hold this year’s Symposium virtually instead. Although we want so much to see you, to connect, and to learn from each other in the ways we have in the past, your safety is of utmost importance to us.

In the results of the recent "Short Survey Regarding TMCA’s 2020 Symposium," the vast majority of survey participants selected the full-day online option that will offer our traditional 6.25 continuing education credits and include three 15-minute breaks, a 45-minute lunch break, and 15 minutes for presentation of TMCA’s Outstanding Credentialed Mediator award and the James Gibson Symposium Scholarship.

More information to come!

NOTE: If you made a reservation at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel, please be aware these reservations have already been cancelled by the hotel.

 

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.

 

TEXAS BAR JOURNAL CENTER-SPREAD ADVERTISEMENT

Check out our center-spread ad in the 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