BIG NEWS! TMCA'S 2021 SYMPOSIUM WILL BE HELD IN-PERSON IN HOUSTON ON OCTOBER 23rd!

YES! WE MADE THE CHANGE! Given the significant reduction in new COVID-19 cases and revised CDC guidelines, your TMCA Board of Directors voted unanimously to hold our 2021 Symposium IN PERSON on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at the South Texas College of Law in Houston (unless there is a resurgence of the virus and/or CDC guidelines make this unfeasible).

And, as an option for those who would prefer to attend via Zoom that day or watch the recorded version, we will be creatively and simultaneously presenting the Symposium via Zoom. To help keep both audiences engaged on the day of the Symposium, we will invite questions from the live audience and Zoom participants. Because we will use traditional Zoom, those participants will get to see and chat with each other, as well.

As a continuing act of compassion during this time, Symposium registration fees will be reduced up to $30 compared to those for our 2019 Symposium:

Early Bird Discount by 10/3/21:

$100 (current Credential holders)

$125 (non-Credential holders)

AFTER 10/3/21:

$125 (current Credential holders)

$150 (non-Credential holders)

Online registration will open in July 2021 and you will receive another email from us once registration opens.

IMPORTANT:

We have secured a small block of rooms at $135 per night rate at the C. Baldwin, Curio Collection by Hilton, at 400 Dallas St., Houston, TX 77002. This hotel is a six-minute drive to/from the South Texas College of Law at 1303 San Jacinto St., Houston, TX 77002. Parking at the hotel is valet only and has been discounted to $35 per day.

The above room rate is first come, first serve, so please book your room as soon as possible at this link or by calling the hotel at 877-346-4519 and requesting the TMCA 2021 room block.

If you haven’t already, please mark your calendars now for TMCA's 17th Annual Symposium both in person and via Zoom, Saturday, October 23, 2021, 8:30am to 5:00pm!

We can hardly wait to see you!!!

 

TEXAS BAR JOURNAL CENTER-SPREAD ADVERTISEMENT

Watch for our center-spread ad in the June 2021 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."

 

RENEW OR APPLY FOR YOUR 2021 TMCA CREDENTIAL NOW!

Click here to log in and renew or re-apply online or click here to apply online.

 

CHANGES TO 2021 TMCA CREDENTIAL RENEWAL & APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 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.

For TMCA 2021 renewals only:

  • 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 in the 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 mediators applying for a TMCA Credential for the first time:

  • Beginning 2020 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.

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.

 

JOHN P. PALMER NAMED TMCA'S OUTSTANDING CREDENTIALED MEDIATOR FOR 2020

 

TMCA'S 2020 MEDIATION BENCHBOOK SUPPLEMENT

Each year, TMCA mails our "Supplement to the Mediation Benchbook" to more than 1500 County, District, Appellate, Federal, and Supreme Court judges across Texas. This Supplement includes all current TMCA Credential holders listed by county of primary practice. Our 2020 “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.