2023 TMCA Symposium


REGISTER NOW for the Recorded Version of TMCA’s 19th Annual Symposium!

Current Credential holders, please click here to login and register.

Non-Credential holders, please click here to complete our online registration form.


WHEN IT WAS HELD: Saturday, October 28, 2023, 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM Central

WHERE IT WAS HELD: Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas AND Live Via Zoom


We're Back, Live and In Person!!!

This Symposium is chock-full of mediation skills-based sessions. You will learn more about the importance of civility and have the opportunity, for the first time, to participate in a live Q&A with Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann. You won't want to miss our featured speaker, Susan Guthrie. Susan is one of the most prominent mediators in the country and focuses on high-net-worth and high-conflict, complex cases. She is one of the founders of the Mosten Guthrie Academy and her award-winning podcast, The Make Money Mediating Podcast, is one of the top 1.5% of podcasts worldwide. Her first session is on the minds of many of us: "Artificial Intelligence in the Mediation Room" and her later session offers a fresh approach to "Mastering High Conflict in Mediation." Our two other afternoon sessions will be fully interactive, so we can learn from each other. Fan favorites Mike Schless and Gene Roberts will be our guides, with Mike's session on negotiation and Gene’s on ethics.

Please view our program brochure for additional details.

Registration fees:

  • $180 for current Credential holders
  • $200 for non-Credential holders


Presentations (6.25 hours [3 hours ethics] CLE Course No. 174204999)

  • Radical Civility: The Importance of Civility in Mediation

Angela Downes and Kay Elliott

A recent informal survey found that mediation practitioners highlighted an overall decrease in civility in their mediation practices. During this session, learn the importance and ethical considerations of civility—simply acting with formal politeness when communicating, working with clients, and conducting business—and how it should be the cornerstone of both the mediator’s preparation and the mediation itself. Civility creates connections.

  • Latest from "The Supremes"

Justice Debra H. Lehrmann and Hon. John Coselli

Learn about the latest Texas cases affecting your mediation practice from Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann and her devoted sidekick, Judge John Coselli. This session will include a Q&A segment.

  • Artificial Intelligence in the Mediation Room: A New Era Begins

Susan Guthrie

Join us for an insightful program exploring the transformative impact of AI in mediation. Discover how these advanced tools enhance communication, foster resolution, and revolutionize conflict management while being mindful of ethical guardrails.

  • Emotionally Charged: Mastering High Conflict in Mediation

Susan Guthrie

Looking for a fresh approach to handling high conflict? Learn new techniques using emotional intelligence and the neuroscience of conflict, as well as other practical strategies to navigate complex emotions, reduce conflict, and enhance communication in mediation.

  • Negotiation: Art, Science, & Common Sense

Mike Schless

Good mediators should be able negotiation coaches. But is negotiation an art? A science? A matter of common sense? The best negotiators say the answer is yes...and then some. Let’s learn together in this fully interactive session!

  • The Ethics Gene: Unlocking the Code for Ethical Integrity in Mediation

        Gene Roberts

Explore some of the core principles and practices that guide ethical conduct by mediators, and discover how to cultivate ethical integrity, navigate challenges, and uphold professional standards in this fully interactive session.