Friday, June 26, 2009

Elder Continuing Education

This year's Elder Law training course is titled "Estate and Transition Planning: Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Related Issues." The 1-day continuing legal education seminar will cover important issues concerning the increasing elder population in Texas. It will provide you with practical skills and knowledge in handling the issues involved in elder law.

The course will earn you 6 participatory hours, including 3 ethics.

Glen Provost and Dana Moore are on board to teach the course this year.

Glen is an attorney who recently retired from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where he served as Vice President for Health Policy, Director of the Aging Law and Policy Program, and Chair of the Garrison Institute on Aging Advisory Committee. He also served as adjunct professor of elder law at the Texas Tech Law School.
Glen's earlier career included positions in the Texas Governor’s Office, the University of Texas School of Public Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the Texas Department of Health. In addition to his law degree he holds graduate degrees in public health and public affairs. He currently resides on Toledo Bend Lake in east Texas.

Dana practices in Texas, focusing on financial, commercial law, tax, real estate, and estates. She is experienced in both transactional work and litigation. She has experience in drafting and negotiating commercial and real estate contracts, real estate acquisition, business planning, and estate planning.
Dana is a practicing attorney-mediator with experience in domestic as well as international mediations for civil litigation and non-litigation matters. Since entering private practice, she has served as General Counsel for numerous corporations, project over-site counselor and has coached and counseled small and mid-level businesses as start-ups and in continuing growth sectors.

Early Bird (by 4 weeks prior) $125, Regular $150, At Door $175

If you or someone you know may be interested in this course or other training, please pass along the info or contact our office.
Toll-free 1-866-329-3522

Monday, June 1, 2009

After training, will I be certified to mediate in Texas?

Will you receive a certificate?

Will you be "certified"?

You will be qualified. You will be trained.

You will have completed a minimum of 40 classroom hours of training pursuant to Chapter 154.052 (a) Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. (If you attend Family Mediation Training, you will have the additional 24 hours required in 154.052(b) of the Texas Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code).

The State of Texas has no formal certification process for mediators. In other words, there is no such thing as a "certified mediator" in Texas. Anyone can mediate. Anytime. Anywhere. HOWEVER, if you don't have the credentials, you will be 1) less likely to be appointed to mediate, and 2) much less prepared. A judge can appoint anyone to mediate, but without the 40 hour training (and additional 24 hour required to mediate family cases), that probably won't happen.

Our training provides valuable mediation techniques, practice, and information that you don't gain in law school, or as a counselor, or nurse, or in other areas where you may be trained. It prepares you to mediate as an effective, informed, and unbiased mediator. It also happens to be one of the best, and most affordable, in the state.

(Not that we're biased. ;)

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